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Michael Phelps Still Eats like a Slob...

Michael Phelps might be an Olympic stud, but the dude’s got a horrible diet, consuming 12,000 calories a day, gorging on fried eggs, mayonnaise and pancakes. But he told CBS it isn’t true, he only eats 10,000 calories a day, stuff like peanut butter cups and quesadillas. Eek!

Who knew Olympic champions eat like crap. Recently, Michael Phelps stopped by The Colbert Report and said he’s out of shape and gained a few pounds. But in January he’ll start training for the 2012 London Olympics. So he’s got 4 years to burn off all the mayo!

Via That’sFit.

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Steve - December 18, 2008 9:32 AM

Hi Gerry
I am not really sure why he needs that much energy per day, that is about what a Lance Armstrong would consume DURING long bike races. Phelps races in short duration events (max of 4 minutes or so), why is he training like a marathoner?

I believe there is a "J Curve" relating mortality to calorie expenditure, ie after a certain point, more exercise starts to increase your chance of dying. I think that perhaps the effect may be partly due to the need to use lower nutrient density food to provide all the energy required.

I personally would not model my own exercise protocols after any world-class athlete, their goals simply are not health related.

Cheers, Steve

Scott - December 18, 2008 6:23 PM

Death by exercise is very real. The training regimens of people like Lance Armstrong, Michael Phelps, etc. are not what brings people excellent health. Take a look at the longest lived and healthy populations. Do you think the typical Okinawan is in the gym for 2 hours a day and using some fancy algebraic formula to figure out precise ratios of macronutrients? Hell no. They eat top quality food, move around a lot, live with a sense of purpose, and tend to have a pleasant disposition. Simple stuff.

Here in the U.S. people are so obsessed with image, trophies, fame, popularity, etc. and have a skewed view of health. If someone has a 6-pack of abs, the MUST be healthy, right? No. They can be rotting inside from a poor all around lifestyle.

Phelps is the caliber of an athlete that comes around once maybe every 50 years. He's a true phenom at his sport, but that's where it ends.

Alex - December 22, 2008 1:50 PM

Hi,

What should Michael Phelps' diet look like if he followed a Dr. Fuhrman nutrition lifestyle? By that, can you post a list of what he would need to eat to maintain his caloric requirements? One complaint that I hear about the Dr. Fuhrman "diet plan" is that it is impossible for an athlete to consume that many calories needed to perform at this level.

Regards,

Alex

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