Why Top Athletes Only Eat One Meal a Day
Some of the greatest athletes and prolific achievers of this generation has one unusual trait that most people would consider outright stupid. They only eat one meal a day. Now before you start commenting about how bad and dangerous this is, just hear me out first because I have some rather shocking information that these great achievers are using to their advantage. Eating one meal a day is a disaster for unhealthy food corporations and pharmaceutical industries because they’ll go bankrupt if the majority of people followed this advice. While at the same time dramatically enhance your cognitive function along with physical well being. So in this video I’ll show you why everything you thought you knew about food is wrong, and why top athletes and high achievers only eat one meal a day. This kind of eating is an extended type of intermittent fasting where they consume calories for about an hour a day and fast for the remaining 23 hours, and they usually eat in the evening. That means no breakfast, no lunch and no eating before working out. But don’t you need to eat before working out to have good results? Well not really. It might make you feel better since you’re used to it but it’s definitely not required. Now granted this type of diet is not for everyone but you might want to give it a go since it has some crazy benefits and some of greatest athletes are doing it. Ronda Rousey is or was doing the OMAD diet when she was competing at her peak when she absolutely destroyed her competition in both Strikeforce and the UFC. After becoming the first female american to get an olympic medal in Judo in 2008 she went on to dominate MMA for a number of years. And she explains one of her secrets for her huge success in an interview with MMA Mania. She says: “It’s kind of a combination of The Paleo and The Warrior diet. I pretty much eat one meal a day – which takes place at night… There is one exception to all of this each day: I get to have coffee every morning. She continues to say that she she can get more out her training on an empty stomach than she would on a full stomach. Another top athlete that follows the OMAD diet is Kohei Uchimura, a seven-time olympic medalist, 19-time world medalist and by many considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time. He recently also revealed that he only eats one time per day which came as huge surprise for most people. Before he gets to destroy his first and only meal of the day he has worked out not once but two times already. Another advantage having an empty stomach is that it he doesn’t get sick from all the spinning and flipping he does, and he says that he feels like he’s in a good state training on an empty stomach. The same goes for Gen. Stanley McChrystal who was special operations commander and also overseeing NATO forces in afghanistan. He thinks It’s extremely convenient to not have to cook and eat several meals a day and it keeps him in peak physical condition. Eating one meal a day can also dramatically enhances the cognitive function and mental clarity because in that fasted state, it forces the brain to get its fuel from ketone bodies in a process called gluconeogenesis, and happens when other energy sources are depleted. Ketones are actually the prefered source of energy for both the brain and body and can make your brain run up to 70 % more efficiently than on blood sugar and glucose. If you want to know more about this you can watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asM02…
And to cite one study “intermittent fasting has crucial effects on physical and intellectual performance by affecting various aspects of bodily physiology and biochemistry that could be important for athletic success.” Read the study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2…
Benefits of One Meal a Day Intermittent Fasting
Dr. Berg talks about doing intermittent fasting at a frequency of one time per day. If you get all your nutrients, it is not starvation, it’s a super healthy eating plan. Doing this will not just help you lose weight (belly fat), but help you achieve autophagy, which is cleaning up all the damaged cellular parts and bacterial residue (mold, fungus, virus, candida and bacteria). It is anti-aging and will help your body proteins. You want to transition to 1 meal per day gradually, starting with three meals a day, then two and then one – ensure you do not snack. Our current eating in society is based on keeping your blood sugars up and preventing low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). When doing 1x per day intermittent fasting, make sure you also do keto (ketogenic diet) and not do junk food. Doing 3 meals a day with snacking is not good for your health and will not help you lose weight even if you eat healthy because every time you eat, you increase insulin. This results in insulin resistance. This is also called metabolic syndrome. I think it can inhibit diabetes. Doing 1 meal a day will increase your lifespan (anti-aging).
23 Benefits of OMAD (One Meal a Day) Intermittent Fasting
Dr. Berg talks about the 23 benefits of OMAD (One Meal a Day) Intermittent Fasting. Here are the benefits: 1. Save lots of money 2. Saves lots of time 3. Improves digestion 4. Improves immunity 5. Massive autophagy 6. Live longer 7. No hunger 8. No more cravings 9. Better skin 10. Increased energy 11. Increased mood 12. Increased cognitive function 13. Decreased inflammation 14. Decreased blood pressure 15. Decreased heart disease 16. Decreased dementia 17. Decrease in risk of diabetes and insulin resistance 18. Decrease in getting a fatty liver 19. Turning your body into a fat burning machine (esp. losing belly fat) 20. Helps discipline 21. Improves your muscles 22. Fixes a slow metabolism 23. Mental clarity
I really think that this is the best eating method for endomorphs: 1 meal a day. This is what the warrior diet preaches, and I’ve followed this method to varying levels of success.
My biggest challenge is sticking to this extended version of intermittent fasting is environment.
For example, working alone in my virtual office, or at home, I can stick to this diet easily. But if I’m in an environment where others aren’t particularly disciplined about their eating, and when they have a different metabolism or body type (especially ectomorphs), sticking to one meal a day can be hard. I think the trick to this would be bullet-proof coffee, which tricks the brain into thinking that it’s full.
Here’s what I noticed:
When I’m exhausted mentally, the first thing I want is sugar. That, I believe, is the brain wanting glucose.
It’s really easy to grab the nearest snack, or making a cuppa tea or coffee with milk and sugar. But that doesn’t help much, because once you get that sugar crash, the brain fog starts again.
So in essence, I agree with this video, but discipline is essential. I would highly suggest that an endomorph keeps the black coffee, green tea and plenty of water on hand. Also, I discovered a few other hacks:
- green powder. (chorella blue-green algae needs to be in it)
- Nicotine (vaping is best – just my opinion)
Let me know what you think!