Inside the Mr. Olympia finalist’s post-show diet, including double beef burgers

THE Mr. Olympia post-competition diet has been revealed by the number one bodybuilder.

Despite what many people may have heard about such a diet, the meals may seem more familiar and delicious than many people realize.

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Derek Lunsford’s bodybuilding diet is more delicious than some might have guessedCredit: YouTube/Derek Lunsford
On his own, he ate two bowls of salmon and rice, and three double beef burgers topped with ketchup - these were just two of the meals of the day.

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On his own, he ate two bowls of salmon and rice, and three double beef burgers topped with ketchup – these were just two of the meals of the day.Credit: YouTube/Derek Lunsford
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Mr Olympia winners enjoy cash prizes and notoriety in their fitness world for all their hard workCredit: YouTube/Derek Lunsford

At the top of the Mr. Olympia bodybuilder – Derek Lunsford – video, he was congratulated in the hotel elevator by a man who was at the show the night before.

It was a motif throughout the video: admiration for discipline and appreciation for visible hard work.

A food scale turned out to be one of the most important tools used in her strict diet.

After using around 200 grams of rice at a previous meal, Lunsford opted for a little more next time.

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“Are you making chicken with this or salmon?” the man behind the camera asked the bodybuilder.

“Salmon,” Lunsford replied.

He prepared a second whole bowl of more rice and salmon, with plans to consume both at once, restoring the carbohydrate energy source and protein needed for his muscular figure.

“I feel like I haven’t eaten anything since I was doing carbs yesterday,” Lunsford said, despite being on his third meal of the day.

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He closed his eyes, happy to taste the salt, because “I haven’t eaten much salt lately either.”

Sodium reduction is a popular fitness technique, especially for wrestlers, bodybuilders and other physical professions where every ounce of water weight makes a difference.

“I like my diet food, you know,” Lunsford said, looking straight into the camera.

As he attended a food banquet at the end of his video, he still practiced discipline.

“I’m just waiting for those burgers. I’m not going to eat the pizza as much as I want. I’m not going to eat the cake as much as I want.”

He made himself three whole burgers and swallowed all three of them.

After finishing another high-protein meal, he reflected on his bodybuilding lifestyle with the videographer.

“This is just the beginning,” he said.

“I’m super excited. I can’t wait to keep improving.”

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