Ori Hofmekler's Philosophies...

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    Jan 21, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    Has anyone read anything by Ori Hofmekler? He runs www.defensenutrition.com and wrote two pretty popular books; The Warrior Diet and The Anti-Estrogenic Diet.

    I've read both and can't decide whether or not I think he's a genius or overrated.

    http://www.warriordiet.com/

    www.antiestrogenicdiet.com

    any thoughts?
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    Jan 21, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
    With respect to the Warrior Diet, the whole idea of undereating during the day and overeating at night strikes me as a bad idea. For me, eating a big meal at night is a recipe for terrible sleep, bad dreams, and a good chance of waking up in the morning with a splitting headache. And, if I undereat during the day, that means I'm going to be in an undernourished catabolic state while in the gym, doing weight training. That doesn't seem like a good training strategy to me. I train at 10am, and my trainer has me eat two breakfasts beforehand. There may be some validity to intermittent fasting, but IMO, the smart way to do it is by skipping the evening meal and fasting 14-16 hours overnight.

    As for the anti-estrogenic diet, I don't know anything about it.

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    Jan 21, 2009 3:33 AM GMT
    That's kind of how I feel about his writings as well. I didn't like his categories of overeating and undereating. I think it's a little too extreme, and I'm usually skeptical with extreme diets like that. I do take a few pages out his book (literally) when it comes down to eating lighter during the day. I used to try to fit in a big breakfast like "mom" used to say, but found I feel much better when eat something light, like grapefruit
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    Jan 22, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
    Interesting. And I have to admit that I'm somewhat tempted to try it since I do find that I often feel more energized if I eat less during the day.

    On the other hand, it seems like it might be very unhealthy. He quotes, "Our ancestors consumed food much less frequently and often had to subsist on one large meal per day, and thus from an evolutionary perspective, human beings were adapted to intermittent feeding rather than to grazing."
    (Mattson, M.P., PhD, Lancet 2005; 365:1978-80)

    But we live a lot longer than our ancestors did. Maybe that has something to do with eating more often during the day. Maybe not. But we have very different needs than they did.