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.
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!