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Fitness 360: David Otunga, The Case For Fitness—Nutrition

Lean protein, complex carbs, and a positive attitude have helped David Otunga earn his award-winning physique. Get the details about his nutrition plan!

If you travel a lot for work, you might think maintaining a good diet is an impossible task. But don't look to David Otunga for sympathy. He's on the road four days out of the week and manages to meet his macros day in and day out.

David might take a break from his healthy diet to enjoy a hamburger with this 3-year-old son, but other than that, he sticks to lean protein and complex carbs. He doesn't view his eating habits as a chore, but rather as a lifestyle choice. It's a great choice, too, because it's one that helps him maintain his famous physique.

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David's Nutrition Philosophy ///

Maintaining a healthy physique starts in the gym, but that's only one or two hours out of the day. What's important is what you do with the other 22 hours of the day. David explains that nutrition is 70-80 percent of fitness. It's what really counts. "I'm not on a diet," he says. "It's my lifestyle."

Because he's in the public eye, Otunga has to maintain a photo-ready physique. "If people come up to me at the airport and know [who I am], they expect me to be ripped. I have to be. What if they want to see my abs? I can't say, 'Give me a couple weeks.' I have to be ready, so I stay at the ready."

David eats between 6-8 meals per day, spacing them 2-3 hours apart. He constantly changes his diet so he doesn't have to eat the same things over and over.

"My meals generally consist of lean protein such as chicken, turkey, beef, or fish; complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, yams, wheat bread, and lots of fibrous greens; and some healthy fats. I try to plan and time my meals, especially my carbohydrates, based around what I have going on that day and my activity level."

Because he has a young son, David enjoys a cheat meal roughly once per week. "Sometimes, it's a cheat day," he says. Together, David and his son David, Jr. eat pizza, hamburgers, or ice cream. "I want to be able to enjoy that with him," says David. "It helps keep my sanity and it's my reward for eating healthy throughout the week. I can kind of relax a little." Other than those meals, David eats clean and healthy ever other day of the week.

David's Meal Plan ///
Meal 1: 7 a.m.
Post-workout
Meal 2: 11 a.m.
Meal 3: 2 p.m.
Meal 4: 5 p.m.
Meal 5: 8 p.m.
Meal 6: 11 p.m.


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Saul_Goode

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I noticed he didn't list coffee in his diet or supplement list, yet every time you would see him on Raw/Smackdown he was toting a coffee tumbler. I know people say wrestling is fake, but please don't tell me his love of coffee is too...

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It's a protein shake. You can buy em on bb.com :P

Oct 27, 2013 7:54am | report
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I was actually wondering why he didn't list some sort of quick carb with his post-workout protein.

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I'd like to believe that it's because he dosen't follow total bro protocals. But he has casein before bed and eats every 2-3 hours so......

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Dont need it for that specific setting

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Great article! Thanks for the tips.

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so this dude is cool and I'm not trying to knock him by any means. He's in great shape and his meal plan looks fine. but. it is just a pet peeve of mine to the MAX when people say they "reward" themselves with unhealthy food for being "good" and eating healthy food consistently. I dunno, I guess just for me...eating healthy IS a reward, and it is rewardING. I can't ever let myself get in that mind set (again) where bad food is a "reward." because then what does that make good food? a punishment. and it's not! it's not at all a punishment. good food, eating healthy, rewards your body and your life and even your spirit (the way you feel)! I more or less don't take cheat days, or cheat meals. because it's not rewarding. when I do VERY occasionally eat something unhealthy...which is...so rare that I can't even name what that may be...honestly...I feel so crappy afterwards that I'm like whyyy oh why did I do that? It's not rewarding. sorry for the rant. not trying to hate on David Otunga by ANY means. I just hate hearing that phrase, you know? am I alone in this way of thinking??

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I totally agree with that. As I read that sentence I was thinking the same thing about how I can't look at it as a reward if I end up regretting it because I feel like crap afterwards. But to each his own. I know a lot of people who feel like they need that cheat day, but I figure if I just stay away from that mindset I won't feel obligated to want a cheeseburger or pizza.

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