The warrior diet got its name because of its similarity to the eating habits of the ancient warriors. Warriors were forced to be on guard throughout the whole day and large meals could slow them down, make them lazy and tired. So they would eat just enough food throughout the day to keep energy levels up, but not enough to change their state of mind or lose sight of the task at hand. When their duties were relieved, they ate a portion of food large enough that you could call it a meal.
The idea behind the diet is to burn more calories throughout the day then you take in, by eating small snack-like meals. These small meals or snacks should be taken in about every two hours, all day long. Then when your day of activity has came to a rest, you eat one final meal that is larger and packed with much more calories and good fats that your body now will be craving. This does not mean you should pack yourself to the gills on your last meal, but you can eat to satisfaction.
You’ll find that the warrior diet will offer you a lot more energy throughout the day. Your body can burn off small meals easier without slowing you down, plus when your body is done burning off the food that you have already fed it, your body will switch over to using your stored fat for energy, thus prompting weight loss.
I can’t testify to how much weight I lost while on the warrior diet, because I was never really overweight when I started. But when I started to age and realized that holding on to a slim and trim body effortlessly like I did when I was young was no longer an option, I started using the warrior diet. It fit my lifestyle perfectly because it wasn’t a process of starving myself as much as it was a process of “the carrot at the end of the stick.” I may be hungry throughout the day but I know that every two hours I will get a chance to subside the hunger with a snack and I won’t go to bed hungry.
Although some people may disagree with the bigger meal at the end of the day, if you truly have stuck to the correct sized portions that were just enough to give you energy, then your body will need those calories at the end of the day. No matter what, you do have to eat a well-rounded meal at some point – starving yourself is never a diet.
Good foods for the warrior diet: raw fresh organic fruit and vegetables, roots, sprouted legumes, nuts, seeds, eggs, marine food (wild catch), dairy from grass fed animals, etc. These foods are pre-agricultural foods and your body can utilize them in the most efficient ways, giving you good energy and burning off calories quickly.