This is What Happened When This Guy Ate Lionel Messi’s Vegetarian Diet for a Day

Fitness YouTuber Aseel Soueid regularly tries out the nutrition regimes of famous athletes like basketball legend LeBron James and bodybuilder Ronnie Coleman. In his latest video, he takes on the meat-free diet used by Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi when he’s in training. (Rather than being a strictly plant-based challenge, this one qualifies as vegetarian or pescatarian as the meals Soueid eats throughout the day include fish and eggs.)

The challenge kicks off with a hearty breakfast of 2 large eggs with extra egg-whites, and a bowl of oatmeal with almond milk, strawberries, blueberries, and mixed nuts. “A lot of people say if you’re a hard gainer and you’re struggling to put on weight, avoid oatmeal because it’s super filling,” says Soueid. “But I tend to disagree, because this is actually where you can pack on the calories with the toppings.”

This is followed by a pre-workout meal of cooked tilapia, steamed white rice and broccoli. “That was obviously super simple, but extremely delicious,” he says. The post-workout meal is a simple staple: a protein shake and a banana.

The next big meal is cooked salmon, with more white rice and broccoli. “Salmon is one of my favorite protein sources,” says Soueid. “Obviously there’s a lot of fat, but you can make room for it.”

After one final meal—another banana and shake—Soueid has consumed a total of 3,229 calories, consisting of 406 grams of carbs, 82 grams of fat, and 229 grams of protein.

“This was fun, I don’t typically follow a vegetarian diet plan,” he says, adding that it’s far from necessary to cut meat out of your diet in order to start seeing results in your weight loss or fitness. “At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is your total calorie intake goal for the day, along with the specific amount of macros that your individual body needs.”

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