“Along with the many benefits of leisure-class living comes obesity and its attendant ailments. In The Warrior Diet, Ori Hofmekler looks not forward but backward for a solution–to the primal habits of early cultures such as nomads and hunter-gatherers, the Greeks, and the Romans. Based on survival science, this book proposes not ordinary dietary changes but rather a radical yet surprisingly simple lifestyle overhaul.
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 Lifeauthor 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.”
An interesting and controversial diet book with a title that any red-blooded male can appreciate.
For many of us, adopting the Warrior Diet will require a radical shift in meal times, but the benefits of intermittent fasting (IF) can definitely be worth it. Ori’s fasting protocol is commonly compared online with the Leangains principals, and you’ll find more up-to-date research on IF there.
Many of Ori’s ideas verge on romanticism with warrior cultures of the past, and many of his points are not scientifically backed, however, nutritional science is inconsistent at the best of times so we recommend you give this one a read. Back when Ori wrote this, the lipid hypothesis was in full swing, and as such, he unfairly demonizes dietary fat – we recommend pairing the reading of The Warrior Diet with Gary Taubes ‘Why We Get Fat‘ to bring the nutrition up to speed.
You definitely won’t forget the teachings in The Warrior Diet, for better or worse.