Like most men across the country, I have been jealous of Tim Tebow‘s chiseled physique since the photos of him in a “Gator Charity Challenge” tank top popped up on the internet in 2009.
In those pictures from three years back, his muscular shoulders, tight abs and rippling biceps are clear for all to see, and I hoped to work for a similar body frame for myself.
Obviously one of the main reasons why he has such a big, mobile body is because he has a vigorous workout routine, but I felt like his diet was an equally important component.
I found myself constantly searching online for diet tips that would help me have Tebow’s body, and it wasn’t until an ABC News report on May 10 that I was able to find my answer.
I always imagined in the past that Tebow just lived on a low-carb diet of lean meats and organic juices, as he hadn’t really divulged his daily regimen until the ABC News report came out.
In the past, he has provided fairly generic answers to dieting questions, like his response in a muscleprodigy.com interview where he said “It all starts with your diet, so I always eat a great breakfast because that’s giving your body fuel.”
In the ABC News report, Tebow finally revealed what gave him all that muscle, all that mass and all that strength: “pizza pie” and “ice cream pie.”
Not the answer you were expecting? I was shocked, myself.
“I just like normal food. I mean, you have to go to so many, like, rubber chicken dinners and you put on the face and you’re like, ‘Oh, thank you, it’s so good,’ and you’re like, ‘Man, I just can’t wait to go home … and have pizza pie,’” he said.
Pizza pie includes fairly unhealthy ingredients like ground beef, baking powder biscuits and fattening mozzarella cheese.
Apparently, Tebow also loves ice cream. “When we got home from church, you know, we’d take off our shirt and we’d have our undershirt and we’d … be watching football and I mean you’d have like chocolate sauce all down it. Me and my brothers and my dad,” he said.
The ice cream pie made by Tebow’s mom includes delicious belly-bombing ingredients like butter, Rice Krispies, corn syrup, hot fudge topping, peanut butter and vanilla ice cream. With those kinds of ingredients, I have no idea how Tebow stayed so diesel all these years.
But in all seriousness, Tebow obviously kept the carb intake from his mom’s tasty home-cooked treats under control. For breakfast, he revealed that he eats a lot of egg whites, a Myoplex shake, and then oatmeal or grits or something like that for carbs.
“Tim Tebow is approximately 240 pounds, so his daily calorie needs lie in the 4,000-5,000 range,” said Coach Joseph Potts, Director of Sports Performance Training at TopSpeed Strength Conditioning. “Of those calories, 50-60% should come from complex carbohydrates, 15-20% from protein and 20-30% from fat.”
“For an athlete of Tebow’s approximate size that would be a range of 190-250 grams of protein per day,” Potts added. “Therefore the diet should consist of the above mentioned foods; plenty of whole grain carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, lowfat dairy and lean meats. To reach the protein intake requirement many athletes will use protein supplements, the two most popular being whey and casein protein powders.”
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Jets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.