Trying to Eat Like Michael Phelps: Don’t Do It!

Now that the Olympics are over, it seems we Americans have created an Olympics of our own: trying to eat like Michael Phelps. Undoubtedly, the star of the 2008 Olympic Games (in America’s eyes), Phelps has inspired competitive spirits across the nation to imitate his diet. And with over 10,000 a calories a day, it’s probably not a good idea.

I’ve never seen someone’s diet be talked about so much. Of course his gold medal records have earned him the publicity but who knew his eating habits would be under such scrutiny? He’s been all over the news, all over the food blogs (we’re not helping :)) and they even gave him an article on WebMD!

According to Slashfood, his average daily menu consists of:

Breakfast: Three fried egg sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions, and mayonnaise.
A five-egg omelet.
A bowl of grits.
Three slices of French toast with powdered sugar.
Three chocolate pancakes.
Two cups of coffee.

Lunch: A pound of pasta with tomato sauce.
Two large ham, cheese, and mayo sandwiches on white bread.
Energy drinks.

Dinner: A pound of pasta with tomato sauce.
Six to eight pizza slices (basically, a whole pizza!).
Energy drinks.”

But probably the worst part about this whole situation is that people are challenging themselves to eat like Michael Phelps without getting the same amount of exercise. Serious Eats posted a photo of a competition where challengers ate the breakfast of Michael Phelps in under 5 minutes. Not that any eating competition is ever healthy, but this one is certainly not sending a good message. It’s like America is turning the inspiration of a fit athlete into an excuse for obesity.

So be careful folks. The novelty of Phelps’ consumption will wear off in a little while, but those two large ham, cheese and mayo sandwiches on white bread won’t! Unless, of course, you swim like Michael Phelps.

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  • Shannon

    I think this is bizarre. I don’t know how anyone can eat this much food, or why they would want to. Phelps’ exercise habits should have been as publicized as his diet.

  • Sarah B.

    Are you serious? Yes, I have heard all about Phelps’ “diet” (no one in this world should even use the word diet – maybe eating habits) and how he consumes that many calories a day but not until now can I actual fathom the idea of how much food he puts in his body a day. Thanks Hillary for the listing of his “diet”. This is ridiculous, I just cannot comprehend someone eating this much food in one day. Even if he has a great exercise regiment! I mean, how does someone wake up in the morning and eat all of that? WOW!

  • Carolyn Jung

    That is truly a mind-boggling amount of food. Of course, given what Phelps has accomplished in sports, more power to him if he can eat like this, too. We mere mortals can only look upon these eating and swimming feats in awe.

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