Michael Phelps, who recently won his 23rd Olympic gold medal, said he does not consume as many calories now as he used to during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The swimming star recently said that he does “not eat many calories a day” as he used to.
As reported by Business Insider, Phelps would consume an astonishing 12,000 calories a day in 2008. Divided into individual meals, that was 4,000 calories. It was, as a matter of fact, during the year he rose to worldwide fame and popularity by winning eight gold medals.
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Michael Phelps diet: What the swimming sensation eats
However, Phelps had started lessening his calorie intake by 2012, according to Men’s Health.
This year, though – winning in the 4×100 meter freestyle relay event and earning his 23rd gold medal – Phelps returned home and ate a pound of spaghetti to replenish his body after the exerting race he’d been in earlier in the day.
“I tried to do as much as I could, get my lactate cleared, had a massage, had an ice bath, eat,” Phelps said, as reported by the Associated Press. “I think I had a pound of spaghetti and I am not a spaghetti fan, I forced myself to eat it.”
Michael Phelps diet: Now versus 2008
In 2008, Phelps’ diet comprised of three egg sandwiches, a five-egg omelette, grits, three pieces of French toast and three pancakes for breakfast, as reported by FOX Sports. This would further be topped with a pound of pasta for lunch, two ham & cheese sandwiches and 1,000 calorie energy drinks. For dinner, the star would consume a pound of pasta, a pizza and more energy drinks.
While Phelps’ diet would sound bewildering to many, it is not all that surprising – considering the heavy amount of calories swimmers burn. In a Facebook video he posted recently, Phelps spoke about his exercise regime of 2008; which comprised of exercising for five hours a day, six days a week.
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