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Michael Phelps’ diet controversy

14th August 2008

There’s a thread on just about every fitness forum now about Michael Pelps’ diet. This New York Post article makes most of us pretty jealous:

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.

Now all bodybuilders know that to bulk up you need more calories than you use, and there’s no doubt that Phelps burns ridiculous numbers of calories swimming fast and furious. But still, a whole pizza plus a pound of pasta for dinner? This CBS news article quotes a nutritionist who calls BS and guesses that Phelps eats more like 6,000 calories on a typical day.

Personally, I also find it hard to believe that Phelps eats as described every day. But there’s no way I’m going to believe a wild guess from a nutritionist who probably has no idea what it’s like to eat a high-calorie diet while doing intensive training.

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