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

{ 37 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! 🙂


Bertie March 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm

I love your blog. am the comments are so encouraging. i agree, it should not be viewed as a diet, but as a lifestyle. after all, they say if you do something for extended amount, it becomes a habit. on day 5 right now.


Andy April 20, 2015 at 4:02 am

I started doing the one meal a day diet back in January. It’s been easy for me since day 1. It didn’t really take me time to adjust as I have strong will power. I have yo-yo dieted for over 10 years so my weight fluctuates alot, for the last 4 years though I have stayed overweight. This is by far the easiest diet I have ever done, and I have done so many! While I lost weight on every diet I have done, I have not seen results like this before. I feel like I am only losing fat and keeping muscle. I have been this weight before however never looked this toned before. If that makes sense? I feel as though I have lost a bunch of muscle on all those other diets I did, so I never looked toned. I came up with the following regime myself from combining diet tips from other plans I have followed before:
Monday – Saturday: I aim for 1500 calories in the evening around 6pm sometimes as late as 10pm if i’m working late. I usually consume the calories in a 3 hour window.
Sunday: Cheat day. No restrictions I eat anything and everything! I basically binge all day. I think the most I consumed was 5700 calories!

If I go over 1500 calories at one meal during the week, I lower the amount in my other meals for the week. Some nights I have had 2500 if I have gone out for dinner. To compensate sometimes I don’t eat anything on saturday so I completely fast the whole day and night, it’s not bad as you know the next day is a cheat day and you can binge! It depends on what my weight is at on saturday evening before I eat anything, if its very close to what it was on weigh day the previous sunday I will eat, if its like 5lbs higher I will fast, I have only had to do this a few times though since january. I have though had some weeks were I will drop 6-7lbs over night from saturday to sunday!

So as for my results, I’m 6ft 2 I was 265lbs in January. (I started around mid Jan)
Now i’m 225lbs
40lbs loss in 3 months (13 weeks)
My goal is 210, maybe 200 depending on how I look when I reach 210. I’m aiming for about 10% body fat so my ab muscles are visible.
After the first couple weeks the weight loss stays around 2lbs a week. Sometimes slightly more sometimes less so it still pretty much averages out to 2lbs a week. While it’s not as much as when I was on other diet plans, like I mentioned earlier I have never looked this toned at this weight before. Your body can’t physically lose more than 2lbs of fat a week anyway so anything more than that is muscle or water.
Also sometimes I have had 2 cheat days, sunday and monday and still lost weight, about 1-1.5lbs. One cheat day is usually 3500 calories, however once I ate 5700 on easter sunday lol and I even managed to drop 3lbs by the next sunday! I don’t recommend doing that every week though, only every so often.
Best of all… I have not been to the gym once!
I recommended the plan to my friend at work too and she started about a month after me and she has lost 20lbs so far and also says it’s the easiest plan shes ever done!


Richele April 21, 2015 at 5:05 am

I really wanted to do this diet since i am overweight. But i have only succeeded twice in 14 days. I will skip breakfast then by lunch i am tempted to eat!! PLEASE GIVE ME ADVICE!! THANKS. sorry for the caps lock.


StefUndefined December 30, 2015 at 7:17 am

I found that having a glass of flavoured milk during the day helps. Continue drinking lots of water, but when you really want to eat. Have a glass of flavored milk. That sugar just gives your body a boast, and personally I feel fine afterwards


johni July 9, 2015 at 8:04 pm

Hey guys. am 16 year old teenager and I want to lose some stubborn belly fat. am not realy that fat, but i want my abs to be seen. have 64 kg 141.1 lbs, 173 cm 68.11 inch height and i have around 83 cm 32.5 inch in waist. I got around 20% of body fat. I decided to do intermittent
fasting about week and a half ago
and in thet time i lost few inches in waist. l stared to eat only one meal a day (lunch at around 1-2pm) and in that meal I eat all the calories I need eat around 1700 kcal a day and i eat like realy super healthy. I am
wondering if is my calorie deficit
okey and if is okey to eat just one
meal a day (its okey with me, if that way i will lose my belly). l dont do much of exercise and i think im in light active mode. Is this a good way to lose stubborn belly fat in around 1-2 months? Is better to eat in 8 hour window and fast just for 16 hours?And I am wondering if cheat days are really helping lose weight and not gaining it back after diet.


GARY July 23, 2015 at 8:50 pm

your belly fat is the hardest bit to go. You will notice when you stop losing weight that you are down to the stubborn bits. If you are existing on 1700 calories a day and that sounds quite low to me then you will have to reduce your calories even further and preferably include some exercise.


Kai July 22, 2015 at 12:58 am

Hi Richele,
I only just saw your entry so I don’t know if you’re still doing this style of eating. If so, the best piece of advice I can offer you is the first few days, just pick your favorite meal to eat for your one meal a day. Don’t worry about eating healthy for the first couple of days because it can be too much to take on at once (eating healthy AND only one meal a day). So if you like pizza and ice cream, then eat that for you one meal. This helps me anyway because when I get super hungry by lunch time, just knowing that in a few hours I can eat pizza and ice cream (or whatever your favorite meal is) helps me to get through the hunger. I’m not advocating eating junk food, but for the first few days while your body is adjusting to eating only once a day, it might help to have a meal that you love to look forward to. After the first week, your body should adjust and it just gets easier to wait until the evening to eat. I know this trick might not work for others but it helped me in the beginning. Good luck!


GARY July 23, 2015 at 7:54 pm

Hi guys i am back on here and after a fresh challenge to lose my belly fat> i have been on and off this diet for over a year now and I can say for definite that it works. my plan is to eat only one meal per day in a 1 hour window and jog for 30 minutes before the meal. So here goes, weight today is 13 stone and my height is 5 ft 10.5. Today i have jogged for 30 minutes and my only meal is 2 fried eggs, chips (french fries) to those of you who are not british, hot spicy baked beans. Dessert is greek yoghurt, with sliced apple and grapes. During the day i have drunk tea with semi skimmed milk, no sugar. I am taking 1 multi vitamin/mineral pill and 1 tablet called 5htp which i take to alleviate low mood.



R Carroll July 25, 2015 at 6:03 pm

I came across this site last week Tuesday…started eating one meal from Wednesday..weighed myself on Friday evening as I was down 4lbs! I stick to coffee, tea and water during the day with a decent meal in the evening plus a small treat, approx. 200/300 cals. I must admit, sometimes the hunger pangs creep up and it can be hard..but nothing that a hot drink can’t fix! I don’t have a lot of weight to lose…around 14lbs. I’m 5ft 6 and weigh in at 157 lbs (depending on the scales!). I try not to go by weight too much as I know this varies, but feel I need to slim down just a little bit. Anyway – really pleased with this and don’t find it hard at all! Today is my cheat day but in all honesty, I don’t feel very hungry..although I did have a good breakfast and lunch and have pasta tonight for dinner…fingers crossed, I’ll be posting positive results and feel that this will be an easy way to manage food intake and maintain even after I reach goal weight as I can then adapt and add breakfast, if the weight creeps up, I just go back to the fasting!
Good luck all! 🙂


CThom August 14, 2015 at 1:59 pm

I am glad I came across this site and to learn such a lifestyle exists other than with a few exceptions. I started a 7 day water fast but on day one I just could not get past not eating something when I got home from work. I have water fast in the past without any issues, but this one stopped me in my tracks. So, I thought to myself “I should do a modified water fast and eating one simple meal in a day is being kind to myself and it satisfied my desire for food”. After so much google searches I came across the one day meal plan.

It only dawned on me after reading vlog that a roommate of mine while I was in college only ate one meal a day. It was simply because she found she only got hungry after her day is done. I didn’t think much of it during the time but just racked it up to her having a different eating habit. She was tiny, fit, and toned. I thought it was only due to her doing Pilates several times a week but now realized it was a combination of diet and exercise she enjoyed.

I have been on my one meal lifestyle for one week and have slimmed down form 164 to 158 as of today. Oh by the way, I am vegan and eat a mostly raw diet with whole overt fats like avocados and nuts — no oils when possible. I was killing myself at the gym, lifting heavy weights, running and could not understand why I was not loosing weight. Now I realized I was eating far too much food despite it being healthy foods.

When I started it was extremely hard to adjust because I was just eating because I could eat. Now I realize eating in such a fashion was not allowing me to deal with situations and stress at hand. Eating did not make the problems go away but only made me more frustrated and heavy at the same time.


Dana August 28, 2015 at 3:11 am

I did this diet for years and stayed at 350 lbs, when you get older it gets more and more difficult to lose the weight because your metabolism has slowed so much. There are fad diets for so many things , but I tell you this, I developed a diet that is cyclic in nature and goes along with the natural cycle of the body.
The three cycles are fasting, feasting and diet. The diet part is a ratio of fat, protein and carbs and represent 65% fat 15% protein and 20% carbs and this follows the natural order of the universe. The composition of breast milk is 54/ 39/ 7 (Fat, carb and protein respectively), by mimicking that ratio but fitting it to my level of activity, I have lost 115 lbs in less than 5 months. I have thrown in once a month fasting for a day and once a month feasting on anything I want for a day. This diet best represents and follows the natural rhythmic nature of the human species.

The problem with fad diets , is that once you fall off them and your lifestyle changes, so does your bodies composition ( you get fat again). The ideal is then to mimic nature and to change your lifestyle to that of your bodies natural balance. I hope this helps some of you. This will work for some of you that are very active because , the ratio of working out to caloric intake will be proportionate to your weight loss. If you are not active and you go home to sit on the couch, you won’t lose anything, you may actually gain weight.

Have a great day my friends and good luck…….


KK March 2, 2016 at 3:16 pm

Dear Dana,

WOW! Congratulations! 115lbs in less than 5 months is absolutely remarkable to say the least! Will you elaborate on the details of your “cyclic in nature diet”? Are you still doing well on it? I would appreciate more feedback. Thank you!


CrystalB March 8, 2016 at 2:44 pm

I just stumbled across your blog by googling, lose weight by only eating breakfast This is all very interesting. I plan on starting tomorrow! I’m 33, I weigh 225 and i am 5’4. I just recently had knee surgery and my Dr wants me down to at least 155. I think I can do this!! I’ve got to! I don’t want to hurt my knee again, plus I don’t want to end up with more problems health wise. Thanks for all the advice


David March 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Hi Crystal!

That’s great that you want to give it a try. Let me know if I can help.

If you’re interested, I’m still writing about this stuff over at – maybe see you there?

All the best,


D. June 28, 2016 at 1:12 am

I found that water fasting for two days gave me an easier start to once-daily eating. Hunger pangs barely there anymore! And doing great with portion control.


Sophie February 9, 2017 at 9:31 am


I see that there hasnt been anything posted on this thread for a while but I hope someone can help me now?
I have been doing this eating style for a week now and have seen a significantly smaller impact than my sister. How long how people done this before noticing a difference on the scales?
I dont know if im doing it right – I make sure not to eat over 1000 cal for my meal and have been incorporating more exercise each day – I would have thought that the first week would have shown some better results.

Any advice or help would be great!

Thank you!


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