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The average human male 19 and older should consume between 2,500 and 3,000 calories per day, according to a study from the USDA.
So Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is not your average human.
According to GQ, Watt consumes a stunning 9,000 calories over six meals – every single day. That’s two breakfasts, two lunches, and two dinners for the 6-foot-5, 290-pound reigning Defensive Player of the Year.
Don’t worry, though. Watt says that he doesn’t count calories!
Watt told GQ:
“I’m not strict on my calorie count, I just pay attention to my body. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and about myself, so it’s a lot more based on feel. I stopped putting a number on it because people were analyzing it too much.”
For his first breakfast, Watt reportedly eats 900 calories’ worth of oatmeal plus a cool six eggs. The rest of his sustenance consists almost entirely of grilled meat and vegetables.Shockingly, Watt does eat some carbs: whole-wheat pasta and some wheat toast in the morning.
Here, from GQ, is a full breakdown of his daily diet:
BreakfastOatmeal with blueberries and strawberriesSix eggsBanana and apple
Second breakfast Four eggs Two slices of wheat toast with peanut butter and banana and honey Two slices of wheat toast with jelly
Lunch Three chicken breasts with whole wheat pasta and Italian dressing Side of broccoli
Second lunch More chicken breasts with mashed sweet potatoes Steamed carrots
Dinner Lamb chops with whole wheat pasta Grilled asparagus
Second dinner Filet with whole wheat pasta Steamed broccoli