Boxing icon Anthony Joshua has revealed his calorie daily diet, a confirmation that his muscles and strength being accumulated for opponents is not only a product of the Gym but also products from the kitchen.
The 31-year-old is set to defend his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles against Oleksandr Usyk later this year and, to get in shape for the fight, the heavyweight fighter fuels his body with an enormous diet – and it’s not for the fainthearted.
Throughout training camps, the 6ft 6in boxing great sticks to a specific nutrition plan which sees him take in between 4,000 and 5,000 calories a day.
His meals focus on whole foods and lots of vegetables and grains, such as vegetarian Thai green curry with wild rice, but his favourite thing to eat is a chocolate brownie and ice cream – and lots of it, too.
“I’ve just ripped my muscles apart – they’re really damaged, and now they’re crying out for food,” he told Insider.
“I think I know what my body needs, and the reason I don’t track is because then that takes away from other time in the day.”
Joshua added that he eats his first meal nearly three hours before heading to the gym – and does not consume any food while training.
His breakfast consists of yams, eggs, and dates, followed by “a big bowl of porridge,” a protein shake, a glass of orange juice, and a glass of honey, lemon, and ginger.
He boosts his energy before working out with a coffee or pre-workout caffeine supplement.
After a training session, Joshua drinks a Bulk protein shake to recover. But is you think the Nigeria-British pugilist has ended the list of what he eats to remain in super shape, you will be wrong as he equally consumes Nigerian food because the Nigerian blood is ever present.
“My heart is with Nigeria, my heart is with Britain, I’m a Nigerian by blood, yes. Eating eba with egusi is the secret of success” he had said years back