And speaking of diets (which we were)…
If you’re an elite endurance athlete, you’ve got to pack in those calories—up to 6,000 a day—if you don’t want to start dropping too much weight while you’re training.
That may sound like heaven, but it can get to be quite a chore, because it takes an awful lot of food to reach that total. So unless you want to be grazing continually, like a cow, your diet had better consist of calorie-dense food.
Most opt for a fair amount of junk:
“You can only eat so much oatmeal and tofu,” says Dr. Joyner. And the calories don’t add up. A bowl of oatmeal gives you just 150 calories, while a cup of tofu only boasts 175. But processed junk foods — candy bars, cookies, Pop-Tarts — provide more energy-replenishing calories per gram. Even when restricting their diet to pizza and ice cream, some athletes still shed weight.
Here’s how to do it without eating a lot of junk. It’s exhausting just contemplating that list.
To most of you: don’t try this at home. Or away from home, for that matter.