When you are at the peak of your professional career and are regarded as one of the best in your field, no matter where you hail from or what you do, everybody just looks up to you. Everybody wants to emulate your habits, your routines and even your food habits because as they say “Your character is molded by what kind of food you eat.”
Anthony Joshua is perhaps the epitome of everything that a human being can achieve by pampering good thoughts. He is ultra successful in the ring and is one of the fittest athletes on the planet. You just don’t win and knock some 20 outstanding Boxers out if you are not unwavering in your approach, be it training or food habits.
During an interview, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist was asked about the secrets to his incredible fitness and the 28-year-old replied: porridge.
The current IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight champion said he relies on it to give him maximum energy before he gets in the ring.
“It kind of gets you fuelled up without putting too much solid food in you. I think that’s important — to stay light and still have a lot of energy,” he said.
“I like sweet potatoes as well with some veg, and I like fish because it is light, tastes good and is healthy. These are the types of things I eat on the day, and [I have] a lot of fluids as well.”
Joshua also said that an athlete's performance is directly related to the kind of food he eats and also encouraged those looking to achieve ultra fitness to eat good and healthy food.
“When people are unhealthy in fitness, you only have what you eat, what you drink and how you train,” he said. “Little walks and even just a massage, even just stretching, are little things that change the body. You can get your vitamins and your minerals from nuts and fruits, carbs from potatoes and rice and protein from chicken and fish.
“These are just simple things you can do. What do you get from eating a burger? Grease. It feeds the hunger but it doesn’t support your body.”
Weeks of training precede each fight day and during this period Joshua, who is 6ft 6in and weighs about 18 stone, consumes up to 5,000 calories daily. He previously posted a picture of a breakfast on Instagram including five poached eggs, two slices of buttered toast, a croissant, a muffin, a yogurt, a bowl of fruit and a bowl of cereal with banana slices.
The boxer won Olympic gold at London 2012 before beating former world champion Wladimir Klitschko last year. “I used to watch boxing and think, ‘How the hell do these guys take these punches?’” he said. “Until I had had that type of beating I thought, ‘How am I going to cope?’, but when I put myself through it you have to go to a place in yourself where you can deal with any sort of pressure, anything that comes your way. It was a learning curve.
“The scariest moment was when Klitschko hit me. As everyone cheered me on, I looked to me as though I was two inches away from losing.”
Joshua, who said he does not feel famous “anywhere except” his native Watford, advised young Londoners to avoid a career in boxing unless they have total discipline and self-belief. “I would tell them to swerve it. Stay away and try to do something different,” he laughed. “But if they don’t, it means they have that hunger and ambition.”
The athlete is helping 400 Londoners to start getting into shape at the launch of free.