Swimming legend Michael Phelps turns 30 today.
Phelps debuted in Olympics in 2000 when he was 15. He holds the record for most gold medals ever (18), which is twice more than any other Olympian!
In August 2008, the New York Post published a fascinating article describing Phelps’ mammoth 12,000-calorie daily diet. An average man of the same age requires just about 2,000 calories a day.
So, Phelps consumes twice as many calories in each meal as an average person consumes in a whole day!
What does he do with all these calories? For one, he works out five-hours-a-day, six-days-a-week. His strenuous regimen demands these many calories, else he would fall short of energy. (Cyclists in the Tour de France commonly consume 8,000 to 10,000 calories a day.)
Here’s Phelps’ typical menu:
Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise. Two cups of coffee. One five-egg omelet. One bowl of grits. Three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar. Three chocolate-chip pancakes.
Lunch: One pound of enriched pasta. Two large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread. Energy drinks packing 1,000 calories.
Dinner: One pound of pasta. An entire pizza. More energy drinks.
Phelps is preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics. FRSH wishes him a Happy Birthday, several more medals, and enough calories to keep him going!
Metabolism is a simple concept: You eat food, and your body burns it to generate energy. And if your body doesn’t do this fast enough, then what you ate gets stored in your body as fat.
Now this may be an over-simplification, but one thing is clear: The faster our body burns calories, the lesser it accumulates.
A recent article in the Health magazine explores 11 ways in which you can accelerate your metabolism (i.e., burn calories faster). Here’s the summary:
- Ramp up the intensity of your run/jog/walk/swim for 30-second intervals. Such periodic “boosts” accelerate the metabolism
- Omega-3 fatty acids help regulate metabolism. Sources include fish, flaxseed oil, walnuts, and eggs
- Strength-training (to increase muscle mass) burns calories faster
- Green tea improves fat oxidation
- Don’t slash your calorie intake – it makes your body put the brakes on fat-burning to conserve energy
- A robust workout helps the body keep burning calories till hours after the workout is finished
- Don’t skip breakfast – Eating a nutrient-rich morning meal shortly after waking up kick-starts your metabolism
- Noshing throughout the day helps curb hunger and eat fewer calories overall
- Avoid trans-fat – It binds to liver cells and slows down the body’s ability to burn fat. Usually found in fried food and snacks (e.g., potato chips)
- Organic fruits, vegetables, and grains (pesticide-free) keep the thyroid healthy and hence the fat-burning system efficient
- Have more protein – Since it takes longer to burn protein than carbs or fat, your body expends more energy absorbing the nutrients in a high-protein diet
You can read the full article here >> Link
Of all the ways and means available to us to stay healthy, perhaps the easiest one is to watch what we eat.
The US President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition suggests the following 8 simple thumb rules for a healthy diet, and we couldn’t agree more:
- Add fruits and vegetables to your diet: Full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber
- Switch from a refined-grain food (e.g., white bread) to a whole-grain food (e.g., multi-grain bread)
- Use low-fat milk: It has fewer calories but the same amount of calcium as regular milk
- Choose lean protein foods: That includes meat, poultry, seafood, dry beans or peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds
- Choose lower-sodium versions of packed foods: Amount of sodium is mentioned on the labels
- Drink water, avoid sweet aerated drinks
- Have seafood: It has protein, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids (heart-healthy fat)
- Avoid solid fats: Mostly found in cakes, cookies, desserts, pizza, processed fatty meats (e.g., hot dogs), and ice cream
What we like about this list is that it is easily doable, and you can start today. In addition to these, the Council members also give some handy tips based on their personal experience; read them all here >>
This blog has been a long time coming. Frsh started delivering innovative, lip-smacking, low-calorie, nutritious, and hygienic food to people in Gurgaon more than a year-and-a-half back. It has been quite a journey for Team Frsh, but this blog is not about that. This blog is about sharing and celebrating all things hearty, healthy, and happy in life. Because that is really the essence of Frsh, and this is why we are damn excited to share this blog with you. So read on, and get Frsh!