In this respect, Plitt's eating habits are reminiscent of the Warrior Diet, where little is eaten all day and then one feasts for several hours. "I believe in eating one large meal in the middle of the day, whereas most [people] eat 5-to-6 small meals, " says Plitt, one of the most recognizable fitness models in the country. "This ensures I have all the food digested before bed."
The rest of Plitt's calories come in liquid form before and after working out. What he eats can change day to day, the one constant being that his food intake is dictated primarily by his work schedule.
"My meal plan is directly correlated to whatever activities I have planned for that day, " Plitt says. "Meaning, if I have to film or shoot that day [Plitt is an actor part time], my meal plan changes. It will also change as I prep for filming or shooting, as I'm usually in the gym twice a day during prep periods. I eat only when I've done the work to demand the supply of nutrition. I don't have breakfast, lunch, or dinner, per se, and I don't eat because the clock tells me that it's mealtime. I eat to fuel my body, not to satisfy an appetite."
Greg Plitt's Meal Plan
Morning Lifting Workout
Meat, fish, or poultry, and vegetables - a large meal totaling around 3, 500 calories.
Job Title: Professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter
Accomplishments: 11 wins as a pro, 4 losses
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If you're counting pre-workout and post-workout shakes, UFC fighter Brian "All-Amercian" Stann eats a whopping 11 meals a day in peak training season. Are all these meals really necessary? On days you do three separate workouts, they most certainly are.
"If you're going to be a serious athlete, you need to be dedicated and disciplined not just in the gym but also with what you put in your body, " says Stann, a rising middleweight and decorated combat veteran.
"That's the fuel that's going to allow you to perform. You're going to get out of your body what you put into it." Stann's diet - thanks in part to his wife, Teressa, who has a degree in nutrition and dietetics - is especially clean, consisting of quality protein sources like chicken breast, salmon, and egg whites; a variety of fruits and vegetables; and healthy fats from almonds.
Stann's rigorous supplement regimen is crucial for keeping his strength levels up when he's cutting weight for a fight, as well as allowing him to hold on to as much muscle mass as possible in spite of his demanding workout schedule. "The last thing I want, " he says, "is for my body to go catabolic when I'm training 3-to-4 times a day."