Mike Williams On The 7,000-Calorie Diet

December 11th, 2012

Joe always gets a laugh out of seeing the various nutrition and post-workout replenishment directives on display in the Bucs’ locker room, courtesy of the team nutritionist. 

Joe’s all-time favorite was a post-practice option of immediately consuming about 24 ounces of chocolate milk along with more healthy feasting.

These guys consume a hell of a lot of chow.

But it surprised Joe to hear skinny Mike Williams last night on his radio show talk about downing 7,000 calories daily during the season — 7,000! Williams said he gets heat from the team nutritionist about eating vegetables — “he sounds like my mom” — and primarily loads up on steak and pasta, and then he’ll often grab another steak on his own after eating “what they give me.”

Damn, Joe should have played in the NFL. What a dream job.

If Williams is inhaling 7,000 calories, what is, say, Roy Miller gobbling up? And what was Miller eating when the heinous Jim Bates Experience ordered him to gain serious weight after being drafted? These thoughts almost made Joe forget about Rachel Watson for a moment.


23 Responses to “Mike Williams On The 7,000-Calorie Diet”

  1. Have A Nice Day Says:

    I imagine Millers is around 4,000 – 4,500 calories. I Know McCoy eats around 4,000.

    It is shocking if Williams eats 7,000. Quit frankly, I don’t believe it is an exaggeration.

  2. Have A Nice Day Says:

    *Quite frankly, I believe it is an exaggeration.*

  3. terry4505 Says:

    Yeah, as someone who takes his diet pretty seriously, I have a hard time believing that.

    Not that I am an NFL athlete, but I do P90X2 and Insanity every day and burn between 500-800 calories doing so, if you burn 500 calories more a day than you take in, you will lose .5 lbs per week.

    Mike would have to be burning 5,000 calories a day from practice to make up for the surplus. At his height and weight, he probably burns around 2,000-2,400 cals daily just from normal activity (not counting practice and lifting). Otherwise he would look like Roy Miller.

  4. Sir Pritam Says:

    There’s no way McCoy only eats 4000. The Rock (6-5, 270) eats around 6-7000, I don’t believe Mike Williams (6-1, 213) consumes 7000

  5. Tampa2 Says:

    I am involved in fitness/bodybuilding and I don’t think it is an exageration at all to do 7000 calories. Everyones metabolic rate is different. Mike Williams has a leaner, more athletic frame, and I would imagine that he could drop 20 pounds in a matter of weeks if he wanted, especially during training camp. Nutrition and meal timing is paramount. Guys like him need to really stay on it to keep the weight on. I know fo myself I lose a TON of muscle if I do constant steady state cardio everyday like these guys do so it makes sense. Im sure their trainers have them doing 300 grams of protein everyday to keep the muscle on ’em so they can take all that punishment. And believe, eating 6-8 times a day gets real old, real fast.

  6. Vic Says:

    Playing college basketball, I ate four 1500 calorie meals. Without that, I’d get weak and lose weight between walking campus, practice and hitting the weight room.

  7. mr.t.50 Says:

    Being a Nutrition major in college I find this to be interesting. I have always wanted to know who gives nutritional advice to the athletes and how they get their jobs, and from what I can tell it is usually the strength and conditioning coach mostly. I only know of one Registered Dietitian that gives advice to an NFL team and that is Roberta Anding RD and she works with the Houston Texans. I would love to get the experience of shadowing or hanging out with somebody in that line of work, but it is so hard to get any point of contact to give get some info on it.

    JOE- Can you find out who it is for me?

    Another thing I noticed is that the team nutritionist (in this case) is a “nutritionist” and not a Registered Dietitian (RD) with a CSSD cert (Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics). What I’m trying to get at is that calling yourself a “Nutritionist” means almost nothing legally. A Registered Dietitian has a degree and did an internship after college for a year (sorta like a MD’s residency) and then passed a national exam.

  8. MR.T Says:

    My, my Joe you’re slipping, you didn’t have the words “Rachel Watson” as a clickable link this post.

  9. JonBuc Says:

    Mike Williams has adopted The Shaun Burger King regimen. It’s nice to see Buc Alumni “giving back”.

  10. Brandon Says:

    Williams is about 220 and for a male with the 10% or less bodyfat he has, he would probably have to consume 3000 calories a day just to maintain weight if he were doing nothing. Playing football, is an entirely different matter. I would say anything less than 5000 calories a day would cause him to lose weight and lean mass.

    Somebody posted earlier that a nutrionist and a registered dietitian are different, he’s right. My wife is a certified sports nutritionist and she began school to become a registered dietitian and couldn’t hack it. Just about anybody can get a certification to become a nutritionist. Dietitians have to know the science, chemical reactions, all sorts of stuff to get their degrees.

    My wife and I are both bodybuilders, and I can attest that athletes absolutely must have a far greater caloric intake to maintain bodyweight, and perhaps most importantly, lean mass. I would say that McCoy weighing in at 295. with a lean body mass of well over 250 lbs, would have to have 6,000 calories on workout/football days.

    That being said, for lean weight gain, weight reduction, the best method for any of these is to eat many meals a day for a variety of reasons.

    I eat between 8-10 small meals a day the primary reason being that the body cannot store protein and it is in constant need of protein to repair muscles and maintain normal brain function.

    If your body doesn’t get the protein it needs from a food source then it actually takes the protein from the muscles to feed the brain. I eat between 15-35 grams of protein every one and a half to three hours. Also, for an hour after a person eats, the body’s metabolism is 10% faster. So if a person were to eat more often, it would be more often that the body’s metabolism is 10% faster. Finally, by eating more frequently instead of eating infrequently, a person is training their body to utilize food as energy as opposed to storing food as energy (fat) which is what happens when people eat less frequently.

    As far as RD’s and nutrionists are concerned, however, though it is far better to be a RD, a nutrionist, or just somebody that is smart and has studied nutrition, any are perfectly capable of doing their own research and regurgitating the current science, fads, and theories.

  11. mr.t.50 Says:

    That also reminds me I made a blog for both of my papers from my ‘Nutrition for Sports and Exercise’ research based class. I did the caloric intake of an NFL linebacker and an article on L-Arginine. I think you will like the pic of the linebacker at the top of the blog.

    Click the link on my name and scroll down to the Nutrient needs section. I split up the paper into sections.

  12. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    One way to a better football team would be to bring in pure, live water from a mountain spring. It might be expensive but it would improve the teams intelligence by about 25%. That bottled (Zephyrhills) water, sports drinks or tap water is loaded with BPA and Flouride. Which lowers testosterone and IQ. It does make someone docile, probably not so good for an NFL team.

    IG Farben and Adolph Hitler were responsible for the addition of Flouride into the water initially at concentration camps. They found they could lower the amount of guards from 20 per 100 prisoners to about 3. Later they put in to all the municipal water supplies.

    People just aren’t designed to drink dead chlorinated water. A proper source of minerals obtained from a deep mountain spring is necessary for optimum health and brain function.

    I drive over an hour every 3 weeks to fill our glass bottles from a mountain spring. I often run into Eastern European people there who know the virtues of pure, live and unadulterated water. They often live many decades longer than western people.

    When you get sick, its very short lived, a influenza will only last a couple hours at most.

    Another great addition to the team’s diet should be raw, organic fruits and vegetables sprinkled with hemp seed. There are necessary enzymes in vegetables and fruits that are destroyed at 180F. You can buy organic hemp seed without THC.

    I know football players have to eat a lot of crap to maintain their size but I would make sure that the red meat be buffalo, turkey or chicken organically raised without the hormones and poisons normally injected in to the public’s food supply.

    You are what you eat, and right now they are 6-7.

  13. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Live water video:


  14. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I would like to learn more, but I am on my way up a mountain to get some of that intelligence-boosting mountain spring water. Am I able to pick up this hemp seed at my local grocery store? I love Buffalo Wings, so I should be ok in the meat department.

  15. fridgebob Says:

    Michael Phelps eats about 12,000 when he’s training. A lot of NFL players are bigger and taller than he is, and probably work just as hard when its all said and done. 7,000 is not an exaggeration.

  16. fridgebob Says:


    Can you remove Miguel’s off-topic quack-like rambling nonsense?

  17. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I for some reason actually clicked on Miguel’s link. I want the 45 seconds I spent watching it back.

  18. Have A Nice Day Says:

    “Michael Phelps eats about 12,000 when he’s training.”

    Someone has been eating 12,000 calories a day of internet rumors lol

  19. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    I believe Greg LeMond consumed about 12,000 calories a day training in the Alps for the Tour De France. There is no such thing as bad water in the Alps.

    I think he weighed about 135 LBS.

  20. Tbuc Says:

    Same diet as Shaun King, minus working out of course.

  21. Steendahl Says:

    @Have a nice day:
    12000 a day!

  22. bucsnbeer Says:

    I used to take in that many calories in highschool when I was a competitive swimmer.

  23. bucsnbeer Says:

    7,000… not 12,000.