Usain Bolt’s Diet and Nutrition
Bolt maintains his 6ft 4in, 13st 8lb pound frame in peak condition with a simple diet. Also, he is one of the few professional athletes who does not take supplements. He admits to taking vitamin C, but nothing else.
Instead, Bolt opts for a high-energy diet to maintain his engine, ensuring that each of his six daily meals contain 60% protein, 30% carbs and 10% fats. Sprinters should consume one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight to build and maintain muscle.
So at approx. 14-stone, Bolt needs to consume 196 grams of muscle-building protein every day. He alleges to achieve this by eating a lot of chicken fillets.
On the day that he beat the world 100m record, he described his preparation as:
I’m always sceptical when I hear stuff like that…
Like he mighta had them that one day, but what was the rest of his year like?
And what about the other stuff he had the morning of the race?
I heard that he has a really ****ed up diet in general though. I remember reading somewhere that an Irish guy lived with him a few years ago in London or something and he ate crap all day.
He said on Top Gear (regarding the last record in the olympics) that he was worried about the food in the canteen so stuck with what he knew wouldn't make him sick. (As per Oisinjm he said it in a way that suggested he wasn't big into his veggies etc You know, the kind of excuse an adult gives when in a restarant having a meal and he orders off the childrens menu so maybe his diet is a bit mad)
Personally I'm waiting for the doping scandal
Also if you want a laugh, go onto Youtube and search for Michael Phelps 12,000 calorie diet diet.
Can't for the life of me understand how anybody can eat such rubbish and have the physique he has.
I am not too surprised by this .. diet CAN def make a big difference to performance but not always, I know a few people who have run sub 3 hr marathons and they wouldnt touch fruit or veg and could live on toast and corn flakes .. for osme people food is just fuel, they dont need to overthink macros and they can still get good results
I would not be suprised that this is part of his diet. As Corkcomp mentioned I have ran a couple of sub 3 hour marathons the past and having moved out of the parents house and being a crap cook I lived on a diet of crap food back then i.e Takeaway pizzas, and processed Microwave meals. I was a skinny fecker mind you (with the training the calories just burned off) but I ate very little fruit and veg. I think the training is more important then the nutrition in some sports.
Don't forget tho-The guy is a genetic marvel! Sure he eats Nuggets now and then, however if most of us mere mortals ate them before a race/training we'd get sleepy/tired!
Alot of top atheletes don't like to let on how hard they train/eat well, just to wind up their opponents too!
Most US and Jamaican sprinters have dreadfull diets. Fast food and jelly beans for the majority. Wariner in the 400 is as bad and would have McD every day but now cuts down to 3 or 4 days a week. Their diets are crap as when they come to Europe they by and large won't like the European food and will want something they knew which is usually McDonalds.
But they are genetic freaks. Us mere mortals could not survive and be at our peak. if there is a McDonalds in the Olympic village it will be packed usually.
Sure look at Michael Phelps. His diet consisted of fry ups and all sorts of crap just to get the calories in.
When I saw the thread title I thought back to the phelps diet and all the stir that caused.Its interesting but does it really matter what the elite eat?It has little to no bearing to where they are now or how successfull they are .What I think is more interesting is the work ethic these guys have to get to the top.
eating food you like is a good thing, keeps u happy and feeling human. when food becomes fuel u become a machine. bolt prob likes to run, not because he is programmed to do so but because it is fun.
he prob gets his minerals from breakfast cereals. he'd need alot of extra magnesium. or maybe he is just superhuman and could live on hotdogs and beer and still beat world records
I think these guys are exceptions, burning epic amounts of calories in train, they need this crap just to get the maintenance calories in, same with phelps
They're not really exceptions then are they? You've already given the reason why they can eat like they do; because of their training.
Thats a good point too, eat what he likes and he might be under less stress etc. You will hear people here saying not to go on "diets", i.e. do not force feed yourself food you hate for a matter of months, find food you like that you will stick to FOR LIFE. I was watching a hammer thrower who already was in first place the other day, he did his last throw and did really well, he was smiling going up to it, the commentators were saying you perform at your best when relaxed and stress free like that.
Maybe those battery chickens in the nuggets are pumped full of growth hormones!
Some BBer was meant to say "calories are calories", Mike Metzner or somebody, and I read "he would eat a danish in front of competitors", it is a way of psyching out people too. He could well have been on supps 24/7 usually and only eating this as a windup