Mike Tyson’s Diet: How Does the Heavyweight Legend Fuel His Body?

Published 03/02/2021, 9:00 PM EST
BEIJING, CHINA – MARCH 01: (CHINA OUT) American former professional boxer Mike Tyson attends premiere of film “Ip Man 3” directed by Wilson Yip on March 1, 2016 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)


Heavyweight legend, Mike Tyson, was not just a commendable world champion but also a unique physical specimen, whose fitness regime was studied by several young boxers and analysts.

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Honed under Cus D’Amato, a prime Mike Tyson followed strict rules and had no room for error.

Starting from his boxing drills, diet, and workout, Cus chalked up everything, and Tyson had very little say about it. Well, all the sacrifices turned him into the youngest heavyweight champion ever and took him to the top of the game.

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Aged 54, Tyson still has the skills and can dance inside the ring. A lot of credit is due to the diet chart that honed him to be the best in his game. Here’s a look at Mike Tyson’s diet.

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Mike Tyson Diet- Everything you need to know

According to Man of Many, Tyson had his cheat days where he would munch on his favorite dishes. However, for the rest of the time, he had a strict diet, and he seems to have never skipped it.

Being at the top of the game for so long, diet plays a pivotal role. That said, Mike Tyson knew about it.

Breakfast

Tyson usually used to begin his day with oatmeals, milk, and vitamin supplements. While most of the people chose to avoid carbs, Tyson consumed a lot of it in his breakfast.

That’s what gave him the big-built physique alongside several other factors.

Lunch

Tyson reportedly used to have a light lunch, inclusive of proteins. Chicken breasts, Rice, and orange juice comprised his mid-day meal. Meanwhile, Tyson had intense training sessions in between. So, he chalked up his food plans based on them.

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Dinner

Tyson used to end his day with another rich meal. At dinner, the heavyweight great mostly had steak, pasta, and orange juice. Tyson had broken his meals into several phases and dinners were one of the most essential diets in his everyday life.

Meanwhile, Tyson also used to consume a protein shake blended with bananas in his snack.

BOXER MIKE TYSON TRAINING AT THE GROSVENOR HOUSE HOTEL LONDON.. 25/1/00. (Photo by David Ashdown/Getty Images)

That said, Tyson had his minor cheat days where he would munch on Ice cream and Cap and Crunch cereal. Those were his favorites, and Cus allowed Tyson to have them at some stages.

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Diet is an important element of an athlete’s career, and Tyson expressed a lot of respect for his eating habits. It is one reason why he could gain so much success in the sport.

Do you think Mike Tyson was the greatest heavyweight of his time?

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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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