Lukaku details how nutrition helped him reach another level at Inter: But I don't eat much pasta

Josip Brajkovic
Josip Brajkovic
Published: 11. ožujka 2021.

Lukaku details how nutrition helped him reach another level at Inter: But I don't eat much pasta

There's no doubt that Romelu Lukaku had one of the biggest resurgences in football when he moved from Manchester United to Inter. With the Red Devils, Lukaku scored 42 goals in 96 matches. While besting that score with fewer games at Inter - 58 goals in 84 matches. With the same assist output - 13. A lot of his improvement is due to the manager Antonio Conte, whom Romelu credit multiple times, but nutrition is another key factor.

Speaking for the club's media, Romelu Lukaku detailed his diet and feeding habits.

"When I came to Inter, we analysed my body and so much has changed. I eat a lot of salad and fish, which has a great effect on me. I take L-Carnitine and vitamin supplements. My diet consists of salad for lunch, lots of chicken breast, shirataki pasta. I don’t vary it very much, because for the way we play, I have to be very strong physically. Since I’ve been following this lifestyle, I feel much better on the pitch, much more reactive and quicker," Lukaku said in an official Inter podcast with the club nutritionist Matteo Pincella.

Yet, a guy like Lukaku, with 191 centimetres and his size, needs the fuel for duelling. Although, unlike the Serie A legends of Italian descent, he doesn’t lean on pasta as much.

"For carbohydrates, I love sweet potato and wild rice, but I don’t each much pasta. Every country has its own focus on diet, and I’ve always been a powerful player, but Italy took me to another level. I’ve never felt so strong. I reached another level, both physical and mental."

The diet isn’t completely restrictive, though, as Lukaku does allow himself a few treats.

"The day before a game, I can go a bit wild with the carbs. Rehydrating and sleeping are very important, especially as I get older. After a match, I tend to eat two packets of gnocchi, but it depends on what the chef prepared. They get into my system really quickly and that helps. I eat and drink at the stadium, in our special mess hall, or bring food from home. I don’t sleep much after games."


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