Here’s Why Experts Are Worried About The Warrior Diet
- November 26, 2020
“The warrior diet is a stricter type of intermittent fasting, alternating between 20 hours of under-eating and 4 hours of unlimited intake. Experts worry this diet may lead to nutrient deficiencies and warn that it is inappropriate for many groups (like athletes or pregnant women),” Chrissy Carroll, RD, MPH, told verywellfit.com. And while this type of diet can have many positive health and weight-management effects, there are some potential major drawbacks that should be considered.
First, this type of fast/feast could lead to binge eating. Since you are encouraged to eat a virtually unlimited amount during a short window, you may develop obsessive thoughts about food during the fasting period due to feelings of deprivation, which could cause you to binge in an unhealthy way during the feast period. You may also experience obsessive thoughts about food during the fasting period. Depriving your body of calories during the fast period could also lead to other side effects like mood swings, weakness and dizziness, stress, anxiety, hormonal disruptions, and other issues. Someone could also suffer form nutrient deficiency on this diet because it might be difficult to consume the recommended servings of foods like fruit and vegetables all at once. For these reasons, this diet should never be tried by certain people, like anyone pregnant or trying to become pregnant, people who are nursing, those with diabetes, and people who require food with their medications (via Health).