Warrior Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

the-warrior-dietThe Warrior Diet exercise and nutrition program, created by Ori Hofmekler, hinges on a somewhat controversial diet based on a daily cycle of “undereating” during the day and “overeating” at night.

The rationale is that the historic “warrior”, in order to succeed in the environment of the time, had a primal need to cycle between undereating during the day (when physical activity and danger were always present), and overeating at night (when able to rest and eat a good daily meal).

Modern humans in a changed environment can therefore restore health and fitness, by returning to that cycle with the Warrior Diet.

Warrior Diet grounding

The nervous system is the primary focus here, specifically that part called the autonomic nervous system (ANS).

Body organs such as the heart, stomach and intestines (viscera), and muscles within these organs and other areas like blood vessels, skin, and eyes, as well as the glands of the body, are regulated by the ANS. We are mostly unaware of its workings; for example, when blood vessels change size or when our heart beats faster, these functions are involuntary and reflexive in nature.

The ANS has 3 parts –

  • The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) which kicks in when emergencies occur, causing stress and requiring us to “fight” or take “flight” (flee)
  • The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) which operates in normal or nonemergency times, allowing us to “rest” and “digest”
  • The enteric nervous system (ENS), present in all vertebrates, which regulates the normal digestive activity of the digestive system and prepares it for whatever is coming, whether a meal or a frantic energy-sapping physical activity

The undereating phase of the Warrior Diet is supposed to prepare and alert the SNS to potential stress, resulting in the generation of energy and ultimately the burning of fat. While undereating, the body is forced to use fat storage as a source of fuel for maximum metabolic efficiency – thus promoting weight-loss.

The overeating phase of the Warrior Diet recognizes the role of the PSNS in regulating digestion, elimination and other metabolic activities that slow you down. Eating during the day stops this process and blocks the body’s ability to remove toxins and waste from the body. Since detoxification is imperative for health and to delay aging, eating occurs mainly at night.

Warrior Diet program

The program involves a Fat Loss Program and exercise and nutrition regimes. And is well outlined in the book.

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Here is a summary of each component.

Fat Loss Program

The Fat Loss program is specifically designed to

  1. Force the body to detoxify
  2. Improve utilization of fat as fuel
  3. Improve utilization of carb as fuel

This process helps to boost overall metabolic rate, thereby enhancing the body’s capacity to maximize fat loss.

Exercise and Nutrition Programs

Exercise and nutrition programs provide short, intense strength and aerobic exercises, along with pre-workout and post-workout meals. This approach intends to reduce fat while maintaining or improving muscle tone.

The emphasis of the Warrior Diet program is on having large evening meals on the one hand, and shedding the “calorie counting” common to most diets on the other.

    Citations:

  • Morton, G. J., Cummings, D. E., Baskin, D. G., Barsh, G. S., & Schwartz, M. W. (2006). Central nervous system control of food intake and body weight. Nature, 443(7109), 289-295. link
  • Liu, M. T., Seino, S., & Kirchgessner, A. L. (1999). Identification and characterization of glucoresponsive neurons in the enteric nervous system. The Journal of neuroscience, 19(23), 10305-10317. link
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: June 10, 2015. Disclaimer

39 Comments

  1. Matt 5 months ago

    Eat some yogurt and fruit, oatmeal, eggs with vegatables

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  2. Delaine Walker

    What do you eat during the day? nothing or can you eat healthy snacks, like nuts and fruit?

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  3. Jenn

    This is week two for me and I feel great!! More energy and so far I lost about 5 pounds. It is definetly not just a diet, it is a life style change. I get plenty of raw vegetables and water during the day. Night time I still get my vegetables and protein. I make sure not to eat after 7 pm. I love being a warrior and I woul recomend this to anyone who wants real results

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  4. Dan

    I been on the Warrior diet for about 2 months on intense weightlifting(compound movements)and ZERO cardio. I have gained 12 pounds, i am leaner and getting stronger(solid 150lbs). On this way of life(not diet) it is crucial to eat BIG at night, cause after a longs day training you really need it. Eggs,oatmeal,tuna,potatoes, and steak. good luck

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  5. Dg

    @Ron Griffin

    you’re supposed to eat before you go to sleep, just cus the diet says “eat at night” – don’t take it literally. They just assume that nights means “before sleep” for most ppl

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  6. Matt

    I just started this diet and so far I like it, usually after eating lunch I would experience an energy crash and would want to take a nap.

    The great thing that I have noticed is that this diet can be adapted to your lifestyle.

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  7. Nikki

    Well this is day three for me and I have to say I am pretty excited to see how I feel a few weeks later. So far it’s been hard but rewarding. I was always taught to eat small and frequently so my body still needs to completely adjust. One thing that surprised me was that I normally struggle with blood sugar swings and I certianly thought that by not eating it would be intensified. What I found is completely the opposite and feel quite balanced…. Good luck to whoever tries this diet! It is freeing which is almost worth more than any kind of weight loss.

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  8. Limana Grace

    This is not a diet, it’s a pure and natural way of life. I would recommend it a hundred times over; I’ve maintained a lean and sinewy figure for a year based on this program. Don’t be dissuaded by those who gained weight. The “overeating” phases encourages the consumption of great food, not copious amounts of processed, trans fatty rubbish. My dinners include home-made chicken and vegetable pie, fresh fries cooked in olive oil, salad and strawberry and yogurt dessert. Yummy right? But if you chuck back a three burgers, fatty fries and a litre of icecream, of course you’re going to pack on the pounds! Short, intense exercise is important too.

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  9. Ron Griffin

    I work permanent night shift! Should I have my big meal when I get up at 4p.m. or wait until 2a.m. my equivalant of teatime? I don’t think I could manage to eat a big meal as soon as I get up, so maybe this diet can’t work for me.

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  10. jn

    What about people that work night shifts? or 12/24 hour shifts. shift work??? I dont get how this could work for me.

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  11. mohan

    dear all,

    I am very interested to try this Warrior diet.I have big belly and hope to vaporise it..LOL…I really hope this diet works….

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  12. Lane

    Bienda, good luck! Keep us posted.

    This diet REALLY works, and no diet has ever worked for me before. I didn’t actually read about diet until today, but for the last 3 months I have been eating only 1 big meal a day, however much I want. So i’ve been following the diet for about 3 months

    I’ve lost 46 lbs already! And I haven’t even been working out at all.

    After the first couple weeks, it is very easy.. and my stomach doesn’t growl much, because it has learned that it’s OK for it to be EMPTY for a while.

    Think about it, your body won’t ever burn fat if it has calories in your stomach that are easier to burn.

    If your stomach is empty, it must burn fat.

    The best part about this diet plan is after a while, it really does feel more natural. You have more energy during the day because your not wasting it on digesting, and then at night you can eat as much as you want, and feel content, but not guilty.

    For me, a big meal also helps me fall asleep no problem.

    So far this diet has worked wonders for me, I feel so much lighter, and its easier to move and walk. I am going to start working out and continue this diet for as long as I can foresee.

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  13. Bienda

    I’am desperate to lose weight but really enjoy my food. I’d rather eat a tasty balanced meal of an evening than eat tastless diet food during the course of the day. It also gives me the oppertunity to enjoy an evening meal with my family. So tomorrow is the day. I’am ready for a change, once the first 3-5 days have past I hope my boby will ajust to this new regime. I’ll keep you all posted, wihs me luck!

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  14. Andy P

    Excellent program! Has enhanced my workout capacity and I sleep better too. I suggest anyone try this as it will change your life. Thanks Ori!!

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  15. Chris

    I been on warrior diet for almost two months, and will never go back to eating like I did before. So liberating not to have to eat cereals in the morning and processed meats during lunch and all that crap, and then walking around in the supermarket trying to figure out what to eat at dinner .. Hahaha, crappy lifestyle, Warrior diet is teh way to, very liberating and gets you focused towards what you really desire,once you let go off all the crap-food.

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  16. Cameron

    I lost over 25 pounds 7 years ago, and have kept the weight off. I’ve recently heard of this diet, and I suppose my routine is comaparable with it, although I’ve not researched it.

    I don’t eat breakfast or lunch (although on some days I’ll have a little something to tide me over in the day, but not a full-scale meal). I do NOT consider my routine to be a “diet” – that implies a regimen you impose over what you’d otherwise want. Something that “hangs by a thread,” and at some point comes crashing down to earth (like so many people’s diet plans invariably do).

    I consider that I’ve gravitated into a genuinely beneficial eating pattern, one where I don’t feel deprived. When I used to eat breakfast, that simply “got my juices flowing” so I was in an eating mode throughout the day. When I see people spread their dietary intake over multiple small meals, I have the image of dieters munching carrots and celery from baggies and grumbling that they crave”real food.” Hanging by a thread, indeed.

    Carrots and celery ARE real food, the type of which I include in my one large meal of the day. Beyond that, I’d have to do more research, because I have only a passing familiarity with the Warrior Diet. But my practice seems to be very similar.

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  17. T

    Done it for years, trained many clients on it, The term undereating is what leads to failure. Ive found NO Intake but No or low calorie drink tea diet etc it what works,during STARVATION phase. And it is STARVATION. Then eat what and as much as you want, IN the eating window.

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  18. john

    i just bought the book and soon I’ll be testing this diet. It’s a bit confusing though that some people are saying that it doesn’ t work and others say it does. By the way this diet makes me think about the RAMADA, muslims fast for like a month in the year for religious perpouces. So unconciously they’re on this diet plan.

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  19. The jacker

    I gained too much weight on it. Followed it to a T and gained over 22 lbs in the course of a month – I stuck it out but it just didn’t deliver – stay away

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