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These two popular, and often debated diets both base themselves off the “ancestral diet” theory, albeit with different visions and applications. The Paleo Diet reaches back to the days of the caveman whereas the Warrior Diet regimen has its roots in the periods of past warrior societies – the great Spartans, Romans and Macedonians – yet also embracing the concept of stress response as reflected in the evolution of both man and food.


These two radical approaches to dieting are often the subject of debate as discussed and argued among athletes and the health conscious. World champion MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, seen below, admits to adhering to a combination of the Warrior Diet and the Paleo Diet to keep her body in fighting shape. And while she is not the first to notice similarities between the two, it is their differences that are most significant.

When the two approaches conflict as much as they do, how do you know which is what?

Warrior Diet vs. Paleo Diet Comparison


Warrior Diet Paleo Diet
Vision Using scientific data on human stress response and survival; the diet’s nutrition and exercise manuals are designed to trigger inherent mechanisms that transform the body and extend healthspan. Using the caveman as a primal model of health; the diet’s food list is based on what is speculated to constitute the original caveman diet.
Beans and Dairy Consumption Includes beans and dairy in its nutrition manuals. Excludes beans and dairy (except for whey protein and butter) from its nutrition manuals
Meat Consumption Does not endorse meat as staple food, particularly raw meat. Rather recommends raw and cooked vegetarian food along with animal foods such as dairy eggs and wild catch marine food. Endorses meat including raw meat as staple food. Meat is the core part of the diet.
Intermittent Fasting Mandatory. Recommended but not mandatory.
Butter Added to Coffee Not recommended. Recommended
Calorie burning from exercise Does not regard calorie burning or calorie counting as a crucial factor of exercise. Recommends burning 1000 calories daily via exercise.
Exercise Protocol Controlled Fatigue Training (CFT) Cross-fit
Pre Workout Meal Does not recommend pre-workout meal except for whey protein. Recommends pre-workout meal
Beer Drinking Warned against due to beer’s inherent estrogen activity. Allowed
Veganism Can be adjusted to a vegan lifestyle Does not fit veganism



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    July 16, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Great article, very interesting.

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    August 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    This is not the diet that has circulated for the past thirty or more years and purported to have originated the nutrition and diet center recommends a healthy eating weight loss plan based on limiting fats, proteins and carbohydrates, counting calories and deriving most of the daily nutrition from vegetables, grains and fruit.