Olympic Ice Dancer Meryl Davis: I Eat What My Body Needs (and That Includes Red Meat, Carbs and Chocolate!)

02/12/2016 at 04:01 PM ET

Meryl Davis and Charlie White perform in Paul Mitc
Brittany Evans

Meryl Davis has a unique perspective when it comes to fueling her body.

The 2014 Olympic gold medal-winning ice dancer (and Dancing with the Stars champ with Maksim Chmerkovskiy) says no lifestyle should be one-size-fits-all. “It’s interesting as an athlete to see headlines like ‘Try This Diet’ or ‘Do This Workout.’ I think it’s better to tailor your diet or workout to your particular body’s needs, rather than trying to fit into something that’s ready-made,” she tells PEOPLE.

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Davis, 29, who stars in Paul Mitchell Shall We Dance on Ice, part of the Colgate Skating Series (airing Saturday at 3 p.m . ET on ABC), says, “finding the nutritional balance your body needs is important,” says Davis. “I’m on the road so much and feel more energized when I eat red meat and carbs.”

As for workouts, she says skating is naturally her main form of exercise. But she also trains with running, light weights and ab work.

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This month, Davis and her ice dancing partner Charlie White have been performing in Zurich, Switzerland, in Art on Ice, and they’ll be making their way across the U.S. with Stars on Ice this spring. And the travel abroad has a fun fringe benefit. “I’m such a chocoholic and being in Switzerland has been the best,” she says. “They told us that we can tour a nearby chocolate factory. I’m definitely looking forward to that!”

Also in the ice dancer’s sights? The possibility of another Olympics.

“We certainly haven’t taken the possibility off the table,” the University of Michigan student (she’s taking classes online and will soon graduate with a degree in cultural anthropology) says of the 2018 Games. “I think that coming out of Sochi, we were excited to take a step back from competition. But a year later, people started asking us if we’d consider competing again. We’ve discussed it briefly, but we’re going to wait and decide later on.”

—Barbara Stepko

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gymluv on

Interesting because Virtue and Moir and also considering returning but are also being very coy. Perhaps they would train apart this time if they come back.

Cindi on

Absolutely agree that diet and workouts should be tailored to the individual. There are too many fad diets out there that are not for everybody.

Annie on

Carbs are key to top athletic performance. “When it comes to athletes and performance and their in-training fuel, once again, carbohydrates remain vitally important just as they do in everyday meals and snacks. In order to maximize and optimize performance and recovery, athletes need to continually load and reload muscle glycogen stores. This process can not happen with a low-carbohydrate/high-protein diet. According to Ashley Chambers, M.S. and Len Kravitz, PhD, muscle glycogen is the primary fuel (followed by fat) used by the body during exercise. Low muscle glycogen stores results in muscle fatigue and the body’s inability to complete high intensity exercise. The depletion of muscle glycogen is also a major contributing factor in acute muscle weakness and reduced force production. Both aerobic and anaerobic exercise decreased glycogen stores, so the need for carbohydrates is high for all types of exercise during this energy phase1. Jeukendrup, PhD, and Michael Gleeson, PhD mention that there is convincing evidence from numerous studies indicating that carbohydrate feeding during exercise of about 45 minutes or longer can improve endurance capacity and performance2.”
http://home.trainingpeaks.com/blog/article/why-athletes-need-carbohydrates

liz on

I think they have already decided to retire and just milking this period for endorsements. Meryl in particular seems to be striving hard for relevance. Judging by her showmance antics after Dancing with the Stars, it seems she will go to any lengths for it.

kaya on

Liz, sheath you claws, your fangs are showing. Remember this, “she who knows not and knows not, that she knows not is a fool, shun her. She who knows not and knows that she knows not is teachable, teach her. She who knows and knows that she knows is a leader, follow her. You know nothing and you are narrow minded in your ignorance. Meryl and Charlie are world wide popular and relevant. Do the math . You know nothing.

bambam on

Wasn’t she promoting Kellogg’s one time and how she was eating their products all day? That’s real healthy. The freebies must have run out. Don’t trust anything these people say. She’ll only come back if she needs more money.

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That’s what her body wants. No one’s body needs chocolates. There is a strong correlation between red meat and colon cancer.

Zoe on

A little learning/knowledge is a dangerous thing. With a little learning all the quacks, scientists and intellectuals wannabes can say it all and feed their egos. Need I say anymore. I rest my case.

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