@daddyoh keep in mind that the belly is where nature wants your fat to be. In ancient times, when humans had to store fat to survive winter, belly fat was crucial for protecting internal organs. So its the last place you will lose fat (I had skinny legs and shoulders but a big belly at first). And you hit the nail on the head… keto doesn’t really work to fix metabolic issues without IF and/ or EF. Keto is the gateway… fasting is the destination (personal opinion here). Of course you can fast without going keto first, but its harder because keto is what gets you fat adapted.
@Zenjen Fasting is the destination, keto is the starting line. Everyone is different, but the goal would be:
- Drop the carbs and sugar. Eat keto meals and snacks as much as you need to not go crazy.
- Over time (weeks or months) your body will fully adapt to burning fat as it’s fuel source.
- As your hunger begins to decline increase the amount of time between going to bed and eating your first meal. Example: you eat a fat bomb at 8:00 pm every night and wake up at 6:00 am every morning. Start by eating breakfast at 8:00 am. Next week eat breakfast at 9:00 am. The week after eat breakfast at 10:00 am. The following week eat breakfast at 11:00 am.
- Once you can go all morning without breakfast, you’re ready to cut one of your meals out. So try cutting out lunch. Eat your bacon and eggs at 11:00 am and your bunless keto burger at 6:00 pm. Go ahead and eat your fat bomb at 8:00 if you need it. Do this for as long as you are comfortable.
- Eventually you will find that you’re not really that hungry for breakfast at 11:00 am (or you’re not really hungry for dinner at 6:00 pm). This is an exciting time because you know that your body is adapting to being in a fasted state. This is also when you can start closing the gap between a morning meal and evening meal. Now you can start comfortably experimenting with OMAD. Try to cut out that morning meal once or twice a week.
- Over time, you will get used to listening to your body’s cues. You’ll learn the difference between being hungry and just wanting to eat.
Now I’m not saying that it is super easy to eat just once a day. I get still hunger pangs from time to time that I have just learned to ignore. But eating once a day does wonders for your body.
You will notice that there are days when you go all the way to nightime without really getting uncomfortably hungry. On those days, feel free to skip your meal all together for an extended fast. If you can’t, that’s okay too. Not everyone can (or wants to) fast for extended periods of time. Don’t lose sleep over it.
Just as a note, when I eat one meal a day, I eat a large meal. Very large. I think that a large meal is key to keeping me going throughout the following day. Remember, OMAD isn’t about cutting calories, it is about keeping your insulin low for as long as possible.
Also, I don’t always do OMAD. It’s important not to get your body used to eating the same way every day because it will adapt accordingly. So every now and again throw in a lunch & dinner day or a no meal at all day to keep your metabolism going (feasting and fasting).
Most important is to do all this at your own pace!!