It stands to reason that extreme athletes have extreme diets, but this infographic from Decibel Nutrition shows us that some athletes eat a ridiculous amount of food even compared to their colleagues.

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Granted, some of these stats are based on Olympic training diets and other extenuating circumstances. For instance, during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Usain Bolt and Ryan Lochte reportedly ate a ridiculous amount of McDonald’s because they didn’t like the local food.

Still, a breakdown of their daily grub intake for that very brief period of time is somewhat mind-boggling—even more so when you remember that, between them, they took home seven medals.

Ryan Lochte

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Bolt actually set a new world record for the 100 meter sprint, despite the fact that he supposedly subsisted on not much more than McNuggets and fries.

Usain Bolt

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By contrast, Andy Murray’s 2014 Wimbledon diet is more along the lines of what you would expect for a pro sports player: lean proteins, carbs, fruits and vegetables.

Andy Murray

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Although this tweet from his wedding day implies the tennis player doesn’t mind a few drinks when the occasion calls for it.

https://twitter.com/andy_murray/status/586811114744320000

The infographic also shares the dietary habits of what it calls “extreme eaters.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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Dwayne Johnson has apparently consumed more than 15,000 calories in a single day. That’s five times more than the daily recommended intake for men.

Michael Phelps

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Michael Phelps isn’t far behind, with a 12,000 calories per day habit. This guy supposedly chows a kilogram (2.2. pounds) of pasta and an extra large pizza per day while training. We hope he waits two hours before jumping in the pool.


Take a look at the entire infographic below.

Diet of Champions

[via Visual.ly]

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