JJ Watt has to eat an insane amount of food to maintain his 9,000 calories a day diet
That’s nearly four times the recommended daily calorie intake for an average male.
Of course, given how active they are, many professional athletes need to consume more than the average recommended calorie intake, particularly in a sport like American Football where there are a hell of a lot of big guys.
This week, ESPN offered an insight into the daily diet of Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt, who stands approximately six feet, four inches tall and weighs around 21 stone (131 kg).
Safe to say, it’s insane.
Earlier this year, one of Watt’s coaches recommended a change to his diet and on some days, depending on how active he was, Watt’s daily calorie intake increased from 6,000 to 9,000 calories.
To reach that number, he reckoned he had to eat 50 slices of bacon, 20 chicken breasts and 13 whole avocados. In a single day.
To put that into some sort of perspective, Ireland’s Robbie Henshaw, no midget himself, recently spoke about his struggle to digest 4,000 calories in Ireland’s pre-World Cup training camp, 5,000 calories less (PER DAY) than what Watt would get through when he’s feeling peckish.