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Want to Know What This Record-Setting Powerlifter's Diet Is?


"You gotta eat!"

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A weightlifter's diet, according to the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, should include proteins like lean meats, eggs and legumes, among other nutritional necessities. That wouldn't necessarily include "cornbread and buttermilk," right?

It would if you're 361-pound Ray Williams. The 26-year-old set a new U.S. record for the 275-pounds-plus division in the Alabama State Powerlifting Championship over the weekend, squatting 860 pounds, Al.com reported.

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

(Image: YouTube screenshot)

Here's Williams record-setting squat:

Not to mention he also squatted 905 pounds but a little step disqualified it.

"I actually wanted to do 1,000 [pounds]," Williams told AL.com. "So it was a little disappointing. It kind of taints the record. The squat is my big thing. But this gives me something to work on."

Watch Williams put up 905 pounds:

For those wanting to achieve a similar bulking regimen to Williams', his diet might be a little surprising. He told AL.com the bit about "buttermilk and cornbread," but expounded upon his diet further to 70's Big [emphasis added]:

If you google ways to get stronger, everybody in the world has their own program, “This is how I got stronger.” But somewhere in there it says “you gotta eat!” My wife’s done an awesome job feeding me, and my mother did an awesome job feeding me when I was young. I’ve always been a big dude, and one thing my grandma brought us up on was cornbread, collard greens, good down-home southern food – it’s always been a staple of my diet. I try to eat good – I’m 361 pounds, but I don’t want to look 361. I try to stay away from fried foods and greasy stuff as much as possible, but my #1 Kryptonite right now is Mountain Dew – I love it.

Aside from being a record-setting weightlifter, Williams is a football coach for the defensive line and strength and conditioning coordinator at Itawamba Community College in Mississippi. According to AL.com he began weightlifting thanks to his brother, but he told 70's Big it was his baby girl who recently died that motivated him in this latest competition:

One of the biggest reasons I think I was able to get 900lbs this past weekend was because in 2011, my daughter died. She was born, survived 11 days, and passed away due to being born premature. That, over everything else, is my motivation – her.

AL.com reported that Williams is looking forward to participating in a national meet and someday a world championship competition.

"I really would like to represent my country in something that I love to do," Williams said, according to AL.com.

Read more details about Williams in his Q&A with 70's Big here.

(H/T: The Post Game)

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