By Elizabeth Narins
Undefeated UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey doesn’t just mosey into the Octagon and kick some booty. She trains like crazy – usually twice a day – and follows The Dolce Diet, an approach to eating that incorporates whole, nutrient-rich ingredients thought to maintain muscle mass and promote muscle recovery.
“It’s not really so much for tastes as it is for, like, sustenance,” Ronda told Cosmopolitan.com in an exclusive interview during her UFC 193 media tour. “I’m just happy to have a full stomach … It’s not a bad thing to feel full and feel satisfied – you’re supposed to.”
That said, Ronda’s diet is still pretty regimented: When offered a Starbucks Frappucino – a drink she’s said her 14-year-old self used to buy with prize money she won from fighting random people – she only took a few sips before backing off, blaming her strict fighter diet.
Of course, there’s no saying whether she would have housed the entire thing had her name been spelled correctly on the cup. (She takes it pretty personally when people – ahem, Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather – act like they don’t know who she is.)
”I don’t count calories at all. I have no idea how many [I ate] today,” Ronda says. “I don’t crave anything. There’s not anything nutritionally missing [from my diet].”
Technically, that’s true – unless you consider “Frappucino” a food group. Here’s exactly what the fighter eats when training, along with drinking two gallons of water throughout the day.