Pro Triathlete Frederik Van Lierde—What's in your Fridge?

We all know that nutrition is the foundation of athletic achievement, but what kind of fuel does it take to be a professional triathlete? We took an exclusive peek inside the fridge of Belgian professional triathlete and Ironman triathlon world champion, Frederick Van Lierde.

On a high volume training day, Van Lierde can burn as many as 6,000+ calories. We’re sorry to reveal that no, he doesn’t refuel with 6,000 calories of pizza. While he doesn’t follow any dietary restrictions, Van Lierde focuses on healthy, whole foods to power his workouts.

Let’s dig in.


What are 5 staple foods you keep in your fridge/pantry? Chicken, fish, eggs, fruit, cheese.

What is your favorite guilty food pleasure? Dark chocolate (70% cacao).

How many calories per day are you consuming during training? Depends on how much training that day, let's say between 3000 and 6000.

What is the nutritional breakdown of your diet? I really don't have any specific numbers as every day is different. Let's say that I have a higher intake in hard and post hard training days. Winter time is for me more difficult to make good choices than when the big goals are coming up during the season.

Do you follow any specific diet trends (vegan, gluten-free, etc)? Nope, not at all.

Walk us through your typical:

  • Breakfast: Bread, banana, dark chocolate, orange juice, 2 coffees
  • Lunch: Oatmeal or pasta
  • Dinner: Any kind of veggies with some chicken/fish and little rice or potatoes
  • Snacks: Energy bar, banana or other fruit, dark chocolate, coffee

Do you work with an nutritionist? Yes, for a couple of years now. Good that someone keeps an eye on me ;-)

What's one piece of nutrition advice you would give to the Average Joe as a Professional athlete? Don't make it to difficult, eat what you feel is the good choice at that time of the day. Buy good foods to keep at home!

Connect with Frederik on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Ironman Hawaii. Photographer: David Pintens.

Ironman Hawaii. Photographer: David Pintens.

FeaturedRachel Cochran