For Michael Phelps, one of the most successful Olympic athletes ever, daily training diet consists of 12,000 calories. Maybe for his next medal he should challenge Kobayashi! For Phelps, breakfast alone consists of 3 fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise, 1 five-egg omelet, 1 bowl of grits, 3 slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar and 3 chocolate-chip pancakes. Here is a normal eating schedule for Phelps:
- Breakfast is his highest caloric meal: 3 fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise. 1 five-egg omelet. 1 bowl of grits. 3 slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar. 3 chocolate-chip pancakes.
- Lunch: 1 pound of enriched pasta. 2 large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread.
- Dinner: 1 pound of pasta with a whole pizza.
For an athlete like Phelps this kind of diet is necessary. A rule of thumb is—if you eat less calories than you burn, you lose weight. Phelps is a calorie-burning machine. If he doesn't supply his body with sufficient calories, then he won’t recover for his next workout and will begin to lose weight. Beware to those who are looking too closely at Phelps’s food choices. At his caloric demand level, it doesn’t matter too much what he eats, as long as he is able to keep up.