Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Michael Phelps Diet

So Michael Phelps is hopefully knock on wood getting ready to win his sixth gold medal, if Ryan Lochte doesn't hit a spot deep inside himself that says "you know for this one race I can be better than Michael Phelps," and actually pulls it off. That is one scenario, while the other is Phelps' goggles filling it up with water like it did early for his preliminary swim. Most surprising is the fact that Phelps, DOESN'T SINK. The guy eats between 8,000 to 10,000 calories a day. An average person eats around 1600-2000 calories a days, so really Phelps is 4 to 5 times a better swimmer than we are, and better eater as well.

What does Michael Phelps eat for breakfast?

NBC commentator Bob Costas rattled off Phelps' breakfast menu, which includes three sandwiches of fried eggs, cheese, lettuce, tomato, fried onions, mayonnaise, an omelet, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast with powdered sugar, and three chocolate-chip pancakes.

Without knowing the exact details of the portions, recipes, and ingredients, this meal probably contains roughly 3,000 calories, about half from carbohydrates, a little less than half from fat, and 15% from protein. It's not a bad distribution of major nutrients for competition, according to dietary recommendations, assuming the breads are whole grain, the cheese is low fat, and the fats used to fry the eggs are healthy. The addition of fruit would improve the nutritional profile of this meal, Bonci says.

[via WebMD]

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