Fans Left Speechless After JJ Watt’s Sudden Decision To Quit The Leauge…Find Out Why! See How He Tackled Dieting Off Field While Injured
Professional athletes don’t get to the top by accident. It takes superhuman levels of time, dedication, and focus—and that includes paying attention to what they put in their bellies. In this series, GQ takes a look at what pro athletes in different sports eat on a daily basis to perform at their best. Here’s a look at the 5,000+ calorie diet of Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
Which makes sense, because as a defensive lineman, Watt needs a lot of mass and a lot of calories—upwards of 5,000 a day. But he’s been doing this long enough that he’s stopped counting and operates more by feel. “I’m not strict on my calorie count, I just pay attention to my body. Over the years I’ve learned a lot about nutrition and about myself, so it’s a lot more based on feel,” he says. “I stopped putting a number on it because people were analyzing it too much.”
Family is a big deal for Watt, which should make this season interesting since his brother has been drafted to the San Diego Chargers. Though they’ll never be on the field at the same time, Watt admits that they’re both relishing the rivalry. “We were extremely competitive with each other growing up. My parents knew that us pushing each other would be better than any motivation we could get out in the real world, so I think in the end it made us better and stronger.”