My New site: 1 MAD DIET

by David

in Health & Fitness

One Meal A Day

I’ve been writing about the One Meal a Day Diet on this site for a little while but for much of that time I’ve been conscious that it’s not a great fit for Hubbys Home.

It made sense to me to start a new site on which to continue to explore the diet a little more.

I also have plans to start a forum and build a community of supportive people to encourage each other.

The site is called, which of course is an abbreviation of One Meal a Day.

If this is something that interests you, please go and a have a look.

I’ll be making some changes to the site over the next few weeks but for now I just wanted a place to get my latest challenge underway.

Hopefully see you there!


One Meal a Day

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

JIMMY MAC January 28, 2014 at 6:47 pm

What am I doing wrong? Been starving myself now for 5 days and actually gain weight :( I am eating one meal a day at 5pm sometimes 6pm. I usually eat for about one hour and then close down the kitchen for food till tomorrow evening at about the same time and by then my finger are beginning to look like chicken tenders. I eat some protein, a potato, perhaps some rice a Veg and usually have a cocktail with it. I do like a few cocktails every night which includes a shot of tequila in a large glass with ice club soda and a whole lime squeezed into the glass. I usually have 2-3 each night with my supper (within that hour eating frame). My portions in the first few days were large because I was starving and figured (as you said) I am only eating one meal a day might as eat as much and what ever I want. I just don’t get it because I am starving and I am exercising too. The other day I run over 4 miles on an empty stomach and worked out with weights. I started this at 245lbs and now I am nearing 250. I stand 6’1 and want to get down to about 210 lbs. Please advise on what I am doing wrong because I believe this is a great way to lose the weight without giving up the things you love to eat and maintaining it.
Jim (starving in Long Island, NY)


David January 28, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Hi Jim, thanks for stopping by. I’m going to come back to you tomorrow with a proper reply tomorrow. In the meantime…. don’t starve! The one hour eating window is at the extreme end of my experimentation with this diet and being fasted for 23 hours doesn’t offer a great deal more in terms of progress. I’ve gotta get going now, but I’ll be back!


David January 29, 2014 at 9:53 pm

Hi Jim,
I think there are so many factors at play here that it’s just too early to tell what the issue might be nut I doubt very much that you’ve put on 5lbs of fat. Sure it’s conceivable that you’ve put on 5 pounds of weight but unless you’ve over consumed to the tune of 18,000 calories, it’s not fat.

It’s likely to be water retention and ‘waste’ and you may well find that you suddenly drop 4 lbs over night.

I seem to hold onto my weight for days and then suddenly it drops and this is regardless of whether I’ve trained like a demon. Like you, there have been days when I’ve trained hard and not only did I fail to lose weight, I somehow managed to gain it.

Some of this can be explained away with depleted glycogen reserves being replenished but honestly, it’s not worth worrying about.

What concerns me more is that you shouldn’t feel deprived, and I know you were joking about ‘starving’ but I totally get what you mean.

I transitioned into one meal a day by eating two meals a day and that worked really well for me. I ate a light lunch and a good sized dinner but I wanted to experiment and see what happened if I ate just one meal.

That would be my suggestion to you. Eat a small lunch for a few weeks and cut back a little on dinner. As I mentioned before, make your eating window bigger so you only eat between maybe noon and 6pm (if that suits).

I think you could afford to dial the exercise back a little too. Running 4 miles at 250 lbs is (in my humble opinion) probably doing more harm than good. Plus it gives you nowhere to go if ever you do need to dial it up to break a plateau.

Seriously, eat two meals a day (or allow yourself more snacks) you won’t then feel the need to eat so big at dinner time.

Love that you’re doing the weight though. A great way to maintain muscle while on a diet!

I think your goal is a great goal and very realistic, yet still tough eough to keep you interested and motivated.

Good luck. Let me know if I can help.



Yo yo Jo January 31, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Hi David.
I started this one meal a day diet on Monday and although there’s been no weight loss as yet, I feel better/less bloated already. I’m certain it can work for me Mon-Fri while the children are in school and my husband is at work. Like you at, the weekends I’ll have lunch too with my family. My question is….I really like a couple of glasses of wine in the evening. What’s your view. Should I abstain ? It’s my only vice !!!
And I love this website/blog, its encouraged me all week.



David January 31, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Hi Jo, I love that you’re seizing the opportunity while the children are at school. It’s tough to stick to the plan when you’re preparing food for others. It’s so tempting to pick at the food as it’s being prepared and it’s even harder to throw away the food the children leave.

So your question about the wine… I guess you need to factor in the extra calories… and there is some evidence to demonstrate that alcohol slows the burning of body fat.. but, if looking forward to a nice glass of wine every evening keeps you honest throughout the day, then it’s worth it. By far the biggest part of any successful diet is making sure it’s sustainable.

Successful diets are nothing more than a process played out over a long enough period of time. Most people don’t give it long enough because they feel deprived having cut out absolutely everything that they normally enjoy.

If I were you I’d keep the wine in your diet at least until you’re 2 months in and maybe then review whether you want to cut back a little.

So other than the extra calories I believe the alcohol will have only a marginal effect on progress. Although there are those who will disagree, for most people it’s mostly a calories in vs calories out thing (provided you eat a reasonably balanced diet). Tweaking diets to be optimal is an option but to my mind it’s a painfully boring option and gets in the way of leading a normal life.

Better to stick with your one vice to begin with and make other comprises as you see fit.

I’d love to hear how you get on. Please come back soon and let me know how you’re doing. :)


YoYo Jo January 31, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Should have said, am 180lbs and 5’6″. My target is 150lbs.


leila July 18, 2014 at 9:44 am

Hi David I’m so glad I’ve found this website! Although I am not over weight a feel really unhappy about my current weight and how my body looks. I’m 5’4 and weigh 9st 1lb. A want to get back to my previous weight of 7.5st. I’m currently on the slimming world diet which isn’t doing anything for me at the moment and I just feel so demotivated and upset. I try not get to the gym 3-5 days a week where I do classes like les mills body combat, body pump, strike fit and pilates which I love but again I’m even starting to get demotivated with these also :( . I’m like Jo in that my only vise is wine! I drink quite a lot of it especially at weekends when we have family or friends round and sometimes during the week when I’ve had a particularly stressful day with the kids etc.. just helps me unwind and relax when they are in bed and everything has been done. So basically I’m just wanting some advise on how to get started and the wine situation. Thank you


leila July 18, 2014 at 9:46 am

Try To get to the gym not try not to lol predictive text :/


Lorraine September 1, 2014 at 7:55 pm

I really enjoyed reading your journey of one meal a day and I also started it myself after reading some other very good articles on the subject. I also was inspired to see that Herschel Walker has also always had only one meal a day and does all his workouts with body weights (pushups, situps, squats and running) and he looks amazing at 52.
My question is I love the fact that all day long I am very alert and my mind is clear when I am not eating. But after I eat my evening meal around 7 pm I feel soooo tired and sleepy and my brain is in a fog. I almost feel non-functional.
Do you get that too? Any thoughts how to avoid this feeling? Or is that what happens after a large meal like that..


David September 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Hi Lorraine,

It’s great that you’re giving this a try.

I agree. It is nice to have a clear head all day and I think the feeling you get in the evening is pretty normal after eating a big meal.

If you’re not to too worried about keeping a tight eating window (and other than preference, there’s no compelling reason to keep such a short eating window) you could probably split the meal and have dinner and dessert about an hour apart. Maybe that would help?

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Please come and visit me at my other site (I don’t spend a lot of time at this one these days).



Rick February 23, 2015 at 7:04 pm

I think it’s suppose to be this way from an evolutionary standpoint. Our ancestors worked all day, then came in at night and feasted with their families. Then… beddy by time.


Lynn September 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Hi David, Thanks for writing about this way of eating (I don’t like to call it a diet as it brings back memories of numerous diet clubs I’ve attended). I found your blog when I was looking to see why I have so much energy after eating this way for 4 weeks (except for one weekend away at a Dog Show when it went completely out of the window!). I found lots of sites saying it was unhealthy so I was glad to get some affirmation. I’ve lost 8lbs in 4 weeks which I think is a healthy amount to lose. I only eat one meal every day which is no hardship as I rarely ate breakfast anyway and if I do eat in the day I feel hungrier. I don’t touch bread or pasta because my body swells at the sight of them, nor do I have desserts but a have a BIG dinner of meat, potatoes and salad or veg. I do drink coffee with milk during the day and now I drink water too (I never did before) but I just don’t understand why
I have so much energy, the house has never been so clean!


David September 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Hi Lynn! :-)

Totally agree about ‘diet’. It feels like a way to describe a short term strategy, with a definite end date, after which we can return to our old ways of eating. Sadly not.

8 lbs in 4 weeks is perfect. Much more than that and it starts to cause problems.

Thanks for stopping in and sharing your experience. Would love to see you over at :-)

A loose waistband and a tidy house… not sure it gets much better than that! :-)


kelly October 29, 2014 at 6:24 am

Hi DaVid!
It has been 3 days since i started this diet and i feel energized and doesnt feel hungry. The first 2 days were the hardest hopefully i can’ make it til next month :)


David January 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Thanks Kelly. I hope it’s still going well. :)


Dori October 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm

David, could you get yourself a better endorsement than this … -


David January 4, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Dori, thanks for this. I haven’t touched the Internet for about 4 months but having checked my site statistics there was a log of traffic around this time… and now I know why. :)


lee January 25, 2015 at 5:06 am

What about biscuits crisps sweets chocolates cakes on weekends as snacks. Do you allow these in the diet. How would you fit them in. Can you have bread for lunch on weekends. On weekends are you allowed fizzy drinks with your meal like coke or beer shandy


David January 26, 2015 at 2:37 pm

All of that! It’s predominantly about whether you expend more energy than you consume and that will determine to some extent how much ‘good stuff’ is in your diet. But it’s also about giving the body the nutrients it needs to build and recover.
Don’t worry about having some treats, but if progress isn’t what you expect, then maybe cut back a little.
It’s trial and error. :)


gcina March 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm

hy David.thank u so much for this I was 131kg a week ago but lost abt 4 kg so far.though am still trying to
stick to the 1 meal a day.I snack with popcorn during the day.can I drink some 100% juice through out the day as I dnt like tea as u *lol*


David March 24, 2015 at 9:30 pm

Great job! 4 kg is a big deal. Keep at it, you’re doing well! :-)


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