Earlier this week, wrestler/actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted out his “cheat meals,” which consisted of 12 pancakes, four “double dough” pizzas, and 21 brownies — all in one day. This might seem like an insane amount of food for one man to eat, but considering The Rock presumably works out all the time, one day of extremely unhealthy eating shouldn’t destroy his body.
In the entire history of sports, though, there have been professional athletes who have won championships and titles while living off of a diet consisting mostly of “cheat meals.”
From an Olympic gold medalist eating McDonald’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner to a UFC champion drinking his own urine like its coffee, we present to you the strangest eating habits of professional athletes.
Lochte reportedly ate McDonald's for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he won four total medals.
Here's how Lochte described his McDonald's Beijing routine:
- Breakfast: Eggs, sausage, biscuits, McMuffins, three hashbrowns, fruit salad
- Lunch: 'Two things of Chicken McNuggets, a double cheeseburger, and a Big Mac.'
- Dinner: Same as lunch, except he'll get some fries and 'two or three double cheeseburgers' instead of just one.
Lochte, who thinks he ate around 8,000 to 10,000 calories a day in Beijing, has since cut out fast food from his day-to-day diet.
'I feel good out here everyday, and I have what some would call the worst diet in the world,' said six-time Pro Bowl receiver Chad Ochocinco on HBO's Hard Knocks in 2009.
Like Ryan Lochte, Chad Ochocinco eats McDonald's for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Here's what he had to say about his McDonald's diet:
'I've been able to survive on McDonald's still to this day. Nothing has changed about my eating habits. They say breakfast of champions, lunch, and dinner of champions. My pre-game meal. Don't let them tell you that McDonald's is bad for you. Eat what you wanna eat and you work out the way you're supposed to. It's not gonna bother you.'
Before the 2011 season, Lincecum revealed his new In-N-Out Burger diet. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that Lincecum routinely ate the following:
'Three Double-Doubles. Two fries. A chocolate-strawberry shake. Ketchup please, but hold the lettuce and tomatoes.'
The total calorie count for Lincecum's In-N-Out Burger diet? 3,150 calories. Lincecum scrapped the diet before the 2012 season, though, and his pitching coach thinks 'he showed up too little' to spring training.
The two-time Cy Young winner hasn't had the same stuff since the days of his In-N-Out Burger diet as his ERA has nearly doubled and his fastball has dropped by 5 mph.
While playing in the minor leagues, Wade Boggs found that his best games came after he ate a meal with chicken.
'I noticed that I always seemed to hit best after chicken,' Boggs told legendary baseball writer Peter Gammons. 'So I started having Debbie (his wife) fix it every day.'
In addition to his chicken superstition, Boggs is also famous in baseball folklore for supposedly drinking 64 beers in one road trip.
Here are the best Lamar Odom quotes from ESPN's feature on the basketball player's candy addiction:
- 'I'm the supplier on the team. If you need that candy fix, I got it.'
- 'Hershey's white chocolate cookies and cream, I go through like four or five packs of those a day.'
- 'I will sometimes wake up at like 3 or 4 in the morning and I'll just have candy around my bed, maybe some Starbursts or Skittles, and I'll just reach over, eat it, and go back to sleep.'
- And these words of wisdom: 'You only live once. Eat as much candy as you can eat.'
Odom's personal assistant makes weekly runs to the grocery store to satisfy his client's sweet tooth, and he spent nearly $80 on candy and sweets alone in the ESPN segment.
While playing at UConn, Caron Butler told the Washington Post's Dan Steinberg that he 'drank a two-liter of Mountain Dew' every game -- half before the game, and the other half during halftime.
As a Washington Wizard, Caron Butler revealed he drank 'at least six 12-ounce Mountain Dews a day' before quitting the highly caffeinated soda in 2009.
'Honestly, those first two weeks without The Dew (were) the roughest two weeks of my life,' Butler wrote on his blog. 'I'm talking headaches, sweats and everything.'
Now, Butler owns six Burger King restaurants -- although he's more focused on the business side of the fast food chain rather than the consumption side.
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida told Brazilian magazine Tatame 'I drink my urine every morning like a natural medicine.'
Machida started drinking his own urine at the advice of his father, who told MMA Fighting that 'it's like a vaccine' and that 'sometimes it's sweet, sometimes it's salty.'
In high school, Lynch's mum used to give him a bag of Skittles before each game. The candy tradition carried into the pros as Lynch celebrates his touchdown runs with a pack of Skittles on the sidelines.
Skittles even offered Lynch a two-year supply and custom dispenser for his locker after the Eagles game.
According to the NYPost, Michael Phelps consumed a ridiculous 12,000 calories a day while training for the Beijing Games -- that's 10,000 more calories than what the average person should consume.
Here's a sample of Phelps' daily diet:
- Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise; five-egg omelet; bowl of grits; three slices of French toast with powdered sugar; three chocolate-chip pancakes
- Lunch: One pound of pasta, two ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo, and '1,000 calories worth of energy drinks.'
- Dinner: One pound of pasta, an entire pizza, and more energy drinks totaling 1,000 calories.
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