Usain Bolt burst onto the scene at the 2008 Olympics, taking home the gold medal in the 100- and 200-meter sprints, as well as the 4×100-meter relay — setting world and Olympic records in each event — and according to a new book, he did it all while binge eating fast food.
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The New York Post got a hold of Bolt’s new memoir, "Faster Than Lightning," and in it, the Jamaican sprinter details his eating habits in Beijing — a diet that included 1,000 chicken McNuggets.
In the book, which is due out Tuesday, Bolt estimated that he ate 100 nuggets per day for the 10 days he spent in China, choosing McDonald’s over the local cuisine because he found Chinese food “odd.”
“At first I ate a box of 20 for lunch, then another for dinner," Bolt writes, according to the Post. "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. … I should have gotten a gold medal for all that chowing down.”
Professional athletes have been known to put away copious amounts of food, sometimes as a matter of necessity given their rigorous workout routines. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend eating 100 McNuggets a day — especially in the middle of the Olympics — but if it works for Bolt, who am I to argue?
If Bolt’s 1,000-McNugget estimate is accurate, that works out to 47,500 calories and 3,000 grams of fat in nuggets alone, based on McDonald’s own nutrition info.