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The Warrior Diet - Ben Fuchs interviews Ori Hofmekler

(I will post the Youtube vid if one pops up)

The interview starts at about half point -

The Warrior Diet: Switch on Your Biological Powerhouse For High Energy, Explosive Strength, and a Leaner, Harder Body

Along with the many benefits of leisure-class living comes obesity and its attendant ailments. In The Warrior Diet, Ori Hofmekler looks not forward but backward for a solution–to the primal habits of early cultures such as nomads and hunter-gatherers, the Greeks, and the Romans. Based on survival science...

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Very exciting...

SAF...stress activated foods. Gotta keep my eyes open for more updates with Ori.

The Gladiators were called the "Barley Men"

They were given that name because they lived on barley to make them stronger and build their muscles to fight.

Daniel (from the Bible) and his buddies lived on vegetables and water and, as a result, were stronger and leaner.

Rip Esselstyn is a great example of fitness:

The country consumes far too much protein these days. Too much of almost anything is bad for you anyhow.

Besides, this overconsumption of animal protein is the reason why there are now factory "farms," which aren't farms at all but mass-producing places of hell for animals who live lives of torture and never see the light of day.

Modern day barley

Gladiators, it seems, were fat.

Contemporary accounts of gladiator life sometimes refer to the warriors as hordearii--literally, "barley men." Grossschmidt and collaborator Fabian Kanz subjected bits of the bone to isotopic analysis, a technique that measures trace chemical elements such as calcium, strontium, and zinc, to see if they could find out why. They turned up some surprising results. Compared to the average inhabitant of Ephesus, gladiators ate more plants and very little animal protein. The vegetarian diet had nothing to do with poverty or animal rights. Gladiators, it seems, were fat. Consuming a lot of simple carbohydrates, such as barley, and legumes, like beans, was designed for survival in the arena. Packing in the carbs also packed on the pounds. "Gladiators needed subcutaneous fat," Grossschmidt explains. "A fat cushion protects you from cut wounds and shields nerves and blood vessels in a fight." Not only would a lean gladiator have been dead meat, he would have made for a bad show. Surface wounds "look more spectacular," says Grossschmidt. "If I get wounded but just in the fatty layer, I can fight on," he adds. "It doesn't hurt much, and it looks great for the spectators."

But a diet of barley and vegetables would have left the fighters with a serious calcium deficit. To keep their bones strong, historical accounts say, they downed vile brews of charred wood or bone ash, both of which are rich in calcium.

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Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

Thanks for the laugh.

By the way, it only "seems" that way to people who believe that nonsense, don't know history, and have never even seen the ancient paintings of the gladiators.

Sorry. I'll take these archeologists

Sorry. I'll take these archeologists over you and McDougall. And it's interesting that it is noted that the gladiators had to supplement. Something that McDougall conveniently fails to mention.

They were tubbies.

Stylized marketing artwork draws better crowds.

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Protein is essential for

Protein is essential for building muscle, and while it is possible for vegetarians to get their protein elsewhere, it is difficult.

Vegetarians usually run pretty thin and don't have much muscle mass. A lot of them have great endurance, but don't ask them to lift anything heavy.

Monty Python trumps all. Gladiators were tubby and slow

See, the gladiator is tubby and slow, he can't keep up and eventually collapses."yte" yid="D5FU0ZMRB_Q">

You can't make this stuff up. Well, I guess you can.


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"but don't ask them to lift anything heavy."


Do you know who Art de Vany is? He's in his 70s and could probably bench press an entire family of vegetarians all at the same time.

The good stuff starts ay :45

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“Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days.

At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. So after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the food and wine provided for the others. ~ Daniel 1:12-16

Veggies and steroids.

It's easy.

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has anyone done this diet?

or have any experience with it?

I am reading his book.

I'm only on the first chapter, so I only had a rough idea. He recommends fasting during the day or eating very lightly, only raw fruit or veggies and a maybe a bit of light protein. Then in the evening, have dinner and eat wholesome foods, till satisfied. He says the fasting process during the day gives the body a chance to detox, heal and burn fat, and that you will be more mentally and physically alert. He also recommends his workout routine. As he is 62 years old...

It appears that he's doing something right.

I'm looking forward to trying his exercises. I have a feeling they are going to be more difficult than they look.

I'm curious as well. It

I'm curious as well. It seems to have some similarities to Paleo, and intermittent fasting seems to be part of it. I ordered the book from Amazon so I could learn more about it. I find Ori difficult to understand. Along with his strong accent, he seems to lean back in his chair, away from his mic during these interviews, making it more difficult to understand him.

Pete, thanks.Great stuff!


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Sure thing. Man that Ori is

Sure thing.

Man that Ori is difficult to understand isn't he? Great info, but it takes some work to follow him.

Yes, the audio quality, plus his accent did make it a challenge.

I also listened to Ben Fuch's interview.

It's obvious that Ori has done his homework.

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Hey, did you see dinahtab's comment? That Rip Esselstyn seems to be suffering from copper deficiency like his father.

Ori distinguished between eating for performance and longetivity

Time will tell.

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I think it would stand to

I think it would stand to reason that what is successful for one is successful for the other.