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usain bolt's diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 06, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Have you guys seen how incredible Usain Bolt is? Does anyone know what his diet is? In my humble opinion diet counts! Maybe he's on the paleo diet, probably not though, that's just stupid.

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on March 03, 2013
at 12:48 PM

its literally 60% protein, 10% fat, 30% carbs. its neither the traditional low fat diet nor paleo!

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on October 11, 2012
at 10:24 PM

Im a hodgetwins fan

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on August 09, 2012
at 03:06 PM

I think you cannot compare an athlete’s diet to a normal person’s diet. For one an athlete uses his energy very differently than a normal person. Second not because an athlete is the fastest in the world, doesn't mean he will live long and doesn't mean he is healthier than a normal person. I think that a sprinter can eat pretty crappy foods (especially a lot of carbs) without feeling any side effects (because most of the carbs are immediately used to replenish his glycogen stores, which he fully uses daily, to do his explosive trainings).

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on August 09, 2012
at 01:06 PM

While this is true, it's not going to necessarily work for a sprinter. I guarentee you Bolt is nothing resembling a cardio bunny. However, if you had to pick an ideal athlete to composition like, a sprinter would be it.

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:50 AM

I wonder if they paid him to say that?

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:49 AM

He's probably less likely to be sponsored by "te official restaurant of the Olympics"... More likely to eat real food.

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on August 07, 2012
at 03:44 AM

Blood and kale.

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on August 06, 2012
at 12:43 PM

All sixes in Yahtzee kind of roll!

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on August 06, 2012
at 09:28 AM

Trollmas must have come early this year. Trololololo, lolol lol lo

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on August 07, 2012
at 02:09 AM

I've been meaning to write about this for a while, maybe I'll use this as the starting point for a much better post (when I have the time). But you cannot look at elite athletes and make any comparisons to what a normal person should do.

Imagine a graph with two axes. One axis is "performance" and the other is "health". You can pick what ever metrics you want for performance: it could be mile time, Fran time, max deadlift. I don't care, it's just whatever you want to measure for performance. Likewise for health, you can pick whatever you want to measure: leanness, weight (I hate that one), how you feel day-to-day, are you always sick, etc.

So now, when we all found paleo (and probably crossfit) we were pretty low on performance and low on health. So on that graph you're imagining you put a dot near the origin. As you go along with paleo (and crossfit), you probably start performing better and your health gets better, so if you draw a line from where you start the line will slope upwards as both performance and health increase.

However, that line cannot go up forever. There will be some point at which you need to make a decision: do I get healthier giving up performance, or do I get faster, better, stronger giving up some health. That's where the elite athletes are. They are not pictures of health because they push their bodies too hard (and probably eat crap to fuel that work).

For us normal people, usually if we do something that helps our performance, it makes us healthier, or if we do something to help our health, it makes us perform better. That's why we think we can extrapolate to the elites, but we cannot.

Note: there's another axis I'm not talking about and that's longevity. For example, it's pretty well known that (severe) calorie restriction increases longevity. However, you'll be cold, sick and have no sex drive. Do you want to live forever but give up on day-to-day health? Some people do. I do not.

You have to pick where you want to live in that plot and work towards your goals.

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on August 06, 2012
at 12:23 PM

I think he probably got a good roll of the genetic dice :)

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on August 06, 2012
at 12:43 PM

All sixes in Yahtzee kind of roll!

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on August 09, 2012
at 11:04 AM

There was a documentary on BBC2 about why Jamaican's are so good at running, it was to do with the slave trade, a sort of man-made, forced evolution whereby only the fittest survived the horrendous conditions of the boat-trips across the slave routes

No matter what anyone eats they will never be able to outrun Bolt

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on August 06, 2012
at 11:39 AM

One thing I've noticed and also assumed is that just by default, the diets of athletes in other countries are usually of a higher quality than in the US. Even if it's just a small margin, some of the food quality in other places is of better quality and from a better source.

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:49 AM

He's probably less likely to be sponsored by "te official restaurant of the Olympics"... More likely to eat real food.

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on August 06, 2012
at 09:28 AM

Usain said he likes Mcdonalds chicken nuggets, and has even eaten them just before a race.

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:50 AM

I wonder if they paid him to say that?

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on August 09, 2012
at 02:55 PM

lol durianrider said its just potatoes and yams

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on October 11, 2012
at 10:24 PM

Im a hodgetwins fan

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on August 09, 2012
at 02:17 PM

Honestly, in his case I think he's such a genetic lottery winner that he could, short term, eat ANYTHING and outperform EVERYONE else. How long he'll live is another matter entirely.

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on August 09, 2012
at 10:31 AM

I read jamaicans are more superior when it comes to running of course their bodies (genetics)

and because jamaica has green bananas and yams that's high in carbs and other nutrients

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on August 07, 2012
at 01:42 AM

I remember reading in Born to Run that one of the greatest ultra marathoners ever liked Pepsi and pizza at races. Ultra elite cardio bunnies can actually survive on pretty crappy diets as long as they're pumped with glucose, it seems ; )

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on August 09, 2012
at 01:06 PM

While this is true, it's not going to necessarily work for a sprinter. I guarentee you Bolt is nothing resembling a cardio bunny. However, if you had to pick an ideal athlete to composition like, a sprinter would be it.

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on August 06, 2012
at 11:52 AM

In one of the features they did on him this weekend, they said he really likes yams. So there you go.

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on August 06, 2012
at 09:37 AM

My friend saw the whole Jamaican team coming out of nanddos during there stay in Birmingham , so I guess we can assume bolt is a fan of chicken. Maybe extra spicey piri piri sauce gives him that extra kick lol

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