One American who’s justified in eating 10,000 calories a day.

August 17, 2008

No surprise, you might think, that someone from the Land of the Lard is consuming 5 times the recommended daily calorific intake. On this occasion, it’s more than justified.
Because this isn’t one you’d be calling lard-ass. This one is the most successful Olympian ever – having just beaten Mark Spitz’s record of 7 golds at one Olympics which he set in 1972 (Michael Phelps has managed 8 in Beijing), and he now has 14 gold medals in total (plus 2 bronze medals).
The 8th gold medal was won in the 4 x 100m medley relay. With another world record time. I stayed up and watched the race live (@4:08am my time) just to see this amazing man do something no-one has ever done before. And I’m pretty sure it will be a long time before anyone comes close to matching this feat. He is the greatest Olympian who has ever lived.
His diet is amazing. I reckon I’d need to spend all day just trying to eat everything he wolfs down to keep his energy levels up. His breakfast would be enough for someone to comfortably eat three meals a day from. But as he spends 5 hours-a-day burning off what he eats whilst swimming, I reckon he can get away with it. As the 8th gold medal no doubt proves. Read more from the BBC about his staggering diet here.

Man or fish? The greatest Olympian ever.

Man or fish? Michael Phelps. The greatest Olympian ever.

So, chomp away my good man.
Who’s to say that 3 fried eggs as a starter for breakfast can’t be part of a healthy diet?
It’s been an integral part of a truly remarkable feat. And one I doff my cap to.

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