We all know that a good diet is hugely important to any training regime. Ever wondered how much elite athletes eat in comparison to regular humans? Athletes, fighters and film stars have their diets strict to help them achieve their goals.
Diet of champions: forget 2,000-calorie diets, these sporting stars take eating to the next level. Here’s how many meals they eat, their daily calorie intake, how much meat they eat and what types of foods are on their plates. This is a useful guide to see how much you would have to eat to maintain a rigorous training schedule.
1.Obviously sitting right at the top of the list is strongman and actor Hafthor Bjornsson, who plays The Mountain in Game of Thrones.
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Most Calorific Diet – 10000 cal., 10 meals/day, 36% meat
Being ‘The Mountain’ in Game of Thrones and a strongman requires a ton of energy. Hafþór Björnsson consumes 10,000 calories across 10 meals a day, three of which are breakfasts. This calorific diet helps fuel his huge frame, making sure he’s ready for whatever the day throws at him.
The Mountain’s first snack: glutamine, handful of almonds
The Mountain’s first breakfast: 8 eggs,200g oats with blueberries and strawberries, avocado
The Mountain’s second breakfast: 400g beef with 400g sweet potatoes and a handful of spinach and greens
The Mountain’s second snack: glutamine
The Mountain’s first lunch: chicken breast with 400g potatoes and greens, fruit
The Mountain’s second lunch: 150g blended oats with 2 bananas, 150g Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, frozen berries, handful almonds, peanut butter and glutamine
The Mountain’s third snack: 60g protein, 2 bananas
The Mountain’s first dinner: 500g beef with potatoes and greens
The Mountain’s second dinner: 500g salmon with 500g sweet potatoes
The Mountain’s fourth snack: 6 eggs with avocado, 30g almonds, 50g peanut butter
2. Thor’s hammer weighs heavy on Chris Hemsworth, so it’s no wonder he packs in a cool 6,000 calories a day with two breakfasts and two dinners. It’s all about the protein for this actor, combined with a gruelling workout routine.
5901 cal., 6 meals/day, 39% meat
Chris Hemsworth’s breakfast: 1 cup of oatmeal with 1 banana, ½ cup sultanas and fat-free milk, 4 egg whites, 1 egg, 50g cheese, protein shake, orange juice
Chris Hemsworth’s second breakfast: turkey roll with cottage cheese, mixed nuts, yoghurt, protein shake
Chris Hemsworth’s snack: beef jerky
Chris Hemsworth’s lunch: 3 chicken breasts with 100g brown rice, 1 cup of broccoli and 1 cup of kidney beans, fat-free milk
Chris Hemsworth’s first dinner: 3 fillets of salmon with 100g quinoa and 100g asparagus, yoghurt, fat-free milk
Chris Hemsworth’s second dinner: 2 boiled eggs with 2 brown bread slices, protein shake
3. The Rock Dwayne Johnson is consuming 5165 cal., 8 meals/day, 34% meat
The Rock’s first breakfast: 10oz cod, 2 whole eggs, 2 cups of oatmeal
The Rock’s second breakfast: 8oz cod with 12oz sweet potato and 1 cup of veg
The Rock’s first lunch: 8oz chicken with 2 cups of white rice and 1 cup of veg
The Rock’s second lunch: 8oz cod with 2 cups of white rice, 1 cup of vegetables and 1 tbsp fish oil
The Rock’s first dinner: 8oz sirloin steak with a 12oz baked potato and spinach salad
The Rock’s second dinner: 10oz cod with 2 cups of white rice and salad
The Rock’s third dinner: 10-egg omelette with 1 cup of vegetables and 1 tbsp fish oil
The Rock’s drink snack: protein shake
4. The Vegan Diet: 4100 cal., 7 meals/day, 0% meat
Veganism may not scream macho, but the ‘Hayemaker’ scoffs seven meals a day with no meat or dairy in sight. It seems the former champ is onto a winner with a diet shown to fight heart disease and hit hunger where it hurts.
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David Haye’s breakfast drink: green juice (kale, arugula, parsley)
David Haye’s breakfast: pea protein and buckwheat flour pancakes with strawberries, walnut, and coconut yoghurt
David Haye’s drink snack: green juice (kale, arugula, parsley)
David Haye’s lunch: herb-marinated tofu, carrot spaghetti, red onion, arugula and peas
David Haye’s second drink snack: smoothie with oats, vegan protein, coconut, berries, dates, and spirulina
David Haye’s dinner: white bean quinoa salad with fennel, chicory, celery, red onion, and dried chilli
David Haye’s second dinner: lentil and kale dahl with turmeric buckwheat
5. Whether it’s the 100 or 200, Bolt needs to be able to move like lightning. Protein is a must, with egg sandwiches and chicken for dinner all helping Usain stay quick on his feet whilst totalling a moderate 2,273 calories.
2273 cal., 5 meals/day, 27% meat
Usain Bolt’s breakfast: egg sandwich
Usain Bolt’s first snack: apples
Usain Bolt’s lunch: pasta with corned beef
Usain Bolt’s second snack: mangos and pineapples
Usain Bolt’s dinner: jamaican dumplings with roasted chicken and broccoli