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With the Olympics around the corner, find out about an Olympic swimmer’s diet

Olympic size diets

With the Olympics just around the corner, we thought it would be interesting to read about an Olympic swimmer’s diet – do you know most Olympic swimmers eat more than 6,000 calories a day?!

In fact, Michael Phelps, the American swimmer who dominated the 2008 Olympics ate an incredible 12,000 calories a day – that is more than 5x the recommended daily amount for the average male and equivalent to 6kg of pasta or an incredible 24 Big-macs a day! Most female athletes require 2,000-3,000 calories a day, and most male athletes require 3,000 to 5,000 calories a day, but swimming is a very intense sport which uses a lot of energy, hence why swimmers need to consume so much food.

The ideal diet for a swimmer should be about 60-70% carbohydrates, 20-25% fat and 15 – 20% protein. This should ensure that a swimmer has enough energy to train intensively and enough protein to rebuild muscle.


Swimmer's Diet