The Warrior Diet: Switch on Your Biological Powerhouse For High Energy, Explosive Strength, and a Leaner, Harder Body
Along with the many benefits of leisure-class living comes obesity and its attendant ailments. In The Warrior Diet, Ori Hofmekler looks not forward but backward for a solution–to the primal habits of early cultures such as nomads and hunter-gatherers, the Greeks, and the Romans. Based on survival science, this book proposes not ordinary dietary changes but rather a radical yet surprisingly simple lifestyle overhaul.
Drawing on both scientific studies and historical data, Hofmekler argues that robust health and a lean, strong body can best be achieved by mimicking the classical warrior mode of cycling—working and eating sparingly (undereating) during the day and filling up at night. Specific elements from the Warrior Diet Nutritional Program (finding ideal fuel foods and food combinations to reduce body fat) to the Controlled Fatigue Training Program (promoting strength, speed, and resilience to fatigue through special drills), literally reshape body and mind. Individual chapters cover warrior meals and recipes; sex drive, potency, and animal magnetism; as well as personalizing the diet for women. Featuring forewords by Fit for Life author Harvey Diamond and Fat That Kills author Dr. Udo Erasmus, The Warrior Diet shows readers weary of fad diets how to attain enduring vigor, explosive strength, a better appearance, and increased vitality and health.
One step away from the hunter-gatherer diet
By Dennis Littrell - January 22, 2008
Many years ago when I was a young man I followed a diet similar to the one recommended here by Ori Hofmekler. It wasn't something that I planned or followed with any kind of rigor. I just more or less fell into it. I would get up in the morning and have coffee and toast with peanut butter and preserves or honey. (Of course Hofmekler's "warrior diet" does not recommend bread during the "undereating" phase.) I would then go most of the rest of the day without eating anything. In the evening I would reward myself with a huge meal. Sometimes I didn't eat that meal until sometime after midnight.
I was never hungry during the undereating phase. As anyone who has ever fasted can tell you, when you have eaten nothing for a while and are burning fat, you experience no hunger. You are serene. I also maintained the same weight for many years following this habit of only eating one large meal a day.
If looked at closely it can be seen that the essence of the... read more
My 3-Month Experience: Interesting With Caveats
By Robin H. - January 19, 2011
I enjoyed this diet for three months, and lost weight though not as much as I would have liked. I think I followed it pretty carefully and didn't use it as an excuse to binge or eat unhealthy foods (not often at least). Then after about three months of feeling relatively comfortable on the diet (though my boyfriend said I got bitchier), I suddenly started feeling hungry during the day in a way that I hadn't before. Like I felt like I was going to eat any object that came near my mouth (even if it was a shoe, or someone's arm). I felt like I was digesting myself from the inside out. In addition, I felt shaky and totally frazzled (not in a low-blood sugar way, but more in a nervous sense) like I was falling apart mentally and physically. I visited my naturopathic doctor, and she said my diet was stressing my adrenals. She got me on some adrenal support and had me drink a morning smoothy with berries, hemp protein, nut butter, etc. I immediately felt drastically better. Since then I have... read more
A Fantastic Return to Instinctual Eating
By M. Harris "Eagle of Thor" - January 3, 2008
While I do understand that not everyone will enjoy this diet, or even benefit from it, in my life it has altered my health and energy dramatically. I have tried eating the "clean" bodybuilders diet for the last 2 years to put on size. I have done my cardio, intervals and slow paced mileage. I don't care about that anymore. I want to feel alive, primal, loving, and in tune. And for me this diet is a cornerstone of that lifestyle. I have never felt the need to write a review of a book, this is my first, and it deserves to be read at the least.