UFC heavyweight Stefan Struve takes to the Octagon this weekend at UFC on Fuel 8 as the organization’s tallest fighter and will likely remain there for some time given his seven-foot frame. To fuel a physique like his, Struve has to take an intelligent approach to dieting. He’s also willing to share to give interested athletes some insight into the process.
Check out his daily diet below courtesy of UFC.com:
MEAL #1 | 8:30 a.m.
High-protein yogurt, cottage cheese, chicken, eggs, fish oil, multivitamins, and extra vitamin C
“Cottage cheese has a lot of protein … that the body will consume through the night. In Holland, the cottage cheese is more like yogurt; it just tastes saltier.”
MEAL #2 | 9:30 a.m
Oatmeal with non-fat milk
“With the first meal of the day having high protein and the second being oatmeal (carbs), I have everything I need to perform the way I need to.”
Shake after training session #1: Water, Vitargro (carb), high-level protein
“My shakes are consumed 10-15 minutes after training so my bloodstream is still going fast and my heart rate is up; this allows my body to absorb the nutrients more easily.”
MEAL #3 | 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Pasta with veggies
“I’ll be hungry again after about an hour, so all the carbs here will be absorbed quickly.”
MEAL #4 | 3:00 p.m.
Chicken or fish or meat with vegetables
“Chicken with tomatoes is an easy meal to make and there’s a lot of nutrition in there. I prefer green vegetables, but will get whatever looks good in the supermarket.”
MEAL #5 | 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Fish or chicken with vegetables
“If I eat potatoes and bread, my stomach acid goes nuts. After a fight I don’t have to worry as much, so that’s a good time to have those [types of foods].”
Shake after training session #2: Water, Vitargro, high-level protein
MEAL #6 | 9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m
Fruit and coconut water
“After my training session, I’ll eat a banana, apple, grapes, or whatever is available at the market. I’ll also have coconut water to [re]hydrate my body.”
MEAL #7 | 10:00 p.m. +/-
Cottage cheese with fish oil and vitamins
“There are a lot of dairy farms in Holland, so cottage cheese is more affordable than it is in the U.S.”