US swimming sensation Michael Phelps sets his sights on far more gold medal wins

If it is accurate that you are what you consume, then right here is the suggested intake if you want to turn into history’s most successful Olympian: For breakfast: 3 fried egg sandwiches, with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, fried onions and mayonnaise, followed by 3 chocolate-chip pancakes a five-egg omelette three sugar-coated slices of French toast and a bowl of grits (a maize-based porridge), washed down with two cups of coffee.

For lunch: 950 grams of enriched pasta two large red meat and cheese sandwiches on white bread smothered with mayonnaise, washed down by power drinks. For dinner: Yet another pound of pasta, possibly with a white creamy sauce, followed by a massive pizza and a lot more energy drinks.

That incorporation may not sound very healthful, and at a staggering ten thousant calories, would feed 5 usual males for a day. But the menu is supposedly all in a coaching day’s consuming for champion swimmer Michael Phelps, who won six gold medals in the ’04 Athens Olympics and is aiming for eight this time round.

“Consume, sleep and swim, that is all I can do,” stated the US swimmer, right after winning his 11th Olympic gold. Judging by the amount he eats and swims, that is not altogether surprising. Even even though the 23-year-old spends a solid five hours of each and every day burning off those calories, the diet still seems excessive. Is he following some sort of dietician guru’s programme?

Barbara Lewin, a nutritionist who has advised international athletes on their dietary well being for practically two decades, thinks not. “Wellness-smart, if he were eating like this long-term, he’d most likely be obtaining to see a cardiologist frequently,” Mrs Lewin told the BBC.

She advisable cutting out the egg yolks, replacing the white bread with whole-wheat, throwing some fruit and vegetables into the mix, and spreading the meals out over the day with normal snacking. But although the good quality of the calories consumed by the six-foot four-inch (1.93m) swimmer may possibly not appear wholesome, Ms Lewin recommended there are very good causes behind Mr Phelps’ diet regime.

“I’ve worked with a lot more than 850 staying power athletes – runners and swimmers – and one of the most frequent troubles they have is glycogen depletion – the outcome of not getting sufficient carbohydrates,” she mentioned. “Nine out of 10 occasions the purpose an athlete doesn’t attain their individual very best is because they’re not acquiring sufficient carbohydrates and that’s what your strength need to have for food.”
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