Do You Count Calories? Lolo Jones Gets 9,000 a Day

by Liane Membis

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It’s well-known in the fitness world that if you want to transform your body then you’ll need to reconsider how many calories you’re packing on each day. For one Olympian that’s exactly the case as she gears up for her next round of bobsledding races.

Lolo Jones is reportedly consuming 9,000 calories a day to bulk and strengthen up her physique so that she can meet the demands of the U.S. Bobsled team. Jones, who once maintained a lean 133-pound physique as an Olympic hurdler, is attempting to weigh in at 160 pounds, the largest she’s ever been in her athletic career.

“I’m the heaviest ever in my life,” Jones told USA Today. “It took so much work. I’m three pounds away from my ultimate goal.”

Jones reportedly downs several protein shakes a day and makes McDonald’s runs in order to put on pure muscle.

Clutchettes, how do you configure your diet when you want to gain or lose weight? Do you count calories?

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    The most successful diet I was on I counted calories. However, I was starting off at a calorie limit that was lower than what I was supposed to start off for when it came to my starting weight. I lost a lot of weight but I didn’t learn what I need to keep it off or keep it going. Then it got to the point where I thought dizziness was normal.
    It’s interesting she went from a track to a Bobsledding.

  • Marketing Gimmicks

    Counting Calories is overused traditional advice. It can work but not in the long term in terms of weight management. I watch my SUGAR and I eliminate all things white and sugary drinks and that’s including juice and overeating fruit (nature’s candy).

    Eating green is the secret to looking and feeling good and there’s no shortcut to it.

    I started with the Belly Fat Cure and learned how to cut out sugar and it has worked wonders for my mid-section. Sugar and Carb Loaded foods spike your insulin and create visceral fat…a fat that many women struggle with.

    Lolo Jones is an Olympian athlete so she needs energy in order to burn fuel to make her body an medal winning machine. But for the rest of us our health is 80% diet and 20% fitness. What you put in your mouth will be the story that reads on your body.

  • KG

    Wow Lolo, that’s nice. Now when are you going to win something?

  • Ronni

    After her comments about Rachel Jeantel, I believe that Lolo Jones is trash. Who cares how many calories she eats a day.

  • mEE

    counting calories is important for weight gain or loss as long as you’re also paying attention to your macros (carb, fat, protein) and your micros (vitamins, sodium, potassium, calcium, sodium, sugar, etc, etc, etc).

    you have to know what works for your body and that will also change depending on the workouts you’re doing and the purpose. right now I’m working on toning and building muscle so I don’t go above 1500 NET calories and I’m doing a 40:25:35 carbs:fat:protein ratio. when I want to shred I stay in the 1200 to 1300 NET calorie range and my macro ratio is different.

    I’ve always been fit and I’ve always had the ability to bounce back quickly from any slight weight gain. but I didn’t start seeing the SPECIFIC changes I wanted in my body until I started tracking my food, maintaining a set number of calories, getting my macros in order, and most importantly eating CLEAN (no white ANYTHING). it’s a lot of work but if you want to go from just an average kinda in shape person, to someone who is knowledgeable about exactly how their body works, you have to put in the time.

  • Sylvie

    Lolo Jones could save a kitten from a tree and I’d suspect she put it there for PR.

    She’s a joke and I don’t care about her calories.

  • JS

    You make a good points but are a bit misinformed about the usefulness of counting calories. It does work in long term and really the most effective weight loss comes from it. However I think its the mental aspect of it that trips people up. Most people when counting calories do not change their eating habits on a whole, they just eat less of what they normally do. At the end of the day, a deficient in calories no matter what food you eat will cause weight loss. However this does not set you up for the long term.

    If you are eating green/healthy, you still should count calories. True, its a lot harder to overeat on healthy foods, even healthy fats, because they fill you up quicker. But the potential to overeat is still there, especially if binging has been a problem.

    Lolo Jones may need to gain weight but eating McDonalds is not giving her body the nutrients it needs as an athlete. It is an unhealthy way of gaining weight.

  • CAsweetface

    I couldn’t agree more! She gets all of this attention but can’t even win a race against a toddler!

  • Nadell

    I have yet to read a headline for her WINNING!
    I think her behavior/comments has left a bad taste for everyone.

  • GeekMommaRants

    ROFL!!

  • SE

    I don’t count calories but I do look out for sugar, salt, and fat. I try to just eat right and workout at least 4 times a week.

  • Anthony

    I suspect MacDonald’s is not going to show up on Lolo like they would on most of us because she is lifting like crazy and pushing that bobsled like a mad woman.

    As some other folks have said, her Rachel Jentel remarks were really asinine, and they have come to over shadow anything else her non-winning ass has done.

  • vintage3000

    Lolo’s mouth runs faster than she does.

  • Josh

    McDonald’s runs? Did McDonald’s pay her to say that? Surely an athlete at her level can get higher quality quick food

  • ArabellaMichaela

    I stay model thin by eating when I’m hungry, not just because the clock says it’s meal time. Typically, I’m not really hungry until the evening. So I eat very little if anything during the day, but always have a large dinner. I consume about 1700 calories a day, mostly at dinner.

  • LOL

    As long as Lolo is working out and lifting she isn’t going to look “fat” however she isn’t going to look as lean either and her body wont perform as well as it could if she gained that weight from healthy fats. McDonalds isn’t conducive to gaining muscle, just fat. Fat which will be working against her while she is pushing that bobsled. This is on top of all the anti and non nutrients in the food, which is not fueling her body properly. So she effectively would be more sluggish.

    Now I’m sure her diet isn’t solely bad foods to gain weight but your comment makes it seem like she can get away with it without any negative effects, which isn’t true. While a Mickey D’s meal or two now and again wont work too much against her, as a professional athlete the weight she gains should be far more muscle than fat.

  • JS

    Not sure why my name showed up as LOL, but that was my response to Anthony.

  • http://gravatar.com/ebony82 ebony82

    If I eat heavy during the day I eat light at night. I.e., heavy breakfast, salad mix for lunch and yogurt or fruit in the evening.

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