Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Vivobarefoot Neo's Review

I received my new Vivobarefoot Neo's a couple weeks ago and have been testing them out since.  I will be posting a detailed review once I have completed some additional testing.  My initial opinion of them is that they are a great shoe for trail running but not as good on the roads due to reduced feetback.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Why the Warrior Diet?

I like the Warrior Diet extremely well.  I have tried a number of other diets in the past.  Everything that I have tried was well thought out by some nutritionist somewhere.  Most of the diets I have tried have you eating every couple hours which is not always feasible.  Every one of these diets has had the end result of me gaining weight.

Fortunately I was introduced to the Warrior diet which is essentially the Paleo diet with a couple modifications.  The key tenants of the diet are fast and feast.  I eat little to no food for much of the day except for a short feasting period during which I can eat as much as I need.  I generally will eat once or twice during the feast period.  The idea behind eating 1 large meal usually in the evenings is because for thousands of years our ancestors would have needed to go out and run down and kill our food before the tribe could eat a meal.  Many times this would take several hours to track and exhaust dinner hence why we would be more adapted to eating 1 meal late in the day. The remainder of my diet is essentially the Paleo diet.

The Paleo diet is based around the idea that for tens of thousands of years we only had certain foods to eat from.  It wasn't until very recent history that we were able to domesticate grains, grind them into flour, and make breads and such with that.  Similarly dairy products were very difficult to come by.  Instead back in the day our ancestors would have survived on a diet made up mostly of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and nuts.

This diet has had a number of effects on my life in the short time that I have been on it so far.  My acne has almost entirely cleared up.  I used to get terrible acne year round that I would pick at till they were scratched open and bleeding.  I have lost several pounds of weight including some noticeable fat loss from various parts of my body.  I have more energy and can tell that my body is able to make better use of the energy that I have been taking in.  By exercising before my feasting window my body is able to burn fat rather than the carbs that I am eating which results in even more fat loss more rapidly.