Many people think it costs thousands and thousands of extra calories to build up the strength needed to lift a 500-pound Atlas stone or push a 242-pound dumbbell over them. It is the stigma of force theft and strong man, and it is earned over time. Some of the best athletes in both sports could also be excellent competition eaters.
But I am firmly convinced that you do not have to pack a bacon cheeseburger and a chocolate shake every night to be competitive in these sports. It's true that strength athletes need to consume more calories than other professional athletes, but I've learned that you can eat clean without losing strength.
Take a look at the way bodybuilders eat: skinless chicken breasts, whole grains, lots of vegetables, all portioned into well-balanced meals. This trend towards a cleaner diet has entered all levels of sport as a balanced diet is becoming increasingly important.
The biggest problem in the diet of most strength and strength athletes is the absorption of excess calories without balance, which means that a large amount of animal protein is paired with too few vegetables, foods that can really provide us with micronutrients and help positively influence the PH value of the body.
It's all a balancing act between getting the amount of protein and calories needed and trying to make it healthy by getting more for your caloric "money".
We can all learn from the mistakes that strength athletes often make. With a bit of discipline and planning, it is possible to throw a few giants in the gym without breaking the waist.
How to eat clean
■ Expand your color taste
Try to include more foods in your diet that are colorful – such as peppers, leafy greens, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. This vegetable is the best way for your body to get micronutrients such as anthocyanins, carotenoids (including lycopene), chlorophyll and anthoxanthines that have been shown to promote good health.
■ Add soy protein
To make up for the high amount of animal protein in my diet, I make sure my protein contains soy. Studies have shown that 25 grams of soy protein per day can help lower cholesterol. Muscles like these are made with both vegetables and protein.
DEREK POUNDSTONE is two-time Arnold Strongman Classic Champion and host of Poundstone Power Radio, broadcast live on Sirius Channel 125 and XM Channel 241 from 7pm on Wednesdays. until 9pm Ask him a question through his website, poundstonepower.com