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The mind-blowing diets of the world's best shot-putters are so wild they 'don't even like food anymore'

Business Insider logo Business Insider 8/5/2021 sdavis@businessinsider.com (Scott Davis)
a person posing for the camera: Ryan Crouser doesn't always want to eat so much food. Michael Steele/Getty Images © Michael Steele/Getty Images Ryan Crouser doesn't always want to eat so much food. Michael Steele/Getty Images
  • Two of the world's best shot putters, Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs, broke down their diets in 2019.
  • Both men eat so much that they don't even enjoy their food anymore.
  • Those meals include a carton of scrambled eggs, a pound of meat, and 16 oz of milk to wash down meals.
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While some athletes are forced to be very careful about what they put into their bodies and how much of it, the world's best shot-putters can't get enough sustenance.

Two of the world's best shot-putters, Ryan Crouser and Joe Kovacs, divulged details of their diets to The New York Times' Lindsay Crouse in 2019.

It's clearly working for both men - they won gold and silver, respectively, in the shot put at the Tokyo Olympics.

Much like NFL linemen who are forced to eat beyond when they're hungry, the diets of Crouser and Kovacs consist of several heavy meals per day.

"I don't even like food anymore," Crouser told Crouse. "Each one of my meals is half of what a normal person eats in a day. And I do that five times. If I ever feel hungry during the day, that means I'm not doing my job."


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Here are some of the details of their wild diets:

  • Each meal is about 1,000 calories.
  • Kovacs eats a carton of scrambled eggs every morning.
  • Dinner includes "no less than a pound of meat, measured after cooking," according to Crouse.
  • Crouser often eats a whole Domino's pizza with three meat toppings.
  • Crouser washes down every meal with 16 oz. of milk.
a close up of Joe Kovacs jumping in the air: Joe Kovacs eats a carton of scrambled eggs each morning. Michael Steele/Getty Images © Michael Steele/Getty Images Joe Kovacs eats a carton of scrambled eggs each morning. Michael Steele/Getty Images According to Crouse, at track and field events, pre-prepared meals are often designed for runners, the lighter athletes in track and field. That might include half a chicken breast, a quarter cup of rice, and a salad. Crouser and Kovacs said they often have to ask for several of those plates, and then they go out for second or third dinners.

Crouse reported that Crouser's girlfriend often got mad at him for pushing his food around his plate, prepping himself for another meal.

"Sometimes before another meal, I'll stare at it for a while, like, 'This again.'"

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