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Old 08-08-2004, 11:46 AM   #1
Michael Rutherford
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From today's NY TIMES


August 8, 2004
Athens on 5,000 Calories a Day

HANE HAMMAN (Weight Lifter)
Shane Hamman, the No. 1 weight lifter in America, placed in the Top 10 in the Sydney Olympics by lifting 926 pounds. The 32-year-old is the best in snatch, clean and jerk and total weight lifting. (He can squat more than 1,000 pounds; clean and jerk 518.) With his trademark braid dangling from his chin, Hamman stands out in the weight room, his 35-inch thighs, 44-inch waist, 22-inch neck and 62-inch chest reflecting the 5,000 protein-heavy calories he consumes each day for muscle building. ''To eat that much, I eat what tastes good, because I got to eat it,'' he says. Not even the Olympic training-center cafeteria can keep up with his intake: every night in his room he cooks his own dinner, two massive cheeseburgers, and bakes chocolate-chip cookies.

HAMMAN'S INTAKE: 5,000 Calories
''Light'' Breakfast, 8:30 a.m.
Bowl of Lucky Charms with milk
4 strips bacon
1 cup hash browns
20 ounces water

2 hours of squats, snatch technique and presses (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
2 32-ounce Olympic Citrus Blend Powerades

Lunch, 11:30 a.m.
Turkey, ham and Cheddar cheese on whole-wheat bread with mayonnaise
Small bag of Bugles
1 cup potato salad
Brownie with vanilla soft-serve ice cream and hot-fudge sauce
1 32-ounce Olympic Citrus Blend Powerade

2 hours of snatches, clean and jerks, clean pulls and Romanian dead lifts, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
2 32-ounce Olympic Citrus Blend Powerades

Dinner, 6 p.m.
1 pound ground beef made into 2 Cheddar burgers on sesame-seed buns
6 homemade Toll House cookies, baked with three kinds of chocolate chips

Power Cheeseburger
8 ounces ground beef, like chuck
1 egg yolk, beaten
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 slices sharp Cheddar cheese
1 sesame bun, halved and toasted if desired
Ketchup and mustard.

1. In large bowl, combine beef, egg, paprika and salt. Mix well and form 1 large patty.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add patty and cook 4 minutes; turn over and top with cheese. Continue to cook an additional 3 to 4 minutes for medium rare.
3. Place the burger cheese side up on bun and top with pickles, ketchup and/or mustard. Place other bun half on top and serve.
Yield: 1 cheeseburger.

ANNA KOZLOVA (Synchronized Swimmer)
As one half of synchronized swimming's ''diva duet'' team, Anna Kozlova, 31, spends 8 to 10 hours a day in the pool, six days a week, practicing her ''Fantasia''-themed routine. The Russian-born swimmer, who became a U.S. citizen in 1999, needs to consume 2,500 calories of easy-to-digest foods during the day. ''I eat for muscle recovery and energy,'' she says. At dinner, this occasionally translates into a prosciutto sandwich ''and always a brownie or cake.''

KOZLOVA'S INTAKE: 2,500 Calories
Breakfast, 5 a.m.
Buttered bagel
Orange juice

Swim with U.S. synchronized swimming team, 6 a.m. to noon
Fudge PowerBar
1/2 liter water

Lunch, noon
Ham-and-cheese sandwich on whole-wheat bread
Grapes, peaches or strawberries
Handful almonds
1 chocolate-chip cookie

Practice programs with her team and her partner, Alison Bartosik, 1 to 5 p.m.
Strength training, 6 to 7:30 p.m. (Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
Fudge PowerBar
1 Coke
1 liter water

Dinner, 7 p.m.
Green salad with blue cheese and 1 tablespoon strawberry dressing
Grilled fish or steak
1 peanut-butter-chocolate brownie

What's in her carry-on to Greece:
Ritz crackers
Chocolate PowerBars
Gummi bears

Double-Nut Energy Chocolate-Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 package (6 ounces or 1 cup) semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped walnuts and pecans.

1. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt into a large bowl. Add the sugars, egg, extract and butter. With an electric hand-held mixer at medium speed, beat until smooth and well mixed, about 1 minute.
2. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by tablespoonful, about 2 inches apart, onto an ungreased baking sheet.
3. Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes, until browned. Remove and cool on rack.
Yield: About 2 dozen cookies.

HUNTER KEMPER (Triathlete)
At 6-feet-3 and 165 pounds, the triathlete Hunter Kemper doesn't have an ounce of body fat to spare: he needs all 5,000 calories a day -- about 40 percent of them from carbohydrates -- when training to muster the strength and endurance to swim a mile, bike 25 miles and run 6 more. He also needs plenty of iron for training at Colorado altitudes. ''Protein is a big deal,'' he says. ''You can't operate with just carbs.'' Ranked fifth in the world, he's willing to trade his favorite Krispy Kremes for the allotted daily Oreo if it means winning a medal on his second appearance at the Olympics. Then again, he does get to eat two bagels a day -- with cheese.

KEMPER'S INTAKE: 5,000 Calories
Prebreakfast, 7:30 a.m.
Bowl of Life cereal
1 glass of orange juice
1 banana
16 ounces water

5,000-meter swim
Carrot Cake PowerBar Harvest bar
16 ounces water

Breakfast, 9 a.m.
Bowl of fruit: watermelon, honeydew, strawberries, pineapple
3-egg omelet with American cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes and onions on toast
2 strips bacon
1 or 2 waffles
1 glass apple juice
16 ounces water

45-minute weight training
90-minute nap
Carrot Cake PowerBar Harvest bar
32 ounces water
60-minute run

Lunch, 1:30 p.m.
Ham and cheese on a toasted bagel with mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce and tomato
Fruit smoothie
16 ounces water

2-hour bike ride
2 Raspberry Cream PowerGels
1 24-ounce Amino Vital (amino-acid supplement recovery drink)
24 ounces water

Dinner, 6:45 p.m.
Baked ziti
Toasted bagel or toast with Cheddar cheese
Salad with Romano dressing
1 Oreo
16 ounces water

Power Berry Smoothie
1/2 cup fresh or slightly thawed frozen strawberries
1/2 cup fresh or slightly thawed frozen raspberries
1/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 1/2 cups milk
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon soy protein powder
4 ice cubes.

Place all ingredients, except the ice cubes, into the container of an electric blender and blend on high until smooth. With blender running, add 2 to 3 ice cubes at a time through the center opening in the lid, until all ice cubes are added. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Yield: 1 serving, about 16 ounces.

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Old 08-08-2004, 01:11 PM   #2
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Hamman's intake seems surprisingly low (for his weight).
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Old 08-08-2004, 02:58 PM   #3
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I was more surprised by the composition than the KCALS. Lucky Charms and all that Powerade.

Reminded me of the SLN skit with Bill Murray and the LITTLE CHOCOLATE DONUTS.

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Old 08-08-2004, 04:23 PM   #4
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Just goes to show you how much of sports preformance is genetic! I also think Nancy Clark infected sports nutrition.
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Old 08-08-2004, 05:44 PM   #5
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I performed better and felt better mentally while eating junk food than I do now eating mostly paleo. It seems that I can gain bodyfat easier now than before, and Im only 19. An enigma, is what i call it. The main reason I eat extremely healthy now is because it has become an obsession.

I conclude that diet can easily lead to depression. For myself, anyway. I believe that when these athletes eat that stuff without worry keeps cortisol down. Genetics may not be the only factor here.


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Old 08-08-2004, 07:19 PM   #6
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So - so - let me get this straight - Lucky Charms and Bacon really IS the breakfast of champions?!1?!
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Old 08-09-2004, 05:08 AM   #7
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Genetics may not be the only answer. . .read the link on todays WOD!!!! Your body is more forgiving of the Lucky Charms and Bacon when you have the Test. patch stuck to your butt.
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Old 08-09-2004, 06:45 AM   #8
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Michael: it's John Belushi, not Bill Murray.

I'm so hungry now.

I can't believe we let our athletes eat like that and expect them to come back with gold medals. Something is terribly wrong.

Nonetheless, I feel much less guilty about the ice cream I ate last night with my girlfriend.
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Old 08-09-2004, 07:22 AM   #9
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I hear you. I'm also 19, and I also remember feeling better when I was younger and spiked insulin at every meal. I credit this to two things:

1) Just being younger. I'm getting tired in my old age...:wink: Seriously though, my metabolism definetely slowed down a lot from age 16 to age 19. Thank God; I can actually put on muscle without making myself sick.

2) Not knowing any better. It took me months to come to the realization that a meal need not spike insulin; before that, I imagine that I 'felt good' during the sugar high and didn't have any understanding of the sugar crash but assumed it was natural because it always happened.

Knowledge is not always happiness.:lame: But it is good; I couldn't do what I do now when I was 16.

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Old 08-09-2004, 09:24 AM   #10
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I'm also in the 19 boat and also remember the days when I could and did eat anything I wanted. Like Ross, I didnt realize what I was doing to my body and while the "high" was great, the crash was just something that happened. Unlike Roy and Ross, I feel much better eating paleo. I used to be plagued with constant headaches and digestive problems - now I rarely get a headache once a month and my digestive system is in tip top shape. To each their own I suppose.

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