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Inside Insane Diets Of Sport's Stars - From Junk Food, To Drinking Urine (Photos)

Published by Nairaland on Thu, 01 Apr 2021

<blockquote><b>Usain Bolt managed to win eight Olympic gold medals over eight years on a diet which mainly comprised McDonalds Chicken McNuggets - but it is not the most unusual diet in sport</b><br><br>Olympian Daley Thompson has revealed his sporting success was fuelled by junk food.<br><br>The record-breaking gold medallist put his decathlon wins down to fizzy drinks and chips - and refused to eat vegetables.<br><br>Regular diets for athletes taking part in the historic event normally consume 3,000 to 4,000 calories a day, eating an array of nutrients to cover all basis.<br><br>And while Thompsons eating habits it may not be the usual diet you would associate with a sports star, plenty of others have followed quite bizarre regimes.<br><br>So Daily Star has taken a look into the kitchen cupboards of some sports stars with the most bizarre diets<br><br><img class=img src="https://i2-prod.dailystar.co.uk/incoming/article23822748.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_GettyImages-90304135.jpg"></img><br><br><b>Jamie Vardy</b><br><br>In his autobiography, the Leicester footballer revealed his dietplenty of port and Red Bull. He said every night, before a game, he would drink port from a Lucozade bottle and three cans of Red Bull on matchdays.<br><br><img class=img src="https://i2-prod.dailystar.co.uk/incoming/article23822761.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_GettyImages-1308277176.jpg"></img><br><br><b>Usain Bolt</b><br><br>The sprinter ran to victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympics on a diet of McDonalds Chicken McNuggets. Bolt, who broke three world records at the competition, estimated he ate around 1,000 nuggets during 10 days in the Athletes Village.<br><br><img class=img src="https://i2-prod.dailystar.co.uk/incoming/article23822729.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_GettyImages-82477518.jpg"></img><br><br><b>Kazakhstans Olympic weightlifters</b><br><br>During London 2012, the Asian countrys Olympic weightlifters and wrestlers had a secret weaponhorse meat. Prized kazy (dried horse meat sausage) and karta (a delicacy made from the animals large intestine) were shipped over for the team to eat.<br><br><img class=img src="https://i2-prod.dailystar.co.uk/incoming/article23822811.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_GettyImages-149909265.jpg"></img><br><br><b>Peter Crouch</b><br><br>The lanky former forward was a fan of McDonalds during his footballing career and revealed that, while he was reading rumours he was in a helicopter to Stoke on 2011 transfer deadline day, he was actually sat in the fast food restaurant scoffing a burger.<br><br>During the 2010 World Cup, he was also part of an England team which paid hotel staff to smuggle in McDonalds and Nandos after then-manager Fabio Capello banned players from eating fast food.<br><br><img class=img src="https://i2-prod.dailystar.co.uk/incoming/article23822827.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_GettyImages-1306894447.jpg"></img><br><br><b>Michael Phelps</b><br><br>American Olympic swimmer Phelps scoffed down a massive 10,000 calories a day, including a whole kilo of pasta, pizzas and pancakes. His unlikely diet must have helped him to victory, as Phelps, who retired in 2016, is the most decorated athlete in Olympic history having won 28 medals across five games.<br><br><img class=img src="https://i2-prod.dailystar.co.uk/incoming/article23822882.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_GettyImages-587853148.jpg"></img><br><br><b>Lyoto Machida</b><br><br>In 2009, the Brazilian MMA fighter revealed his very unique secret for gaining an advantage over his opponentsdrinking his own wee. He told a Brazilian magazine that he also put it on his hands to toughen up the skin. He claimed drinking urine boosted his immune system, but most health experts would advise not to try this one at home.<br><br><img class=img src="https://i2-prod.dailystar.co.uk/incoming/article23822896.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_Screen-Shot-2021-03-30-at-150317.png"></img><br><br><b>Dwayne The Rock Johnson</b><br><br>The former wrestler and American football player has maintained his impressive physique. He eats almost a kilo of cod every day, topped up with fish oils. He also shares his epic cheat days on social media. The post which got the most hits showed him eating 12 pancakes, four double dough pizzas and 21 brownies in one go.<br><br><img class=img src="https://i2-prod.dailystar.co.uk/incoming/article23822914.ece/ALTERNATES/s615b/0_Screen-Shot-2021-03-30-at-150426.png"></img><br><br></blockquote>Source: <a href="https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/other-sports/sport-diets-usain-bolt-vardy-23822664">https://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/other-sports/sport-diets-usain-bolt-vardy-23822664</a>
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