Food is an important part of any athlete's training but what these guys pack away is more in keeping with an eating challenge

If you’ve ever dipped your running toes into a long distance race, you might throw a pasta party a few days before to up your carb load. Let's face it, that’s about it.

 

However, elite athletes are a different breed.

 

Step aside Adam Richman (well, before he went vegan) because Decibel Nutrition have revealed some of the rigorous eating challenges sport stars such as Usain Bolt, Andy Murray and Jonny Wilkinson put themselves through.

 

Here’s how they win those medals (well, apart from all that training, obvs). 


Jonny Wilkinson

 

Who: England rugby ace
Puts away: 3,020 calories per day
Breakfast: muesli, fruits, low fat milk, egg white omelette, toast
Lunch: pasta, potatoes, chicken, salad
Dinner: oily fish, chicken and vegetables
Snacks: water and fruit
We say: the secret to a World Cup-winning fly half

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Jonny Wilkinson

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Tom Daley

 

Who: diver
Puts away: 3,215 calories a day
Breakfast: beans on toast, fruit
Lunch: jacket potato and grilled chicken
Dinner: chicken, steamed vegetables and pasta
Snacks: cereal bar, vegetable soup, toast and chocolate spread, chocolate milkshakes
We say: it’s like looking at our university selves

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Tom Daley

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Peter Vanderkaay

 

Who: swimmer
Puts away: 3,220 calories
Breakfast: 5 egg omelette, yoghurt, fruit and granola
Lunch: peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit
Dinner: grilled chicken, brown rice, asparagus
Snacks: fruit, PowerBar, Restore drink and chocolate milk 
We say: well, it has got him 3 Olympic golds so who are we to quibble?

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Ryan Lochte

 

Who: swimmer
Puts away: 5,768 calories
Breakfast: McDonald’s Big Breakfast, McMuffins, hashbrowns, fruit salad
Lunch: chicken McNuggets, Double Cheese Burger, Big Mac
Dinner: chicken McNuggets, Double Cheese Burgers, Big Mac, fries
We say: is this guy sponsored by Maccy D’s?

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Ryan Lochte

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Usain Bolt

 

Who: sprinter
Puts away: 5,453 calories
Breakfast: chicken McNuggets, fries
Lunch: chicken McNuggets, fries
Dinner: chicken McNuggets, fries
Snacks: apple pie
We say: yes, chicken nuggets and fries for every meal

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Usain Bolt

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Louis Smith

 

Who: gymnast
Puts away: 3,778 calories
Breakfast: fruits, scrambled egg on toast
Lunch: pasta with ham, tomatoes and cucumber, fruit
Dinner: chicken with steamed vegetables and salad
Snacks: hydration drinks
We say: this pretty much looks like our average Saturday (apart from the hydration drinks)

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Louis Smith

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Andy Murray

 

Who: tennis player
Puts away: 3,119 calories
Breakfast: fruit smoothie, fruits, bagel
Lunch: salmon and rice
Dinner: roast chicken, vegetables and potatoes
Snacks: sports drinks, protein shakes
We say: the Wimbledon winner's menu looks pretty meagre by comparison

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Andy Murray

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