The Warrior Diet is a very specific diet based primarily on the timing of your meals. The diet claims to be the only one based on human instincts, allowing you to eat as much as you'd like from any food group while still losing weight. The Warrior Diet, based on of the way a historic warrior may have lived, is meant to be a lifestyle rather than just a fad diet.
The Warrior Diet was created by bestselling author Ori Hofmekler. Its premise is to "eat one main meal at night, avoid chemicals, combine foods adequately and challenge your body physically...The result: a leaner, stronger and healthier body." By only eating at night, Hofmekler claims that we are giving in to our inherent nature as nocturnal eaters, working physically throughout the day when we should undereat, and overeating when it's time to finally relax. During your one and only meal, you are to eat protein, vegetables and fruit. Carbohydrates should only be included if you are still hungry. You should stop eating when you feel fully satisfied, or when you are more thirsty than hungry.
The theory behind The Warrior Diet is to mimic the ways of a historic warrior. In the environment of the ancient warriors' time, there was a primal need to undereat in times of danger and battle, and overeat at night when they were able to rest. This diet suggests undereating for a full 20 hours and then overeating at night for four hours.
The Nervous System
Though we are not true warriors, the diet suggests that by obtaining this eating pattern, we can restore health and fitness by focusing on the effects of the autonomic nervous system, or ANS. The ANS regulates organs such as the heart, stomach and intestines as well as areas like blood vessels, skin and eyes. The ANS is comprised of three parts. The sympathetic nervous system, or SNS, activates in times of stress. It is the "fight or flight" reaction. The parasympathetic nervous system, or PSNS, operates during times of rest. The enteric nervous system, or ENS, regulates the digestive system.
When in the 20-hour undereating phase of this diet, the SNS supposedly kicks into gear, forcing the body to use fat stores as a source of energy, therefore promoting fat and weight loss. During the overeating phase, when you consume your only meal of the day, the body's overall metabolic rate increases, encouraging your body's ability to burn even more fat. The diet claims that overeating at night helps you relax and replenish energy reserves.
Hofmekler has developed an entire line of supplements and products designed to use with the diet. A variety of products are geared towards women, including supplements that ease PMS, kits purported to get rid of stubborn belly fat, and formulas promoted to encourage healthy hormonal balance.