Is It Safe For One’s Health To Eat Only Once A Day?
Yes, it is.
Once a week, I eat a buffet that averages about 2,000 calories. I love fasting. It allows my body to drop insulin levels to a new low. And when your insulin is low, you know what happens, right? Your body burns fat like crazy.
Say I wake up at 5 am. And don’t eat until 12–1 pm. Where does the fuel come to sustain me for that 7–8 hours?
From my body fat:)
Now there is a caveat to this. Firstly, if your diet is high in carbs, you will have tons of glycogen reserves in your liver and muscle, which need to be burned before your body starts taping into your fat reserves.
The process is much more complicated than that, and overall, what fuel (sugar or fat) your body burns is dictated by your insulin and leptin levels & their sensitivities.
Now, coming back to the point, is it possible to eat once a day and still stay healthy?
Yes, according to Ori Hofmekler. His book ‘The Warrior Diet’ is the reason why I started intermittent fasting in the first place. I urge you to read it.
Honestly speaking, I found eating once a day to be inflexible.
Ori divides one’s day into periods of underrating and overeating. During undereating, you are not allowed any food that is too taxing to the body, like dairy, oils and fats, sugar etc.
So you sustain yourself by fasting (however, you can have black coffee, soft-boiled egg, whey concentrates, sprouts etc., if you feel really hungry) and then when the sun goes down, it’s time for a feast. But he insists on being careful when breaking your fast.
Always start with salads and then move to proteins. Only then can you have your carbs etc., he says. So if your maintenance calories are about 2500 and you need to gain weight, you can have a meal with about the same number of calories.
Personally, if I go for a buffet, I want to eat my heart out. Overeating is in our DNA. We cannot help it, right?
Eating 2,000 calorie meals is not alien to me, and I frequently enjoy these extravaganzas from time to time, allowing me to stick to my super-healthy diet plan. Of course, you can get about 2,000 calories from a McDonald’s meal too!
Therefore you need to ensure that most of your food is highly nutritious and not empty calories like pizzas or burgers! I also urge you to go into this eating pattern slowly. If you are eating 4 to 5 meals daily, cut down slowly to 3 and then 2.
Read the post below on intermittent fasting, where I explain it in detail.
Related Article: Intermittent Fasting: The Definitive Guide
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Akash is a creator of 25+ programs and certificate courses in which more than 200,000 students have enrolled both on Udemy and Fabulous Body's native platform. Akash is also an author of three books that can be found on Amazon. His answers on Quora have gathered more than 12 million views in less than a year.