Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Warrior Diet Conclusions:

So I've been at it for 58 days. My body and mind are used to the Warrior Diet routine and I honestly don't crave to eat anything until late in the afternoon and early evening. Here's my findings during my experience.

Starting Weight: 196 lbs.
Today's Weight: 182 lbs.

Starting Waist Measurement: 33.5"
Today's Waist Measurement: 31"

Starting Body Fat %: 13%
Today's Body Fat %: 15%
(This data is a bit confusing to me, but here's my thoughts on it. I use a home scale with a bioelectrical impedance function to measure my body fat %, which is known to be inaccurate w/in several % points. Over the course of the diet, I noticed there wasn't much change in what the scale said in terms of body fat %, but my clothes were fitting different, specifically jeans and I could definitely tell a difference in the mirror around my waist line, specifically around my belly button, above the hips and along the obliques. My abs were becoming more defined and the "love handles" were disappearing. My thought is that due to the survival mechanism being turned on, my body may have tried to hang on to the body fat, especially the intra-abdominal fat I already had. I'm not sure on this one, but it's all I can think of because I definitely put the work in.)

In conclusion, I would recommend to anyone to try this out if it's okay with their doctor. It's worth it to feel like you're earning your supper every night.

I'm going into a different phase with different goals, so WD may not jive too well with what I want to accomplish, but I'm definitely going to keep it in my bag of tricks.

Here's an answer to a question I received from one of my clients about WD.

Question From My Client: I am reading about the warrior diet online, so has everything I have been taught, is that all wrong?

My Answer: Not wrong, just different. Everyone is unique in that they respond differently to different diet plans. The Warrior Diet worked for me. It fit with my schedule and once I got passed the hunger pangs of the first week, I actually enjoyed it. I just weighed in and my Body Fat % didn't reflect what I'm seeing in the mirror and how my clothes fit. But I feel better, my clothes are falling off of me and the abdominal fat I used to have seems to be gone.

There's so many different schools of thought on how and what to eat. WD just eliminates all of it and says, "eat like a caveman would've". They didn't have many choices and were in excellent shape. Also, the WD idea comes from ancient Roman soldiers who were required to march for 20-30 miles per day carrying half their body weight in weapons and gear. They marched all day, maybe fought an ambush or two, killed and gathered their supper and ate 1 BIG meal at night so they'd sleep well, feel rested the next day to march and fight again. These men are also considered to be some of the strongest humans, pound-for-pound, that have ever walked the earth. They only weighed 160-180 on average, so they were small men too.

My advice is to eat with a purpose. Don't live to eat, eat to live. If you have goals, your diet has to be in line with them or you're just half-ass'n it. No matter what plan you decide to do, stick with it for at least 60-90 days so you can see if it works. I just did WD for 58 days and loved the results. Hope this answered some of your questions.

P.S. Don't let me or anyone else convince you that one way of doing things or one way of thinking is better than another. Do your homework, ask questions, test it and see for yourself. It's much more rewarding that way, plus you can see if works for YOU.


Dan Cenidoza said...

Hi Jason,

Happy New Year to you!

Curious to know how the WD has effected your strength.

I've been on it since August. I feel great despite the fact that I am weaker in the powerlifts.


Jason Marshall said...

I haven't really tested any lifts since starting, but I never saw a negative effect on training due to energy loss, like some may think.

I'm about to start a new plan to gain back some of the weight I lost, so WD is going into a holding pattern.