Lolo Jones the Bobsledder Is Bigger, Badder and Demands 9,000 Calories Daily

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 30, 2013

Sep 30, 2013; Park City, UT, USA; Team USA bobsled  competitor Lolo Jones during a portrait session during the Team USA Media Summit at Canyons Grand Summit Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Lolo Jones' diet is roughly that of a bear preparing to hibernate for the winter. 

The Olympic star continues to work hard in the gym and chisel a physique that will meet the demands of the U.S. Bobsled team. To that end, she is eating a reported 9,000 calories per day to bulk up in order to shove a bobsled downhill. 

USA Today's Kelly Whiteside (h/t For the Win) spoke with Jones and received a status update on a rather grueling training regimen. 

According to the woman who captivated as an Olympic hurdler, she is about three pounds away from reaching her end goal of 160 pounds, remarking, "I'm the heaviest ever in my life. It took so much work. I'm three pounds away from my ultimate goal."

Despite her remarkable daily caloric intake, Jones is as fit and cut as we remember her. According to the 31-year-old athlete, she might be more so now than ever. "I'm pumped about this muscle weight. My abs are still there. I'm still cut, just super solid," Jones said.

Jones caused quite the stir a few weeks ago when she posted an Instagram picture with a caption that declared she had packed on about 20 pounds of muscle. 

Photo Credit: Lolo Jones Instagram
Photo Credit: Lolo Jones Instagram

Recently, she posted this image with a caption that reads, "On Instagram straight flexin #105kilos."

Photo Credit: Lolo Jones Instagram
Photo Credit: Lolo Jones Instagram

Never accuse Jones of taking a day off, because she is absolutely killing it in the gym at the moment. More importantly, she is also slaying it in the kitchen as well. 

Whiteside offers a glimpse into a diet usually befitting an NFL lineman:

Thirty pounds later, the skinny girl downs two protein shakes (1,365 calories each) and makes McDonalds runs at 10 p.m. for double bacon cheeseburgers. Which is quite a shift from a sport in which "you eat an M&M and you think your career is over," Jones said.

In bobsled, the mantra is "mass pushes mass."

Might we also suggest the Western Bacon Cheeseburger from Carl's Jr., which really did wonders in enabling us to pack on the pounds. 

Jones, who won a silver medal with pilot Jazmine Fenlator at November's World Cup, mentioned how pilots want bigger and far more stout brakemen in tow.

She is attempting to answer that call one late-night fast food run at a time, giving us just the slightest of pause why we never got into bobsledding ourselves.

PARK CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 29:  Bobsledder Lolo Jones poses for a portrait during the USOC Media Summit ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on September 29, 2013 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Harry How/Getty Images

There is a limit, though. As Whiteside writes, Jones' ultimate weight goal loomed at 170 pounds, but coaches cautioned that her track days would be over if she tipped the scales weighing 40 pounds more than she normally does. 

Being that she still has her sights set on the Summer Olympics and that elusive gold, she is more than likely going to remain content with 160 pounds of pure muscle. 

If all else fails, she can always try her hand at competitive eating. 


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