Michael Phelps’ diet changes in the past 8 years up to Rio 2016

Global News has a interesting article on twenty-one-time gold medallist Michael Phelps’ 12,000 calorie diet in 2008 which was the stuff of legend. But the Olympic superstar is 31 years old now and his eating habits have changed. “I don’t eat many calories a day. I just really eat what I need,” Phelps said in a Facebook live session from his home last May. He said he now eats grilled chicken, plenty of lean protein and Mexican food.


He’s come a long way compared to his eating habits while preparing for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Then, his diet made worldwide headlines.

Michael Phelps’ diet changes in the past 8 years up to Rio 2016 Nutrition & Diet

Michael Phelps diet changes from 2008 to 2016

2008: 12,000 calories per day

3 fried egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayo
2 cups of coffee
1 five-egg omelette
1 bowl of grits
3 slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar
3 chocolate chip pancakes

1 pound of enriched pasta
2 large ham and cheese sandwiches with mayo on white bread
1,000 calories in energy drinks

1 pound of pasta
1 entire pizza
More energy drinks

2016: 3,529 calories per day

1 large bowl of oatmeal
1 large omelette with ham and cheese
Fresh fruit
1 foot-long meatball marinara sub from Subway
2 plates filled with whole grains
Lean meats
Fresh vegetables

It makes sense to experts, too: he’s training less, down substantially from his five hours of daily training, six days a week. Reports suggest he trains for only about two to four hours a day instead.

He’s older, too, which means the proud new father’s metabolism isn’t as revved up as it used to be at 23 when burning through too many calories in the pool was a concern.

And finally, he’s making healthier choices — a movement that wasn’t as widespread in 2008.

Full article on Global News.

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