Years and years ago, when I was in my early 30’s, I tried to do the Warrior Diet, by Ori Hofmekler. Basically, you eat very sparingly during the day, then eat all that you want within a 4-hour window, at night. Once I got past the initial adjustment period, I did OK for a couple of months. My body fat dropped and my pants fit looser. I lifted weights when I got home, on an empty stomach, then ate a huge dinner.
But, the progress stopped after about the three month point. I was not getting any leaner, and I was having trouble making any gains in the gym. Worst of all, I got very hungry during the day. It got to the point that I wrote Ori an email. I was surprised when he called me a week later and left me a voicemail. He suggested that I write a first-person account of my experience with the diet. So, I obliged and sent him a write-up. I followed up a couple of times, but my write-up never got published.
Ori suggested eating lightly during the day, and I took some raw vegetables, tomatoes or an apple or two. That helped, but I still was not making any fat loss or muscle gains progress. Furthermore, I didn’t like the idea of taking food to work. The main benefit of fasting was avoiding the hassle of eating. I didn’t want to lug all those containers around, and wash them at night. To make a long story short, I could not get it to work. Once my body reached a certain level of fat, I got too hungry to last the day.
But, in late 2012, I read about the so-called 5-2 diet that was all the rage in England and was getting popular on this side of the pond. Basically, you eat “sensibly” each day, but do a controlled fast, two days out of the week. For men, you take in about 600 calories a day, in the form of a salad with some protein. I did some more research and found out about Brad Pilon’s “Eat Stop Eat” fasting protocol, in which he doesn’t even allow any calories in the two fasting days.
Up until this point, I had been eating kinda sorta healthy. I was avoiding saturated fats, but mainly, I avoided too much carbs. And, whenever I had carbs, it tried to make it low glycemic choices, such as beans or sweet potatoes. But, I was too busy to make any sort of concerted effort. I crammed in a 30 minute weightlifting session or a jog at 5:00 AM, before the kids woke up, and I managed to keep myself from seriously porking up like some of my friends.
So, here I am, at the start of this experiment. I had already lost some fat, via “eating clean.” I wanted to really get cut, now. I though the WD was the way to get there.
I continued the Warrior Diet for four months. As it happened more than a decade earlier, I ran into the same problem. I was getting super hungry and my progress in the gym stalled. I stuck with it, because, I pretty much gave up on adding any more lean mass. I figured, I’ll just get lean. Alas…it didn’t happen, as you can see below. I gained a couple of pounds due to my nightly gorging, but I don’t see very much improvement in my physique.
I was getting pretty frustrated at this point. It was right around this time that I heard of John Kiefer’s Carb Backloading… It was somewhat similar to the Warrior Diet, but it allowed eating during the day. The daytime meals were restricted to proteins, fats and low carb veggies. I posted my results here.