“Eat, sleep and swim. That’s all I can do. Get some calories into my system, and try to recover the best I can,” Phelps has said of his diet.
In peak training phases, Phelps swims minimum 80,000 meters a week, which is nearly 50 miles. He practices twice a day, sometimes more if he’s training at altitude. Phelps trains for around five to six hours a day at six days a week.
Phelps eatss around 4,000 calories per meal. For breakfast, Phelps eats three fried-egg sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions, and mayonnaise. Then he drinks two cups of coffee and then consumes a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast with powdered sugar and three chocolate-chip pancakes. For lunch, Phelps eats a pound of pasta and two large ham and cheese sandwiches on white bread with mayo. He then drinks about 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks. For dinner, Phelps eats another pound of pasta and a full pizza followed by another 1,000 calories of energy drinks. You may think that this is overload and complete overeating. Remember, Phelps trains five to six hours a day nearly every single day and is giving it his full effort most of the time. His body is burning thousands upon thousands of calories a day. Phelps probably has a very fast natural metabolism as well so this adds to even more reason why he needs to eat that much.
The more calories you have, the more energy there is. This is all about energy for Phelps and these types of foods give him plenty of it. Try training that much and not eating thousands of calories a day. You wouldn’t be able to traineffectively!
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