Canelo Alvarez’s Diet: How does the Mexican fuel his body?

Published 12/15/2020, 12:15 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 15: Boxer Canelo Alvarez poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alvarez will challenge WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin for his titles at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


Boxing veteran Canelo Alvarez is a global superstar whose charisma goes beyond the squared-circle. The 30-year-old isn’t just an elite puncher but also an outstanding athlete who hones his physique and stamina with a rigorous exercise regime.

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His boxing career demands a real physical toll, and the Mexican keeps priming his physique in order to deal with it correctly. It’s not just about trading punches, but also about utilizing your body to the fullest inside the ring, and Alvarez seems to know it the best.

He will appear in action against Callum Smith for the WBA super-middleweight strap and the vacant WBC super-middleweight title on December 19th.

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While most of the boxing community continues to analyze his recent contractual predicament with Golden Boy and DAZN, Alvarez’s diet plan deserves some notice ahead of the big fight.

Alvarez claims himself to be a foodie, but during fight camps, he has to put it aside. In an interview with GQ, Canelo opened up about his dietary habits, thrilling the entire boxing community.

Alvarez said, “I eat bread only once a week. Feeling full can be a disadvantage. You can have the best training, but just feeling full can make you sluggish and cause you to lose.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 04: Canelo Alvarez walks to his corner during his middleweight unification fight against Daniel Jacobs at T-Mobile Arena on May 04, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

He added, “I do two months of strict dieting. So after fight night, I go for whatever my body is craving. It’s usually sushi. But after that, I go home to Guadalajara and indulge in a lot of tacos before I have to start getting in shape for another fight.”

But there’s much more to know about his diet.

A complete look at Canelo Alvarez and his diet chart

Alvarez follows a strict diet since missing out on weight can be a huge loss. So, he begins his breakfast with egg whites, ham, and orange juice.

While intense training is also a part of fight camps, a proper diet has to be maintained to ensure maximum efficiency, and that’s exactly what Alvarez and his team believe.

For lunch, he reportedly consumes chicken with carrots, squash, broccoli, and cauliflower; followed by apples, cucumbers, grapes, and jicama as a light snack.

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He then indulges in a light dinner with just a protein shake at times. Alvarez consumes no carbs at night and after a simple diet, he gets his sleep.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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