How Many Calories Does Michael Phelps Eat?

By Jim F

2503-MICHEALPHELPS.jpgMost 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, 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?

2946-michael-phelps-calories.jpgAt 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?


  1. Ethan Verdugo

    Competitive swimming became popular in the nineteenth century. The goal of competitive swimming is to constantly improve upon one’s time(s), or to beat the competitors in any given event. However, some professional swimmers who do not hold a national or world ranking are considered the best in regard to their technical skills. Typically, an athlete goes through a cycle of training in which the body is overloaded with work in the beginning and middle segments of the cycle, and then the workload is decreased in the final stage as the swimmer approaches the competition in which he or she is to compete in. This final stage is often referred to as “shave and taper”;:

  2. Samuel

    Who wrote this article?

    Go back to primary school and keen how to count because that would equate to WAY more than 4000 calories!!!!!

  3. Jez

    I’ve just seen a video about the chiefs feeding the guys in the ‘Tour De France’. On a flat stage they would look at 8000, mountains 12,000. Taken in 3 meals. Go figure!

  4. Tim

    Calories have nothing to do with health.

  5. Fake Name

    I wonder what Thanksgiving looks like.

  6. Sara

    That person in a coma you’re talking about must be a rather large person. Depending on your size 1200 can be healthy, I’m a very very small person (4’7) and not very active. 1200 would be on the high side for me (yes I have talked to my docter about my calorie intake) it all depends on your size

  7. matt

    correction to above: the lunch and dinner are complete myths, I meant to say.

  8. matt

    Phelps said the breakfast is something he’s done (but not regularly), and the breakfast and lunch that are floating around on the internet on various news websites are something he’s never heard of. He said the 12,000 calorie figure was a myth; he was around 8,000 (according to him). He says this in two interview sets:
    1. with Jimmy Kimmel, who asked him about the diet and the 12,000 calorie figure
    2. with Anderson Cooper in a 2 part interview, where he again addresses these rumors that are being thrown around about his diet

    Find these videos on youtube, they’ll put this argument to rest.