Intermittent Fasting is simply controlling the amount of time that you don’t eat in a given day. Unless you unknowingly eat while you sleep-walk, (sorry, but I’m not blogging about sleep disorders) then you already fast – every night while you sleep. One thing it is not: It is NOT a diet. There is NO counting required and actually it is not encouraged. I don’t count calories, carbs, macros or anything anymore! That’s why my blog is called “Don’t Count, Don’t Care.
OMAD stands for One Meal a Day.
So intermittent fasting the OMAD way is just fasting for a certain amount of time and then eating a meal during your eating time or window as we like to call it. When I first started intermittent fasting I focused more on how many hours out of the day I was fasting. With the OMAD approach I focus more on how long my eating window is.
For instance, this is what a typical day of intermittent fasting/OMAD looks like for me: I usually open my eating window around 4:45 p.m. when I get home from work. I start with a snack of maybe nuts, fruit, cheese, crackers – actually whatever I feel hungry for. Then my husband and I will have our evening meal together. I love ice cream so I always have that after. Then I close my eating window and don’t open it again until the following day when I get home from work. My window is usually about 2-3 hours long.
When I first started I had a longer eating window, usually around 4-5 hours. As my body adapted to this way of eating I found myself able to wait a little longer to open it. I can also be very flexible when I want to be for special occasions. For example on Mother’s Day weekend I opened my window at noon on Saturday and didn’t close it until after supper. Then I opened it around noon on Sunday but closed it mid afternoon.
An important aspect of the fasting portion of this way of eating is making sure I have a “clean fast.” This means that I only drink black coffee, plain tea, water, or unflavored sparkling mineral water during my fast. One of the key benefits of fasting is to keep from spiking your insulin and if you don’t fast “clean” you will definitely be spiking that insulin!
So this is Intermittent Fast/OMAD in a nutshell (a very small nutshell). I am going to use this blog to explain more details and to share what I have learned and am still learning about intermittent fasting and eating One Meal a Day. I know I won’t have time to post daily so if you don’t want to miss a post sign up in the right hand corner to receive email updates when I post something new.
I also really, really encourage you to go to Amazon and buy Gin’s book – “Delay, Don’t Deny”. It is one of the easiest to read intermittent fasting books and easy to understand and I have already read it twice. I use if for a resource all the time!
Until the next post, here is some inspiration for you to really consider seriously this way of eating!