What Olympic athletes REALLY eat (Lots of red meat, fruit... but also rich desserts)

While most Olympic athletes people see on television appear trim and often even slim, the road to the Games for many of them is paved with a stunning quantity of food rich in proteins and carbohydrates.


Turkish javelin thrower Fatih Avan says he is mindful of what he puts in his stomach while training for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

‘I may have become an elite athlete with my good performances but I can only be a great athlete if I can win an Olympic medal,’ he said.

Massive meal: Turkish javelin thrower Fatih Avan, 23, has a nutritional program that gives him a daily intake of 3,500 calories.

Turkey is taking a team of 85 athletes to the Olympiad, a record number for the Eurasian nation of nearly 75million - and dozens of young male and female athletes around the country are now busily training, like Avan.


The 23-year-old complements his rigorous training schedule with a nutritional program which gives him a daily intake of 3,500 calories - mostly derived from protein.

‘A good diet is essential for power. A correct and consistent diet proves its value in my training,’ he said.


Taekwondo fighter Bahri Tanrikulu is a three-times world champion and an Olympic silver medalist. The 32-year-old has his heart set on a gold medal at the London Olympics that will kick off on July 27.

Extra help: Taekwondo fighter Bahri Tanrikulu, a three-time world champion and Olympic silver medalist, supplements his 3,000-calroie diet with multivitamins and aids

He supplements his 3,000-calorie daily diet with legal ergogenics - performance enhancing supplements - and multivitamins.

A firm believer in the merits of permissible ergogenics, Tanrikulu says: ‘If I did not take these supplements, I would have to eat several kilos of meat, and dozens of pieces of fruit to meet my daily protein and vitamin requirement.

‘If I had to obtain the calories my body needs through natural foods, I would have to spend all my time eating instead of training.’


Downsizing: Taekwondo fighter Nur Tatar is on a strict 1,500 calorie-a-day diet to shed several pounds before the Games

Nur Tatar, 22, is also preparing to compete for Turkey in the Games. This is her first Olympic event in taekwondo, and she is on a strict diet to shed several pounds to reach the exact weight category in which she will fight.

To accomplish her goal, she has reduced her daily calorie intake to mere 1,500 calories.World champion weightlifter Mete Binay, aged 27, fuels up on a whopping 3,500 calories a day. He drinks at least two glasses of milk a day, and his diet is largely composed of red meat.


Super-sized spread: Weightlifter Mete Binay consumes 3,500 calories daily in the form of red meat and desserts

Binay indulges in sweet desserts and takes care never to miss a full breakfast. The weightlifter is also fond of organic food.Shortly before competition, he too starts supplementing his diet with ergogenic aids and vitamins.


Wrestler Elif Jale Yesilirmak, 26, adheres to a 3,000 calories-a-day diet, but her dietary program has a twist.

‘Instead of red meat, I generally eat salmon,’ she said. ‘I believe fish is more healthy and nutritional. And also lots of water. I drink a minimum of five liters (more than a gallon) of water every day.’

Healthy choice: Female wrestler Elif Jale Yesilirmak fuels up on 3,000 calories a day, but prefers salmon to red meat, with plenty of water on the side


Merve Aydin, 22, is an 800-metre athlete who will run at the Olympics for the first time. Her daily intake is 3,000 calories. Although she is rigorously training for the Games, she remains guarded on the outcome.

‘It is more important for me to realize my true potential and limitations. And do the best I can. I work hard and keep a careful diet,’ she said.

Fine dining: As part of her Olympic training, Turkish 800-metre Merve Aydin takes in 3,000 calories daily

Artist uses fruit and veg from his local greengrocer to re-create famous masterpieces

At dinner tables across the country, mothers constantly tell their children: ‘Don’t play with your food!’ But for artist Alon Zaid, the habit has produced the most spud-tacular results.
The 60-year-old has recreated some of the world’s most well-known masterpieces using fruit and veg from his local greengrocer.
He sliced and diced vegetables including potatoes, cabbage, broccoli and aubergine and arranged them to look like the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Interesting Fruit Facts

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.
Apples contain an antioxidant that fights cancer .
The banana plant is in the same family as the lily and the orchid.
A medium-sized orange contains the amount of vitamin C that a healthy adult should eat daily.
Olive trees can live for more than 1,500 years.

Eat a variety of colours of fruit

Eating fruits and vegetables of a variety of different colors can give you the best all-round health benefits; each contains a distinctive blend of super nutrients that are fantastic for our well-being.

Eat Fruit To Help Stop Smoking

People wanting to kick the habit are three times more likely to succeed if they eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, a study shows.

Smokers with higher fruit and vegetable consumption also smoked fewer cigarettes per day, waited longer to smoke in the mornings and scored lower in nicotine dependence tests.

20 More Fruits You Probably Don’t Know

I love fruit and I clearly just can’t get enough of them. When I try to imagine what one of these odd fruits taste like, it’s almost like trying to imagine a new color. I just can’t seem to wrap my mind around something I have never experienced, but that does not mean that I won’t try to experience as many as I possibly can in my lifetime. So, on account of all the omissions that were listed on the previous top 20 fruits you probably don’t know, I decided to include them and make the rest of the entries a bit more global. There are hundreds of fruits out there, but as I can’t carry on writing lists about all of them, I have settled for a few that I had never heard of and found interesting. Once again, I have not written this list in any special order, but decided on giving the number 1 spot to the most repeated omission.

A Few Interesting Fruit Facts

Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.
Apples contain an antioxidant that fights cancer .
The banana plant is in the same family as the lily and the orchid.
A medium-sized orange contains the amount of vitamin C that a healthy adult should eat daily.

Fruit Myths

“If I drink one glass of apple juice and one glass of orange juice that counts 2 servings of fruit” – A glass (200ml) of 100% fruit juice only counts once towards the 5-A-DAY target for fruit and vegetables, regardless of how much you drink – this is because fruit juice has very little fibre.

Top 20 Fruits you probably dont know!!

I was playing a game the other day, in which you have to come up with fruit that starts with every letter of the alphabet. Apple, banana, cherry…. and that is about where I hit a blank. My epic failure at this game made me do some research and what I discovered was a whole world of delicious looking fruit that I had never even known about! I was completely shocked to find that there are actually hundreds of different types of fruit (no need to include them all as omissions in the comments), most of which I had never even heard of. This list is not to rank the fruit, but rather just to inform you about them. The only fruit on this list I consider ranked is No: 1, as it deserves the spot, in clearly being the coolest fruit on the planet. How many of these exotically delicious fruit have you tried?