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!