Most athletes train on sports drinks and Wheaties.,
But others, like Olympic swimming sensation Michael Phelps, opt for fried-egg sandwiches, chocolate chip pancakes, and ham and cheese sandwiches!
Unlike his swimming prowess, Micheal Phelps’s diet misses the mark.
The Micheal Phelps’ Unofficial Diet Plan
Starting off his day by 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.
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.
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. (src)
Then he “washes all that down with another 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks.” That’s a grand total of 4,000 calories a day; a whopping amount by civilian standards.
But apparently the perfect mix for a world class athlete.
What About the Caffeine?
With the help of CaffeineInformer.com, we figure that’s at least 1900mg of caffeine a day!
Since most energy drinks are 100 calories/8oz serving with 80mg of caffeine, along with his two cups of coffee!
Why So Many Calories?
At the Beijing Olympic Games, Phelps swam 17 times over nine days of competition!
So if you’re a famished dieter dying for chocolate-chip pancakes and pizza, all you have to do is swim a billion laps in the pool, then you can eat all you want.
But Micheal Phelps isn’t the only professional athlete with ludicrous food choices.
Other Big Eaters
During his 60-day prison sentence in 2007, former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson devoured $700 worth of food that would make his cardiologist cry.
And while the 6-foot-3, 300-pound lineman is built like a vending machine, the roster of items he ordered reads like he raided one, too:
- 162 beef sticks
- 40 honey bun sweet rolls
- 35 summer sausage blocks
- 35 bags of barbecue chips
While he and other inmates were given things like a scoop of grits for breakfast, a bologna sandwich for lunch and a chicken leg for dinner, that’s hardly enough for a massive professional athlete.
But not all athletes are addicted to junk food. Kansas City Chiefs star tight-end Tony Gonzalez is a 247 pound ripped vegan.
Does extreme exercise give you license to eat whatever you want?