Star swimmer Michael Phelps has had a productive Olympics, adding new medals to those he won in the Beijing four years ago. A champion athlete has to monitor his diet closely, but Phelps’ eating habits were not so strict during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Although he built his diet around pizza and pasta, Phelps managed to win six gold medals.
After Phelps made history at the 2008 Olympics, a British newspaper reported that the “secret” to the swimmer’s success was his 12,000-calorie-a-day diet. But Phelps called that calorie count an exaggeration, saying that he consumed between 8,000 to 10,000 calories each day — a range that’s still about four times the caloric intake recommended for a typical adult male.