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Clean Eating|July - August 2019

Ketotarian and the OMAD diet are two terms with a ton of buzz, but what do they mean?

Jonny Bowden

Q: What is the OMAD (one meal a day) diet? Isn’t this the exact opposite of everything we were taught about eating healthily?

The one-meal-a-day plan is an extreme version of intermittent fasting, used to improve overall health (like control levels of blood glucose and lower levels of diseases in studies with mice) or for weight loss. You fast for 23 hours and eat all your calories in the remaining hour. It’s pretty crazy, but not quite as crazy as you might think if you grew up (as I did) on the advice, “must eat every two hours.”

In the 80s and 90s, we told people to graze constantly throughout the day “to keep your blood sugar up.” But that was because most of our overweight clients had sugar-burning metabolisms (though we didn’t call it that back then). Sugar was their body’s preferred fuel.

They weren’t good at burning fat, which is why they couldn’t lose weight. That’s why the goal these days is to become fat (or keto) adapted.

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