Turkish 800-metre runner and Olympic hopeful Merve Aydin, 22, poses in front of her daily meal intake in Ankara May 23, 2012. Aydin will run at the Olympics for the first time this year. Her daily intake is 3000 kcal. Although she is rigorously training for the Games, she remains guarded on the outcome. “It is more important for me to realise my true potential and limitations. And do the best I can. I work hard and keep a careful diet,” she says. Picture taken May 23, 2012. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY – Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS HEALTH FOOD PORTRAIT ATHLETICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
The rumors that Michael Phelps was consuming something like 5,000 calories a day was absurd, and a real life glimpse into the diets of some Turkish athletes may surprise you.
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What’s interesting is that the men seem to prefer higher protein intake than the women.
Of course it isn’t all about diet and food, it is more about discipline and the mindset to win.