One Meal a Day to Six-Pack Abs 028: Shocking news… I haven’t lost any weight

by David

in Health & Fitness

challenge yourself and get flat absThis is Day 28 of my challenge to get a 6 pack.

I haven’t lost any weight!

4 weeks ago I started the most recent phase of my one meal a day diet with the intention of losing enough fat to reveal a flat stomach.

I started at 173lbs and I weighed myself for the first time today and I’m still 173lbs.


That was my first reaction and my second reaction was to go a hit a plate of bacon and eggs for breakfast.

I figured that if I’m not losing weight I might as well pig-out.

I didn’t though.

Why haven’t I lost any weight?

Why haven’t I lost even 1 pound?

The last time I spent a month on this diet was over Christmas and New Year and even with all the sneaky extra eating and cheating I still lost 9lbs.

Here are a few of the thoughts that have crossed my mind:

  • I’m eating too much at my main meal creating only a marginal caloric deficit.
  • My cheat days are wiping out my progress for the entire week (this could be true – I’m not too careful what I eat or when I eat it… and last weekend I forced myself to have a cheat day, even though I didn’t want it!)
  • I’ve plateaued – my body has got used to the new way of eating and the regular walking routine and needs to be shocked out of it.
  • I’ve reached the point of diminishing returns – my sub-optimal diet got me 80% of the way but that’s the best it can do. Maybe I finally need to pay more attention to my nutrition? And I’d be OK about that.
  • I’ve put on muscle – I doubt it. I deliberately haven’t been training because it would taint the results of this part of the weight loss experiment. I’ve done a few push-ups here and there, but unless I have the physiology and genetic potential of a gorilla, it’s unlikely that I’ve gained muscle.
  • The scale is broken – It could be. It’s a digital scale but it’s not a precision instrument.
  • My weight at the start of the challenge was incorrect. – The weight I used for the start of the challenge was not an average taken of several days, it was a single reading taken on one day – and as I’ve discovered, the scale lies.
  • I’m constipated – This could be be the reason – I think it’s fair to say I’ve been a bit bunged up lately.
  • I haven’t lost any weight because I haven’t lost any fat!

Don’t Panic!

I don’t want to mess with the diet too much. I can see the evidence that it’s working with my own eyes and as a lifestyle choice it’s pretty good.

But one of the very best things about what I’ve been doing is it is super low maintenance.

  • Other than eating one meal a day I haven’t had to worry about any other aspect. Event he walking takes care of itself because I have to walk the dogs twice a day.
  • I haven’t weighed any food, I haven’t counted any calories, I haven’t had to prepare any special ingredients or supplements.
  • I haven’t spent hours in the gym and I haven’t had to run a marathon every week.
  • I haven’t read endless weight loss forums. I haven’t kept detailed food diaries.
  • I haven’t weighed myself other than to post updates on this site.
  • I haven’t had the myotape out in months… I really couldn’t tell you what my waist size is. Perhaps I should check just for fun?
  • I’ve led a very normal life in every respect other than eating only one main meal – and I’ve barely had to think about my diet other than to document this process (which I think is pretty cool).

On the downside, I have had to accept that my progress has been slower than it might otherwise have been.

I also accept that there are better ways to lose weight and quicker ways to lose weight (but I’m deliberately ignoring them).

The fact is, I have definitely lost fat – it’s just that I haven’t lost weight – there’s a distinction to be made between the two.

Part of me wants to panic and start tinkering endlessly with my diet – but I’m going to ignore that voice for a while longer and see what happens.

I estimated it would take me six weeks to get flat abs and I still have another two weeks left.

I’ve come this far, I may as well continue and see where it takes me.

If over the next two weeks I see no significant improvement I’ll reassess.

Diet Pictures

This is me today 28 February 2012

Day 28 Six pack abs challenge

This is me a the start of the challenge

day 1 six pack abs challenge

And as I was at 205 pounds

205 lbs overweight

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Six-Pack Abs Challenge

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Midlife Singlemum February 28, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I am shocked. What will you do now?


Midlife Singlemum February 28, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Oh, sorry – I missed the part where you are going to continue for two more weeks. I admire your tenacity.


David February 28, 2012 at 3:52 pm

It’s an interesting turn of events that’s for sure. I really wasn’t expecting it. I thought maybe I’d have lost about 5lbs but no, not even a pound!

I’ve been here before though… where my weight cycles around a 3 pound margin. I may well find later in the week that the scale says I’ve lost 3 lbs. Scale weight is strange like that.

If I couldn’t see any physical improvement I’d panic a little.

I’ll see where the next two weeks takes me. The brilliant thing is I still have exercise to throw at it if I need to break a plateau. 🙂


alzo February 29, 2012 at 4:07 am

Awesome blog….
I was googling 1 meal a day eating when I stumbled across it. I have been doing almost exactly the same thing as you (because I found it works for me) and have had very similar results. Good luck bloke and I will follow with interest.


David February 29, 2012 at 10:56 am

Alzo, thank you!!
It’s great to hear that it’s working for you too, I was begining to think I’m the only one mad enough to try this.
I need to make some slight adjustments but I’m OK with that.
When all is said and done this diet has produced some amazing results for me so I can’t complain.
Thanks again for your comment!


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