Being an Olympian is a dream-come-true for all sports personals. And to be one is not a cake walk either. It requires years of preparation, hard work and practice. Olympians follow a strict diet and exercises to stay in the race. Even on cheat days they work out for an extra hour to get it balanced. Here is a look at the diet of some of the most popular Olympians.
World’s most fastest swimmer Michael Phelps was consuming around 12,500 calories per day during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His meal included fried egg sandwiches, two pounds of pasta and an entire pizza. But now at the time of the Rio Olympics, he does not eat much and just eats what is required for him. It’s said that, at present he enjoys eating grilled chicken and Mexican food.
Usain Bolt revealed that he ate around 1,000 chicken nuggets during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Now, he is reported to be controlling his craving for food. He is now making sure that his diet includes lots of vegetable like broccoli yams and Jamaican dumplings. His regular diet is said to include an egg sandwich for breakfast, pasta with chicken breast or corned beef for lunch, Jamaican dumplings with vegetables for dinner and fruit for snacks.
Andy Murray eats a heavy break fast. His meal would include a bagel with scrambled eggs, half a bagel with peanut butter, a smoothie with bananas, berries and milk, and a whole melon. Before going for a match he eats Salmon and rice. After a match he prefers eating pasta with broccoli and chicken. Though he follows a strict diet he loves to have ice creams when he’s not preparing for matches.
Badminton player Saina Nehwal includes egg in her breakfast as it is rich in protein. She avoids eating unhealthy and junk foods. Saina prefers having breakfast before 7.30 in the morning and eats mostly steamed foods and salads. On a normal day her intake is 2,500 calories but to stay fit she will increase it to 5,ooo calories while preparing for a tournament.
Sania Mirza’s training diet includes mostly protein rich food and non – vegetarian food. She has expressed her love for haleem and spicy food but prefers a gluten – free – diet, as she’s allergic to it. Her fitness secret is to keep away junk food, unhealthy drinks, and carbs.
Now let’s have a look at Serena Williams’ diet. This champion follows a very strict diet during her training period. She’s not fond of red meat and tries to include a lot of fish, veggies and natural and raw foods into her diet.