Crazy Diet Choices from the Biggest Athletes of Today

One of the greatest myths out there is that the less you eat and the more exercise you do, the more toned of a body you are going to get. While the traditional ‘’eat less, exercise more’’ usually works for most people, this is not a norm set in stone, and you’d be surprised to learn that very often people who eat a lot and follow a strict exercise routine end up with perfectly sculpted bodies who have accomplished many feats in the world of sports, in particular.

Let’s take a look at some of the best athletes of today who eat and *work* very hard to flash those six-packs and/or be able to show off that enviable figure!

Venus Williams and her strict raw vegan diet (consisting of primarily fresh juices, veggies and uncooked fruits) or Usain Bolt, the fastest man on record, who used to eat a box of nuggets from McDonald’s every day – are just a few examples of how wide the margin that separate a balance diet and body shape can be.


Olympic athletes probably have the best reasons in the world to get on the craziest diets if only that’s going to help them with the toughest competitors from around the world. That is the case of Michael Phelps who consumes a whopping 12,000 calories every day. Considering that he trains six days a week and exercises five hours a day, it’s safe to assume that he needs all the solid he can take to gather up all the sufficient energy to maintain his position in world class swimming. His diet consists of:

Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise. Two cups of coffee. One bowl of grain. One five-egg omelette. Three slices of French toast topped. Three chocolate-chip pancakes.
Lunch: One pound of pasta. Two large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayonnaise on white bread. This also includes energy drinks that supply him with another 1,000 calories.
Dinner: One pound of pasta, an entire pizza and even more energy drinks.


Now we move on to the opposite side of the spectrum – when it’s not a question of quantity, but of overindulging in one specific type of food or brand. Chad Johnson, the wide-receiver from the Montreal Alouettes, once admitted that he ”survives on McDonald’s,” defending the notion that if you work out, eating fast food frequently should not ”bother you.” Laffit Pincay, Jr., the leading horse racing jockey, who was so meticulous about his diet that he only ate half a peanut for lunch.

Needless to say that most of these diets – if not all – belong in the ‘’Don’t try this at home’’ category. This comes to show us all that heavy drinking and heavy eating go hand in hand for successful results and you need to be a pro to truly be able to pull it off!

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