The public is always fascinated by what public figures like models, athletes and celebs eat 鈥 but it鈥檚 not every day that stars reveal exactly what their diet looks like. We know that Bella Hadid subsists on plenty of pizza, while Jennifer Aniston鈥檚 diet is rather鈥 bland. And now, four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross sat down and told us exactly what she eats 鈥 and to be in tip-top physical shape, she really sticks to it.

Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

鈥淗igh protein, lots of fruits and vegetables and lots of water. For me, I would have egg whites in the morning with my fruits and lots of water,鈥 Sanya tells us with a laugh.

Yep, first things first, if you want to be an Olympic-level athlete, you must drink lots of water. Okay, so that鈥檚 not really news to anyone, but it is crucial if you want to recover easily after a hard training sesh. 鈥淲hen I was young, I felt like I could do anything; my body recovered quickly, but as I got older, I had to start listening to my body鈥 I had to really start focusing on my diet, drinking a lot of water, 鈥 she tells us.

Oh yeah, and she eats plenty of grilled chicken and salmon. 鈥淭hings like that to just be able to replenish the body and keep my muscles healthy and strong,鈥 she says, and as a 400-meter-dash winner, she certainly needs to be strong. Aside from the obvious ways of getting her protein, Sanya also likes to supplement with protein shakes throughout the day.

And rather than walking around with an apple in her bag, she likes to 鈥渏uice her fruits and vegetables to make sure [she] gets them in during the day.鈥


Despite what you鈥檝e heard about runners 鈥渃arb loading鈥 before a big race, *surprise!* Sanya is NOT a fan of the practice. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 really believe in carb loading,鈥 she says with a half-smile, half-grimace. In fact, she abstains from most carbs during the week 鈥 especially bread (sorry, Oprah). 鈥淪ometimes the night before a track meet, I might have some pasta, but regularly during the week, I don鈥檛 really eat a lot of bread or carbs,鈥 she explains. 鈥淚 think I just feel lighter and faster when I eat my fruits and vegetables. I feel like the carbs sometimes weigh me down.鈥 Then, she adds with a sheepish laugh, 鈥淪orry to all my carb lovers!鈥

But if you reaaaaally can鈥檛 get by without that delicious starchy stuff, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that light is called cheat day. 鈥淚 love to have some pizza on the weekends, ice cream, French fries, Skittles 鈥 my favorite candy,鈥 she says with gusto. 鈥淚 look forward to those days when I get to have something fun to eat.鈥 But before you start loading up on the candy and snacks, Sanya warns, 鈥淚 just think it鈥檚 important to do it in moderation, and that鈥檚 been my mantra throughout my career.鈥

But the most pressing question we all have is: What about the booze?! 鈥淯m,鈥 she hesitates, 鈥淵eah, you can definitely drink if you want to run, [but] like I said, in moderation. You don鈥檛 want to overdo anything, whether it鈥檚 drinking, fried foods, whatever it is.鈥 Yikes, y鈥檃ll hear that? Maybe it鈥檚 better to turn down that鈥 er, fifth glass of ros茅.

Her final words on how to eat for the Olympics? 鈥淗ave fun, but just don鈥檛 overdo it!鈥 And THAT is good advice.

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