Bone Broth and Lion Blood: What Athletes Eat

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Bone Broth and Lion Blood: What Athletes Eat
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

"The athlete's body is a temple—a finely tuned machine powered by Evian, virgin lamb livers and kale leaves harvested by the silent monks of Kuala Lumpur..." 

Athletes' diets are predictably healthy and pristine, except for the whole part where they are not.

Some do go whole ham on the uber diet trail. They eat how we expect professional sports figures eat. Their meals are laid out by the ounce, their caloric intake measured down to the last responsibly sourced halibut fillet.

This is not the rule, however. For every fat-concerned track and field star, there is an NFL lineman with explicit instructions to aim as much starch and protein toward his mouth as possible. Some diet to keep it off, others diet to keep it on. 

The following is a full spectrum rundown of athletes' eating habits, ranging in volume from near anorexia to trough-feeding madness. Some are more normal than others, but they're all actual regimens tried by the people who make their living via physical prowess.

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