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Ice Cream

We have talked with 40 athletes who mention ice cream.

Rob Gallagher
Rob Gallagher (male, 43)
This is How I Keep Myself Disciplined and Consistent
My diet is enjoyable and varied. Quality Meats, fruit, vegetables. Sometimes I supplement with creatine. I don’t like the phrases “cheat days / cheat meals”, it implies you are doing something you should feel guilty about. I’ll eat some ice cream, chocolate or have a fry etc when i want.
Brock Ashby
Brock Ashby (male, 26)
This is How I Make My Fitness Programs to Achieve Better Results
I train to be strong and build muscle but to be honest with you, the main reason I train is so that I can eat more ice cream before bed without getting fat lol.
Rebecca Kirkup
Rebecca Kirkup (female, 26)
How I Became Stronger After an Injury and Transitioned to Strength & Conditioning Coach
I don’t follow a strict diet at all. I eat everything in moderation and I am just aware of what I eat, how I feel, and what’s important. I am definitely not afraid to enjoy a bowl of ice cream and I will never turn down eating out. I completely understand why people count macros, but for me, what I do and have done for the majority of my life seems to work really well for me.
Tammie Sarkozy
Tammie Sarkozy (female, 34)
This is How I Prepare for My Debut in the WBFF Pro Fitness Division
I allow a refeed over the weekend (I incorporate this into my weekly caloric intake so I don’t spill over). Generally, I go for homemade-burgers, ice cream and waffles. I cant go past those three things!!
Nat Bardonnet
Nat Bardonnet (female, 45)
How I Became a Successful Celebrity Personal Trainer in LA
I am also lactose intolerant, which is a blessing no ice cream, no cakes, no dairy…
Jody Sokol
Jody Sokol (female, 28)
How My Professional Soccer Career Got Me into Fitness and Lifting
I definitely have a huge sweet tooth so I love to have pizza, hoagies and ice cream just like anyone else and I really believe there has to be a balance if there is going to be any sort of progress with your fitness goals.
Steve Silver
Steve Silver (male, 67)
How I Stayed Fit and Strong after Serious Powerlifting Injuriesjj
When my carb macros allow, my cheats are Fat Balls and Rebel Keto Ice Cream on a limited basis.
Brad Feinberg
Brad Feinberg (male, 31)
How I Work as Personal Trainer to Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds
Once a week, I will most likely have a cheat meal to satisfy certain cravings such as burgers, wings, pizza or ice cream but I never over do it to the point where it sets me back a couple days because of a huge surplus of calories and inflammation.
Jessica Sanki
Jessica Sanki (female, 38)
I Have Been in CrossFit for 8 Years. This Is How I Train and Compete
As I said I am not a professional athlete so I don’t have to be that strict on my nutrition. I often eat sweets (chocolate and ice cream are my biggest weaknesses).
Jérôme Prun
Jérôme Prun (male, 21)
I'm a Blogger, Model, and Coach. This is How I Improve My Self Confidence with Fitness
I am for example addicted to ice cream so not to be frustrated, I’d allow myself a bit of it every day in order not to feel frustrated, but I need to count everything I am eating, that is not a problem with the technology we have now like the application MyFitnessPal.
Kevin Toy
Kevin Toy (male, 23)
How Fitness Help Me Stay Positive as I Pursue a Hollywood Breakthrough
On my cheat days, I’ll fast most of the day and I’ll have a huge cheat meal for dinner. My cheat meal consists of foods like chicken wings, burgers, pizzas, sushi and of course a pint of ice cream at the end.
Ilez Badurgov
Ilez Badurgov (male, 31)
How I Got Into a World of Movies After Years of Tiring Training
Also, I drink protein and vitamins when there is a need. I don’t have a special favorite brand but I like to make a protein smoothie with raspberry, blueberry, banana, strawberry, milk, and ice cream.
Cristian Duque
Cristian Duque (male, 27)
Why I Love Sports and Fitness Despite Having Osteoarthritis
I do not follow a specific diet, what I do is eat as healthy as possible, but that does not mean that if I ever want to eat ice cream, I will not. 
Assane Diop
Assane Diop (male, 27)
How I Started Powerlifting After Dealing with Sciatica Pain
I don’t have cheat days but I balance out what I eat, if I have ice cream around 1000 calories I know I have 2300 calories left throughout the day. The key is knowing how to balance it out and you can really eat anything without abuse.
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.
Chiara Basile
Chiara Basile (female, 22)
How Fitness Made Me Love Myself Again and Discover the New Me
As a true Italian I love to eat. I love pizza, ice cream, pasta and I am able to make both worlds coincide.
Anna Rose Bain
Anna Rose Bain (female, 35)
How Crossfit Made Me Discover True Health, Strength and Endurance
What I didn’t realize through all those years was that most likely the pain was from inflammation caused by my poor diet. I plodded along doing the bare minimum of cardio or light weight training, and on days when the pain flared up, I drowned my sorrows with chocolate ice cream.
Alec Enkiri
Alec Enkiri (male, 31)
I'm a Strength Coach and Personal Trainer. This is How I Came Back Stronger After a Hip Injury
If the food doesn’t match my diet then I’ll just skip eating at the event, but unless it’s literally just pizza and ice cream I can usually find something decent to eat.
Francesca Guacci
Francesca Guacci (female, 25)
This is How I Became a Fitness Addict and Got My Fitness Model Body Shape
I don’t have any food cravings for sugar or stuff like that so my friends and family can eat pizza or ice cream in front of me, and I don’t care at all.
Terry Tomlin
Terry Tomlin (male, 29)
How I Keep Moving Towards My Fitness Goals After a Total Car Crash
Cheat days are twice a week in offseason and once a week during prep. My favorite is ice cream and cheeseburger and fries from five guys as cheat meals.
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.
Allie Edwards
Allie Edwards (female, 32)
How I Keep Myself Fit and Help Fellow Mothers Get More Healthy and Active
My diet varies depending on what stage I am at currently in motherhood. For instance, in 2015 I was pregnant and followed a nutritious diet especially for pregnancy (Aside from the days of nausea when for some reason the only things I could keep down were bean burritos and ice cream because during pregnancy those days really do happen.)
Nick Shaw
Nick Shaw (male, 32)
I'm a Bodybuilder and CEO. This Is How Self-discipline Keeps Me Going
This means if we have pizza once a week for pizza night I am able to eat with them and really enjoy it. If we sneak out for ice cream here and there I make sure that I feel absolutely no guilt whatsoever about it.
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. 
Sydney Brown
Sydney Brown (female, 28)
How I Started Training as Toddler, Competed Internationally and Became a Pro Gymnast
I like a cheat meal every now and then. My go-to snack is popcorn or veggies with hummus. My favorite cheat meal is pizza and ice cream is my weakness.
Carissa Joy Johnson (Monroe)
Carissa Joy Johnson (Monroe) (female, 34)
How I Made a Miraculous Comeback in Bodybuilding Following a Horrific Accident
I confess, my cheats aren’t “clean” but they help me to not give up on my competition prep. My go-to cheats are super cheesy pizza and dark chocolate ice cream with cookie dough and lots of fudge.
Ryan Rakes
Ryan Rakes (male, 29)
How I Become Stronger and Leaner After a Decade of Bodybuilding
I follow more of an IIFYM approach with eating so if I feel like eating some vegan ice cream or donuts here or there, I don’t worry about it at all as long as it fits my macros occasionally.
Norma Reynolds
Norma Reynolds (female, 34)
How I Went From Car Accident Victim to Natural Vegan Bikini Pro
My neck is still not 100% and still gives me a bit of discomfort on a daily basis. I use that as fuel and a reminder to be grateful for EVERY SINGLE DAY and EVERY SINGLE REP. And with such a miraculous season behind me, I’m currently building, bulking, and about to snack on some vegan ice cream lol!
Tia Blanco
Tia Blanco (female, 22)
I'm a Pro Surfer. This Is How I Train Yoga and Fitness to Improve My Surfing
My vegan guilty pleasures would have to be pizza, grilled cheese, burgers, or ice cream!
Katya Gorbacheva
Katya Gorbacheva (female, 27)
I'm a Natural Vegan Bodybuilder and Powerlifter. This Is How I'm Empowering Busy Women to Get Stronger
It typically ends up being some vegan pastries/ice cream, or sushi. I’ve been 95% whole food plant based for almost three years now.
Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson (male, 53)
I’m a 3x World Champion. This is How I Train to Win 3 More World Championship in The Next 5 Years
I do have a cheat meal once per week. Two of my favorite cheat meals are Grilled spare ribs with wedge potatoes and McDonald burgers, wraps and ice cream.
Nir Shamir
Nir Shamir (male, 25)
How I Combine Movement, Yoga and Calisthenics to Become Fit and Strong
My cheat meal consists of ice cream or a good hamburger once a month. If you decide to eat, make sure you enjoy what you eat, there is no need to feel guilty.
Shaka Smith
Shaka Smith (male, 32)
How I Became a Vegan Bodybuilder and Host of the Fit Club Podcast
To satisfy sweet cravings, I reach for fruit first. I love apple slices, grapes and mangos. Usually if I have these I can avoid the ice cream/cookie cravings but if it still persists I get my fix ha.
Dave Cunningham
Dave Cunningham (male, 33)
How I Maintain an Impressive Fitness Model Physique after 17 Years of Training
However, I am known for having a big sweet tooth, so I will allow myself the occasional chocolate bar or tub of ice cream of an evening, but if I find I’m having a particular craving I tend to listen to my body and try to figure out if its just something I think I want or something my body is telling me I need.
Will Harris
Will Harris (male, 33)
I'm a Strongman Athlete. This Is How I Win Strongest Man Competitions and Set Deadlift Records
I love pizza and ice cream just as much as everyone else, however I reserve those meals for a heavy deadlift day or a long day of event training. Following this system is my key to staying relatively lean and near competition weight year-round without completely sacrificing the foods I enjoy.
Caleb Blanchard
Caleb Blanchard (male, 32)
How I Went from Being Undersized to IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, Online Coach and Personal Trainer
I’m also a fan of sweets (cake, pie, ice cream), but as we all know those have to be in moderation.
Nick Staro
Nick Staro (male, 26)
How I Came Back Strong after a Motorcycle Accident and Placed 2nd in Mr. Hellas
Once a week I have a cheat meal, it can be burger and fries and maybe some ice cream. For a competition prep and fat loss, I cut all cheat meals and fruits 16 weeks prior. 
Francesco Grezza
Francesco Grezza (male, 25)
How I Trained, Lost 45 Kg and Got Ready to Open My Own Gym
My cheat days happen usually once a week or so when I want to follow a correct diet for as long as possible! I usually eat pizza or ice cream or some special pasta like carbonara, lasagna. In general I love sweets!
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).
Erik Wachter
Erik Wachter (male, 28)
How I Trained and Became Really Fit after Excelling in Football and Lacrosse
Intermittent fasting I believe is the single best thing that has helped my body composition, but I still sometimes will eat a whole pizza or a whole tub of ice cream.
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