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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Michael Phelps's secret? 12,000 calorie a day diet

And no, there is not an extra "0" in that number.

The New York Post reports on the special diet that has Michael Phelps breaking swimming records like nobody's business at the Olympics. The guy is on a staggering twelve thousand calories a day eating regimen. A typical person usually takes in around 6000 calories every day. Phelps has been nearing that amount with each meal! Mostly lots of carbohydrate-rich fare like pasta.

The boy better figure in some Wheaties too if he wants to have his picture on the front of their cereal box :-P


Anonymous said...

The typical daily adult calorie intake is 2 to 3K. You would be enormous if you consumed 6K, making Phelps' diet even more remarkable.

Truth said...

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Chris Knight said...

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Lee Shelton said...

As much as I love food, I don't even think it's physically possible for me to eat 12,000 calories per day.

By the way, how long does he have to wait after eating that much before he goes swimming?

Chris Knight said...

LOL! Good point Lee :-)

Humor aside, how long DOES it take for all that food to metabolize into a form that he can have stored in his body to expend in these bursts?

And something I wondered about yesterday: does Phelps have any kind of special diet that he will be on to "come down" from his Olympic high? I mean, to automatically go from such a high-calorie, carbohydrate-rich steady intake to a normal diet might cause a huge shock to Phelps's system.

There are cases recorded in the final days of World War II when American G.I.s would liberate Nazi concentration camps, and the well-meaning soldiers would give candy bars to the prisoners. The Jews and others who had been held captive were so emaciated (most being given only a few hundred calories a day while they were being held prisoner) that some of them went into coma and even died from the shock of all that sugar suddenly entering their digestive system and bloodstream.

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