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Steelers’ T.J. Watt had insane calorie count during offseason training

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Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers edge rusher T.J. Watt entered the offseason wanting to take his game to the next level. In order to do it, he took on an offseason training regime with a calorie count that seems out of this world.

According to ESPN, Pittsburgh’s linebacker set up a training schedule and dietary plan with trainer Brad Arnett at NX Level. While the workouts alone were wild, the required intake of calories was even more insane.

On a daily basis, the 23-year-old had to consume anywhere between 7,000-8,000 calories. In addition, T.J. had to consume at least two gallons of water each day.

In order to reach the daily goals, the linebacker would have some packed in meals throughout the day. According to the story, Watt would consume egg whites with yolks, potatoes, fruit, granola and turkey bacon or turkey sausage for breakfast each morning.

For lunch and dinner, he would have chicken, turkey, red meat, vegetables and potatoes. He’d mix in various snacks of pretzels, beef jerky and avocado sandwiches. In a single day, Pittsburgh’s linebacker was eating what it would take some of us four days to eat.

Fortunately, it all seemed to work out for him. Now as he enters his second season, T.J. will hope to try and become like his brother. If T.J. can have even close to the impact on the Steelers as J.J. Watt does for the Houston Texans, he could quickly become one of the best linebackers in the NFL.