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Become a Modern Day Warrior: The Diet That Broke All The Rules

Can you really survive and build muscle on one meal a day? We learn everything there is to know about the Warrior Diet.

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Why it Works Cont.

2. Possible Anti-Aging Effects

Here’s where the Warrior Diet outperforms other diets: it could lengthen your life.

“Nutritional stress such as intermittent fasting, under-eating, or calorie restriction can extend the lifespan of all organisms from bacteria to humans,” explains Hofmekler. “Aging and many diseases relate to one mechanism in the body: mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR).”

mTOR is a protein that regulates cell growth, proliferation, and survival; when you’re young, it helps you develop into a healthy, mature adult. Once you’re an adult, however, mTOR plays a critical role in diabetes, cancer, and accelerated aging.

“mTOR can really kill you,” says Hofmekler. “It’s called ‘adverse unneeded growth in a non-growing body.’” In a study from the International Journal of Cancer, blocking mTOR signaling pathways acts as a powerful anticancer agent. But while food activates mTOR, a lack of food inhibits it.

In a study in Nature, researchers concluded, “other than mTORC1 inhibition, dietary restriction is currently the only intervention known to extend lifespan in yeast ageing models and in worms, flies and mice.” Researchers also discovered that inhibiting mTOR is influential in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.

Finally, alternate-day calorie restriction (eating either 56% or 144% of your daily caloric requirement) prolonged the lifespan of seniors, as well as their resistance to infection.

3. Spikes insulin sensitivity

Insulin is the most important hormone in your body for muscle growth and fat loss. Higher insulin sensitivity boosts your carb tolerance and nutrition partitioning (by favorably distributing nutrients between your fat and muscle cells), increases protein synthesis within your muscle cells, and improves fat loss. Bad insulin sensitivity, however, creates health problems like obesity and Type II diabetes.

“High insulin sensitivity is the number one factor to ensure maximum muscle gain for minimum food,” Hofmekler explains. And because the Warrior Diet cycles periods of under-eating and short-term fasting, you’ll elevate your insulin sensitivity throughout the day.

The Warrior Diet also requires you to exercise during your under-eating phase, which further improves your insulin sensitivity.

4. Improves fat loss and muscle growth

Because the Warrior Diet (and intermittent fasting) spikes your insulin sensitivity, you’ll burn more fat—even without reducing your calories. Researchers at LSU found, when keeping calories constant, alternate-day fasting improved fat oxidation dropped body fat by 4% in 22 days.

Also, the Warrior Diet rejects the myth that late-night eating will make you fat—instead, feasting at night can help you build more muscle.

Growth hormone (GH), a powerful stimulator of muscle and bone growth and fat loss, peaks at night during your sleep; eating a big meal before bedtime provides your body the nutrients to capitalize on maximal GH activities. Also, fasting throughout the day increases GH secretion.

5. Burns excess energy

With the Warrior Diet, you never count calories—instead, eat as you please and let your body control your appetite because the body lacks a mechanism to count calories.

“We actually thrive on energy depletion, not on energy loading; that’s why exercise is so beneficial for you,” explains Hofmekler. “Every time you go to the gym, you deplete your energy and that’s the environment your body thrives under.”

When you overload yourself with high-carb fuel, however, you fill your with energy molecules ADP and NADPH and shut down your stress response mechanisms. “If you don’t exercise and burn it immediately, all the adverse effects—inflammation, fat gain, etc.—start to happen.”

By under-eating, however, you will never overload on energy; instead, you’ll gradually deplete it throughout the day.

“In fitness, exercise is important, but nutritional stress is even more important,” says Hofmekler. “Combining both of them is the magic formula—if you add to that the right food, nothing can stop you.”

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