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Old 04-02-2010, 01:10 PM   #1
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The Gladiator Diet (the real one)

Watched a documentary on Rome and Gladiators specifically. Show had an archaeological view examining how the gladiators lived and died. The have collected a wealth of knowledge and were able to describe their existence in great detail.

So the interesting thing was their diet. They stated that the typical training diet of the gladiator was nothing but meat and vegetables. Then, a few months prior to an event, the diet would switch to nothing but Barley and Beans. This puzzled the archaeologists for awhile as they said "A diet of barley and Beans would do nothing for the Gladiator except put a lot of body fat on him quite quickly". This was archaeologists! After some discussion, they surmised this was used as sort of 'body armor' to help protect the gladiator from slashing wounds (only 1 and 8 died in the arena on average.)

Interesting...a diet of grains will do nothing but put a lot of fat on you quickly...hmmm.


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Old 04-02-2010, 02:14 PM   #2
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Re: The Gladiator Diet (the real one)

that reminds me, new episode of Spartacus tonight
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Old 04-02-2010, 03:23 PM   #3
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Re: The Gladiator Diet (the real one)

But, wait a minute....(pushes hard on chin to try to create a deep divot) "I'M SPARTACUS!!!"
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Old 04-03-2010, 03:29 AM   #4
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Re: The Gladiator Diet (the real one)

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Watched a documentary on Rome and Gladiators specifically. Show had an archaeological view examining how the gladiators lived and died. The have collected a wealth of knowledge and were able to describe their existence in great detail.

So the interesting thing was their diet. They stated that the typical training diet of the gladiator was nothing but meat and vegetables. Then, a few months prior to an event, the diet would switch to nothing but Barley and Beans. This puzzled the archaeologists for awhile as they said "A diet of barley and Beans would do nothing for the Gladiator except put a lot of body fat on him quite quickly". This was archaeologists! After some discussion, they surmised this was used as sort of 'body armor' to help protect the gladiator from slashing wounds (only 1 and 8 died in the arena on average.)

Interesting...a diet of grains will do nothing but put a lot of fat on you quickly...hmmm.


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Old 04-03-2010, 07:14 AM   #5
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Re: The Gladiator Diet (the real one)

Of course there was no 'Old Timers' division in the gladiator ring.
As a legit question though, if you add the bulk in just a few weeks, but keep the activity level up will you lose lots of mobility. Would it be better to have a new layer of fat as protection, or to keep off the fat and still have the agility you had before.
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Old 04-03-2010, 09:11 AM   #6
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Re: The Gladiator Diet (the real one)

Not surprising.
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:28 PM   #7
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Re: The Gladiator Diet (the real one)

It sounds like we know neither what they were trying to achieve nor what they did achieve.

The diet of gladiators was probably a mixture of what was found to work first hand, and what the urban legends of the day said they should eat.
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Old 04-03-2010, 05:41 PM   #8
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The diet of gladiators was probably a mixture of what was found to work first hand, and what the urban legends of the day said they should eat.
Sounds like the CF nutrition board.
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Old 04-03-2010, 08:11 PM   #9
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Sounds like the CF nutrition board.
Can't say I didn't see that one coming
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:17 AM   #10
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Re: The Gladiator Diet (the real one)

Darryl, isn't dietetics the study of how to improve one's tone by removing thetans?
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