Michael Phelps Reveals His 2016 Diet and How It's Dramatically Changed
August 23, 2016
Michael Phelps has no concern for calorie count. Bob Bowman's, the coach of the greatest swimmer of all-time, actually wants Phelps to eat more fatty foods, but the 31-year-old olympian isn't about that life anymore.
Back in 2008 when Phelps won a record 8 Gold Medals in Beijing, he was eating an astounding 12,000 calories per day. This included an enormous breakfast complete with 3 chocolate chip pancakes, 1,000 calories in energy drinks for lunch, and entire pizza for dinner.
Fast forward to 2016 in Rio, Phelps's diet looks quite a bit different, almost 10,000 calories different. Without the 23-year-old metabolism, he's become a typical 31-year-old male eating more fruits, vegetables and anything he can grill while taking care of his new-born son and fiancé.
2008: 12,000 calories per day
Breakfast: 3 fried egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayo 2 cups of coffee 1 five-egg omelette 1 bowl of grits 3 slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar 3 chocolate chip pancakes
Lunch: 1 pound of enriched pasta 2 large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread 1,000 calories in energy drinks
Dinner: 1 pound of pasta 1 entire pizza More energy drinks
2016: 3,529 calories per day 1 large bowl of oatmeal 1 large omelette with ham and cheese Fresh fruit Coffee 1 foot-long meatball marinara sub from Subway 2 plates filled with whole grains Lean meats Fresh vegetables
His daily training is also down to 2-3 hours/day compared to 5 hours/day, six days a week also helped contribute to the massive change. With his Olympic career over, the diet will likely reduce even more.
Growing up in Baltimore, Phelps is a die-hard Ravens fan who believe they'll be just fine in 2016 if they stay healthy. He now has plenty of time to watch his favorite team play.