Losing weight and improving your health can be tricky. After all, there are so many different diets, meal plans, and weight loss tips out there. It can be really tricky to know what’s right for you, your lifestyle, and your body.In the last few years, intermittent fasting has become more and more popular.1 With this type of diet plan, the idea is to restrict calories (or fast) for certain parts of your day and eat as usual during a particular timeframe.2 But there are a lot of different strategies to choose from, even under the umbrella of intermittent fasting. The warrior diet is a type of intermittent fasting, which focuses on one healthy meal per day instead of the usual three.3 Here’s everything you need to know about how it all works.
The warrior diet was founded by Ori Hofmekler in 2001. His aim was to focus on our ancestors’ eating patterns, who are generally thought to have eaten less during the day and more at night.
The warrior diet encourages you to:
Some benefits of the warrior diet are thought to include:
It’s worth remembering that there isn’t a lot of scientific research around the warrior diet. Its founder, Ori Hofmekler, wasn’t a nutritionist or dietician. So, as always, take the reported benefits with a pinch of salt before you decide if this diet plan is right for you.
Let’s be honest, the warrior diet is pretty restrictive. Fasting for 20 hours a day is quite a task, and might not be right for everyone. Think about your lifestyle carefully before you choose to start this diet plan.
You shouldn’t try the warrior diet if you:
The official warrior diet recommends a three-week phased plan to get you started. This has particular foods to eat on a daily and weekly basis while following the 20:4 intermittent fasting schedule.Whole, unprocessed and organic food choices are usually your go-to for the eating window. At the same time, light snacks are permitted during the fast. After that, the plan usually suggests you repeat the phases.8
Last updated: 29 September 2020