View Full Version : Olympic diets, then and now

George Mounce
03-30-2009, 04:29 AM
Diets of Elite Athletes: Has the Discipline of Sports Nutrition
Made an Impact?


My favorite part:

Perhaps the best accounts of athletic diet to survive from antiquity, however, relate to Milo of Croton, a wrestler whose feats of strength became legendary. He was an outstanding figure in the history of Greek athletics and won the wrestling event at five successive Olympics from 532 to 516 B.C. According to Athenaeus and Pausanius, his diet was 9 kg (20 pounds) of meat, 9 kg (20 pounds) of bread and 8.5 L (18 pints) of wine a day (Deipnosophists: 10:412:F; Description of Greece: 6:145). The validity of these reports from antiquity, however, must be suspect. Although Milo was clearly a powerful, large man who possessed a prodigious appetite, basic estimations reveal that if he trained on such a volume of food, Milo would have consumed approximately 57,000 kcal (238,500 kJ) per day.

George Mounce
03-30-2009, 04:31 AM
Oh and here is one on fish oil and bronchospasm: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/464743

Ya, it sucks having a pulled muscled and nothing to do.