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Old 02-20-2012, 06:19 AM   #1
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The real gladiator diet

Very interesting. Aesthetics is thrown out the window , and the diet is focused on performance and not dying. Read, discuss....

http://www.archaeology.org/0811/abst...gladiator.html
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:42 AM   #2
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Re: The real gladiator diet

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Old 02-21-2012, 08:42 AM   #3
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Interesting. Following on from that, any idea how much fibre is optimum, minimum, maximum...?

I'd agree that switching diets like that would lead to rapid weight loss. Clealry this would have been the goal in order to make them look tough as f**k, rather than slap on extra fat which ain't gonna do jack sh*t against a sword or axe or whatnot.
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Old 02-21-2012, 12:49 PM   #4
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I'd agree that switching diets like that would lead to rapid weight loss. Clealry this would have been the goal in order to make them look tough as f**k, rather than slap on extra fat which ain't gonna do jack sh*t against a sword or axe or whatnot.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:15 PM   #5
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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.)
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:18 PM   #6
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Re: The real gladiator diet

Body armor? Nonsense! They ate pure grains of hope they quickly developed a desease that would kill them faster than the battles in the colisseum.
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Interesting. Following on from that, any idea how much fibre is optimum, minimum, maximum...?
Depending on age and gender the recommended intake for fibre is ~20-40g/d so ~20g/d should be considered the minimum. Optimum fibre intake would depend on context. No tolerable upper intake level has been set for fibre however there is good evidence that paleolithic hunter-gatherers had intakes of 100-130g/d so we can probably consider that the absolute maximum intake providing energy intake isn't compromised.

Dietary Reference Intakes: Macronutrients. (wfs)

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Depending on age and gender the recommended intake for fibre is ~20-40g/d so ~20g/d should be considered the minimum. Optimum fibre intake would depend on context. No tolerable upper intake level has been set for fibre however there is good evidence that paleolithic hunter-gatherers had intakes of 100-130g/d so we can probably consider that the absolute maximum intake providing energy intake isn't compromised.

Dietary Reference Intakes: Macronutrients. (wfs)
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Body armor? Nonsense! They ate pure grains of hope they quickly developed a desease that would kill them faster than the battles in the colisseum.
Haha, lion mauling is definitely PALEO!!!

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Old 02-21-2012, 04:13 PM   #9
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What are you guys talking about?! Gladiators did farmers walks and squatted. They drank milk, had hot women and then drank all the wine....or something like that right?

Gladiators were OG's. I saw that documentary a while back and thought how cool it was that they were so strict on diet and trained to be walking death machines.
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