Overweight sports fans, mostly residing in North America, could learn a thing or two about a healthy diet from many of the top athletes in the world, well at least those who aren’t hulking behemoths that are looking to pack on pounds and muscle. This fun filled look at the insane diets of many of the world’s top athletes will leave you slack-jawed – and possibly a bit hungry.
A Closer Look At The Insane Athlete Diets: Sports Fans Everywhere Could Learn A Thing Or Two
Average calorie count: 12,000 calories
The greatest swimmer in Olympics history once ate a whopping 12,000 calories per day when training. Phelps has gone on record to say that his diet consisted of a pound of pasta, an entire pizza, three fried egg sandwiches, grits, and french toast. Michael Phelps diet sparked the “Michael Phelps Challenge” where people attempt eat for an entire day like the now legendary swimmer.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Sport: WWE Wrestling
Average calorie count: 5,000 calories
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson consumes a seafood-based diet that it’s been noted that he eats approximately 821-pounds of the fish per year. On his ‘cheat’ days, the Rock can be seen eating everything that doesn’t move, starting with a healthy helping of Rice Krispies Treats.
Average calorie count: 9,000 calories
The Houston Texans defensive end says he started “crushing avocados” after he learned his body was in need of some extra fuel. To increase his body fat though, Watt increased his daily intake of sweet potatoes and fell in love with brunch. A typical Watt brunch includes stuffed french toast and a potato pancake omelet.
Sport: Track and Field
Average calorie count: 5,500 calories
You might find it strange, but Usain Bolt apparently loves McDonald’s so much that he ate 47,000 calories worth of Chicken McNuggets at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and about 1,000 McNuggets per day for the 2016 Olympics.
Like most American youths, Simone Biles apparently loves pepperoni pizza. The diminutive gymnast reportedly chows down on pepperoni pizza after every meet. Of course, when ‘normal’ people like me eat tons of pepperoni pizza, they either regret it immediately afterward – or are too stuffed to even care.
Average calorie count: 7,000 calories
The Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle keeps his 315-pound frame at its optional best by scarfing down a diet rich in junk foods. Back in 2012, Khalil professed eating a breakfast consisting of bacon, eggs, fruit, cottage cheese, toast, and sausage.
For lunch, Kalil would also eat pizza, burgers, and sloppy joe’s. Sounds like a real American hero to me.
Sport: Marathon runner
Average calorie count: 4,000-6,000 calories
So what you might never have heard of American marathoner Michael Arnstein. The long-distance runner, who has nicknamed himself the Fruitarian, lives off a diet consisting mostly of raw foods. Arnstein knocked 17-minutes off his race time by indulging in a 6,000 calorie raw vegan diet. Incredibly, every ten days, Arnstein purchases 500-lbs of fruit to feed himself and his four other family members.