Doing anything on a small scale is not part of the equation in the world of Michael Phelps. When he swims in the Summer Olympics, he dominates and collects both gold medals and world records like a child collecting candy on Halloween. Everything else in his life tends to be larger than life, too -- including his eating habits.
Phelps attracted notoriety for a diet in which he allegedly consumed up to 12,000 calories per day in preparation of the Beijing Olympics. Soon after the story came out, Phelps refuted doing such a diet. Indeed, it seems unlikely he actually eats that amount because it is virtually impossible for the average person to consume 10,000 calories worth of food in a single day.
There is no way of knowing for certain how many calories Phelps consumes per day, but these 10 food and drink items are believed to be staples on the 12,000 calorie diet he is said to follow:
1. Fried-egg sandwiches
Breakfast begins with a trio of fried-egg sandwiches. Each sandwich is smothered in mayo and piled high with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and fried onions.
2. Chocolate chip pancakes
Why settle for a dozen chocolate chip cookies when you can have a short stack of chocolate chip pancakes? Phelps consumes three of this pancake variety every morning. No word on if he dunks them in a tall glass of milk.
3. French Toast
Three is the magic number again. Phelps goes with three slices of french toast. Each one is topped by a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar.
Hens work overtime just to feed Phelps each morning. His daily breakfast omelet consists of five eggs.
Instead of going with oatmeal, Phelps opts for a favorite southern breakfast dish with a bowl of grits. Grits are similar to oatmeal, except they are made from ground corn.
6. Ham and cheese sandwiches
Once again, Phelps turns to sandwiches to help provide some fuel. At lunch time, he opts for ham and cheese between slices of mayo covered white bread.
The all-out carbo load continues through both lunch and dinner with huge portions of pasta. For lunch, Phelps consumes a pound of enriched pasta. Later, for dinner, he chows down on another pound of enriched pasta.
Phelps culminates his monster diet by eating an entire pizza. If true, there are a number of pizza chains out there who would be willing to supply him a daily pie as part of an endorsement deal.
Phelps gives himself an early energy boost by drinking two cups of coffee with his breakfast.
10. Energy Drinks
Coffee is not enough. At lunch and dinner, he consumes 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks. If he is able to get to sleep at the end of the day, it is a minor miracle.
John Coon has covered swimming and other Olympic sports as a sports reporter. He is also a swim fan who enjoyed cheering on his niece in the state swim meet during her high school career.
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