Effects of OMAD
There have been numerous stated benefits of the OMAD diet.
Does the OMAD diet work? It most likely does reduce weight because of the reduced calorie intake. OMAD translates to eating less which can contribute to weight loss. In OMAD, a person has to eat the required calorie intake in one meal and only drink non-calorie drinks such as tea and water during the rest of the day. A person’s calorie intake depends on their body’s needs and lifestyle.
Prevent or Manage Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is when the body has grown a resistance to insulin, the hormone responsible for controlling blood sugar levels. When following the OMAD diet, food is not always available.
Insulin remains low most of the day since insulin is usually secreted when a person eats. When insulin is not released constantly, the body doesn’t build resistance against it.
Reduce oxidative stress
Oxidative stress involves unstable molecules (free radicals) reacting with important molecules and damaging them. Oxidation is what causes many chronic diseases and aging. When the body is eating less unhealthy food, less of free radicals enter the body.
Improve heart health
Since OMAD promotes eating less and eating healthy, risk factors concerning heart diseases are reduced. Studies have shown that OMAD can regulate blood pressure, decrease bad cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels. However, many of these studies are based on animals. Further study needs to be conducted to prove the effectiveness of OMAD against heart disease.
Might be good for brain health
Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can encourage the growth of nerve cells which results in better brain function. An increase in the brain hormone called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) reduces a person’s risk of developing depression and other problems in the brain.