Friday, August 15, 2008

Day 138- Nutrition Bite

"The U.S. Olympic swimmer told ESPN that he eats roughly 8,000-10,000 calories a day, including lots of pizza and pasta. In addition to stuffing down carbs, he said that he routinely eats foods like fried egg sandwiches. University of Pittsburgh Director of Sports Nutrition Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, says eating 10,000 calories a day is almost impossible. To consume 10,000 calories a day, he would need to be eating all day long. Bonci estimates that to support his 6-foot-4-inch, approximately 190-pound frame, Phelps' rigorous training regime requires roughly 1,000 calories per hour while he is racing or training; she suggests he probably eats closer to 6,000 calories per day."

Sugar Preacher's Experience
I agree with the expert that Phelps probably exaggerated his calorie intake. If he is consuming 8000-10000 calories, he would be gaining weight. I doubt  he burns 10,000 calories a day. However, he is an amazing swimmer; and yesterday with his gold medals, we surpassed China. Wahoo!!

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