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Michael Phelps Dishes on His Unusual Eating Habits

If you've been watching the 2008 Olympics like I've been, then you're probably aware that USA swimmer Michael Phelps is trying to win a record number of gold medals. But do you know what he eats to stay on top of his ambitious game? In a recent video interview, Phelps explains that he fuels his body by eating between 8,000 and 10,000 calories a day. Since the US Olympian doesn't cook, this means eating (not-so-short) stacks of pancakes, buffalo enchiladas, and towering sandwiches packed with turkey, cheese, mayonnaise, and vegetables.

Watch the video below and tell me: Are you surprised by the swimmer's daily caloric intake? Personally, I'm a bit envious! I would probably go through those calories by eating Tex-Mex dishes. What would you eat on a diet of 10,000 calories a day?

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philly88 philly88 8 years
He prolly doesnt have a problem eating all that food cause he has the munchies...f**kin stoner
CUPCAKEchatter CUPCAKEchatter 8 years
I would be so broke.
tiabia tiabia 9 years
a horse?
Tabloid Tabloid 9 years
The laugh of the woman at 1:16 was priceless. LOL
Tabloid Tabloid 9 years
Holy shietttttttttttttttt! That's a lot... But swimming like him burns a lot of calories so it doesn't change anything. The owners were hilarious. hahah!
tiffanyfuchsia tiffanyfuchsia 9 years
"What would you eat on a diet of 10,000 calories a day?" Um, everything?
pinky23 pinky23 9 years
that picture is great. :) i would like to think that i could eat 10.000 calories each day, but i know that i would get sick after three days. can you imagine how many snickers bars that is??!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
That is nuts! 10,000 calories is almost the amount that someone should eat per week! If only I were an Olympic athlete, imagine all the food I could eat!
cruigao cruigao 9 years
i believe that commercial with nbc is old. it was filmed four years ago, before the athens olympics. in a more recent interview, again with nbc, phelps said that he doesn't eat as much as he used to, so i'm guessing he's not still packing away 8k-10k calories per day... but yeah, if i could eat 10k a day i would eat full-fat yogurt the whoooole day.
BrunetteSugar BrunetteSugar 9 years
i live in baltimore, basically in the same neighborhood as michael phelps. right now, in this area... he is our golden boy. every night on our local news stations, they interview local restaurant and deli owners that have served him! its hilarious! i wish i could eat like that! im jealous! it would be lots of starbucks, mexican food, sushi, PIZZA & wings! lets know forget an endless amount of cupcakes for dessert! i heart cupcakes! :-)
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i sawt he profile on him and it's just amazing what he can put away - and when they interviewed all the people in the area that have food services that he frequents - it was cute to see that they all know what his 'usuals' are and they adore him. i guess if you're that tall and working out that much - you need to fill your body with some type of energy.
amkc amkc 9 years
Lots of pasta with pesto sauce and parmesan cheese, chocolate, nachos, lots of blue cheese, dip, Turkish bread, fried saganyaki, lots of rice, pizza etc. Hmm. I can't have one of those things without gaining a pound pretty much.
angelaminx angelaminx 9 years
peanut butter M&M's, pizza, bread, but ohh the tummy ache after.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 9 years
Because it's almost dinnertime, I'm really hungry and can't even touch on what I would eat for 10,000 calories, lol, or I'll end up snacking right now! But as far as an athlete eating "junk" food, wouldn't you kind of have to? If you need that many calories to maintain your weight, energy and muscle, imagine how much fruit, veg and lean protein you'd have to eat! You'd literally just about be eating non-stop during the day and you'd get full a lot more quickly.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
i would probably have pizza & guinness nights a couple times a week with sprinkles cupcakes for dessert.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I saw that interview the other night and was like, :jawdrop: :faint: . I wish the food choices were healthier however I can't help but envy him for being able to eat guilty pleasure foods as a daily PART of a meal! Lucky guy...
robinesque robinesque 9 years
he eats that, and maintains that GODLY body? hmmm i'd eat lots of chips, carbs carbs carbs, and filet mignon :)
kadams11 kadams11 9 years
Seriously, four brothers and sisters and I have swam competitively since we were six and I get so jealous watching my brothers eat like that. Six fried eggs for breakfast, millions of pieces of toast with butter and jam, peanut butter from the jar, ice cream and pizza and all kinds of meat, chocolate milk, chocolate everything. mmmmm. and still, they both have about 3% body fat. unfair!
bunnychick bunnychick 9 years
Mmmm...definitely ice cream. I would try all the Ben & Jerry's flavours! Homemade pasta alfredo with a loaf of garlic bread sounds yummy too.
beram1220 beram1220 9 years
and I would definitely fill up on pizza and bbq burgers and chicken wings.
beram1220 beram1220 9 years
I used to swim competitively and I can tell you the hunger you get after swimming is like NO OTHER. I'm sure he has no problem eating 10,000 calories a day.
busybeegal busybeegal 9 years
Wine, cheese, cereals, buttery rice, fettucine alfredo, lots of mexican food, lots of chinese food - you know what? just lots of EVERYTHING!!!
sgrbby32 sgrbby32 9 years
Genetics also play a huge role in your health. Unfortunately, I didn't inherit those kinds of genes! :)
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
Yes, a little bit of everything especially Indian food.
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