What Does Michael Phelps Eat?: A Champion Athlete diet

In an interview with NBC Michael Phelps confessed he consumes a staggering 12,000 calories a day.

By comparison, the average man of the same age needs to ingest about 2,000 calories a day.

Why so much food?

Phelps has to keep his intake up in order to compensate for all the calories he burns during  training. He trains 30 hours per week. Assuming 5 days of training and two days of rest. Phelps spends at least 6 hours a day training hard. With his super size meals I assume he spends another 2 hours a day eating!

To maintain high levels of training you have to eat lots of calories.

What Michael Phelps eats for Breakfast:

3 fried egg sandwiches, 2 cups coffee, 5-egg omlette, bowl of grits, 3 pieces of french toast, 3 chocolate chip pancakes

What Michael Phelps eats for Lunch:

1 pound pasta, 2 ham and cheese sandwiches,

What Michael Phelps eats for Dinner:

1 pound pasta, 1 large pizza,

If you are training for a marathon or any other sport and you feel a decline in performance, it could be a sign you are not consuming enough calories to power your training.

Train hard eat hard!

5 thoughts on “What Does Michael Phelps Eat?: A Champion Athlete diet

  1. doop

    that diet you say phelps eats..is such a lie…you bunch of liars!! No one in their right mind would eat all that crap food. pizza fried eggs ..give me a break..

  2. Doop s dumb

    Shutch your filthy mouth!! He can eat whatever he wants when he wants it. Hes a champ! Pizza and fried eggs are quite delicious! FYI

  3. JCSKI

    Pizza is actually pretty good for you if its fresh and not filled with artificial fillers and preservatives, fried eggs as well. Your body needs fats and oils and cholesterol in order to function properly. Now if all you ate were “insert fast food chain here” burgers all day long and didn’t exercise at all they you are going to turn into a cornfed pig. Try swimming a few miles a day and lifting and running and you too could eat this without looking like homer simpson.

  4. vongrad

    Its not about looking like a homer, its about the shit that is in those foods building up in your body. Sure you can burn off calories quickly, but dairy and red meat takes a long time to digest. Athletes eat much better than this while training.

    I am sure that this is to represent his calorie intake and not necessarily his daily meal plan.

  5. JM

    Actually I can disagree with this statement vongrad and doop, My local town does an Ironman so these athletes end up training similar amounts to what michael phelp trains typically 6 hours a day, and I’ve met plenty of them who all say they eat basically whatever they want. They need to consume so many calories that it’s not really a big deal on what they consume as long as they get plenty of protein and carbs.


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