After we shared Pete's story of overcoming an eating disorder to become a bodybuilder and competitive eater, people were curious to learn more about what his relationship with food looks like today. We reached out to see how the powerlifter chooses meals that give him enough energy for his high-intensity stunts. Keep his tips in mind the next time you're headed to that Barry's Bootcamp class.
I often don’t know what to call myself: I'm a bodybuilder, YouTuber, and "recovering" competitive eater — I used to be full-time, but now I just do stunts here and there. Over the years, I've won nearly 100 eating contests and currently have 11 food-related Guinness World Records. Because of this, people often assume that my day-to-day diet is extreme.
In reality, my diet is usually very low in carbs (nearly ketogenic), with some higher-carb meals before and after workouts. Today, my main focus is training — I love everything from CrossFit to powerlifting and I provide online coaching for clients to help them reach fitness goals. Food is my energy source, and I can't perform in the gym without it.
On a typical day, I position my calories around my workouts and have meals that are higher in carbs right before I hit the gym to make sure I have enough sustained energy. I typically don’t count my calories, but I'd imagine I take in about 4,000 on a training day and 3,500 on a non-training day. More than your typical person, I know, but it's necessary when you work out as much as I do.
Today I was working around the house, so I was able to eat all my meals from home.