Fitness Food

Breakfast of champions

Honey Nut Cheerios and the last of yesterday’s American Hot probably aren't going to cut it. But what do real athletes actually eat?

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The Bodybuilder

The athlete: Richard Gozdecki is a “natural” bodybuilding champion – meaning that he doesn’t take any artificial enhancements – and USN athlete. (No, you aren’t going to like this one.)

The breakfast: Brace yourself. “Monday to Friday I eat 120g of porridge oats with 10 liquid, pasteurised egg whites and two scoops of protein. I’ve been eating the same thing for about a decade so it’s more of a habit now than anything – and actually, it tastes great.”

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The Triathlete

The athlete: Matt Leeman is an Iron-distance triathlete (that’s the one that ends with a marathon) and Sundried-sponsored athlete. Yes, he eats loads.

The breakfast: “I have two breakfasts,” says Leeman. “The first, pre-swim, is usually a rice cracker or two with peanut butter and honey with a cup of tea – it’s simple to digest and primes me before training. After training, it’s a big bowl of porridge with half water and milk, with some fats from pumpkin seeds and almonds and some blueberries and raisins for antioxidants. If I feel like I need some extra calories and protein due to being in a heavy training period, I’ll have a boiled egg.” Wildman!

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The Jiu-Jitsu Expert

The athlete: Nick Tiscoe runs a Brazilian jiu-jitsu club and a surf school in Newquay. Living the Rio de Janeiro dream! In cold, cold Cornwall.

The breakfast: After a stern morning of sea-based cold water therapy – yes, really – Nick gets on the board. Then he eats his breakfast: warm cooked blueberries with chia seeds, greek yoghurt, baobab powder, a squeeze of agave syrup and granola on top. High in nutrition and vitamins.

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The Ultra-Distance Champ

The athlete: Dr Andrew Murray is an ultrarunner and GP with a first-place finish in the, uh, Genghis Khan Ice Marathon to his name. He’s also an ambassador for Merrell shoes.

The breakfast: “When I’m at home I’ll eat porridge, with sliced bananas, some nuts, and maybe some blueberries if I have any. That gives me the carbs to fuel the day’s effort, and the nuts and berries have a load of goodness also. If it’s the day after a long run – anything more than two hours – I’ll have poached eggs on toast as well, as the protein helps repair muscle. If I don’t have time I’ll just have a tub of Greek yoghurt.”

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The Fitness Model

The athlete: As well as being a professional footballer for Darlington FC – hellooo, National League North – Leon Scott is a Multipower ambassador and fitness model. If you’re aiming to chop some timber, he’s your man.

The breakfast: “In a cutting phase, I’ll have six scrambled egg whites, 70g of oats with a coffee, and some vitamin C, potassium and L-Glutamine,” says Scott. “Plus a scoop of whey protein.” The potassium and glutamine, in case you’re wondering, reduce stress and help brain health – and since you’re not going to be snapped with your top off anytime soon, you could always have a banana instead.

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