Urine For Breakfast: The Wildest Athletic Diets We’ve Ever Seen
Below, you will see some of the more ridiculous and over-the-top diets that professional athletes adhere to (or adhered to before being advised not to). From Babe Ruth’s affinity for franks that led him to the hospital to Dwayne Johnson’s 10 pound meals, here are some of the most ridiculous diets we’ve ever seen from pro athletes.
1. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
The Rock is an absolute beast who could, without a shadow of a doubt, beat the absolute crap out of “Fast” co-star Vin Diesel (they are beefing, according to reports). The 6’4, 270-pound superhuman eats seven meals a day, which amount to an alarming 5,165 calories.
Of these calories, 1,000 are courtesy of cod, his favorite protein. His 10 pounds of daily grub also includes: 12 whole eggs, six cups of white rice, 30 grams of casein protein, and so on. For all of those calories though, he’s still eating very, very well. Be bad once in a while, Johnson. Throw some red velvet in there.
2. Babe Ruth
The Great Bambino, like The Rock, was also a big eater. Except his meals were far less healthy. Reports insist the baseball icon would eat a daily breakfast that included a half dozen eggs, a porterhouse steak and potatoes. Which doesn’t sound too bad, does it? Not really, but his choice in beverage was. Ruth would down a quart-sized container of bourbon and ginger ale.
Ruth was also known to have an affinity for hot dogs (how appropriate). He once ate so many, that he had to be taken to the hospital for an intestinal abscess. He also really, really liked beer and hookers.
3. Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps wild diet was once a big news story, so I won’t go on about it. Let’s just say he ate more than any other person we’d ever hear of — six times more than the average person — and has significantly decreased these meals for the Rio Olympics.
Phelps would start his day off with egg sandwiches loaded up with all the fixings, which included various cheeses, to fried onions, to mayo. After that, he’d have a go at some chocolate-chip pancakes, French toast, grits and a five-egg omelet. Lunch would include a couple ham and cheese sandwiches, energy drinks and a pound of pasta to top it off. For dinner, he’d down a whole pizza. And yet another pound of pasta. What a guy.
4. Usain Bolt
I was really interested in reading about the Jamaican sprinter after hearing he’d wolf down 100 Chicken McNuggets a day at the Beijing Olympics. Taking into consideration that Usain Bolt was in Beijing for 10 days, that meant his caloric total was roughly 4,700 calories of nuggets per day. Incredible.
Unfortunately, GQ had to ruin that for me. According to their interview with the runner, Bolt’s diet is actually quite pedestrian. The tome insists he eats an “egg sandwich” for breakfast, pasta and corned beef for lunch and Jamaican dumplings and roasted chicken for dinner. Come on. How boring!
5. Dwight Howard
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard eats like a child when parents are out of sight. The guy’s diet once solely consisted of sugar. After meeting with a doctor while playing for the Lakers in 2012, Howard was confronted with the inconvenient truth that he was eating the equivalent of 24 Hershey bars a day in candy and pop. Yes, 24. Reports suggest that since learning of this inadvisable diet, Howard has since cut sweets entirely. Cold turkey.
6. Justin Verlander
Before he steps on the mound for the Detroit Tigers, Justin Verlander’s diet is something I can most definitely get behind, since his pre-game fuel reflects that of a college frat boy, not an athlete. Before every game, Verlander told Conan O’Brien that he would hit up Taco Bell and order the same things each and every time. The order? Three Crunchy Taco Supremes, a Cheesy Gordita Crunch and a Mexican Pizza, all with no tomato; because tomatoes are gross.
7. Chad Johnson
The six-time Pro Bowl receiver is a huge fan of McDonald’s and has no problem revealing this fact. According to Business Insider, Chad Johnson chows down on McDonald’s for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He loves it so much that the millionaire WILLINGLY worked at McDonald’s for an insider’s look into the fast food chain. Props to you Ochocinco, props to you.
8. Wade Boggs
While playing in the minor leagues, Boggs believed that eating an entire chicken would make him hit better. As such, his wife would make him one each day before game time. He, like Ruth, is also known to be quite the boozer. According to legend, Boggs once drank an incredible 64 beers on a road trip. Now if THAT made him play better, this guy’s even more of a legend.
9. Caron Butler
While playing at UConn, Caron Butler confessed to the Washington Post that he would drink a 2-liter bottle of Mountain Dew each and every game. Half of which he’d have before the game and the other half he’d polish off during halftime.
While playing for the Washington Wizards, Butler also revealed he drank “at least” six 12-ounce Mountain Dews a day before quitting the stuff in 2009. Butler now owns six Burger King restaurants, each of which I’m sure carry mass amounts of the sugary stuff.
10. Lyoto Machida
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida told a Brazilian magazine that he drinks his own urine every morning. So I’ll just leave that here and add that he told the media that “sometimes it’s sweet, sometimes it’s salty.”