i did the warrior diet for years without even knowing it was a diet. [/quote]
Me too. Now that I think about it, when I was skateboarding a couple hours a day and attending FMA classes five times a week, I was eating like a horse once a day and still keeping pretty lean. I also ate horribly, with most of my food coming out of fast food joints. Doing a little math, my diet at the time specs out around 180/360/100 on fat/carb/protein, with about 3500 calories.
What surprises me is that when I really look at these amounts, they’re NOT THAT BAD. This is remarkably close to the calories I ought to be eating according to Berardi’s “Massive Eating” calculations. The carb/protein split is very close to the 3:1 ratio my trainer is advising (not that I think he’s right, but clearly this is one of the accepted “good” practices out there). The fat is a little high, but I could cut that pretty readily.
So I’m actually starting to think, maybe this is not that bad an idea. The only real change in my habits was that I dropped the skateboarding and FMA classes to make more room for running my business. So if I maintained a solid training regimen – including weights this time, to actually build mass instead of just burning fat and maintaining strength – this diet might actually work for me. Besides, wouldn’t it be really funny if I managed to stay ripped on a diet of complete garbage?
However, for the moment, I’ll stick to the strict dietary regimen until I drop my body fat below 15%. And if I do start this back up, I’ll probably cut down on the fat and supplement with additional protein.
I expect that genetics would play a BIG role in this… if your ancestry is from a notoriously warrior-centered culture, e.g. Nordic or Scottish, I think this sort of diet might work. If you’re from some other genetic stock, like Korean or Amerind, I don’t think it would work very well at all. I suspect a distinct connection with the lifestyle your ancestors followed to get the results you want, assuming your ancestors ever achieved those results in the first place. The ever-increasing variety of interbreeding further complicates matters; if an approach would work for one of your ancestral cultures, but not another, things get sort of up in the air.