The Warrior DietNothing produces better goose bumps for me in the literature of natural health than when I discover a new program that runs utterly against the grain of conventional wisdom.
I enjoyed those goose bumps for the first time way back in 1993 when I discovered Natural Hygiene, and I felt similar horripilations recently when I read Ori Hofmekler's fascinating and controversial The Warrior Diet.
In The Warrior Diet, Hofmekler, a lean and fit artist-athlete, rejects conventional diets as well as the "six mini-meals" a day approach used by most weightlifters. Instead of these traditional approaches, Hofmekler says you attain excellent health by limiting your main eating to the evening - though he does allow some whole food snacks during the day if you feel super hungry.
Whoa, that gets you tettering a bit on the balance beam, doesn't it?
In addition to being intrigued by his approach to eating, I also found Hofmekler's long section on fitness and exercise helpful and fascinating.
As a brief taste, consider his Warrior Workout Principles:
- Make strength-training priorities: joints and back
- Cycle between intense resistance and high velocity (explosive moves)
- Train under "controlled fatigue"
- Do not train to reach complete muscle failure
- Make your workout short
Again, if you're into resistance training, you can see Hofmekler's advice is unconventional, to say the least.
This is a "must read" book for the unconventional health enthusiast who's fascinated by diet and work-out approaches that flip the bird, so to speak, at traditional diet and fitness wisdom.
Written in a lively and readable style, with plenty of interesting facts about lean and mean warrior machines throughout history, The Warrior Diet beats the tar out of 95% of the boring nutrition and work-out books published today.
It's not for everyone, but if you're an unconventional health thinker, you'll enjoy the assumption-challenging ideas in The Warrior Diet.