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.

David Otunga Fit 360

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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.
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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