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!