Does the book explain the scientific basis at all for the diet? Or is it mostly a “This worked for Joe Nobody, Jane Doe, etc. It can work for you” type of thing? Cause I believe it could work, I’d just like to know why.[/quote]
There are vague allusions to science, but nothing beyound vague theories. There are no scientific references which is par for the course as diet books go I guess.
The follow up book (can’t remember the name, probably can be found on the Warrior Diet site linked above easily enough) supposedly had more in depth scientific information but I never read it.
The Warrior Diet book has alot of space devoted to historical diet and fasting information with somewhat questionable conclusions. Another sizable chunk is given to what I can only call romanticizing the Warrior Diet. Then the author explains why several other diets fail. Then there is the usual stuff: sample daily routine, suggested “warrior workout”, sample recipes, supplement advice, and a couple testamonials in the back.
I have to give him credit for some pretty useful supplement advice. I only hit upon the usefulness of things like green tea extract, stinging nettle, zma, and large doses of vitamin c, because of his book.
On the flip side, his recipes were unimpressive, and some were barely tolerable taste-wise. They all were written to make quite a hefty quantity. Even assuming you only ate one recipe for your daily food, it still would likely be more than could be comfortably consumed.
I had very mixed results from the Warrior Diet though I am tempted at times to try it again because of its fairly simple nature. I did find I lost fat on it, which was my goal at the time, and muscle seemed to stay about the same. Strength seemed to progress slowly, but not slower than I would have really expected I guess.
I have some problems with hydration and electrolyte balance which started with this diet back in the day. I have not been able to shake them though I have not kept my diet and lifestyle as dialed in as I could have.
I may give this diet another go though, we’ll see. In some ways it does remind me of the diet of certain monks who never eat more than two meals a day, and on many days will only eat one (if the day is a fast day).
Good luck if you try it.