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Russell Wilson is eating 4,800 calories to lose weight!

How about some nutrition and fitness discussion during the down time?

The San Francisco 49ers face the Seattle Seahawks twice each year, and their new-look defense will continue trying to find ways to take down quarterback Russell Wilson. The Seahawks quarterback is stuck with a crappy offensive line, but that hasn’t stopped him from putting together some eye-popping play at times.

2016 was a rough season for Wilson due to an ankle sprain and an MCL sprain. Apparently, Wilson decided he needed to lose some weight, having played at just over 225 pounds during the season. He found a nutritionist to the stars, and they’ve put together quite the diet change.

ESPN chatted with Wilson and his new trainer, Phillip Goglia, and they discussed the changes he is making. Wilson had been taking in 2,700 calories per day, and his trainer now his him bumping it up to 4,800 per day! Goglia had this to say about why it makes sense to increase Wilson’s caloric intake:

"When you think metabolism, everybody will think fast or slow," Goglia said. "And it's not. Metabolism is ultimately hot or cold. The definition of a calorie is a heat-energy unit. So if calories are heat and metabolism is a function of heat, and if fat is a lipid and only converts to energy in a hot environment, it just makes sense that you have to eat a certain amount of calories to generate enough heat to burn fat. And that's counter-intuitive to every civilian out there.

"Every fat guy will say, 'Food makes you fat. I eat one can of tuna and an apple a day.' And that's why they're fat. Not enough caloric heat. Especially in athletes. Athletic temperatures are huge metabolically. They have a big metabolic load. The more muscle you have, the more food you need. That's the baseline concept."

Wilson is no longer eating dairy, gluten, or yeast. He offered up this as the kind of food schedule he has each day. It is described as “nine meals,” but in reality, it’s four main meals and then a host of smaller meals.

Pre-breakfast: Tablespoon of almond butter and a tablespoon of jam
Breakfast: Two cups of cooked oatmeal, six whole eggs, fruit, chicken breast
Snack 1: Fruit and 12 almonds
Lunch: Eight ounces of protein with a yam or a cup of rice or a potato and a vegetable
Second lunch: Eight ounces of protein with a yam or a cup of rice or a potato and a vegetable
Snack 2: Fruit and 12 almonds
Snack 3: Fruit, 12 almonds and whey protein
Dinner: Fish or steak and vegetables or salad
Snack 4: Fruit and a tablespoon of molasses or shredded wheat, applesauce, almond butter and jam

I’ve generally been able to maintain decent weight. I stand at about 5’10, and weigh around 160. I’ve gotten as heavy as 170, but generally stay a little lower. I do a lot of walking, and a decent amount of running, but my weight doesn’t drop much I imagine primarily due to my eating habits. I have cut back on fast food to some degree, but I still eat some bulky meals. I love burritos and hamburgers, and those are clearly not the best meals for improving my physique. I’d like to tone up a little bit, but I often lack the discipline to improve my meal-eating habits. I get my share of veggies and other healthy foods, but I definitely eat more unhealthy food than I probably should.

Earlier this month, ak4niner posted a FanPost asking people if they wanted to join a FitBit group. Considering things are pretty quiet, a little chatter about nutrition and exercise seems like one way to pass the time.

Speaking of exercise, the 49ers announced that the Golden Heart Fund, started up by Eddie DeBartolo and some former players, is hosting a 4.9K fun run on November 19 to raise money for alumni players in time of physical, mental, and financial crisis. If you want to take part in the run, you can sign up here.