Posted tagged ‘Olympic Diet’

Michael Phelps 10,000+ Calorie Diet

August 14, 2008

You do NOT want to try this unless you are a world class athlete, preferably named Michael Phelps.

From the New York Post:

Swimming sensation Michael Phelps has an Olympic recipe for success – and it involves eating a staggering 12,000 calories a day.

“Eat, sleep and swim. That’s all I can do,” Phelps, who won two more gold medals today, told NBC when asked what he needs to win medals. “Get some calories into my system and try to recover the best I can.”

By comparison, the average man of the same age needs to ingest about 2,000 calories a day.

Those numbers are staggering! I can not even imagine eating that many calories in one day.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Here’s Phelps’s typical menu.

Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise. Two cups of coffee. One five-egg omelet. One bowl of grits. Three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar. Three chocolate-chip pancakes.

Lunch: One pound of enriched pasta. Two large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread. Energy drinks packing 1,000 calories.

Dinner: One pound of pasta. An entire pizza. More energy drinks.

Incredible. I guess you eat what you have to, to become the greatest swimmer of all time. Imagine the calories that Phelps burns. He spends at least five hours in the pool each day.

Phelps remains on course to at least equal Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals won at the 1972 Munich Games. He could eclipse Spitz’s mark this weekend. He currently has five gold medals and will participate in the finals of the 200 Meter IM on Friday morning.

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