7 examples of what elite athletes eat in a day

Oh, the be Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Usain Bolt! When you see how much food (and what kind of food) they get to eat in a day, you will be astounded, jealous, and slightly terrified.

Of course, they pay for this extreme caloric intake with hard, consistent training. So if you want to eat like there’s no tomorrow, you have to train like there’s a competition in a month…no ifs, ands, or buts!

Here are seven amazing diet plans anyone can follow — if they also burn several thousand calories a day.

7. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

The Rock is a legendarily huge dude who even makes a simple handshake with a Marine look potentially deadly. It should come as no surprise that he eats seven times a day to maintain his muscled physique. What IS surprising is the large amount of cod he consumes, in addition to white rice (and the requisite chicken and veggies of all athletes).

Johnson is said to consume over 5,000 calories a day, and his meals (assuming economy quality ingredients) run about $42 a day. It takes hours to prepare and consume this food, to say nothing of the constant work outs. Save this one for when you’re starring in a blockbuster film or winning a WWE title.

6. Michael Phelps

During the Summer Olympics, Phelps is the number one source of American gold production. Okay, maybe not literally, but the man is an elite swimmer of the highest order, and his diet is also legendary.

Phelps has been known to consume up to 10,000 calories a day during his grueling training regimen. He dines on lean protein mostly, but sometimes adds chocolate chip pancakes, fried egg sandwiches, energy drinks, and pasta to fuel those intense swim sessions.

5. Andy Murray

The Scottish tennis player has won two Wimbledon titles and Olympic gold. Unlike his American Olympian counterparts, he eats a somewhat more moderate diet of 3100 calories a day (still more than the recommended 2000 for the rest of us).

Murray enjoys a rather bagel-centric competition meal plan, including eggs, peanut butter, fruit smoothies, and the ubiquitous chicken and broccoli dinner. Carbs help fuel optimum performance for the bursts of energy required by tennis, while protein helps rebuild muscle torn during intense serves and saves.

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