I had stopped eating breakfast for quite some time. It was after I read The Warrior Diet by Ori Hofmekler. Ori had a pretty crazy idea about not eating throughout the day. The Warrior Diet apparently mimics the way hunters and gatherers used to eat in the old days. You know, the caveman days when we humans were just running around in our loin cloths.
My experiences with the Warrior Diet have been both good and bad. Every time I went on the diet, I lost weight instantly and had tremendous energy during the day. But maintaining the diet was very tough. Hunger pangs are not fun, and most people can’t eat 2000 calories at one meal like Mr. Ori can.
I give Ori big credit for introducing a new theory and a new way of dieting that everyone should try out at least once. The Warrior Diet is a great detox diet, and has actually helped me find the middle path that I know follow.
What I realized with The Warrior Diet is that Ori recommends little bits of protein throughout the day for athletes or those that lift intensely. This seems to resemble a typical bodybuilding diet, except for the one large meal at the end of the day.
What I was doing before was an extreme form of dieting. The Warrior Diet gives you a tremendous amount of energy by under eating. But Under eating, from what I’ve discovered, doesn’t mean that you starve yourself.
It means that you eat less than you normally do to prevent a tremendous increase in insulin. Ori goes on to talk about the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) and how the SNS is what wakes us up and the PSNS is what puts us to sleep.
By eating breakfast, we basically activate the PSNS and become tired and drowsy, and hence thinking that we need more food.
I’m really not sure about that. That could be true or it could not. But I think what happens, at least for me, is that when I eat a lot of carbs at once, I feel sleepy. If I eat a lot of calories that consist of fat and protein, I may not feel as drowsy.
But either way, a large calorie consumption at one sitting, whether consisting of a lot of carbs or a lot of protein, makes me feel drowsy. This drowsiness without actually doing anything to make you feel drowsy or tired, is a good indication of a tremendous insulin spike.
The path that I’m currently following consists of eating 6 meals per day, with limited carbohydrate intake and steadily increasing protein. I’ve done 6 or 7 times a day before and ended up gaining a tremendous amount of fat.
This was due to the fact that I was spending too much time miscalculating. I tried to get my protein without really seeing what I was eating. Dunkin Donuts egg sandwiches were a source of protein for me since eggs aren’t allowed in my house. Other things I ate were taco bell on a weekly basis, and Starbucks coffee.
The middle path that I described earlier focuses on gradually phasing out the foods that are bad, and replacing foods that are good. That’s the first step to creating a sustainable and healthy diet.
If you’re tired of following all these over-hyped crash diets, and want a safer approach to losing fat, then I suggest Strip That Fat. Strip That Fat is a no-nonsense approach to healthy eating.