Have you ever seen someone and thought, “He looks like a football player” or “She must be a swimmer”? Athletes come in all shapes and sizes, but some frames are better suited for a particular sport than others. And just as athletes’ bodies vary, so do their diets. Here’s a look at what a few diets and body types look like by sport.
Varies by position, but for offensive linemen like Jacquis Webb, bigger is better: tall, thick, muscular. A brick wall, basically.
J A C Q U I S ' D I E T :
Breakfast: Three scoops of scrambled eggs, turkey sausage, yogurt with nuts
Lunch: Two grilled cheese sandwiches, chips, Gatorade or water
Dinner: Three scoops of penne with chicken (often chicken Alfredo), broccoli
Snacks: Popcorn (throughout the day), turkey sandwich with white bread, provolone, mayo, onion, lettuce
Strength, speed and power are the hallmarks of softball players; as a result, they tend to have a higher BMI than endurance sport athletes. Still, heights and body shape vary by position.
L E A N D R A ' S D I E T:
Breakfast: Greek yogurt with granola (or other crunchies)
Lunch: Chicken or a burger, fruit
Dinner: Pasta with sausage or chicken
Snacks: Fruit snacks, granola bars, fruit
Again, there are variations by position, but in general height is key. Basketball is also incredibly physical; a long, lean but muscular frame is ideal.
Q U A T E ' S D I E T:
Breakfast: 2 Clif, oatmeal or granola bars; omelet with cheese, turkey, onion, tomato
After-practice: fruit snacks (to get sugar back up)
Lunch: Salad, steak (medium-well), rice
Dinner: Salad and pizza (chicken bacon ranch)
Snacks: Rice cakes, fruit snacks, granola bars, peanut butter crackers
Wrestlers tend to be short and stocky. A low center of gravity helps a wrestler maintain his balance and avoid getting pinned.
B R Y A N ' S D I E T :
Breakfast: Five-egg-white omelet with spinach and a meat, two slices of toast, protein shake
Lunch: Tuna, brown rice, pasta with chicken
Dinner: Meat (chicken, steak or fish), vegetables, brown rice
Beverage: 1.5 gallons of water
Similar to basketball, a long, lean body is better, with the addition of wide shoulders to spike the ball with maximum velocity.
C A S S I E 'S D I E T :
Breakfast: 2 hard-boiled eggs, toast with jam
Lunch: Italian sandwich (ham, turkey, salami), Caesar salad
Dinner: Rice topped with stew, bread
Snacks: Granola bars, applesauce, fruit snacks
Distance runners tend to be thin and have longer legs, which give them a wider stride and allow them to cover more ground.
S Y L V I A ' S D I E T :
Breakfast: Oatmeal with cranberries, coconut chips, cinnamon, honey and fruit (if available)
Lunch: Vegetarian sandwich from Pistachio’s (cranberries, hummus, spinach, lettuce, tomato, red onion, avocado and red pepper aioli)
Snacks: Fruit, hummus with pretzels, popcorn, cheese, nuts
Dinner: Rice or pasta with veggies