The Warrior Diet: Switch on Your Biological Powerhouse For High Energy, Explosive Strength, and a Leaner, Harder Body (Anglais) Broché – 4 décembre 2007
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—Joseph, Mercola, DO, founder of Mercola.com
“In my quest for a lean, muscular body, I have seen practically every diet and suffered through most of them. It is also my business to help others with their fat loss programs. I am supremely skeptical of any eating plan or “diet” book that can’t tell me how and why it works in simple language. Ori Hofmekler’s The Warrior Diet does just this, with a logical, readable approach that provides grounding for his claims and never asks the reader to take a leap of faith. The Warrior Diet can be a very valuable weapon in the personal arsenal of any woman.”
—DC Maxwell, 2-time Women’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, Co-Owner, Maxercise Sports/Fitness Training Center and Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy East
"In a era of decadence, where wants and desires are virtually limitless, Ori's vision recalls an age of warriors, where success meant survival and survival was the only option. A diet of the utmost challenge from which users will reap tremendous benefits."
—John Davies, Olympic and professional sports strength/speed coach
“We’re so convinced that we’ve found 2002’s 25 best (the fastest, easiest, cheapest, and most effective) get-fit solutions, that we are awarding them a prize ... FIRST’S first annual Slimmys for weight-loss excellence. When it comes to diets, we weed the godsends from the gimmicks and give you the very best every issue. But our pick for best of the best? The Slimmy goes to ... The Warrior Diet.”
—First For Women magazine
“Women everywhere are raving about the super-effective ‘warrior’ diet—eating lightly during the day, feasting after dark, and losing weight at record speeds.”
—Woman’s World, November 2002
“Rare in books about food, there is wisdom in the pages of The Warrior Diet ... Ori Hofmekler knows the techniques, but he shows you a possibility—a platform for living your life as well. The Warrior Diet is a book that talks to all of you—the whole person hidden inside.”
—Udo Erasmus, author of Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill
“The Warrior Diet certainly defies so-called modern nutritional and training dogmas. Having met Ori on several occasions, I can certainly attest that he is the living proof that his system works. He maintains a ripped muscular body year round despite juggling extreme workloads and family life. His take on supplementation is refreshing as he promotes an integrated and timed approach. The Warrior Diet is a must-read for the nutrition and training enthusiast who wishes to expand his horizons.”
—Charles Poliquin, author of The Poliquin Principles and Modern Trends in Strength Training, three-time Olympic Strength Coach
“Ori Hofmekler has his finger on a deep, ancient and very visceral pulse—one that too many of us have all but forgotten. Part warrior-athlete, part philosopherromantic, Ori not only reminds us what this innate, instinctive rhythm is all about, he also shows us how to detect and rekindle it in our own bodies. His program challenges and guides each of us to fully reclaim for ourselves the strength, sinew, energy, and spirit that humans have always been meant to possess.”
—Pilar Gerasimo, Editor in Chief, Experience Life Magazine
“I think of myself as a modern-day warrior: businessman, family man, and competitive athlete. In the two years that I have been following The Warrior Diet, I have enjoyed the predators’ advantage of freedom from the necessity of frequent feedings. I also benefit from the competitive edge of being a fat burning machine. My twelve-year-old son, who is also a competitive athlete, has naturally gravitated toward The Warrior Diet. He is growing up lean, strong, and healthy, unlike many of his peers, many of whom, even in this land of plenty, are overweight and frequently sick.”
—Stephen Maxwell, two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion, Co-Owner, Maxercise Sports/Fitness Training Center and Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy East
“An original, distinctive, and highly satisfying diet plan, The Warrior Diet is meant especially for those who pursue an active lifestyle.”
—Midwest Book Review
"I refuse to graze all day, I have better things to do. I choose The Warrior Diet."
—Pavel Tsatsouline, author of Power to the People! and The Russian Kettlebell
“Sill stronger, leaner, and fitter then ever with the Warrior Diet!”
—World Cup Climber Jürgen Reis
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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.
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I removed :
- one star because the author promotes way too much his supplements,
- one star because of the lack of scientific background.
Nevertheless, I will be applying what the author wrote for a while (what and when to eat, exception made for supplements).
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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 warrior diet is mini-fasts and the avoidance of carbohydrates, especially the processed kind. Hofmekler is not entirely rigorous in that recommendation however, allowing one to eat fresh fruits and vegetables or even some protein during the undereating or fasting phase. Notice that this diet is similar to some of the low-carbs diets currently fashionable. Note also that mini-fasting results in a period of time in which the digestive system is given a rest. With no food in the system, the body is forced to burn fat. Fat burns clean, relatively speaking, as Hofmekler explains. This is quite a change from the days when we were taught that fat was the culprit. Today we know that concentrated, processed carbohydrates and such things as corn syrup are what is making America fat and frankly sick.
In essence the warrior diet is a return to the natural diet of humans as it was (per force) practiced in the Pleistocene prior to the rise of agriculture. When one looks at such a diet, which included, small animals, insects, roots, tubers, fruits, vegetables, and the occasional large animal, it is easy to see that it was almost impossible to get fat or at any rate stay fat for any length of time. The two main foods that are making Westerners fat are readily available carbohydrates and an abundance of fats and oils. In the prehistory there were oats and wheat and barley and such, but the seeds were relatively small and to make a meal required a lot of hand processing. I have experimented with some of the natural foods found here in California, acorns, black walnuts, pine nuts, wild oats, wild grapes; and the striking thing I have discovered is just how much time and energy it requires to process these foods. Using hand tools and existing on these foods along with fish and whatever meat I could get, I could never get fat.
So what Hofmekler is recommending is a return to such a way of living. Since the foods for us are readily available with little processing, the time that would have been spent in hand processing should now be spent in fasting (which was the case in the prehistory).
There is an incredible amount of detail in this book as Hofmekler compares his diet to other diets, as he incorporates workouts, food preparation and recipes, and gets specific about all kinds of foods; but the hard kernel of truth here, in my opinion, is simply this: eat less, eat less often, exercise, and avoid denatured foods. Note that "eat less often" implies mini-fasts. Perhaps the biggest mistake we make is to eat from habit, to eat when we are not really hungry. If we always waited until we were ravenous before eating we would both enjoy the food more and be healthier.
I also like the idea of seeing oneself as something other than a couch potato, indoctrinated by corporate interests to a life of relative passivity and constant consumption. So the metaphor of "The Warrior Diet" is welcome in a marketing sense and more appealing (and sexier!) than what I think is more accurate, which is "A Hunter-Gatherer Diet." One of the reasons that Hofmekler uses the term "warrior" is to suggest in a somewhat subliminal way one of his prescriptions, that is to avoid what he considers estrogen-promoting foods such as "processed soy products...conventional produce, meats, poultry, and pork" and other foods. (See e.g., page 154, or better yet his previous book "The Anti-Estrogenic Diet" for the full story.)
By the way, I still practice a one square meal a day diet, although I must confess that I snack a little too much in-between! Hofmekler's book (incidentally in its second edition, which suggests its value) has come along just in time to inspire me to return to a more rigorous practice. This morning as I write this, 15 hours have passed since I ate anything. I am not the slightest bit hungry and this is after walking an hour in the rain and doing some chores. However I will enjoy my coffee and homemade bread soon.
That said - it really isn't a fad diet! I've been on fad diets and gained to 160lbs as a 5'7" female. Atkins, low fat, high fat, 6 mini meals, until I finally decided to give up dieting once and for all.
I found myself eating a large meal at night and not much during the day and feeling better and losing weight! So I researched large dinner meals on the web so I wouldn't feel so guilty for eating against most nutrition and diet fad dogma. I found this book and was so happy to have someone back up my own instinctive findings!
While this way of eating may not work for everyone, once you get used to eating very lightly during the day, you'll have so much more energy! Sometimes I break down and eat a sandwich or a meal at lunchtime, then get very sluggish and I find I need coffee or some type of caffeine to get through the afternoon. When I'm drinking lots of water and small bits of protein bar throughout the day - no meals - I fly through with amazing clarity of mind.
I find I look forward to my main meal around 8pm and it tastes so good. It also feels better than ever in my life after eating that meal. Instead of feeling bloated and sick I feel satisfied and comfortable.
One final note (actually 2)
1) I absolutely love eating a large meal at dinner and having other girls look at my chocolate cake or fatty meal in envy (I'm now 130lbs 5'7" and toned), or have my friends make remarks that they can't believe I can eat like that and stay thin :)
2) I used to binge eat when I was dieting, and would eat until I felt very sick at night. I can honestly say this is different, I'm not rifling through the fridge stuffing whatever I can find in my mouth, or going through a tub of ice cream, I'm just eating a large meal, as I've seen so many athlete guys do at night (I used to be on a swim team, and boy do those guys pack in their dinner). It feels healthy, satisfying and I've grown to like the slight feeling of emptiness during the day as I feel alert and energetic, not deprived as I used to.
PS. There was a reviewer who said he gave the diet a bad review until he tried working out before dinner...I usually do go for a jog just after work/before dinner so yes, I do work out along with eating this way.
Overall, I still think this diet has many interesting points and maybe great for some, but DO NOT hesitate to eat ample amounts of acceptable foods during the day (raw fruits and veggies) if you feel you need it. Even then, pay attention to your body's signals in the long run. If you're not feeling good, give it a break. There are many scientific studies that support this way of eating, but there are also many that support eating more regularly. What's the answer? Who knows. For me the answer is to experiment a little and listen to my body. Maybe for some it's good to eat this way for a while, and then to eat more regularly for a while. In the end, there is no ONE WAY our ancestors ate all the time. Food supplies depended on so many factors that we are probably pretty flexible. Maybe variety is really what we need, whereas eating one way for too long may offer diminishing returns. Just some food for thought.
-I have been on the diet for nearly a month now and I have to admit it works, for me. During the first two weeks I was dropping a pound every 1-2 days slowly tapering off to 1 pound of weight a week(13 total pounds as of this morning). I didn't find it hard to undereat during the day as long as I knew I was getting my reward that evening with a nice big meal. I am an avid drug free weight trainer and have lost no strength nor have I lost any size where it counts. I am losing bodyfat big-time, and have lost a total of 4 inches off my waist as of the day I write this. I have an over-abundance of energy throughout the day but especially around feeding time and have caught myself pacing in anticipation of my meals, its not a hunger thing either its more like some sort animal hunter thing that has been awakened, Grrr!
-After reading this over though I am thinking it may be a conditioned response... like some sort of zoo animal at feeding time. I guess I could vary my feeding times or take up hunting animals with a sharpened stick and a big rock.
I followed the diet along with following a system of workouts based on static weightlifting (i.e., deadlifts, standing presses) and ballistic lifting (clean and jerks, snatches), as well as aerobic training.
As for the diet itself, it is revolutionary to our modern dietary "philosophy", which in my way of thinking, says: "I would rather be comfortable than be truly alive." It was not so much the name "Warrior Diet" as it was the philosophy behind it that inspired me to practice it.
In short, the author encourages the reader to strive for a state of physical and mental toughness, the foundation of which is built on our most basic function- eating. During the day, one eats small amounts of fruits and vegetables (with a little protein). At night, one can eat until s/he is satisfied.
Over a period of two months, I've lost only 8 lbs. (from 175 to 167), but, much to my wife's delight, I have regained musculature that I haven't seen in twenty years. Even more, my concentration has greatly improved and I don't get the afternoon blahs like I did under my old (conventional) rules of eating.
To top it off, I think my attitude is changing. I am an engineer, and more like Dilbert than I care to admit. However, since I've been going without food during the day and eating like a horse at night, I've turned into a real horse's $$$ at work. Not in a bad way- I still have my job- but I find myself speaking up to defend good ideas and tearing up bad ones. In other words, I don't go with the flow anymore. Is this due to the diet or merely psychological? I don't have a clue, but in light of the other benefits, I'll keep practicing the Warrior Diet.
And I don't care if you find this review helpful or not.
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