Lose Body Fat By Eating Just One Meal Per Day?

June 26, 2007

Warning: This article goes completely against the fitness mainstream! It is a very radical idea, but it does work. Keep reading….

When I was younger, I used to spend my summers getting up early in the day going to the beach. On most occasions, I wouldn’t eat a single calorie until 6pm or later in the day. Then I would eat as much as possible in the evening in ONE large meal.

My metabolism never slowed down…and despite eating late at night I never put on an ounce of fat. I used to think it was because of my age. Now I know different…

You see, when I turned 30 I wanted to lose that last bit of body fat…but I always had a layer of fat covering my abs. I could never get really lean following the “eat six small meals per day strategy”. I decided to test out just eating one meal per day at night, like I did when I was young and lean.

Guess What? I got extremely lean within three weeks and didn’t lose an ounce of muscle. It just didn’t seem to make sense to me at all! The 6 meals per day plan seemed to make more sense, but the one meal per day at night plan was the strategy that got me lean!

It all made sense when a gentleman by the name of Ori Hofmekler came out with a book called the Warrior Diet. This guy is flat out incredible! He goes into deep detail about why eating just one meal at night is the key to maintaining low body fat levels.

He also explains why it is important to workout on an empty stomach if you want optimal results. The funny thing is that I frequent fitness forums often and they always shoot down the advice I give of eating very low calories during the day…and eating the majority of your calories at night.

Ori has a great blog post on this subject called…”Are We Inherently Night Eaters?

Just to let you know…Ori Hofmekler is also ripped.

Ori Hofmekler

Note: I only take fitness advice from people who are extremely fit. Like myself, Ori is someone who is ripped year-round. It really makes sense to listen to people like us vs. the typical underachieving personal trainer.

To this day, I eat the majority of my calories at around 8pm. I may eat a tiny bit of food in the morning or mid-day, but usually it is just a low calorie protein shake with vitamins. I don’t think people need to totally go to the extreme of only eating one meal per day. The purpose of my article is to let you know that ,you certainly don’t need to eat six times per day!

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Update June 2008: I have recently found a great resource that is based around a University Graduate Study on fasting before eating.

The new eBook is called Eat Stop Eat. It was written by a top Nutritionist who did his graduate research on this topic. His study was titled:

The Metabolic Effects of Short Periods of Fasting in Humans and its Potential Application in Weight Loss”

This book really changes the game. Seriously…if you ever wanted proof that 6 meals per day aren’t the way to go, this is it! Even if you don’t decide to buy the book, you should opt-in to the free newsletter.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Bill Brooks May 22, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Glad to have found this website. I noticed that fasting all day and eating one meal about 5pm has helped with my pain associated with my arthritis/fibromyalga condition. That’s why I have been doing it. Not quite sure why it works though.

chanel June 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Hey anyone wanting to help me feel free you hit me up so wanting to start this diet as early as last month lol

Daphney June 11, 2013 at 2:58 am

I’ve started yesterday I eat one meal at night and drink lots of water, I also use slimming pills and exercise almost everyday. I hope I lose more fat fast. I’m desperate I can’t fit in anything on my wodrobe I’m 23yrs and I weigh 86kg with a very big tummy.

cmarshall June 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm

is it ok to eat fruit during the day and coffee in the morning, then eat one meal at 5?

Brad July 10, 2013 at 8:14 am

This method absolutely works. I have been doing it for 1.5 years now. I personally lost 140 lbs in 8 months. I am not hungry and eat anything I want at my evening meal. Anything includes pizza, burgers, fried food…anything. I try to only do those items 1 or 2 times per week. Other than that I eat a large fresh salad and then a full meal, including pie or ice cream for desert if i want. I drink primarily water or unsweetened tea with my meal. I drink 4-5 large water (10-14 oz each) each morning. I drink 2 large coffees during the day. On occaision I feel the need for something and grab an apple to get me through..(4 times in a year and a half). All blood work comes back perfect, and have full medical approval as I eat all my calories at once.

Shane July 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Day 3…

Weight is at 282.8 this morning. I ate 2 piece of fish with white rice and a low carb bar at about 6pm. Mostly water weight Im sure but it feels good to see the scales go down. Will update as I go…

Monet December 17, 2013 at 11:34 am

Hi, is there any way to read all the old comments? They were very motivational and I miss them.

stacy November 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Yeah I agree with Monet! Is there a way to read the old comments? I want to reread Julie’s comments especially. I wish I could contact her.

Sandy December 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

Will this help with menopause weight loss?

Amin Muhammad March 11, 2015 at 4:07 pm

This diet was prescribed to the members of the Nation of Islam in 1930 and is still practiced by them today. Read How to Eat to Live by Elijah Muhammad.

alan April 12, 2015 at 12:34 pm

I have been doing it for years and I am 52 years old and ripped with six pack etc…not that I don’t want to eat more I just think…FAT

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