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I Made My Own OMAD Diet And My Life Has Changed

It’s not a lie when they tell you that abs are made in the kitchen.

By Shamar MPublished 3 months ago 3 min read
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I Made My Own OMAD Diet And My Life Has Changed
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Yes, what you are about to read is a story of a woman going on what felt like a diet but has now been identified as a lifestyle. Women and dieting go together like fish goes with chips, or yolk goes with eggs. Everyone knows this by now.

What I’m about to tell you at first felt like a diet. I would tell my friends I’m dieting and I would avoid seriously unhealthy food*. That was back in April, and now we are in November, upon reflection it seems I’ve unconsciously adopted a diet that I had read about before but completely disregarded.

*I never avoid processed food, just seriously unhealthy food.

After moving out from university two years ago, my ideal weight had turned to a non-ideal weight gain. Life escalated and the non-ideal weight turned into an even more non-ideal weight.

Staying slim for me has never been easy, it’s not easy for most people. However, I’ve never seen the societal definition of “fat.” My average size comes in a UK size 12, but I’m very aware of my ideal weight so it was just a case of getting it back down and finding the time to do it.

First, I started doing more cardio so it was back to the treadmill in the gym. Cardio has always worked for me, so it’s going to work again. Right?

Wrong! I’m not 19 anymore and my metabolism has clearly slowed down. It was time to resort to another plan.

It’s no secret that one of the keys to losing weight is to eat more vegetables, fruit, and heavy protein meals. So, it was time to keep up with the cardio and eat more vegetables, fruit, and protein.

After a short trip to the shop, I returned to my flat with bananas, strawberries, and blueberries. The aim was to create a protein powder smoothie but the fruit does not provide enough protein, so I placed an order online for some French vanilla protein powder.

I can confirm the smoothie was delicious (as I expected) and provided me with 30g of protein in a meal. They don’t lie when they say protein fills you up. That’s even more than the average protein bar.

Okay, so my plan worked but now I need to incorporate it into my day-to-day. Introducing, the OMAD diet.

OMAD = One Meal A Day

For breakfast, a bowl of cereal of my choice. It doesn’t matter if it’s chocolate cereal or not despite the claims that it’s massively unhealthy for you. If I stick to the average 30g — 50g bowl, I’m sure I’m not doing too much damage.

For lunch, a meal of my choice. If I’m in the office, the chances are it will be pasta, a tuna sandwich, or chicken caesar salad. If I’m working from home, the chances are it will be fish fingers or chicken burgers, waffles, and a side of vegetables. If I’m out, then I won’t eat until I get home (unless I’m out all day).

For dinner, a protein fruit smoothie — ideally after my workout as the optimal time to have protein after working out is 60 minutes.

So, the one meal is lunch. Cereal is not a meal, please don’t fool yourself.

The original OMAD diet is a form of intermittent fasting that involves eating whatever you want but only one meal in a one-hour window per day. Yeah, no thanks.

I’ve been doing this since April and can say my life has improved in the following ways:

  • Fuller for longer.
  • Feeling healthy on the inside.
  • Not feeling full and heavy in my stomach.
  • More energy.
  • Understand my body better.
  • And most importantly, I’ve broken an unhealthy obsession with large portions of meals.

To conclude, it’s not a lie when they tell you that abs are made in the kitchen, but the key ingredients are discipline and movement. I’ve been trying to get to this state of happiness for years. I’ve been combating my cravings for sweets on a daily basis for years.

When I think about it, it’s a blessing that I’m mid-size and not plus-size.

I can confirm I’ve not got abs yet, but I’ve been focusing on overall health and eating habits instead of shaping my waist and stomach.

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About the Creator

Shamar M

26. UK Based. Moans about everything (but in a fun way).

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  • Mariann Carroll3 months ago

    I know for me, Walking cause me to lose weight. I used to walk two miles or more a day when I had a dog. I used to be able to eat anything I want. I finally gain some weight when I stop walking. Now, I eat base on my stomach sensitivity. Non to low fiber meals base on my health criteria. Doctor’s recommendation. Oatmeal will surely help you lose weight. Good luck to your new diet regimen. 🥰

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