Now that MMA star Conor McGregor is no longer starving himself, he has bulked up. He is so used to dehydration and caloric restriction that it must feel good to eat again. He has been eating six meals a day to stay in great shape, and he put on about 34 pounds — talk about bulk! He now weighs around 190 vs. his 156-pound fighting weight. Gaining weight is easy after starving your body for so long. It is a rebound effect. His body is probably thanking him.
It is great to see the Irishman in good spirits and good health. His leg is healing well, and it seems like he is preparing to start MMA training very soon. He started doing strength training during his recovery because of his broken leg. And you thought he was going to sit on the couch and drink whiskey and eat potato chips and get fat. Not bloody likely! When not engaged in MMA training, he is training in something else.
When doing strength training, good nutrition is essential for recovery and hypertrophy. Conor McGregor has been eating six meals a day. He gets his protein from traditional sources and seems to have no restrictions. He eats chicken, beef, fish and eggs and uses protein shakes, as well. Most important, he balances everything he eats, measuring how much protein, fat and carbs are in each meal.
- 40% protein,
- 30% vegetables
- 30% carbohydrates
When you understand your sport performance, you will have the energy to succeed. The key is to get your nutrients from all food sources.
What Conor McGregor Eats
For breakfast, Conor McGregor eats cereal and eggs. Mid-morning, he usually has a snack like a fruit salad with honey.
His go-to menu for lunch is chicken, rice and vegetables like asparagus.
As for dinner, no Irishman can live without eating Irish stew consisting of meat or lamb and potatoes. It's a powerful combination of protein, carbs, fats and vegetables.
To boost his immune system, Conor McGregor sprinkles many herbs and spices on his food. For example, he uses basil and oregano. These spices are a good source of antioxidants. Antioxidants act as anti-inflammatories, reducing inflammation in your body. Training creates inflammation, so the more quickly you can reduce it, the more quickly your body can rebuild.
As for protein shakes, Conor McGregor drinks one after dinner to help his body recover and another one before bed. Protein consumption before sleep is essential because of something called protein synthesis. This happens primarily when you sleep, and it rebuilds your muscles. If you have some protein a few hours before you sleep, you will maximize your muscle recovery.
He also drinks tea before bedtime. That helps him relax and get a deep, restful sleep, which is also crucial for repairing and healing.
Conor McGregor’s nutritional breakdown is brilliant. He eats protein and carbs, and uses vegetables as a separate category. The fat he consumes is from good sources like meat and fish.
It will be interesting to see what’s next for the Irishman. Is going to lose 36 pounds to get back to his fighting weight? Or does he have a surprise in store?
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