‘OutDaughtered’: The Insane Number of Calories Danielle Busby Ate When Pregnant With Quintuplets

For reality TV fans, TLC is a goldmine for quality content about unusual families and their dynamics. We remember Jon and Kate Gosselin back in the early 2000s with their sextuplets, and the Duggars were also popular thanks to their choice of having 19 kids. Nowadays, there’s a new family we love keeping up with — and they’re the Busbys on OutDaughtered.

Danielle and Adam Busby have the first set of all-female quintuplets in the United States, and since the quints are only 3 years old, they’ve certainly got their hands full. And, as one can imagine, carrying that many babies required Danielle, a devout health and exercise fiend, to eat a serious number of calories. Here’s how much she had to eat.

Danielle had to eat 4,500 calories a day while pregnant with the quints

They may have six children altogether now, but pregnancy certainly didn’t come easy for Danielle Busby. On her blog, It’s a Buzz World, she explained the various prescriptions and procedures both she and Adam had to go through just to get pregnant with her first daughter, Blayke. And it was through these procedures that she also ended up having quintuplets years later. While Danielle was shocked and overjoyed to find out she was having five babies at once, she also knew she’d have to take her nutrition seriously — and that meant eating around 4,500 calories a day, according to TLC.

The mom of six shared to the network, “During my quintuplet pregnancy, I was ‘doing what I have to for the babies’. That meant going on a 4,500-calorie diet a day and forgetting everything I learned about eating clean and healthy foods.” She went on to explain that she was eating desserts before she’d touch a salad. “Though that idea sounds good in theory, in practice, it was exhausting,” she added.

Nowadays, she’s devoted to eating healthy and staying fit

She may have been eating nearly 5,000 calories a day for the quints, but Danielle noted to TLC that before that pregnancy, she felt like she was in the best shape she’d ever been in. It’s clear Danielle was avid about exercising and eating well, which also made it easier for her to bounce back to a healthier routine once her five daughters were born. And she shared with the network what she does to stay fit now, too.

While the mom of six explained that she enjoys the gym, it’s rare she can find the time to go — so she’s created her own routine that she can work in her busy schedule. She does sit-ups and push-ups everyday for strength, and for cardio, she uses her staircase at home to create workouts. Danielle also explained that she loves going for walks and jogs with her six-seater stroller. “I load up the quints and push about 200 pounds around the neighborhood while Blayke rides her bike — now that’s a workout for ya!!” she said.

Danielle and Adam have their own cycling studio

The quintuplets and Blayke are growing up fast, and now that Danielle and Adam are figuring out how to efficiently parent all six of their kids, they decided to pursue another dream — opening up their own cycling studio. Romper notes their studio is called Rush Cycle and resides in the suburb of Houston known as League City, Texas. Rush Cycle is a franchise, so the Busbys only own one location, and they also teamed up with a few close friends to make their dream of owning the studio a reality back in 2017.

On Danielle’s blog, she explained how difficult opening their business was at first. “We spent months trying to find the best location, going over studio design, picking out materials, hiring instructors and staff, doing a lot of marketing… all while four out of the six of us worked full time jobs and of course taking care of our 10 kids between us couples,” she wrote. They managed to pull it off, however — and it’s helped Danielle have a sense of identity outside of just being the mom of quintuplets.

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