It's hard to imagine that in a society obsessed with diet soda, reduced fat milk, and lean cuisines that anyone would intentionally try to eat more. Of course many people do overeat, but typically overeating is framed as a failure of self-control, a food addiction, or some other negative psychological or behavioral state.
Whether this perspective is valid or not is fodder for a future podcast episode, but the bottom line is that most of us live in a world defined by a level of caloric abundance never before seen in human history, therefore, it's logical that our challenge would be to willfully impose scarcity, aka calorie restriction in some form or another, in order to maintain our health.
But, there is one group in particular who has consistently bucked this trend without earning the social stigma typically attached to a overly hearty appetite. We're talking about athletes, and whether it's your local high school football team's epic pre-game meal or Michael Phelps’ olympic breakfasts, calories, pure and simple, are the name of the game.
Today's guest, Everett Rosette, is the son of an NFL defensive lineman and all he knew growing up was football and food. Filling out a linebackers frame required a serious dedication to eating, but years of ice cream infused protein shakes, taco bell, and McDonalds took their toll. He would be so tired from the pasta, pancakes, and pizza that he would need to chug red bull to get through games. He played in college ball for Alabama State, but even though he wasn't picked up by the NFL, his athlete eating habits continued.
On today's show, Everett and Tony discuss: