Usain Bolt's chicken nugget diet and 6 other celebs who eat a bit unconventionally.
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7 Celebrities and Athletes with the Weirdest Eating Habits
They may have the cash flow to afford private chefs and piles of caviar, but this crew follows their gut (literally) when it comes to food. From diet coke binges to superstitious waffles and lunch in the evening—here are some of the stranger appetites of the rich and famous.
Usain Bolt just slashed two tenths off his world record 100-meter sprint time, crushing it—and opponent Justin Gatlin— in 9.79 seconds in Bejing over the weekend. We're not sure what fueled this particular victory, but we do know that the Jamaican sprinter consumed close to 100 chicken nuggets a day while competing in the Beijing Olympics. “At first I ate a box of 20 for lunch, then another for dinner,” he wrote in his autobiography Faster Than Lightning. “The next day I had two boxes for breakfast, one for lunch and then another couple in the evening. I even grabbed some fries and an apple pie to go with it.” His other secret weapon: boiled yams, which are packed with Vitamin C and potassium.
Want to make friends with the 84-year-old billionaire? Pass him a Coke—Buffet admits he often drinks six a day, often in combination with Utz Potato Stix. He’s also known to have ice cream for breakfast, and has a number of junk food brands on his investment roster, including Oreos and Velveeta cheese. “I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old,” Buffet has said.
The MMA fighter is a proponent of urine therapy—or drinking your own urine to boost health. Machida, who picked up the habit from his father, has said he believes it helps boost the immune system and makes him feel better. (For the record, this isn’t advised, especially in—gag—large quantities.)
The Playboy Mansion’s chef has admitted Hefner keeps odd eating hours—especially for an 89-year-old. Breakfast isn’t until 11:30am, lunch is at 5:30pm, and dinner comes as late as 10:30pm. The creature of habit goes for comfort food, like lamp chops and fried chicken with mashed potatoes, and has a bowl of Lipton chicken-noodle soup just about every day.
If you give a bear a cookie—he’ll probably ask for one more. Or at least that’s the case with the former Chicago Bear’s linebacker Brian Urlacher, who reportedly ate exactly two chocolate chip cookies before every game.
The Washington Nationals outfielder has admitted to some superstitious rituals (including showering seven times before a game) but his weirdest habit might be his affinity for Eggo waffles before getting out on the field. “It has to be Eggo before the game. I mean, it's really weird,” he’s said.
Chanel’s creative director has a laundry list of specifications when it comes his daily routine (the man has fresh sheets put on the bed every single night) but his meals—mostly liquid—are particularly strange. Lagerfeld keeps a house separate for eating, and has said he drinks diet coke from the minute he wakes up until he goes to bed (he doesn’t drink hot drinks); enjoys two chocolate protein shakes and steamed apples for breakfast, and skips lunch.