As part of our series following World’s Strongest Man competitor Jack McIntosh we decide to get our teeth around that all important diet.
Lives: Kendal, Lake District
Weight: 23 Stone
As a strength athlete how important is your diet?
Itֳ very important. It helps with recovery and development during training. Itֳ also gives me fuel and energy. I have carb days and low carb days which is good for all round balance.
Remind us how many calories you eat a day?
Whatֳ your typical daily diet plan?
Meal 1 – 7am
Fillet steak, 2 eggs, 50g mixed nuts.
Meal 2 – 10am
250g chicken breast, green beans with 200g sweet potato or ? an avocado.
Meal 3 – 1pm
250g steak burger, green beans, 200g rice or mixed nuts.
Meal 4 – 3.30pm
Same as Meal 2.
Meal 5 Р6pm
Salmon fillet, broccoli, 200g rice or mixed nuts.
Meal 6 Р10pm
Same as Meal 3.
Meal 7 Р10pm – 10.30pm
Kasein, protein shake, two teaspoons of peanut butter and green powder.
Do you ever feel hungry?
My body’s used to the routine so after a few hours I֭ ready to eat again. Itֳ usually about three hours.
How often do you go food shopping?
When I go to the butchers I buy in bulk so I get around 70-80 chicken breasts at a time, 10 steaks for a week and 40-50 steak burgers – and thatֳ just the butchers! I go to the supermarket about twice a week.
What do you eat when you’re not training? Does your diet change?
Not really no. It stays the same as my body needs it. It does get more relaxed or stricter towards competitions. I֭ a bit OCD about it in general!
Do you ever get bored of eating the same meals?
I do get bored but you can change the cooking method and seasoning as well as your sources of protein like salmon or chicken.
Do you have a favourite place to eat out?
I love Nandos!
Tens machine – I use a tens machine for tendonitis in my hamstring to boost the blood flow to this area to help quicken recovery.
Contrary to the myth muscle does not turn into fat if you stop lifting weights.
Jack buys up to 80 chicken breasts at a time from the butcher. If he ate this quantity every week for an entire year that would amount to the consumption of 4,160 chicken breasts. (Nandos will be pleased!)
Author: Laura Davis