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- Two of the world’s best shot putters, Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs, explained their wild diets to The New York Times.
- Both men are forced to eat a bunch of heavy meals per day, even when they’re no longer hungry.
- Some of those meals include a carton of scrambled eggs every morning, a whole pound of meat with dinner, and 16 ounces of milk to wash down every meal.
While some athletes are forced to be very careful about what they put into their bodies and how much of it, the world’s best shot-putters can’t get enough sustenance.
Two of the world’s best shot-putters, Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs, divulged details of their lives to The New York Times’ Lindsay Crouse, including the wild diets they follow to keep on weight and mass.
Much like NFL linemen, who are forced to eat beyond when they’re hungry, the diets of Crouser and Kovacs consist of several heavy meals per day.
"I don’t even like food anymore," Crouser told Crouse. "Each one of my meals is half of what a normal person eats in a day. And I do that five times. If I ever feel hungry during the day, that means I’m not doing my job."
Here are some of the details of their wild diets:
- Each meal is about 1,000 calories.
- Kovacs eats a carton of scrambled eggs every morning.
- Dinner includes "no less than a pound of meat, measured after cooking," according to Crouse.
- Crouser often eats a whole Domino’s pizza with three meat toppings.
- Crouser washes down every meal with 16 oz. of milk.
Michael Steele/Getty ImagesAccording to Crouse, at track and field events, pre-prepared meals are often designed for the shot-putters lighter counterparts, the runners. That might include half a chicken breast, a quarter cup of rice, and a salad. Crouser and Kovacs said they often have to ask for several of those plates, and then they go out for second or third dinners.
Crouser is listed at 6-foot-7, 275 lb by Team USA, Kovacs is 6-feet, 295 lb.
Crouse reported that Crouser’s girlfriend often gets mad at him for pushing his food around his plate, prepping himself for another meal.
"Sometimes before another meal, I’ll stare at it for a while, like, ‘This again.’"
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