- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Blue Snake Books; 2nd Revised ed. edition (December 4, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1583942009
- ISBN-13: 978-1583942000
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The Warrior Diet: Switch on Your Biological Powerhouse For High Energy, Explosive Strength, and a Leaner, Harder Body Paperback – December 4, 2007
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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 Mercola.com
“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
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—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.”
—Midwest Book Review
"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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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. Maybe for some it's good to eat this way for a while, and then to eat more regularly for a while. In the end, there is no ONE WAY our ancestors ate all the time. Food supplies depended on so many factors that we are probably pretty flexible. Maybe variety is really what we need, whereas eating one way for too long may offer diminishing returns. Just some food for thought.
I found that the author would contradict himself from page to page. I returned the book so I can't give a direct quote or page numbers but, on one page he says something to the effect of "no rice during the day" then on the next page he talks about exercise and says something like "its okay to have rice in a recovery meal" then directly on the next page he says "under no circumstances should you eat rice during the day". It was so glaring and ridiculous I just had to laugh and put the book down.
If you are interested in this type of diet, but need more than anecdotes to be convinced, I recommend these 2 books.
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living
The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance
1) Everyone comes from a European decent
2) Everyone is in the Roman army
3) Everyone can do what Ori does and get the same results as Ori
This is simply wrong and narrow minded. I think the book has no real sense of direction because its simply follows the basis that "what worked for me will work for many."
So the story begins where Ori takes a look at the Diet of the average Roman soldier. They ate beans, they were hungry during the day and ate at night. Before that our ancestors where hunter scavengers so if WE live in THEIR lifestyle in OUR modern age surely we would get the same results, no?
Sorry Ori, times have changed. We no longer have all the nutritious foods, good water, good air that THEY used to have and WE can no longer TRY to live like a caveman in the modern age. Heck, we can't even maintain to eat half the foods he recommends the readers to eat! I bet Roman soldier's did have Miso soup, wait, what? Miso soup??? Hmmmm, its a nice balanced soup that has some important stuff thats good for your body in it so you should eat it too. This is as if to say that "Oh, btw, the Asians eat this stuff and I think its beneficial."
Since not EVERYONE reading the book comes from the same background in all respects (social, genetically, physical, career, etc) not everyone is made the same and not everyone can follow a "Warrior Diet." Why? Well... There are teachers who teach, politicians who do politics, philosophers (like Aristotle) who philosophize all day, artists who paint, musicians to play music, etc. What kind of stuff do they eat? Does the Author want them to ALL eat the SAME things? If that happens the Agricultural economy would be offset and we'd have bunch of Warriors running the society and less thinkers... I think the book's revised name should be something like: "Surely you must be joking, Mr.Holtzberg!" (After the famous Feynman book, of course).
What I found funny was that he suggests the reader to "read while biking as to optimize time." Then I read in other books on exercise that "One should focus all of one's mind on the present activity to pay attention to the muscle groups involved in the exercises to really get to most out of each training session." Some famous man said the following: "Give to Cesar what is Cesar's and give to God what is God's." (Perhaps something from the book of Mathew). The key here is FOCUS. You should never taint the activity of reading with Biking because thats multitasking and the worst of both worlds.
There isn't much on cleansing and fasting in this book either which is important to any real "Warrior." No mention of any Qi-gong or anything of that sort since I guess that sort of stuff isn't for the Manly-man warrior, no, thats probably for those weakly Eastern wimps that came to Europe on Horseback and almost dominant the entire Continent.
Like someone else said on the numerous reviews here, this book is simply not going to work for a whole body-mind approach on Health. But! If you want to look lean and mean to get those beach babes go right ahead and be a knuckle head "Warrior." I am sure when Mr.Holtzberg comes out with another book those "Warriors" can relinquish their money to the fake-Warrior to support his overly-romantic philosophy.