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We have talked with 18 athletes who mention candy.

Dana J. Star
Dana J. Star (male, 28)
I'm a Streetworkout and Calisthenic Athlete. This is How I Eat and Motivate Myself Everyday
Before competition, I usually stop eating candy/fastfood and sugar, and I try to eat a variegated plate (mainly rice and chicken). If I get cravings for sweets then I usually eat a fruit.
Malin Malle Jansson
Malin Malle Jansson (female, 28)
How I Eat and Train to Achieve Nordic Champion Titles
What I love to eat is candy.. all kinds of candy, but mostly sour, licorice and chocolate. I’m such a sucker for sweets 🙂 I would say I’m eating some candy one to two days per week and that works for me. So if I’m going out to eat with friends or something I just take that day as one of my two days with eating ”unhealthier” and if I end up at that day on a high caloric surplus, I just make up for it the next day and put myself into a small caloric deficit.
Daniel Barbeau
Daniel Barbeau (male, 28)
How I Combine the Army with Running a Personal Training Business
My diet is very nutrient dense and I eat as clean as possible, but to be honest I have a severe sweet tooth and probably an unhealthy love for gummies, but then we all have our little things that we struggle to kick or stop doing.
Roo Hamer
Roo Hamer (male, 30)
How I Stay Strong and Explosive Despite Hunger and Broken Bones
I notice a lot of other trainers love to eat candies, I think we are all energy junkies, both on the intake and output of it!!!
Austin Dotson
Austin Dotson (male, 28)
I'm a Hybrid Athlete and Influencer. This is How I Stay Fit After Football Retirement
In other words, I don’t consume alcohol, candy, and I do not smoke. We only have a lack of energy when our bodies are lacking fuel and rest.
Hulda Waage
Hulda Waage (female, 35)
I'm a Vegan Powerlifter. This is My Plan to Become World Champion
I really really like cakes and I would love if I could only eat cakes. But they won’t help me at all becoming a world champion so I only have them rarely. If I crave something like cakes, candies or ice cream, I would have some but I try my best to minimize it.
Terry Tomlin
Terry Tomlin (male, 29)
How I Keep Moving Towards My Fitness Goals After a Total Car Crash
I usually eat a protein bar instead of a candy bar. I try to stay lean year-round. I always make sure my meals are prepped daily and that I bring my gallon water jug with me wherever I go. I try to time my meals so my blood sugar levels don’t drop.
Steve Cotter
Steve Cotter (male, 50)
I'm the Founder of IKFF. This Is How I Combine Martial Arts and Fitness
Food is the essence not supplement. So, trying to get the best quality food sources is the focus. I don’t always do great there, but basically, I don’t eat any candy or ice cream or any of the things a lot of people eat, like burgers or chicken or pizza and so on.
Randalene Sergent
Randalene Sergent (female)
I'm a Bikini Champion and Track & Field Pole Vaulter. These are My Best Fitness Hacks
When motivation is low, I just start my Eye of the Tiger Pandora station and drink a cotton candy bang. BANG! That does the trick for me! Lisa Riddle and Chris Daniel know what I’m talking about. BANG!
Dr. Nick
Dr. Nick (male, 36)
I'm The Fittest Doc. Here’s How I Make Myself and My Patients the Fittest Versions of Ourselves
When it comes to junk food cravings, my “vice” is, and always has been, candy. Usually: Gummy bears/worms. When I am craving them, I let myself have them because they are usually high in carbs and low fat.
Charlie Seltzer
Charlie Seltzer (male, 43)
How I Went From an Obese Teenager to a Fit Medical Doctor
I eat a pint of protein ice cream every night along with some kind of candy. I have been big into Slim Twin chocolate and vanilla. I will often mix in a chopped up bar. I NuGo dark chocolate pretzel smashed into a pint of chocolate ice cream wins. I find that knowing I have that before bed makes me much less likely to veer from my plan during the day. 
Pat Gilles
Pat Gilles (male, 36)
How I Became a Pro in Fitness, Cycling and Sailing and America's Most Inspiring Trainer
So, if I have a sweet craving, I will eat fruit instead of candy. If I am craving salty foods, I’ll eat a cup or so of popcorn versus eating a bowl of chips. I find that total deprivation increases urges/desires; therefore, I stay away from an avoidance diet.
Veronika Mikulasikova
Veronika Mikulasikova (female, 25)
How I Got into Fitness and Started Feeling Proud and Invincible
It is not supposed to be a mean for punishing yourself for eating that extra candy. You train because you love your body, not because you hate it.
Orry Zickefoose
Orry Zickefoose (male, 32)
How Calisthenics Have Taught Me to Keep Going and Never Give Up
I am not a big fan of sweets such as pastries and candy, so luckily for me, it is very easy to keep my sugar intake low.
Brandan Fokken
Brandan Fokken (male, 40)
How I Have Appeared on 31 Fitness Magazine Covers and in over 300 Magazines
I don’t eat fast food or candy.
Michael Habibi
Michael Habibi (male, 27)
How I Went from Skinny Fat to Vegan Personal Trainer and Fitness Coach
After training I immediately eat some candy with my creatine
Ishaan Verma
Ishaan Verma (male, 23)
How I Got a Job Training Clients at My Gym After Just Two Years
I stay away from packaged food and cook my own food. Soft drinks, candies, chocolates, etc. are some of the things I stay away from.
Gabe (male, 25)
How I Train Myself and My Clients as a Kinesiologist/Strength & Conditioning Coach
I am not building for aesthetic purposes so I eat foods to fuel my body and promote muscle growth, but I allow myself to indulge in small treats (including, but not limited to: candy, desserts, ice cream) whenever I feel like it (all in moderation, of course).
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