From the ketogenic diet to intermittent fasting, the internet churns out a never-ending supply of new diet trends that well-meaning people swear will change your life. On Reddit, the preferred platform of many bio-hacking bros, these diets often take on a life of their own. People share their experiments, success stories, and occasionally problematic diet ideas.
Such is the case with the “OMAD” diet subreddit, which has amassed more than 50K active members, according to a Reddit representative. OMAD stands for “one meal a day,” and it’s an extreme version of intermittent fasting that involves eating for one hour and not eating for the other 23 each day. Followers of the diet say that you can eat whatever you want during your daily meal, and while you fast you can only have calorie-free beverages.
Why would anyone do this when you could just eat all day long? People claim the OMAD diet speeds up weight loss, and is extremely convenient — especially in the summertime when you’re travelling a lot. But, like many internet-famous diet trends, this should come with a massive disclaimer that it’s not for everyone, and probably will do more harm than good.