Michael Phelps reveals details of his 12,000 calories a day diet… and he doesn't look bad on it either girls!
U.S. swimmer guzzles three fried egg
sandwiches, choc chip pancakes, a five egg omelette, French toast and
grits – just for BREAKFASTPhelps also consumes a whole kilogram of pasta every day plus ham and cheese sandwiches and pizza Athlete, 27, maintains his performance is down to his calorific diet
08:14 GMT, 24 July 2012
He has already earned himself a record-breaking 16 Olympic medals and the world will watch as he propels himself through the water for gold in the next few weeks.
But American international swimmer Michael Phelps works hard for the enviably strong physique that has garnered him an army of female fans as well as a closet full of medals.
The 27-year-old athlete, whose arms span 6ft 7in (201 cm)—disproportionate to his height of 6ft 4in inches (193 cm)— maintains that his performance is down to his highly calorific diet, which sees him feast on a staggering 12,000 calories every day.
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He starts the day with a hearty
breakfast consisting of three fried-egg sandwiches, three chocolate chip
pancakes, a five-egg omelette, three sugar-coated slices of French
toast, and a bowl of grits (maize porridge).
lunch doesn't get much smaller as he devours half a kilogram of pasta
(enriched with vitamins and fibre) over lunch, two large ham and cheese
sandwiches covered in mayonnaise and gallons of energy drinks.
For his final meal of the day, he finishes off the remaining kilogram of pasta, followed by pizza and more energy drinks.
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Michael Phelps achieves his muscular physique by feasting on a whopping 12,000 calories a day
Fellow swimmer Ryan Lochte has an equally epic diet.
'After morning practice I have a big breakfast: pancakes, waffles, cereal, bagels, eggs, everything.'
Personal trainer and nutritionist and
weight management expert Jenny Dawes, who has trained athletes, rugby
player and celebrities such as Ulrika Johnson, maintains that although
Michael's diet would be dangerous for a regular person, the athlete needs that
amount of energy for training.
would recommend that a regular competitive male swimmer would need
around 6,000 calories a day but because Michael is at Olympic level he will
be training so hard that he will be burning it straight off.
cholesterol intake is very high but by constantly swimming, there is no
time for the cholesterol to stick to his arteries. But his cholesterol
levels do need to be checked regularly to ensure he is not putting his
body at risk for future cardiovascular disease.'
His hard work paid off at the Beijing Games where he took home Men's 200m Butterfly gold medal
Jenny says that Michael's energy drink consumption is necessary for an athlete in order to keep his electrolytes balanced and his muscles hydrated.
'Carb and electrolyte enhance drinks should be taken to replenish glycogen stores in muscles and liver as dehydration can cause muscles to fatigue very quickly.
'But I would always check the sugar content on the bottles.'
Phelps' high-calorie diet clearly pays off as his international titles and record-breaking performances have
earned him the World Swimmer of the Year Award six times and American
Swimmer of the Year Award eight times.
He has won a total of 66
medals in major international competition, 55 gold, nine silver,
and three bronze spanning the Olympics, the World, and the Pan Pacific
His unprecedented Olympic success in 2008 earned Phelps
Sports Illustrated magazine's Sportsman of the Year award.
The 12,000 calorie-a-day diet that Michael feasts on
Michael eats a whole bag of pasta this size for lunch and then another one for dinner
Three fried-egg sandwiches
Three chocolate chip pancakes
A five-egg omelette
Three sugar-coated slices of French toast
A bowl of grits (maize porridge)
Half a kilogram of pasta
Two large ham and cheese sandwiches covered in mayonnaise
Gallons of energy drinks
Half a kilogram of pasta