19 Pro Athletes With Insanely Strict Diets

These athletes run on diets very different than those of the average American. It's no coincidence many of them are among the very best at what they do.

Alex Gordon Hasn't Had a Cheeseburger Since 2012

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Alex Gordon Hasn't Had a Cheeseburger Since 2012

Few pro athletes are as obsessed with preparation as Royals outfielder Alex Gordon.

He plans every single second of the day to achieve maximum efficiency, and his weight room sessions are the stuff of legend.

His attention to detail certainly shines through in his diet.

He avoids fried foods.

He never eats candy.

He hasn't had ice cream or a cheeseburger since 2012.

"To totally avoid those types of foods for years is a whole other level of discipline that a lot of people in the general population can't fathom, nor do people in professional athletics often have that type of discipline," Royals strength and conditioning coach Ryan Stoneberg told MLB.com.

Grilled chicken and steamed vegetables are the two big staples of Gordon's strict diet, and he always drinks tons of water.

"I don't know if I eat to really enjoy food," Gordon once told the Kansas City Star.

"I think I eat just to be successful out [on the field]."


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