Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Michael Phelps Is Who Everyone Wants to Be

Michael Phelps continues to be absolutely spectacular in Beijing, earning five gold medals with five world records set in the pool.

He must be in the best shape of any swimmer who ever existed, having a pure fruit and veggie diet and exercising ten hours a day, right?

According to the New York Post and ESPN, his diet is, get this, 12,000 calories a day!!!!! Man, I'm taking the wrong approach towards athletics. Normally an average diet is 2,000 calories per day, but Phelps is six times that.

From the New York Post (Clemente Lisi): "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."

Damn that's awesome. This will likely make doctors and other swimmers nuts. He does burn all of that off with five hours of swimming a day, but still, wouldn't you have expected America's greatest ever swimmer to be an extreme health nut? Nope, he's a regular guy who eats a ton and sets world records. And right now, this "fat" American from the Harbor is on the verge of getting eight gold medals.

(Photo credit: CBC. By the way, nice to have you back Windsor.)

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