April 2013 Diet Challenge

April Diet Challenge Day Starts Here

I woke up this morning with a headache. I felt groggy and grotty and my head was bunged up like I had a cold.

I didn’t want to get out of bed, I just wanted to sleep it off.

Over-indulging as I’ve done this past weekend reminds me how much better I feel when I’m watching what I eat and how much of it I’m eating.

I felt bloated and lethargic for most of the morning and was craving natural foods and fruits.

It’s not surprising really because with this being the Easter weekend I’ve eaten more chocolate than I’d usually eat in a month.

Which is good! It’s out of my system now and I’m ready to face a new challenge in April.

Stating today I’m revisiting my One Meal a Day Diet and seeing how well I can do in the 30 days of April.

I’m committing to taking and posting a photo every day, along with details of my weight and measurements.

As for exercise, I’m going to keep it simple and minimal and therefore easily achievable every day.

As a baseline I’m committing to doing:

  • 50 Push Ups
  • 50 Squats
  • 30 minutes of walking


Maybe more if I get the opportunity, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself to go beyond the baseline.

I weighed myself this morning and hit the scale at 176.4 lbs.

My starting weight for the challenge will be whatever I weigh just before I eat my evening meal – which is the time I normally weigh myself.

Starting weight: 174.2

Day 1 174.2 lbs | Day 2 173.4 lbs | Day 3 172.2 lbs | Day 4 171.6 lbs

Day 5 170.8 lbs | Day 6 172.2 lbs | Day 7 172.0 lbs | Day 8 172.4 lbs

Day 9 171.4 lbs | Day 10 171.0 lbs | Day 11 170.6 | Day 12 169.2 lbs

Day 13 171.8 lbs | Day 14 172.2 lbs | Day 15 171.6 lbs | Day 16 170.4 lbs

Day 17 169.4 lbs | Day 18 168.6 lbs | Day 19 169.6 lbs | Day 20 171.6 lbs

Day 21 170.0 lbs | Day 22 169.6 lbs | Day 23 168.4 lbs

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Carolyn April 3, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I just have to respond and say how glad I am that there are others who find the “One meal a day” lifestyle the way to be. Last year I was doing this (just because it fit my lifestyle) and got to my lowest weight of 150. I am female, 5’4″. THEN I quit smoking five months ago and replaced one habit with another of snacking all the time. BOOM!! Welcome 25 pounds. Let’s just say, I am FURIOUS! So on we go to trying to lose…everything I tried wasn’t working…I just could not control my caloric intake. Then it hit me last week to go back to the one meal a day. I, too, don’t tell many people about this. Don’t want to hear the “That is SO unhealthy, blah, blah, blah.” Anyhoo…started last week and am down 3.6 pounds. I feel great! The mental clarity and energy are fantastic bonuses. Kudos to you and I look forward to your progress!


David April 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

Hi Carolyn, it’s great that you’re in the right frame on mind to do something about it. And if you’ve done it before… you can certainly do it again… and I believe you will too,

You’re right, it can be difficult to do if you don’t have the support of other people and even harder if they’re critical.

I’d love to hear how you progress.

Well done for a successful week! πŸ™‚


Amy April 8, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I am really glad I stumbled upon your blog. I had what I thought was a brilliant idea this weekend. I have been trying to lose weight and am stalled – and so I need to drop my calories to less than 1200 per day. That doesn’t bother me – but I HATE the “snacky” sort of meals you end up with on that calorie plan. I find eating more of an annoying chore than anything. Don’t get me wrong – I love me some food – sometimes. But on a daily basis planning and eating all of those meals seems tedious. I decided I would check with my doctor to see if she would support me eating one meal a day. I googled this to see if it was something others have tried and – Lo and Behold! It is!! I am SUPER excited to try this now!!!


David April 8, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Hi Amy! I know what you mean. I really struggled with the snacky diets. I never felt full. Spending some of the day a little hungry so that I can feel satisfied later in the day is worth going a little hungry throughout the day. Thing is though… if I’m busy I really don’t notice it too much.

It’s brilliant that your doctor is supporting you and I’d love to know how this works out for you. Please let me know.

I’m glad you found the site! πŸ™‚


inessa June 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm

hello there
Can we have a new challenge in july. Can not start on my own πŸ™


David July 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Hi Inessa, sorry for the delay. Life got the better of me for a while and I got sidetracked. I’ll explain in a post at some point.

I’m thinking about jumping straight back into it, so look out for a new post soon (maybe even today!).



sabz September 3, 2013 at 6:57 am

Hi, I weigh 103.6 lbs but I want to lose the fat that I have around my stomach, it is not a lot, So would you suggest this one day a meal with exercise to see toning results.
I was 123.4 lbs but I started eating one meal a day and now I am 103.6, but now I want to see some results with a toned body..
any advise


Bill November 27, 2013 at 9:19 pm

Hi David –

I’ve been a one meal per day kind of guy for 25 years. I recently quit smoking (after 35 years) and POOF I have 30 new pounds to get rid of. Any suggestions?


David November 27, 2013 at 10:24 pm

Hi Bill, quitting smoking is a huge deal, so well done on that. Gaining 30 pounds is something you can definitely turn around but the main thing was for you to quit smoking. I’d be tempted to view the weight gain as a temporary side effect and once you’re through the worst of the transition to being a non smoker again, you can work on the weight. One thing at a time. πŸ™‚ Well done though. That’s a terrific achievement!


Catherine February 20, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Hi David
Am avidly reading about the one meal a day and have sort of started doing this already just hadn’t really thought about it. Are you currently doing this? Would be grateful for any insight or encouragement.


David February 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Hi Catherine! I am still doing this. After achieving my initial goal to lose 30 lbs I kind of drifted in and out of it using it to maintain my weight or lose a few pounds whenever the desire arose. Right now though, I’ve been back on it since January 1st 2014 and I’m still losing weight but progress is slower – mainly because I’m eating too much! Hey, well, I might as well be honest about it, eh? Go to the home page http://1maddiet.com and you’ll see all the recent posts.

Give it a try. It’s nothing more than a simplistic way of limiting ow much I eat, by limiting the amount of time each day that I can consume food. It just so happens that it fits with my lifestyle and allows me to eat the food that I like.

I see no reason that it couldn’t work for most people, so give it a go!

And one meal a day doesn’t have to mean eating just once a day. It’s more about building the majority of the eating around one main meal.

Let me know how you get on…. let me know if I can help… and thanks for reading!

Dave πŸ™‚


Catherine February 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Hi David
Thankyou so much for responding to me. I started yesterday and as I said I was kinda doing it anyway so it’s not too bad at the moment have a bit to loose so I will stick at it. It helps that I know I can do it and that it has worked for others. I have lost 2 stone in the last 3 months but I think that was due to a new job role and just not eating really at all and I know that’s not the way to do it. Things have settled down at work now though and I so desperately want to continue my weight loss so here’s hoping. Thank you again.


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