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Michael Phelps' daily 12,000 calorie diet seems fishy?

August 21, 2008 |  7:48 pm

Michael Phelps of the United States celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's 4x100-meter medley relay final at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing

Could the honeymoon already be over? The gold is still sparkling on Olympic god Michael Phelps but now the critics are coming out of the woodwork. Some for his teeth, some for his freakish body, some for what could be in that body, but one blogger is claiming that his 12,000 calorie-a-day diet seems fake.

Tell me, does it seem possible to you to look like Phelps while eating this?

3 fried-egg sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise
1 five-egg omelet
1 bowl of grits
3 slices of French Toast with powdered sugar
3 chocolate-chip pancakes
2 cups of coffee

500g of enriched pasta
2 large ham-and-cheese sandwiches on white bread with loads of mayonnaise
1,000 calories worth of proprietary sports drink

500g of enriched pasta
1 entire pizza
1,000 calories of proprietary sports drink

T-Rex from the blog Info Barrel says, "At first glance of this diet, I am honestly not even sure if a morbidly obese person could fit all of that breakfast in their stomach, let alone a 194-pound, 6-foot-4 bone rack of a human being like Michael Phelps." The N.Y. Post calls the swimming hero Boy Gorge and calls his most important meal of the day "the breakfast of champions."

Across the pond the BBC got a nutritionist to examine Phelps' menu:

"Health-wise, if he were eating like this long-term, he'd probably be having to see a cardiologist regularly," Mrs. Lewin told the BBC.

She recommended cutting out the egg yolks, replacing the white bread with whole-wheat, throwing some fruit and vegetables into the mix, and spreading the food out over the day with regular snacking.

What ever happened to "don't fix what's not broken"?

-- Tony Pierce

AP photo by Luca Bruno