The warrior diet: Plan including fasting and intensive exercise NOT for the faint hearted
- April 14, 2021
Big eaters will feel comforted by the fact that calories are not restricted – however the times when you can eat your food is.
The diet recommends fasting or eating very little for 12 to 16 hours a day – and feasting during a small window of time in the evening, typically four hours.
The warrior diet was created by Ori Hofmekler in the late 1990s.
The intense ritual is designed to put the body under stress to coax out the best responses to changes in diet and fitness.
Hofmekler said: “If your stress response is inadequate or inhibited, you’ll be prone to health risks.“
Eating only during a brief period of time triggers the stress response in the body. Hofmeker claimed that once this happened stress proteins and anti-inflammatory and immune molecules will search out and destroy weakness in the body – presumably to fortify it for its new, harsher environment.
The diet recommends eating fruits, vegetables, beans and pulses, root veg, dairy and meat – avoiding all processed food.
Livestong.com suggests that the diet will result in better protein absorption and increased muscle growth.
The site says: “This is because training during the undereating phase may have increased the anabolic, or muscle-building, response to resistance exercise.”
In terms of exercise Hofmekler’s book, “The Warrior Diet: Switch on Your Biological Powerhouse for High Energy, Explosive Strength, and a Leaner, Harder Body”, suggests strength training using body weight – such as push ups, pull ups and squats, with small amounts of HIIT training.
Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com, said: “The Warrior Diet is a fad diet, which involves refraining from eating during the day and then in a four hour period in the evening consuming whole based organic foods and avoiding processed foods.
“The Warrior Diet is not a sustainable way of eating in the long term and can be very difficult to stick to, especially if you live with people who are eating three meals a day.
“I wouldn’t advise this diet personally, as it can be difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs through one meal. By just consuming one meal it can also make you feel extremely hungry, leading you to binge eat more than usual. This in turn can deter you from shifting the weight which you wish to lose.”
A very different diet, that advocates sleeping to lose weight, was explored on Channel 4’s How to Lose Weight Well.
One man looking to lose weight fast for his university reunion looked for help from the show’s presenters, Dr Xand van Tulleken and dietician Hala El-Shafie.
Rob had six weeks to undergo his weight loss transformation and, weighing just over 21 stone, the experts suggested he try shedding the pounds on The Sleeping Beauty Diet.
The diet, which has been written about by Dr Michael Breus in his book ‘The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan’, requires participants to sleep between seven to nine hours per night and to eat foods that promote healthy sleep.
The only things which should be cut out are drinking caffeine or alcohol near bedtime and exercising within four hours of sleeping.
The raspberry ketone diet has soared in popularity recently.
Results from clinical animal studies have revealed Raspberry Ketone can help enhance the fat burning process and reduce fatty tissue in the body.
The Food Standards Agency classified Raspberry Ketone as a ‘novel food’ – a type of food that does not have a significant history of consumption or one that is produced in a way that has not previously been used for food.
In making Raspberry Ketone a novel food, the Foods Standards Agency has also made it illegal to sell the substance within the European Union.
Before undertaking any diet you should consult your doctor.