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The Eating Habits Of The Best Athletes In The World

Andrew Merle

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We all want to know the secrets of the most successful people in the world.

Of course, part of their success can be attributed to natural talent, but some of their lifestyle habits and routines can be applied to the rest of us as well.

For this article, I focus on the eating habits of elite athletes.

Food affects our performance — whether in sports or business — arguably more than any other lifestyle factor.

Therefore, I sought to learn how the best athletes in the world eat, and what lessons we might be able to take away and apply to our own lives.

Here is what I found:

LeBron James

LeBron James is one of the best basketball players of all time. He has won 4 NBA league MVP Awards, 3 NBA Championships, 3 NBA Finals MVP Awards, 2 Olympic Gold Medals, and an NBA Scoring Title.

LeBron discussed his daily diet while being interviewed for The Tim Ferriss Show.

For a recent game-day routine, LeBron started his day with an egg white omelet with smoked salmon, and gluten-free pancakes with berries.

For lunch, he had whole wheat pasta, salmon, and vegetables.

Right before the game, he had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

At halftime, he had sliced apples with almond butter on top.

Right after the game, he immediately downed a protein shake. He uses a plant-based protein powder with almond milk, along with some fruit, in the shake. He stays away from whey protein or animal products for the first hour after a game to give his body a chance to properly recover.

For dinner, LeBron had chicken parm with a rocket salad and a “beautiful” glass of cabernet (LeBron is a wine lover — especially Bordeaux and Cabernet).

In general, LeBron tries to eat organic throughout the year. And he is constantly hydrating with water, especially during the season. He specifically stays away from artificial drinks, artificial sugars, and fried foods during the season. His body is constantly in recovery mode during the season so he tries to eat as clean as possible.

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Andrew Merle

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