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Chicken nuggets, hot dogs and urine - the weirdest eating habits in sport

From Usain Bolt gorging on chicken nuggets to Lyoto Machida drinking his own urine, here’s a look at sporting diets you probably shouldn’t follow.

other sports Updated: Aug 02, 2017 11:21 IST
Usain Bolt consumes around 100 chicken nuggets in a day ahead of an important race.
Usain Bolt consumes around 100 chicken nuggets in a day ahead of an important race.(AFP)

Usain Bolt’s Olympic legacy began at Beijing 2008 when he completed a sprint triple by taking gold in the 100 metres, 200m and 4x100m relay - all in world-record times.

His performances were made all the more remarkable when he revealed in his autobiography ‘Faster than Lightning’ he had done it while powered by a diet consisting of 100 chicken nuggets a day.

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“At first I ate a box of 20 for lunch, then another for dinner,” Bolt wrote. “The next day I had two boxes for breakfast, one for lunch and then another couple in the evening. I even grabbed some fries and an apple pie to go with it.”

Athletes often have to be in peak physical condition, but that does not necessarily mean their diets are always exemplary.

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With Bolt set to bring his career to a close after the IAAF World Championships in London, we take a look at some of the weirdest eating habits in sport.

SKITTLES

When former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch scored a touchdown, the crowd had a unique way of celebrating with him – showering him with Skittles from the stands. The running back could often be seen devouring the rainbow-coloured sweets on the sidelines, which his mother referred to as “power pellets” before his teenage years. Having returned to the NFL with the Oakland Raiders for the 2017 season, will he be bringing his favourite candy with him?

Peter Siddle intakes around 20 bananas every day. (Twitter)

20 BANANAS

Influenced by his partner, Australian cricketer Peter Siddle began a vegan diet ahead of the 2013 Ashes series against England. Of course, such a decision limits the variety of foods you can intake, but it still came as a surprise to many when Siddle revealed he eats between 15 and 20 bananas per day! The Victorian doesn’t eat them all whole, though, with smoothies providing a key part of his lifestyle.

HOT DOGS

Hall of Famer Babe Ruth remains one of the iconic figures in baseball. A seven-time World Series champion who remains third on the MLB’s list for home runs scored, Ruth was known for his love of alcohol and hot dogs. It is believed he would eat hot dogs as a snack and once ate 24 of them in between matches during a double-header. You wouldn’t see too many athletes abiding by that diet these days.

URINE

Family traditions can sometimes be a bit annoying, but you may feel lucky you are not related to mixed martial arts fighter Lyoto Machida. The former UFC light heavyweight champion revealed in a 2009 interview with Brazilian magazine Tatame he followed in his father’s footsteps by drinking his own urine. It isn’t a rare thing for Machida, either, as he confirmed: “I drink my urine every morning, it’s like a natural medicine.”

Lyoto Machida has an unusual method of keeping his body fit naturally. (AFP)

PB&J SANDWICHES

Kevin Garnett was a 15-time NBA All-Star, 2004 MVP and 2008 champion as part of an iconic Boston Celtics side alongside Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Another of his lasting legacies is being credited with altering the league’s eating habits to make peanut butter and jelly (jam) sandwiches a staple pre-game snack. Pierce revealed following Garnett’s switch from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Celtics, that he even had the ballboys making the snacks for all the players.

EIGHT EGGS

After being snubbed by Inter and Juventus as 14-year-old due to a lack of height, Dino Zoff’s grandmother felt she knew what the key to inducing a growth spurt was. She fed Zoff a whopping eight eggs a day in an attempt to boost his height, and he ended up closing in on six foot as an adult. The Italian enjoyed a hugely successful career, winning six Scudetti with Juventus and captaining Italy to World Cup glory in 1982 to cement his place as one of the greatest goalkeepers in history.