Professional athletes are bigger, stronger, and faster than us regular folks. They also have strict diets to maintain in order to keep their bodies in the topmost condition. Because they spend most of their days exerting a huge amount of energy in their practice, they need to eat a higher number of calories. It’s normal for an athlete to consume 9,000 calories a day. That’s the equivalent of 20 chicken breasts, 30 avocados, and 50 slices of bacon. While crazy diets are the norm with celebrities, for athletes they are on a different level.
Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock
Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson eats a large amount of calories to maintain his muscular body structure. The former wrestler eats 7 meals a day, which add up to over 5,000 calories. He eats 2.3 pounds of cod fish, 12 eggs, steak, and chicken each day.
Depending on his activity level, popular NFL player JJ Watts will eat 6,000 to 9,000 calories worth of food each day. His exact meal plan is a secret, but nutritionists speculate that he needs to eat 50 slices of bacon, 20 chicken breasts, and 13 whole avocados to reach the 9,000 calories a day. Watts allows himself a cheat meal per week during brunch.
Quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles Sam Bradford says he is very much into having a routine. When it comes to his eating, he has to eat three of everything.
He explains, “On game day, if I eat fruit—I usually eat fruit in the mornings—I have to have three pieces of cantaloupe, three pieces of pineapple. Everything’s in threes.”
To be a golfer, you don’t really need to diet. John Daly, at one point, would drink up to 26 cans of Diet Coke per day. He also smokes quite a lot. He recently stopped drinking soda and has now switched to gallons of chocolate milk and eating chicken wings.
While training for the 2008 Olympics, swimmer Michael Phelps would devour 12,000 calories a day. An average person’s daily calorie intake should be 2,000. He would eat a lot of carbohydrates like pizza and pasta …Is this why he is one of the most decorated Olympic athletes in history?
For the 2014 Winter Olympics, track and field star Lolo Jones switched sports and joined the US bobsled team. She had to work on changing her body. To get a bulkier bobsledder physique, Jones ate 9,000 calories a day. That meant she had to have a lot of protein shakes and even fast-food treats from McDonald’s.
The Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are encouraged to get as much “good fats” as they can. That means they can eat steak, bacon, and butter. They also have to drink two cups of broth made from the bones of grass-fed cows.
Jamaican Olympic star Usain Bolt loves McDonald’s. Even during the Olympic games in 2008, he would eat chicken nuggets and French fries three to four times a day. McDonald’s must be good for the sprinter because he won three gold medals that year.
Former NBA player Lamar Odom is addicted to candy. He told ESPN, “I will sometimes wake up at like 3 or 4 in the morning, and I’ll just have candy around my bed, maybe some Starbursts or Skittles; and I’ll just reach over, eat it, and go back to sleep.”
Another fan of Skittles is Marshawn Lynch. The football running back can be seen on the sidelines munching on the candy. His fans show up to games dressed up as Skittles and throw the candy at Lynch when he scores a touchdown. Lynch credits Skittles with helping him accomplish football feats.
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