MICHAEL PHELPS' 12,000 CALORIE DIET
Michael Phelps’ diet in the 2008 Beijing Olympics has become legendary. During his run of 8 gold medals in 8 races he consumed a mind blowing 12,000 calories per day! That’s 4,000 calories per meal and 5 times the recommended daily calorie intake for a man.
The Michael Phelps Olympic Diet
Here is what his average daily intake of food looked like:
Michael Phelps' Breakfast:
- Three fried-egg sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise.
- Two cups of coffee.
- One five-egg omelette.
- One bowl of porridge.
- Three slices of sugar coated French toast.
- Three chocolate-chip pancakes.
- Half a kg of pasta.
- Two large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayonnaise on white bread
- Energy drinks that supplied him with another 1,000 calories.
- Half a kg of pasta
- An entire pizza
- More energy drinks.
Phew! Just reading about all that food tires us out! Okay… he was swimming over 5 hours a day and around 50 miles a week… so maybe he earned it. Nutritionist Jenny Dawes warned that this diet would be dangerous for a regular person though, so don’t try this when completing your Aspire Channel Swim!
Now that Phelps’ isn’t training as intensively his diet has changed to plenty of vegetables, fruit and lean grilled meat. While completing your Aspire Channel Swim you should also make sure you’re getting plenty of protein to help your muscles and carbohydrates to keep your energy levels up… although maybe not a kilo of pasta a day!