What Do Olympic Athletes Eat? – A LOT.


With the 2012 London Olympic Opening Ceremony starting tonight, I began to wonder exactly WHAT and HOW MUCH Olympic athletes eat on a daily basis. What I found was astounding.

The number of calories needed to fuel elite athletes and keep them in tip-top shape varies greatly. Some gymnasts and wrestlers only take in between 1,200-1,500 calories a day, while some shotputters and swimmers consume nearly 7,000 calories a day.  In fact, Michael Phelps reported consuming over 12,000 calories per day in order to train for the Olympic games!! To put that into perspective, that is what the average person is supposed to consume in SIX days.  The extra calories are required due to Phelps’ intense training schedule of 6 days/week, 5 hours/day.

However, each sport and event requires different caloric and nutritional needs depending on the intensity, speed, endurance, strength, and many other factors needed by the athlete…as seen in the figure below.

Olympic Athletes 2012 Pictured With Their Diets

Take a visual-look at what EXACTLY Olympians eat on a daily basis. Complements of

http://totallycoolpix.com/2012/06/london-2012-olympian-diets/  for the pictures/information.

Turkish Taekwondo fighter and Olympic hopeful Bahri Tanrikulu, 32, consumes 3,000 calories a day as well as taking vitamins and ergogenic aids.

Turkish wrestler and Olympic hopeful Elif Jale Yesilirmak, 26, consumes 3,000 calories a day. She avoids red meat, eats lots of fish, and drinks plenty of water (at least 5 liters a day!).

Turkish javelin thrower and Olympic hopeful Fatih Avan, 23, consumes 3,500 calories a day. His diet is mainly protein-based.

Turkish 800-metre runner and Olympic hopeful Merve Aydin, 22, consumes 3,000 calories a day. It may not look like a ton of food, but most of her calories comes from eggs and a vast variety of nuts and legumes.

Turkish weightlifter and Olympic hopeful Mete Binay, 27, consumes 3,500 calories a day. He always eats a complete breakfast and gets plenty of protein in the form of red meat and 2 glasses of milk a day. He also makes sure to satisfy his sweet tooth by eating yummy desserts.

Turkish Taekwondo fighter and Olympic hopeful Nur Tatar, 20, follows a strict diet of 1,500 calories a day in order to reach her goal weight class.

Michael Phelps’ 12,000 Calorie Diet

How exactly does Michael Phelps eat SO much food? What exactly does he eat?? You may be surprised to find out, check out the video below!

Sources:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/07/24/157317262/how-many-calories-do-olympic-athletes-need-it-depends

http://totallycoolpix.com/2012/06/london-2012-olympian-diets/

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