On his new social network, Threads, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his diet with more than 4000 calories a day, set up to compensate for his intensive sports training. But is consuming so many calories in fast food meals recommended? The answers of Alexandra Murcier, dietician-nutritionist.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg traded in his NERD physique for intensive training, including ju-jitsu and MMA. We do not know if it is with a view to fighting in an octagon his great rival Elon Musk, who for his part recently acquired the social network Twitter, now called X. Even if the prospect of such a tussle today seems ui move away, Mark Zuckerberg recently confessed to eating 4000 calories a day, to compensate for his physical activities.
Intensive training to prepare for combat
Last June, Mark Zuckerberg also took up the “Murph Challenge”, a workout, which includes performing 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and a one-mile run, or about 1.6 kilometers.
He not only rose to the challenge, but also ranked in the top 200 out of tens of thousands of entrants. And surprising fact: if we could imagine the 39-year-old man eating organic and local to recover, it is not so: the 4000 calories consumed daily would come from McDonalds!
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Fast-food meals, coming from Mc Donalds
“20 nuggets, a Royal Cheese, a large fries, an Oreo McFlurry, an apple pie, and a few extra cheeseburgers” per day. This would be the compensation menu for his effort. Info or intox ? In any case, this is the answer given by Mark Zuckerberg to the official account of McDonald’s, who asked the question on Threads.
The opinion of Alexandra Murcier, dietitian-nutritionist
But is it really recommended to follow such a diet, even after intensive training? Asked, Alexandra Murcier recalls that eating fast food is absolutely not the thing to do. “In the context of a competition, a fight, when preparing, food plays a very important role and it goes hand in hand with physical activity. So, even if you burn a lot of calories, you can’t eat a McDonald’s to compensate or very occasionally!”. More than muscle, such a diet has every chance of making you gain fat…
The specialist recalls that “fast-food foods are made up of saturated fatty acids, salt and sugars, which respectively promote weight gain, high blood pressure and blood sugar spikes: all that is not necessary for an athlete“.
On the contrary, Alexandra Murcier recommends favoring “whole grains and fibers, in order to avoid hypoglycaemia and maintain a constant sugar level in the body, especially during exercise”.
Finally, even if you plan to adopt a diet to gain muscle mass, the approach can only be done through calories. Your diet should be high in protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates and good fats. The best advice is to consult a dietitian-nutritionist who can help you while ensuring that you are not putting your health at risk!