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"Ori Hofmekler's Warrior Diet principles are some of the most cutting-edge and useful strategies I am aware of for rejuvenating your muscles and your brain. His unique perspective and keen insights into integrating nutrition and fitness will catalyze your ability to optimize your health. I have personally used this diet with great success to rapidly increase my lean body mass, and I consider it a crucial component to successfully achieving your ideal weight."
—Joseph, Mercola, DO, founder of

“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.”
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"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

About the Author

Ori Hofmekler is a well-known political artist and health expert. The founder, editor, and publisher of the national health and fitness magazine Mind and Muscle Power, he is the author of The Anti-Estrogenic Diet and Maximum Muscle, Minimum Fat.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Snake Books; 2 Rev Exp edition (December 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583942009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583942000
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ori Hofmekler is a modern renaissance man whose formative military experience prompted a life interest in survival science. A graduate of the Bezalel Academy of Art and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he received a degree in Human Science, he is a world-renowned artist whose political satire artwork has been featured in books and magazines worldwide.

As editor-in-chief of Mind and Muscle Power magazine, Hofmekler introduced his diet approach to the public to immediate acclaim from readers and professionals. His best seller Warrior Diet book was first published in 2002 followed by a new revised edition published by North Atlantic Books in 2007. In 2005, Hofmekler authored the highly acclaimed Maximum Muscle Minimum Fat/ The Secret Science Behind Physical Transformation followed by 2nd edition in 2007. Hofmekler's 2006 book, The Anti-Estrogenic Diet, offers natural dietary strategies against hormonal-disrupting chemicals in our food and environment. His upcoming book Unlocking Your Muscle Gene / Trigger the Biological Mechanism that Transforms Your Body and Extends Your Life, will be published this fall by North Atlantic Books.

His Take No Prisoners newsletter exposes fallacies in the areas of diet and fitness. It presents the true principles of human survival and how to put them in practice in today's world. For more information, please see

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259 of 278 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
Many years ago when I was a young man I followed a diet similar to the one recommended here by Ori Hofmekler. It wasn't something that I planned or followed with any kind of rigor. I just more or less fell into it. I would get up in the morning and have coffee and toast with peanut butter and preserves or honey. (Of course Hofmekler's "warrior diet" does not recommend bread during the "undereating" phase.) I would then go most of the rest of the day without eating anything. In the evening I would reward myself with a huge meal. Sometimes I didn't eat that meal until sometime after midnight.

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.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Skylo on September 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
First off, I gave this book 4 stars only because of the recommended supplements - if the author wasn't touting expensive supplements to go with the diet I'd give it 5 stars.

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.
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236 of 257 people found the following review helpful By Robin H. on January 19, 2011
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I enjoyed this diet for three months, and lost weight though not as much as I would have liked. I think I followed it pretty carefully and didn't use it as an excuse to binge or eat unhealthy foods (not often at least). Then after about three months of feeling relatively comfortable on the diet (though my boyfriend said I got bitchier), I suddenly started feeling hungry during the day in a way that I hadn't before. Like I felt like I was going to eat any object that came near my mouth (even if it was a shoe, or someone's arm). I felt like I was digesting myself from the inside out. In addition, I felt shaky and totally frazzled (not in a low-blood sugar way, but more in a nervous sense) like I was falling apart mentally and physically. I visited my naturopathic doctor, and she said my diet was stressing my adrenals. She got me on some adrenal support and had me drink a morning smoothy with berries, hemp protein, nut butter, etc. I immediately felt drastically better. Since then I have been doing some research online and read in many places that going for long periods without eating was stressful on the adrenals. Like maybe all that good "energy" we get from fasting is actually depleting our bodies resources.

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.
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