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Russell Wilson using nine-meal, 4,800 calorie diet to … cut weight?

It may seem counter-intuitive, but Russell Wilson has upped his daily caloric intake this offseason in a bid to cut weight. In fact, the Seattle Seahawks superstar quarterback increased his intake to a whopping 4,800 daily calories while spreading them over nine meals.

Wilson, at the suggestion of wife Ciara and former trainer Gunnar Peterson in March, met with Philip Goglia, who refers to himself as a “food coach,” not a nutritionist. Still, Goglia, after working with the likes of Chris Pratt and Kim Kardashian, has been bestowed the moniker of “Nutritionist to the Stars.”

And Wilson is drawing raves from Goglia for his commitment to improving his diet.

“He was an animal about it,” Goglia said of Wilson, via ESPN. “The [expletive] guy buried himself in this, and it’s epic to see, because that really validates him as a complete athlete.”

Wilson suffered through an injury-riddled season in 2016 and felt worn out and beaten up. Changing up his eating habits has been part of the equation to reestablishing himself as an elite NFL quarterback.

“He came in feeling as though he was too heavy and not mobile enough,” Goglia said. “And he wanted to get his weight down. He was over 225. He felt as though he needed to be leaner and stronger and more agile. And that’s my wheelhouse.”

Wilson’s reformed diet is a strict one, with dairy and gluten almost completely cut out.

Here’s how Wilson’s daily dietary intake shakes out, via ESPN:

Pre-breakfast: Tablespoon of almond butter and a tablespoon of jam
Breakfast: Two cups of cooked oatmeal, six whole eggs, fruit, chicken breast
Snack 1: Fruit and 12 almonds
Lunch: Eight ounces of protein with a yam or a cup of rice or a potato and a vegetable
Second lunch: Eight ounces of protein with a yam or a cup of rice or a potato and a vegetable
Snack 2: Fruit and 12 almonds
Snack 3: Fruit, 12 almonds and whey protein
Dinner: Fish or steak and vegetables or salad
Snack 4: Fruit and a tablespoon of molasses or shredded wheat, applesauce, almond butter and jam

Although Wilson does get to indulge once a week.

“I love cheese — hence Wisconsin,” Wilson, a Badgers alum, said with a laugh. “I love cheese, so that’s always something that you’ve got to be careful of.”

The radical new approach seems to be paying dividends. Wilson weighed in at 225 pounds with 16 percent body fat when he first met with Goglia. He recently was measured at 214 pounds with 10 percent body fat.

Better yet, Wilson appears committed to it.

“Still doing it religiously,” Wilson said. “Just trying to really focus on trying to eat really, really well and have great nutrition. I think it’s critical. It allows you to wake up feeling good, feeling strong. It allows you to excel throughout the day and have tons of strength and energy. So I think it’s really important for me. And I love food. I’m from the South, Virginia. So for me, I have to be really conscientious of what I eat. And also, my dad had diabetes. So I try to really pay attention to what I eat and try to do a really good job of that.”