Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt told ESPN on Aug. 13 he consumes nine thousand calories every day.
J.J. Watt consumes nine thousand calories every day.
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Watt and his trainer Brad Arnett noticed something wrong with his workouts last February. The Houston Texans star's energy level dipped.
Watt told ESPN's Tania Ganguli his body was craving for extra fuel.
"My body was grabbing for something that wasn't there," Watt told ESPN. "It was trying to fuel itself with no fuel."
It was around that time when Watt's daily caloric intake rose to six thousand to nine thousand per day. Watt had to consume "50 slices of bacon, 20 chicken breasts, and 13 whole avocados," says Ganguli.
Watt had to have one weekly cheat meal again. For him, it was brunch, per ESPN:
"I love brunch. Brunch is my favorite meal. Brunch is my favorite meal. I went there, had brunch, had a massive potato pancake omelet, which is an omelet inside a potato pancake. Then I had stuffed French toast with berries and stuff.
"My cheat meals aren't even that exciting. That was my cheat meal. The omelet is pretty darn healthy. The stuffed French toast was the cheat meal, but that was delicious."
Watt is also a big barbecue fan. Killen's Barbecue owner Ronnie Killen is his friend. Whenever Watt would eat there, he goes for smoked turkey and lean brisket.
Watt confessed it's hard to resist Killen's carrot cake, banana pudding and bread pudding.
Killen told ESPN he will launch a No. 99 burger when he expands his franchise. It is a turkey burger with a lot of mushrooms.
Ganguli interviewed Watt after Texans practice in Richmond, Virginia. The interview coincided with Watt's cheat day. He chugged on a chocolate-flavored, post-workout shake.
He then gave out Krispy Kreme donuts to his teammates. These were for punter Shane Lechler's 39th birthday.
Watt is a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He attributes part of his success to his eating habits. However, he told Ganguli following a strict dietary regimen is not easy:
"It's literally, if I'm not working out, I eat the whole time I'm not working out. It's exhausting. You have to force feed. You have to force yourself to eat food.
"Everything in you wants to eat the stuff that tastes good. And trust me, I love good food just as much as anybody. It's just like everything else. In the early days, there's days when you don't want to go to the gym.
"There's days when you don't want to wake up early. There's plenty of days when I don't want to eat chicken breast and broccoli and rice, but I know what I have to do, and I know the sacrifice I have to make."
Watt suffered a fitness plateau six months ago. His energy levels went down. He met with Arnett so they can tweak his nutrition plan. Arnett emphasized the value of fat and carbohydrates, per Ganguli.
The additional fat intake allowed Watt's body to absorb much-needed nutrients. Because of that, he had more energy for gruelling two-a-day practices, says Ganguli.
"It's okay, you're not going to fall off the face here," Arnett told ESPN. "Your body comp's not going to jump five percent the next day. Just making subtle changes. It made a huge, huge difference."
Most NFL players admire Watt's drive and intensity.
One of them is Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer. He compares Watt to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Hoyer believes both men have the same passion for the game.
He said this during "The Dan Patrick Show" on Aug. 13. HoustonTexans.com's Deepi Sidhu obtained the information:
"I'd compare it to Tom Brady. I mean, the guy works so hard and is obsessed with being perfect and obsessed with his craft. There is similar desire there, I would say, and I think the thing with J.J. is he goes out there and works and he doesn't care what anybody else thinks.
"He puts in the extra time. He works his butt off and that's why he's the best defensive in the league."
You can listen to Hoyer's full interview here.
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