The warrior diet is a diet based upon the evolutionary history of man and his ancestors as well as paying close attention to the instinctual cues for eating.
This is not the paleo diet or the caveman diet or the atkins diet.
According to this dietary theory, early man did not have the day-long access to food that we now take for granted.
In fact, more often than not, he was forced to subsist upon one large meal a day â€“ typically at night -while spending the day eating very little or nothing at all.
The warrior diet is, in fact, a form of intermittent fasting.
It depends upon an undereating stage during the day (or NO eating) and a large meal at night.
However, it doesn't require strict adherence to any kinds of quotas for calories, protein, fat, etc. Rather, it advises the dieter to "listen" to their body and use common sense.
The author of the warrior diet, Ori Hofmekler, argues that not eating (or eating very little) during the day ensures fat loss and triggers the warrior instinct.
He describes this instinct as a feeling of increased alertness, sharpened perception and greater overall energy.
A few important features of the warrior diet in terms of the actual types of food one eats are:
- Eat whole foods (fruits, vegetables, meat)
- Avoid processed and highly refined foods whenever possible
- Intelligent use of supplements based on research and tracking
- Eating carbs is OK. This isn't a low carb diet, per se.
All of these foods and supplements are thought to promote longevity.
An interesting component of the warrior diet is the exercise portion.
To the warrior of the past, uninterested in the vanity of the present day, claims Hofmekler, function was the sole priority.
Strength over size. Agility over mass. Performance over appearance.
The ancient warrior gleaned his physique and performance capabilities through hunter-gatherer, warrior-type activities.
This is also what the ancient Greeks modeled their physical training routines upon.
In a nutshell they were activities that resembled hunting and warfare.
Contrary to many popular training routines which advocate training to failure (TTF), the exercise component of the warrior diet contraindicates training to failure.
The warrior of the past who expended himself to exhaustion (failure), argues Hofmekler, was severely endangering his life.
He would have no energy left to fight off an assailant or flee from a threat and would spend several days or more having to recover his strength, meanwhile compromising his ability to hunt and defend himself with a full tank.
Thus, Hofmekler advocates using basic complex exercises such as the chin up, squat and deadlift to strengthen the entire body, particularly the back and joints.
Lastly, he believes in training just short of, but never to, failure.
This ensures a neurological success feedback loop that allows higher levels of performance.