‘I Tried The Warrior Fasting Plan To Lose Weight—Here’s What Happened’

I’m forever trying to lose weight—mostly, the last 10 pounds I gained after a bad breakup a few years ago. But my weight and eating habits fluctuate a lot, and some disordered eating in my teens has made it hard to lose weight. The one thing I’m consistent about is keeping a food journal.

When my team at Women’s Health was writing about fasting diets, I decided to try The Warrior Diet, a plan that involves minimal fruit and unlimited vegetables during the day with a full dinner at night. I was a little worried this plan could mess with my metabolism, but when The Warrior Diet book was first published in 2001, its creator claimed he wanted to help people get off the roller coaster of weight gain and loss that he said modern day diets cause. His plan (which wasn’t really based in any hard science but rather his own observations) was to eat more the way people did before the Industrial Revolution: little during the day, lots at night.

I thought that sounded backward, so I consulted nutritionist Keri Glassman, R.D., to help interpret the plan. She explained that certain fasting plans work because after a period without food, or very little food, your body starts burning fat rather than its usual energy source, glucose.

Related: Everything You Need To Know Before You Try A Fasting Diet To Lose Weight

She suggested I stick to mostly produce during the day and up my water intake to stay hydrated, then have the following dinner between 6 and 10 p.m., stopping whenever I feel full: an 8-ounce steak, 6-ounce grilled chicken breast, one hard-boiled egg, one sweet potato, one cup sliced carrots, baked, 15 asparagus spears, baked, half an avocado, and one cup mixed berries. It sounded doable. (Speed up your progress towards your weight-loss goals with Women’s Health’s Look Better Naked DVD.)

I picked a rotating assortment of fruit and veggies to fill me up until dinnertime: apples, red bell pepper, raw green beans and snow peas, baby carrots, cucumbers, and nectarines. Here’s what happened:

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‘I Tried The Warrior Fasting Plan To Lose Weight—Here’s What Happened’

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