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Inside Anthony Joshua’s daily 5000-calorie diet as he prepares to face Oleksandr Usyk

Anthony Joshua has been consuming a remarkable 5000 calories every day as he prepares to face Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday night.

In a mandatory defense of his belts, the WBA (Super), IBF, and WBO heavyweight champion will join the unbeaten Usyk.

AJ has created a huge diet plan to get in shape for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium bout.

He eats twice the amount of recommended 2,500 calories per day for males before any of his fights.

He had to learn to do so the hard way, though, as he revealed to Coach in 2018: “In the past, I didn’t eat enough… I’d have breakfast, snack during the day and then not eat until dinner.”



Anthony Joshua posing in front of some food
Anthony Joshua adopts a mega diet ahead of his fights

That couldn’t be further from the truth now with his nutritionist Mark Ellison making sure he eats a bucket load of useful grub.

“Even though he can eat a large amount of food it has to be good quality – we can’t fuel him on junk,” Ellison told The Times.

“I’ve got a BMW 5-series estate and the haul from the greengrocers fills up the boot.”

Joshua’s enormous breakfast, which often includes five eggs, fresh fruits, yoghurt and milk, usually has a variety of vegetables. Sometimes, it even contains smoked salmon on a bagel.

How would you do with AJ’s diet? Please leave your comments below.



Anthony Joshua eating food
The 2012 Olympic gold medallist has nutritionist Mark Ellison looking after his 5000 calorie diet

His morning intake doesn’t stop there as he will then have an electrolyte drink, a recovery shake and one of a sandwich, pasta pot or salad box.

Joshua will be eating a big meal for two, consisting of two large chicken breasts, sweet potatoes, and vegetables, with yoghurt, honey, and more.

Feeling peckish yet?

Ellison forces him to wait until the evening so he can enjoy his next feast.



Anthony Joshua poses as he takes part in a training session during the Anthony Joshua Media Day at English Institute of Sport on September 12, 2018 in Sheffield, England.
The enormous daily intake allows him to be in top condition come fight night

The 24-1 pro tucks into two fillet steaks which are served up with veg, in case he hadn’t had enough already, and either pasta or wholegrain rice.

Even with the time remaining in the day, he can still sneak in a quick-release protein shake and a snack bar before bed.

All of this food is used to fuel his 17-stone frame, which he uses for the extensive weight training and exercise he undertakes in fight camps.

Ellison adds: “If anything he has to be careful because he can easily not get enough fuel in, especially when he’s doing two, two-hour training sessions a day and fulfilling media requirements.”

Inside Anthony Joshua's daily 5000-calorie diet as he prepares to face Oleksandr Usyk
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