What a World Record-Holding Powerlifter Eats in a Day

Melissa Matthews
Photo credit: Stefi Cohen
Photo credit: Stefi Cohen

From Men's Health

Powerlifter Stefi Cohen is a pretty big deal in the lifting community. In February, she set three new all-time world records in powerlifting during a competition. So how does Cohen keep herself fueled for training?

The athlete shared her diet in a new video for the inside scoop on her meals. Breakfast is generally eggs, turkey, kimchi, and tomatoes with a glass of orange juice.

"This breakfast has all the components I need to feel my best for the first few hours of the day."

For lunch, Cohen waits until hunger hits instead of following a schedule. "I'm gonna have meal two whenever I'm hungry," she says. "You eat when you're hungry."

Her second meal is typically ground beef, sweet potatoes, kale, and ranch or honey mustard dressing.

Sometimes, Cohen will snack before dinner. The athlete's favorite mini meal is a cup of kefir, 1/4 cup of granola, blackberries and chia seeds.

Her fourth meal consists of grilled chicken, roasted vegetables, and guacamole. And since Cohen is a night owl, she likes to snack after dinner. Her go-to is a protein shake with berries, protein powder, almond butter, and powdered greens.

Cohen also eats another meal before bed. Her favorite bedtime snack are Oreos and milk, but sometimes she'll nibble on popcorn on Special K cereal with protein.

But cereal can be a slippery slope as it's easy to go back for seconds—or thirds. That's why Cohen offers up a tip to avoid overeating.

"Close the cereal box tightly. Put it away—far away," she says.

Of course, your needs and preferences might be different, but Cohen's video offers some good meal ideas for those who need inspiration.

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