Over the last five years OMAD, or “one meal a day” has become increasingly intriguing to medical experts. The explosion of the obesity epidemic and an unprecedented rise in chronic disease has us questioning what our bodies really need.
In our digitally connected world, the proliferation of shared testimonies from individuals all over the world who have used this method to overcome cancer, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, lupus and a long list of inflammatory diseases, is changing the medical world.
Humans evolved over thousands of years without regular access to food. The imbalance of time between eating and not eating has caused a tremendous amount of health problems. Six meals a day have been profusely prescribed by physicians and nutritionists without fully understanding the implications. The constant consumption of resources permeates much deeper and more broadly than we realize. It affects our culture and behaviors in profound ways.
Researchers are exploring and expanding their understanding of how to heal and nurture our body, mind, and spirit. Doctors are looking at preventive, sustainable solutions to health rather than the metaphorical “band-aids.”
What is OMAD?
One meal a day is a practice of nutrient timing and metabolic flexibility. It’s another way of describing intermittent fasting. You eat within a one-hour window every day. Health experts that only eat once a day are typically fat-adapted, following a ketogenic diet, meaning they have trained their body to burn fat as energy, rather than glucose from carbohydrates.
Individuals report significant improvements in overall well being, decrease in inflammation and fat loss without a change in their diet. However, the benefits will be maximized if you stick to real food and avoid anything processed. When you are eating once a day your body becomes incredibly efficient at absorbing nutrients so it’s imperative that you are eating nutrient-dense foods.
Doctors are looking more and more at preventive medicine as our world becomes riddled with inflammatory complications, in our bodies, in our minds and in the world around us.
Why It Matters.
Mother nature is crying out to us, showing us signs that we need to change the way we live. We can be proactive in exploring different ways to optimize our health in collaborating with the intelligence of nature; by improving our body’s ability to absorb more nutrients and reduce digestive waste.
Studies show eating once a day improves fat loss, reduces inflammation and induces autophagy, the body’s natural rejuvenation process. In fact in a study conducted on rats, the ones that fasted lived 83 percent longer. But what if we could take the mental and physical benefits of OMAD and go one step further. What if we became more connected to our food? Creating a more symbiotic relationship; a partner in harmony with our existence. Could we start to change the world? Just a little?