Michael Phelps, the American swimmer, is actually the most decorated Olympian of all time – having a whopping 25 medals to his name, with 21of those being Gold.
The 31-year-old has set a whopping 39 world records over his career, not including the records he holds for most Olympic medals and Olympic gold medals held by one person. He still holds eight world records, including one for Butterfly and Individual Medley.
Phelpshas competed at five Olympic Games, and notably during the 2008 Olympics took home a terrifying eight gold medals.
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But, his athletic accomplishments aside, the other thing widely talked about was his 12,000 calorie diet he stuck to in the run up to the 2008 Summer Olympics.
“There’s no way one person can eat 12,000 calories” you’re saying. Well, Phelps found a way.
This was his diet:
3 fried egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayo
2 cups of coffee
1 five-egg omelette
1 bowl of grits
3 slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar
3 chocolate chip pancakes
1 pound of enriched pasta
2 large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread
1,000 calories in energy drinks
1 pound of pasta
1 entire pizza
More energy drinks
So basically, my meal plan for an entire week consumed in one day.
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At the time, Phelps was a young athlete with a fast metabolism training for five hours a day, and did actually succeed in burning through all of those calories.
These days, he’s older, training less and his metabolism is slower – and he’s probably gotten sick of energy drinks,so his diet consists of a more reasonable but still large 3,529 calories a day.
In alivestreamon Facebook he explained he typically eats:
1 large bowl of oatmeal
1 large omelette with ham and cheese
1 foot-long meatball marinara sub from Subway
2 plates filled with whole grains
That’s still arguably enough to last us mere humans a good few days.
If we start a petition for Phelps to do his own series of ‘Man Vs Food’ (Phelps Vs Food), will you all sign it? Let us know in the comments
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H/T: Telegraph, Global News