An athlete treats his body like a temple. Every calorie, vitamin or mineral he takes in is chalked out and accounted for. But athletes, in general, need way more calories and nutrition than an average person with a regular occupation because they burn it two to four times faster. So, it should be no surprise that an elite athlete’s diet plan does not really match our daily meals or even usual dietary guidelines.
There are some athletes, though, who take their commitment to their sport to a whole different level and follow diets that range from impossible to bizarre. Then there are those whose dietary indulgences, weaknesses and soft spots are almost as famous as their careers. Whether for the sake of bringing on their A game or to have some fun while meeting the physical demands of their sport,
30 super fit athletes have diets worth reading about:-
1. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)
The athlete-turned-professional wrestler-turned-movie star eats close to 10 pounds of food every day over seven meals. He eats almost 1000 calories of cod daily and a mountain of vegetables with his meals. The meats are all cooked in the Paleo form, without any sauces.
2. Usain Bolt
The Jamaican speedster had a very interesting diet for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He ate thousands of McDonald’s chicken nuggets while in China because he couldn’t adjust to the local cuisine.
He powered himself with at least twenty nuggets every meal, along with French fries and apple pie.
3. Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps is another Olympian credited with an unbelievable diet. It is rumored that he consumed around 12,000 calories on the days of his training. His training day breakfast supposedly consisted of something like a five-egg omelette, three fried egg sandwiches, French toast slices with powdered sugar and also chocolate chip pancakes.
4. Lolo Jones
The track athlete’s weight-gain diet before the 2014 Winter Olympics was nothing short of awe-inspiring. She consumed up to 9000 calories every day. Her diet included large amounts of food, along with big protein drinks. Apparently, she would go to McDonald’s every night at 10 for double cheeseburgers.
5. Robert Oberst
The strongman weighing around 400 pounds had a daily calorie intake goal of 20,000 calories! He is said to have almost cleared the pork supplies in the meat section while grocery shopping and fed on huge bags of rice in just a few days.
6. Samir Singh
This Indian runner, who completed an astounding run of 9,964 kms in 100 days, believes in a ‘sattvik’ diet. Samir doesn’t run for a prize. He sustains himself on the simplest of meals. Following the Holy Scriptures, the Gita, his diet consists of protein drink, dal or pulses, rice and boiled potatoes only.
7. Louis Smith
The Olympian gymnast and bronze medallist maintained a zero carbohydrate diet while training for team selection for the 2008 Olympics, eating only white meat or fish. But he likes to explore more exotic dishes. He has tried sliced sheep’s tongue in Ukraine and cooked testicles of sheep in France.
8. Michael Arnstein
The professional long-distance runner covers almost 200 miles per week. But instead of fuelling himself with meats and pasta, Arnstein follows a diet plan of 80% carbohydrates, 10% protein, and 10% fats, that is wholly comprised of fruits! That means eating 30 bananas daily is normal for him.
9. Tyson Gay
The Olympic sprinter has a very precise diet plan. Before any race or training session, he eats only 20 almonds. It may seem a little extreme, but 20 almonds are apparently the perfect amount to meet his physical needs as per his nutritionist.
10. Laffit Pincay Jr.
Laffit Pincay Jr. took his profession as a jockey very seriously. Since a lightweight jockey performs well in horse racing, Pincay Jr. ate only half a peanut as his meal. It seems to have worked for him as he is still the second all-time winningest jockey in flat racing.
11. Scott Jurek
Ultramarathoner Scott Jurek has won the Hardrock 100 race, the Badwater 135-mile Ultramarathon, the 153-mile Spartathlon, and the Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run seven years in a row, on a completely vegan diet. His diet regimen is wholly plant-based which seems incredible for such an intense sport.
12. Lamar Odom
Lamar Odom, the former NBA player has a diet plan of a sweet kind. He loves to eat candies before games and even in the middle of the night. Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme bars, Twizzlers and sugar-coated rings are among his favorites. Once he ate a whole plate of Starburst jelly to satisfy his sweet craving before a game.
13. Herschel Walker
The NFL running back and MMA fighter have an intense training regimen. Yet he eats only one meal in a day. He not only foregoes breakfast and lunch but also eats only vegetarian food. His dinner each day consists of bread and salad. He has even claimed to have gone without food during three to four days of heavy training.
14. Los Angeles Lakers
This team follows a strict “Butter, Bacon and Bone Broth” diet which seems surprising. They gorge on everything buttery as well as grass fed meats, such as steaks and bacon. The players are instructed to eat as many good fats as possible. They are even asked to drink one or two cups of broth every day that is prepared from the joint bones of grass-fed cows.
15. Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch, the famous NFL player has a huge soft spot for the sweet Skittles. From his childhood, he was indulged with this treat and he ate them even during games. He is not only a spokesperson for the product but also enjoys them whenever he celebrates a touchdown.
16. Matt Kalil
NFL linemen need some of the heaviest diets to maintain their physical requirements. Matt Kalil, the offensive tackle who plays for Minnesota Kings, has to consume at least 7000 calories per day to maintain his 300-pound body. He drinks a whopping 1,200 calorie protein shake every night.
17. John Daly
The American professional golfer had a very curious and unhealthy diet. He hardly followed any meal plan and claims that at one period he was addicted to Diet Coke. He drank about 26 cans of Diet Coke in a day. Now he prefers to consume chicken wings and large amounts of chocolate milk.
18. Dwayne Wade
The American professional basketball player turned to a more vegetable and fruit heavy diet after realizing that he couldn’t power himself as much with cheeseburgers anymore. His drink of choice is a potion made of beets, chlorophyll, and ginger. He also prefers to eat fruit salads instead of vegetables.
19. Wade Boggs
The former professional baseball third baseman has some legendary feats to his name both on the field and on the food-and-drink front. Though the exact number is not known, he apparently holds a record for having chugged 40 to 100 beers in a day. He is also said to have eaten an entire chicken before every game.
20. Tim Lincecum
The San Francisco Giants pitcher takes ridicules measures to keep up his body weight. He eats three Double-Double burgers, two French fries, and a chocolate-strawberry milkshake whenever he goes to In-and-Out Burgers. But the player has such a high metabolism that he still struggles to gain weight.
21. Manny Pacquiao
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao is a Filipino professional boxer who went on a new, all-organic diet plan based on “chemical-free” meats and veggies, before his rematch with Timothy Bradley. He won the match too by unanimous decision.
22. Jon Call
Jon Call is the inventor of Acrobolix——the cross between anabolic and acrobatics. He eats around 100 pounds of chicken, 15 pounds of potatoes and 12 cups of rice every week. He prepares his own meals and his omelets are a specialty.
23. Dwight Freeney
The NFL linebacker is a fan of Sari Mellman’s Progression Diet that involves blood analysis to keep bodies strong and fast, yet healthy. His fluids intake is restricted to water and, grape juice, along with a little bit of tea. So, Freeney can maintain a body weight of over 250 pounds while avoiding garlic, oil, and grease.
24. LeBron James
The American professional basketball star believes in taking good care of his nutrition. In 2014, he started a regimen with no sugar, no carbohydrates, and no dairy. For 67 days he only ate fish, meat, fruits, and vegetables. Even his favorite cake recipe contains kale! He only consumes lean proteins and keeps his carbohydrate intake to a minimum.
25. Ryan Steven Lochte
The American competitive swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist bagged four medals at the 2008 Olympics while famously eating meals from McDonald’s for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner! He consumes 7000-8000 calories every day. A typical pre-training morning meal consists of oatmeal, pancakes, hash browns, avocado toast, fruits, and French coffee.
26. Kelly Clark
Kelly Clark won gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics. The American snowboarder is very keen on juices. She claims to derive the majority of her nutrients, vitamins, and vegetables from smoothies and juices. Her liquid diet forms a significant part of her nutrition and she often makes them herself.
27. Seth Weil
Seth Weil, a member of the US rowing team for the Olympics has a unique diet. His morning meal actually consists of PB&J burritos and 20 ounces of coffee. Since rowers have to start their day very early, he eats them at around 6 am!
28. David Carter
It’s almost unheard of for a lineman weighing 300 pounds to be able to sustain himself on a strictly vegan diet, but David Carter has done it. He eats almost 10000 calories every day in the form of rice, vegetables, beans, nuts, and grains like quinoa. He starts off his day with bean smoothies and eats every two hours.
29. Hafthor Bjornsson
Hafthor Bjornsson is famous for his role as The Mountain in “Game of Thrones,” but he’s also an athlete. He was the runner-up for the 2014 edition of the World’s Strongest Man competition in and also won the Europe’s Strongest Man competitions in 2014 and 2015. He consumes an insane amount of food-up to 8 pounds. He even eats raw eggs in the middle of the night.
30. Son Yeon-Jae
The South Korean gymnast follows an extremely strict diet to stay at the top of her game. To stay on par with her longer-limbed Western competitors, she trains for seven hours per day, consumes the lightest breakfast, and skips dinner.