Top 15 Crazy Athlete Diets

Many athletes experiment with different diets, but some of these dietary programs are the craziest that you may have ever heard about. While this might not be true, some of these athletes believe that their diets will help them to become more competitive. Most athletes enjoy the predictable healthy diet that many have come to expect such as proteins, fruits and vegetables. Some go to lengths to maintain a healthy diet while some think that as long as they are working out, a special diet is not really necessary.

Athletes will usually have every ounce of foot items laid out, meaning a specific amount of calories, protein and carbohydrates. Some will measure down to the last portion of fillet or chicken. Some athletes eat to keep weight off while others eat to keep the weight on, especially in the NFL. Those participating in the Olympics will try to keep a certain diet. For example Son Yeon-Jae, South Korean gymnast typically ate a small breakfast and small lunch portions and sometimes, she would skip dinner. Her regimen allowed her to keep as thin as possible to compete in her sport. She believed that gymnasts from Western countries naturally had longer limbs and looked slimmer. She had to work harder at it to keep her weight constant. She would never include a McDonald’s meal in her diet.

However, there are many athletes that love the food at McDonald’s restaurant. Their rationale is that the fat from eating McDonald’s food will burn off easily while training. This is not the norm because some athletes will never put that kind of food in their stomach for fear of it ruining their chances for that big win. Below is a rundown of the eating habits of some of the best athletes in the world. It ranges from near starvation to eating madness. You decide!

15 John Naber

Walter Iooss Jr.

14 Lamar Odom


13 Michael Arnstein


12 Chad Johnson - McDonald's Diet


Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson isn't the only athlete to eat his fair share of McDonald's but he seems to follow his McDonald's diet religiously. Johnson has McDonald's just about every day. He does also follow his workout routine religiously, having many successful years in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals and now in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes.

"Don't let them tell you that McDonald's is bad for you, " says Johnson.  "Eat what you wanna eat and you work out the way you're supposed to. It's not gonna bother you."

11 Usain Bolt


10 Louis Smith


9 Venus Williams

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8 Kobe Bryant

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7 Michael Phelps

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6 Serena Williams

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5 Dwight Freeney

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4 Kazakhstan Olympic Wrestlers


3 Dwyane Wade

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2 Wade Boggs


1 Lyoto Machida


Lyoto Machida is one of the most successful fighters in the UFC. He has one of the strangest customs. He consumes his own urine. Yes, he does. This might emit a distasteful response from you, but Lyoto thinks that his urine is medicine. He believes that his urine gets rid of toxins in his body and strengthens his immune system. It is said that he even likes the taste of his own urine. His father passed on the custom to him.

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Top 15 Crazy Athlete Diets