If you caught the first episode of this season's version of Hard Knocks, you saw J.J. Watt doing ridiculous things from a workout perspective. 

Not only did he detail how many times he is now able to lift a 1,000-pound tire in a single day, but he also put himself through a late-night solitary workout, after a full day of training camp that was lackluster enough for the entire defense to be ripped into by its coach as the day drew to a close.

In order to complete these seemingly super-human feats, Watt needs to consume an amount of calories on his own that could potentially feed a family of four, and do so quite easily.

From Tania Ganguli of ESPN:

[Watt's] calorie count rose to somewhere between 6,000 and 9,000 calories per day, depending on how active he was each day. It takes about 50 slices of bacon, 20 chicken breasts and 13 whole avocados to reach 9,000 calories.

"It's literally, if I'm not working out, I eat the whole time I'm not working out," Watt said. "It's exhausting. You have to force feed. You have to force yourself to eat food."

None of that sounds pleasant -- well, except maybe the part about the bacon.

Much like the diet utilized by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, this isn't meant to be attempted by a real person. But athletes who are capable of competing at the highest level aren't like us at all, and to be the NFL's best defensive player, it's clear that consuming an insane amount of calories simply has to be part of the equation.

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[via ESPN]