I didn't know it was called Intermittent Fasting when I read the Warrior Diet by Ori Hofmekler back in September of 2011. When I first heard about just eating one meal a day, I honestly thought it was the dumbest thing I had ever heard. Then I tried it.
It may not work for everyone, but I feel better and perform better when I only eat one big meal per day.
And I never really thought about until yesterday, but I keep myself in a state of fast for about 23 hours of every day and eat for 1 hour. I've read that a 16 hour fast with an 8 hour eating period is ideal -- but that's too long for me.
Before I was fully fat adapted (meaning when I was eating dinner, I was still eating lots of carbohydrate in the form of plants and beans and fruit so I wasn't in a fully ketogenic state), I would get hungry midday and have to "struggle" through the hunger pains which would eventually disappear in about five minutes.
But now that I'm in full ketosis, I don't even get the hunger pains anymore.
The benefits of the Warrior Diet - or IF (intermittent fasting) - are many. For one thing, you give your body a chance to replenish enzymes and other bacteria in your digestive system. You give your kidneys and liver and break from digestion. You also help your body get into a state of autophagy or "self-eating" which sounds horrible but according to Paul Jaminet in the Perfect Human Diet is a "main killing mechanism for intracellular pathogens" -- meaning, it can help keep you healthy and robust.
The idea of the Warrior Diet is that Greek and Roman warriors would fight all day, then eat a big meal at night. They wouldn't stop the battle and eat a big lunch midday. And all you have to do to see what one of those guys looked like is to check out the sculptures from that era.
There are many other health benefits to periodic IF. It may not be something you do everyday like me -- and I may not even do it everyday forever -- but that's when I'm at my best.
I never run out of energy. I sleep great. I never get the mid-afternoon drowsies. I have full and functional brain awareness all day. I love it.
And when I do eat food or anything other than coconut or MCT oil in the 23 hour fasting period, I just don't feel as good. Maybe it's mental, I don't know. But that doesn't matter. If I'm feeling good at an efficient body mass, then I won't fix it if it ain't broke.