Houston Texans’ JJ Watt Eats Bacon-Wrapped Chicken as Part of His 9,000-Calorie Diet

Because bacon goes with everything
JJ Watt Eats 9,000 Calories

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J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans eats between 6,000 to 9,000 calories a day.

How does J.J. Watt stay fueled for a game? By eating bacon-wrapped chicken and 9,000 calories per day, of course.

The defensive end for the Houston Texans felt like he wasn’t performing his best back in February, according to ESPN, and knew he needed to make a change in his diet to reenergize. “My body was grabbing for something that wasn’t there,” Watt told ESPN. “It was trying to fuel itself with no fuel.”

Watt said that if he eats eight chicken breasts in one meal, he wraps bacon around three of them. He uses sweet potatoes, pasta, fish, olive oil and coconut oil, and avocados to make a range of side dishes.


He consumes between 6,000 to 9,000 calories a day, depending on his physical activity. To put that into perspective, it would take 50 slices of bacon, 20 chicken breasts, and 13 avocados to get to 9,000 calories.