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According to Portland Trail Blazers nutrition consultant Ruth Carey, RD, CSSD, LD, a professional basketball player consumes 4,500 calories a day -- nearly twice that of the average American. Of course, they manage to avoid packing on the pounds because when they’re not playing games or practicing, they’re weight training in the gym. But what about those of us who don’t run up and down a court as part of our job description? How would we consume 4,500 calories in 24 hours? Here’s a possible start (and unless you own a gymnasium, we suggest buying some pants with a stretch waistband.


BellGrande Nachos from Taco Bell
770 calories
McDonald’s Quarter Pounder with Cheese
510 calories
One porterhouse steak
445 calories
Denny’s All-American Slam Breakfast
820 calories
Extra-Long Chili Cheese Coney from Sonic
660 calories
Grilled Shrimp N Spinach Salad from Applebee’s
570 calories
A slice of cheesecake
235 calories
Rock Lobster Tail with butter from Red Lobster
320 calories
Starbucks’ Grande Caffé Latte with whole milk
230 calories

Total caloric intake: 4,560 calories

Or Try:

7 3/4 bottles of red wine
580 calories each

10 porterhouse steaks
445 calories each

About four and a half Carl’s Jr. Original Six Dollar Burgers
1,010 calories each

18 slices of Domino’s Classic pepperoni and cheese pizza
240 calories each

22 1/2 Krispy Kreme doughnuts
200 calories each