A Look Into Michael Phelps’ Insane 12,000 Calorie Diet

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Michael Phelps will go down as one of the greatest Olympians in history. He currently holds the title of “most decorated Olympic athlete of all time” with 28 medals. However, Phelps’ journey to success was no cakewalk. When preparing for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Phelps admitted that all he did was “swim, eat, and sleep.” And when in full training, Phelps would consume a whopping 12,000 calories a day, which is approximately six times the normal calorie intake for the average adult male. But then again, the average adult male doesn’t swim for 6 hours a day.

Here is a typical day of eating for Phelps when he was training:

Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise. Two cups of coffee. One five-egg omelette. One bowl of grain. Three slices of French toast topped. Three chocolate-chip pancakes.
Lunch: One pound of pasta. Two large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayonnaise on white bread, plus energy drinks that supply him with another 1,000 calories.
Dinner: One pound of pasta, an entire pizza and even more energy drinks.

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