Arsenal and England star Theo Walcott loves cake, as this photo of him with his BFF, former Gunners goalkeeper Vito Mannone, illustrates.
Obviously, cake isn’t the best food for a footballer. Then again, sports stars need calories!
Just how many calories, though? And how does a typical footballer’s intake compare with that of sportsmen in other fields, such as baseball, basketball, swimming and UFC?
The results, which we bring you courtesy of worldsportsfoodfight.com may surprise you…
An average footballer takes in 3,800 calories a day, just 800 more than the average person. A footballer is relatively on the lower end of caloric intake, only ahead of Moto GP (2,500), baseball (3,000 calories), and Formula 1 (also 3,000).
A Moto GP rider is meant to be light, so it makes sense that they consume fewer calories than the average person in general. The same goes for a Formula 1 driver, but how does a baseball player fit into that group?!
Baseball players are generally much bulkier than footballers, but it makes sense that they consume fewer calories than a footballer because they definitely exert a lot less energy by running around the bases once maybe every hour or so…
But the number of calories athletes consume in other sports is shocking.
For example, a rugby player consumes an average of 4,500 calories per day but that isn’t even close to other sports.
A UFC fighter and hockey player consume 5,000 calories per day.
UFC stars are generally known to be huge, but, once again, probably don’t use as much energy as a hockey player.
Cyclists and American football players come in at 6,000, just behind basketball players at 6,500. Interesting to note that cyclists and American football players have completely different body types, yet consume the same number of calories as each other. The difference is that an average American football game only has 10 minutes and 43 seconds of actual physical playing time, while cyclists take rides lasting hours and consecutive days, burning a lot more calories than an American football player will ever be able to.
But who comes in at the biggest eaters in the sports world? Swimmers! With an average of 10,000 calories a day, they consume almost triple the amount of a footballer. Their muscled bodies take in and burn about 600 calories or more every hour during competition.