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.