Olympic swimming is tough work. While it may look like the swimmers are just gliding with ease, it’s really an complex weave of muscles, bones and emotions smashing into each other. And this year, while records fall left and right for a variety of reasons, sometimes swimmers need an extra push. For Michael Phelps, that push includes eating 12,000 calories a day!
(”Phelps hungry! Phelps want food! Arrgggh!”)
THE NEW YORK POST, who awesomely calls Phelps “Boy Gorge”, runs down the gory details of the diet after the jump.
Phelps lends a new spin to the phrase “Breakfast of Champions” by starting off his day by eating three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise.
He follows that up with two cups of coffee, a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar and three chocolate-chip pancakes.
At lunch, Phelps gobbles up a pound of enriched pasta and two large ham and cheese sandwiches slathered with mayo on white bread - capping off the meal by chugging about 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks.
For dinner, Phelps really loads up on the carbs - what he needs to give him plenty of energy for his five-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week regimen - with a pound of pasta and an entire pizza.
He washes all that down with another 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks.
Well, that certainly is a day. But since it’s not really fun looking at it his odd diet on its own (Egg omelets? Yawn!), let’s see how many burgers Phelps would have to consume in order to meet his daily 12,000 caloric intake:
- Almost 12 Double Whoopers with Cheese.
- 22 Big Macs
- Exactly 30 Arby’s regular Roast Beef sandwiches
- 39 Junior Bacon Cheeseburgers from Wendy’s
- 88 White Castle hamburgers
- Shockingly, only about 8 Double Six Dollar Burgers from Carl’s Jr.
To be fair, the diet Phelps is on isn’t nearly as high in fat content as any of the above choices, but that’s just because he’s not a real man! Put some burgers in ya, Phelps! Do it for America!