This is What Olympic Weightlifter Morghan King Eats In A Day
The athlete enjoys pizza and burgers—in moderation, of course.
Olympic athlete Morghan King spends her days lifting hundreds of pounds, winning Olympic medals, and defying stereotypes—so needless to say, she needs some serious nutritional fuel. The 30-year-old just made her Olympics debut in Rio this summer, where she broke a weightlifting record and placed sixth overall in the women’s 48kg class.
So what does King eat in a day to power her Olympic-worthy weightlifting regimen? The answer isn’t as wild as you might expect.
She focuses on eating “real foods” she finds delicious.
King admits that her diet is strict, “but not crazy.” She follows a plan where she focuses on getting enough of certain nutrients at certain times. This, she says, helps her make the most of her training—both in terms of fuel and recovery. “I think the most valuable thing I’ve learned is to love what you are eating,” she told Elle. “When you love food like I do, you have to keep it interesting.” So King tries to balance nutrition with mixing it up in the kitchen, leaving her with several fun, delicious, and healthy meals a day.
Rest days= fewer carbs.
“If I’m not training, I’m recovering,” she says. “Whether it’s eating, rolling out with softballs or foam rollers, massaging, working with personal trainers, or yoga.” And rest days mean lower carb days, for the weightlifter. Her go-to meals? A salad with lean meat and fruit; eggs with sweet potato hash and salsa verde; spicy chicken with broccoli, blueberries, dried cranberries, and walnuts; and a kale salad with chicken and artichokes.
She enjoys burgers and pizza—in moderation, of course.
“You can find ways to eat burgers and pizzas that fit your lifestyle,” King says. Her go-to pizza joint is a Seattle restaurant called Bambinos, where visitors can make their own pizza. “Mine ends up being a massive meat and vegetable salad on a pizza crust,” she says. King also revealed that she craves a burger and sweet potato fries after a long workout—yum.
And after a big competition, King rewards herself with some junk food.
“After competitions, I kind of go on a bit of a bender for a week and have everything I couldn’t have in the last month,” she says. And this bender typically involves a lot of Goldfish and Sour Patch Kids. That said, the athlete tries to get back on track as soon as possible, because binging on junk food “won’t really help her get where she wants to go.”
If we could lift hundreds of pounds and compete at the Olympics, we’d probably treat ourselves to some Sour Patch Kids, too. (Just saying.)