Olympian Carli Lloyd Talks Diet, Shares Daily Meal Plan and Fitness Diary

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Carli Lloyd

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Carli Lloyd is an American soccer player and two-time gold medalist who competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Have you ever wondered what the Carli Lloyd diet plan is?

You can catch a glimpse of it in the Carli Lloyd food diary, which she shared with two major publications. The Carli Lloyd eating habits are pretty much what you’d expect from a decorated athlete at the top of her game.

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The Lloyd Diet

The 34-year-old Lloyd recently shared her philosophy on food and clean eating with People magazine. The Carli Lloyd food diet philosophy is basically to eat healthy as often as possible.

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Her diet primarily consists of healthy fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. This makes her meals very well balanced.

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There’s also the Carli Lloyd fitness regime, which keeps her in game shape. For Carli Lloyd gym sessions are a necessity. Here is a look at her diet plan and food habits, which she often documents in a food diary.

  • First, Lloyd drinks plenty of water every day. Oftentimes she drinks anywhere from three to four litres of water (101 to 135 fluid ounces). This is important for keeping hydrated while undergoing the rigorous Carli Lloyd workout routine.
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  • For breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Lloyd eats a mixture of protein, carbs, and fat. For example, she eats up to three egg whites, half an avocado, zero-fat Greek yogurt with whole-grain oats or low-sugar granola, and a handful of fresh in-season fruit. Think blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, or bananas.
  • The first snack after a training session is at 10:00 a.m., and Lloyd makes sure to eat protein. As an endorser of Kind Snacks, she chooses one of their protein bars to munch on. Her favorite is the Kind Blueberry Almond Breakfast Bar. Sometimes she opts for eating up to a cup of almonds instead.
  • Lunch is Lloyd’s biggest meal of the day. Her favorite recipe is a spinach salad with grilled chicken, a quarter cup of walnuts, quinoa, white onions, a quarter cup of dried cranberries, some strawberries, sliced red bell pepper, half an avocado, and olive oil. Sometimes Lloyd adds a balsamic vinegar glaze with chopped mint and some salt and pepper.
  • Her mid-afternoon snack is around 2:00 or 3:00 p.m. and ideally must be satisfying and hydrating. She has a bowl of watermelon or makes a green smoothie with spinach, kale, pineapple, apple, and strawberry. Sometimes she has edamame beans with sea salt if there is enough time. When time is really tight, she has a banana.
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  • Dinnertime is around 7:00 p.m. Lloyd loves to cook so if she has time, she prepares her dinner. She loves to choose organic meats like grass-fed beef, chicken, or wild-caught fish. She pairs the protein with sautéed or steamed vegetables like mushrooms or broccoli and a side of quinoa. Lloyd enjoys grilling so when she can, she loves to grill fish with pineapple on the barbecue.
  • At 8:00 p.m., Lloyd has dessert that usually comprises zero-fat Greek yogurt with a smashed up Kind bar and berries. Her favorite dessert is a granola and strawberry-banana parfait.

References:
Mandell, N., “How to eat like a World Cup hero, according to Carli Lloyd,” USA Today web site, May 13, 2016; http://ftw.usatoday.com/2016/05/carli-lloyd-food-diary, last accessed August 12, 2016.
Olya, G., “Olympian Carli Lloyd’s Food Diary: What I Eat in a Day,” People web site, August 4, 2016; http://site.people.com/food/carli-lloyd-food-diary-what-i-eat-in-a-day/, last accessed August 12, 2016.