British set designer Sarah Parker and photographer Micheal Bodiam collaborated on a still life shoot revealing the Diets Behind Sporting Success. The creative duo graphically re-envision Olympian nutritionist Dan Benardot‘s diets for five star athletes. Creating oversize paper settings with miniature-looking real food products, each plate represent a specific diet.
From the 2282-calorie diet for a 17-year-old gymnast including peanut butter and bagels to a male triathlete’s blueberries and chocolate milk, the nutritionist behind USA’s 1992 and 1996 gymnastic team, as well as marathoners in Athens 2004, shares the ideal eating regimes for sports stars looking to optimize their game.
(left) Male Figure Skater
Female Hammer Thrower dish
“Many of these athletes have such enormous energy requirements and they’re so metabolically capable you could practically throw anything down the gullet and they’d be able to burn it,”
– says Benardot of the seemingly counterintuitive food choices.
Female 100m Sprinter dish
Female Artistic Gymnast dish
“I wanted people to be able to draw direct comparison between the diets, and to produce something quite playful that subtly hinted at the sport each athlete participated in.”
says Sarah Parker
Male Triathlete dish
Dan Benardot‘s latest book Advanced Sports Nutrition-2nd edition is out now.