The Warrior Diet & Why It Works For Me

I’ll be the first one to say that diets are bullshit. There’s no magic plant or seed or tea or whatever that’s going to magically make you skinnier and healthier if you don’t put in the work. Healthy eating is simple. Eat fruits and vegetables and lean proteins and nothing that comes out of a box or can. Exercise every single day. That’s it! Super simple right?

The Warrior Diet is a fasting diet. Fasting is a practice that has been used since ancient times for various religious and health purposes. The Warrior Diet is a way of eating that cycles extended periods of little food intake with short windows of overeating. It has been promoted as an effective way to lose weight and improve energy levels and mental clarity. It was created in 2001 by Ori Hofmekler, a former member of the Israeli Special Forces, who transitioned into the field of fitness and nutrition. This diet is considered a type of intermittent fasting, an umbrella term for eating patterns that include periods of reduced calorie intake over a defined period. The Warrior Diet is based on the eating patterns of ancient warriors, who consumed little during the day and then feasted at night. According to its founder, it’s designed to “improve the way we eat, feel, perform and look” by stressing the body through reduced food intake, thus triggering “survival instincts.” It should be noted that Ori Hofmekler himself acknowledges that the Warrior Diet is based on his own beliefs and observations — not strictly on science. People following this diet undereat for 20 hours per day, then consume as much food as desired at night. During the 20-hour fasting period, dieters are encouraged to consume small amounts of dairy products, hard-boiled eggs and raw fruits and vegetables, as well as plenty of non-calorie fluids. After 20 hours, people can essentially binge on any foods they want within a four-hour overeating window. However, unprocessed, healthy and organic food choices are encouraged.

Now there are specific reasons why this way of eating may be easier for me than for others. I have thyroid disease and after having my thyroid removed I have to take thyroid hormone replacement medication. Once you take it you can’t eat for at least an hour. After taking it in the morning I’m usually off for the day. However to be honest with you I’ve never really been able to eat in the morning. So by the time I even get hungry it’s lunch time or later. So I find it very easy to sticking to eating all my food in a 4 hour window.

Having said that I’ll be the first one to tell you that I am not strict and don’t follow any diet 100%. I have coffee and wine on the regular and those are big no-no’s on a diet. Life’s too short for that! I’m also kinda keto, but I’m sorry I’m not removing fruit from my diet I don’t care how much sugar is in it.

I guess the important thing is to find what works for you, instead of rigidly sticking to someone else’s rules. That’s what I did and I lost 80 lbs twice 😋

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