With the 2016 Rio Olympic games well under way one thing stands out among every athlete from all corners of the world, each one is in tip top shape. While it’s understood that it takes hours upon hours of training, exercise and focus to qualify and represent your country in the official world games, what does a champion’s diet look like?

As one can imagine, each sport and athlete is different when it comes to both their training and diets while preparing for the Olympics. Regardless of their own personal style and preferences, there are some common denominators when planning your food regiment. SmoothieA smart proportion of protein, carbs and reduced sugars seem to be a common theme. But don’t take it from us, here are some of Team USA’s top athletes and their dietary habits.

Super Star Diets

With a massive amount of energy required to perform, each athlete varies in their choice of food, but regardless of their preferences, another thing they have in common is the sheer quantity of food each one will eat in a single day. Eating up to 5 times a day and consuming between 3,000 to 4,000 calories, these athletes easily double the average consumption.

Metro UK showcased various athletes and their eating habits as cited below:

Michael Phelps  

 Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps

Main food types: pizza, pasta, eggs

Mealtimes: five + meals a day

Quantities: huge. He eats around three times as many calories as the recommended daily allowance for the average guy.

Carli Lloyd

 Carli Lloyd

Carli Lloyd

 

Main food types: eggs, fruit shakes, chicken, fish salad

Mealtimes: three times a day

Quantities: 2,500-3,500 calories a day

 

Mo Farah

Mo Farah

Mo Farah 

Main food types: pasta, steamed vegetables, grilled chicken

Mealtimes: three times a day

Quantities: 3,500 calories a day

 

Usain Bolt  

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt

Main food types: chicken or fish

Mealtimes: three times a day

Quantities: one gram of protein per pound of body weight a day

 

Most athletes will agree that this snapshot is only a hint at what actually goes into one’s diet on a daily basis, and the food these athletes consume is as important as the timing and strict schedule they have to keep their body fully fueled and energized. Time Magazine outlined two athlete’s eating routine in great detail, including U.S. Rower Seth Weil, starting with his wake-up meal at 6:00 am all the way through each 9 meal sessions until 9:00 pm that night.

Vegan Diets Are Also A Thing

Organic Vegetables And Fruits In Shopping Basket On WhiteOne surprising discovery when researching the topic of superhuman athletes and their food consumption was to find out that there are in fact several successful vegan athletes. Carl Lewis, arguably the most popular for his records and nine gold medals, told Oprah “I changed my diet to vegan diet. … I set all my personal bests at 30 years old as a vegetarian.”

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey

Other notable vegans on the list included Ronda Rousey, a professional MMA star, Cam Awesome the U.S. Boxer, and Venus Williams the “Twin Duo” tennis legend to name a few.

So whether you are just beginning your dreams of becoming an Olympic champion, simply love the games, or are curious about different eating habits that can boost your body mass, tone your muscles and cleanse your system, then checking out some of the various Olympic Super Star Diets might just give you the extra little boost you need in life.

 

 

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