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Along with the many benefits of leisure-class living comes obesity and its attendant ailments. In The Warrior Diet, Ori Hofmekler looks not forward but backward for a solution - to the primal habits of early cultures such as nomads and hunter-gatherers, the Greeks, and the Romans. Based on survival science, this book proposes not ordinary dietary changes but rather a radical yet surprisingly simple lifestyle overhaul.

Drawing on both scientific studies and historical data, Hofmekler argues that robust health and a lean, strong body can best be achieved by mimicking the classical warrior mode of cycling-working and eating sparingly (undereating) during the day and filling up at night. Specific elements from the Warrior Diet Nutritional Program (finding ideal fuel foods and food combinations to reduce body fat) to the Controlled Fatigue Training Program (promoting strength, speed, and resilience to fatigue through special drills), literally reshape body and mind. Individual chapters cover warrior meals and recipes; sex drive, potency, and animal magnetism; and personalizing the diet for women.

Featuring forewords by Fit for Life author Harvey Diamond and Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill author Dr. Udo Erasmus, The Warrior Diet shows listeners who are weary of fad diets how to attain enduring vigor, explosive strength, a better appearance, and increased vitality and health.

©2007 Ori Hofmekler (P)2013 Tantor

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"An original, distinctive, and highly satisfying diet plan, The Warrior Diet is meant especially for those who pursue an active lifestyle." ( Midwest Book Review)

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Okay philosophy, troubling facts

I found the warrior diet to be a confusing mix of pseudo-human philosophical ideas and a mixture of unverified nutritional information. It seems the author is more concerned with actualizing some primitive idea of the “warrior“. He seems to use this term very lightly applying it across culture and human experience in an unspecified timeframe. Needless to say it romanticizes some idealistic point in human history. A golden age of warriors which is undefined and seems to include a variety of classical agrarian cultures. Concepts such as toughness, nourished, fighting, pure, lean, strong or functional- Seem to be used liberally. I think the warrior diet is less of a diet based on scientific nutritional analysis and more of an idealistic/romanticized state that the author wishes human beings to occupy.
Although the warrior diet states some alluring concepts, which I personally find to be empowering -As a practicing nutritional therapist I find his nutritional information to be scattered at best. a combination of hard nutritional facts mixed in with pseudoscientific fad diet derived theories such as “acidic foods” or “blood type” diets. What perplexes me even more is how these “warriors” and all seem to agree with these concepts unilaterally across time and space. Statements such as “Warriors agree on this “ Seem to play into this fiction. The author Promotes personal development, Self inquiry and intuitive eating: all concepts that I find to be very helpful therapeutically. Not all of his nutritional information is off-base, in fact I like his multidisciplinary approach. But most, if not all of this is personal opinion. He starts most hard statements with “in my opinion ““I believe ““I think that”, This preface tends to bode particularly confusing in nutritional discussions. Especially for people who are struggling with real health problems, are overweight, or I’ve had a long difficult health journey.

The author claims ideas as facts when they are mostly personal preference. justified by a variety of different nutritional sources and historical generalizations. The author professes in the first few lines of his book that he is “naturally lean and athletic” showing how little he has dealt with serious health disorders- in sum, very little personal experience.
If you’re looking for a fun diet experiment or to simply hear someone’s opinion around integrating modern life styles with an antiquated idea of warrior life. In this book is for you. I also recommend this book for anyone who overly thinks and is heavily severe on their own diet journeys. Especially someone who jumps from one fad diet to the next. There are some liberating principles here that shouldn’t be wholesale ignored. But please treat this as food for thought ...if you’re looking for a very sound scientific and grounded discussion on applied nutritional contacts I think you should look somewhere else. This book may offer freedom for one person, and the next person offer utter confusion.

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Listen to your instincts!

I have been with Audible about two years, I decided to listen to this book even though it was released in 2013. It was because of the reviews I decided to give this book a whirl. I was pleasantly surprised and liked the book more than I thought I would- because I have listened to many many health books. I liked his simplicity and his common sense.

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This book will change your life.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, without hesitation. I have been practicing the Warrior Diet for over a year now and it delivers on everything Ori Hofmekler promises it will.

What other book might you compare The Warrior Diet to and why?

The Anti-Estrogen Diet. It is also by Ori Hofmekler and is a good supplementary and complementary read to The Warrior Diet.

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

His voice is clear and distinct.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It helped to free me from the bonds of the scavenger lifestyle most of us have been directed towards for the better part of our lives. It made me feel liberated.

Any additional comments?

Buy this book and make an effort to stick to its regimen, it will change your life.

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A life changer

My appreciation for food has revolutionized. For the animal, for the farmer, for the preparation and cooking. I mostly liked the nutrition and hormone function portions of the book. The history lessons were interesting, and I suppose necessary since you base your diet off of these ancient warriors.

The workout portion I could have done without but I can see how it would help a sedentary.

It has changed my life in less than a week. I had a work meeting two days ago in which I did the majority of the speaking while everyone else ... well.. stuffed their faces with taco rice. Ironic in so many ways!

READ IT. APPLY IT.

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Good book, repetitive info

I feel that this book has good information, however, he keeps repeating the same thing over the chapters. Basically eat healthy micromeals during the day and eat a big healthy meal at night and make sure to exercise. He takes almost two hours to read you exercise routines at the end!! i think the info in this book could be conveyed in under three hours.

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very practical an 17 years later very useful

nice book. keto friendly with a twist.. i like a lot tjhis book in fact

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could it hurt to consider it?

I question the reliability of some of these statements. the military success of the Romans and the Greeks had at least as much and in my opinion more to do with her strategies and capabilities than their physical prowess. that's it I can't see how this workout program could be harmful It's relatively low intensity so be surprised if you would get hurt trying it. and the diet itself seems quite nutritious and very healthy. in the end like everything else know yourself give it a try and see if it works for you.

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  • 06-21-18

A lifestyle worthy of living

Good on 90% of it! No meat? Thats the missing 10%. Eat the right meat

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great book

love the book highly recommended
great book would read over and over again love the book

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Yes, I Am Ready...

I admit to having no clue if the teachings in this book are scientific or not. I also admit that there *might* a hair too much machismo rantings strewn about. And, I do not care. Loved the book, and practicing the diet. ...best way to find out, for me!

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  • Allan
  • 02-03-16

Good info

Would you listen to The Warrior Diet again? Why?

Yes has a lot of useful information, notes would need to be made

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, so much info is thrown at you best to break it up. Ignore the history section if you just want the cold hard facts what people did in the past has no bearing on the science and scheduling which is what is of interest in this book.

Any additional comments?

This is a good book if you are not new to nutrition and wish to do further reading into dieting. as newbies will be overwhelmed by what is thrown at you, and your more likely say it is INCORRECT as it questions dieting standards which a lot of people will not be able to handle with out further reading or understanding how nutrition is handled by the body. I have tried many diets to hone my strength and conditioning. High protein, High carbs all with success but I just felt it was still unhealthy internally. as all required severe excess and deficit, which will take its toll hormonally. Have been looking into Intermittent fasting for a while and would like to put my body through it to see my reaction. Going to put it through a strength cycle then a conditioning one this year and see my results.

The concept of this diet is well rounded and has been the missing link for me and filled in a lot of gaps in my own knowledge. I can finally link Intermittent fasting with raw food and Palaeolithic eating. Will be interesting.....

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  • mountpleasure
  • 11-29-17

Brilliant

Best self help book I’ve ever listened to, by far. Ori really seems to know his stuff.

Very well narrated.

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  • Christian
  • 03-25-14

I don't believe this method will work long term

What would have made The Warrior Diet better?

The narrator is a tad annoying and the whole principles of the diet are not for long term. Also the concept of eating anything you want at tea time makes it not a workable long term solution and can mess up your metabolism. There are some good tips that can be taken from this book in relation to eating fruit and veg and some good advise on exercise.

What will your next listen be?

Burn the fat and feed the muscle by Tom venuto.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Pretty boring

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