Gold-Mining Phelps Eats 12K Calories a Day

Olympic swimmer gorges on 4K calories at each meal
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2008 1:48 PM CDT
U.S. swimmers, from left, Ricky Berens, Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps celebrate winning the gold medal as they set a new world record in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay final.   (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)
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(Newser) – Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps gorges on 12,000 calories a day—pounds of pasta, trios of fried-egg sandwiches, and an entire pizza—to keep his body fueled for his gold medal performances, reports the New York Post. "Eat, sleep, and swim. That's all I can do," said Phelps, who has racked up five gold medals so far in Beijing.

Phelps takes in 4,000 calories at every meal. A single breakfast's highlights include three slices of french toast with powdered sugar, three chocolate chip pancakes, a five-egg omelette, and two cups of coffee. Lunch pairs ham and cheese sandwiches with a pound of enriched pasta, topped off with 1,000 calories' worth of energy drinks. Dinner sees round two of pasta and energy drinks, and tacks on a whole pizza.