Let's Eat Like an Olympics Athlete -- We Get 10,000 Calories a Day

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pancakesThe Olympics are just around the corner (they start on July 27, to be exact) and while many of us won't be able to take in the Summer Games from the stands in London, there's still a fun way we can support our nation's greatest athletes. I'm not talking about putting one of those ridiculous temporary flag tattoos on your cheek, I'm talking, of course, about eating. Nothing says "U.S.A! U.S.A!" quite like taking down thousands of calories in one sitting, right? Going for the gold never tasted so good.

The New York Daily News got their hands on what a male heavyweight rower needs to eat while training, and by god, is it a glorious feast. Inhaling between 6,000 and 10,000 calories a day to keep up with the workouts, his diet is a veritable dream come true for some who likes the feeling that their stomach is about to explode with every last finger lick.

His mornings involve a large bowl of cereal, such as porridge, muesli or Weetabix, a half pint semi-skimmed milk plus chopped banana, 1-2 thick slices wholegrain bread with olive oil or sunflower spread and honey or jam, glass of fruit juice, 1 liter fruit squash (concentrated fruit mixes), 1 liter sports drink during training, portion of scrambled eggs, portion of baked beans, 1-2 slices grilled lean bacon, portion of grilled mushrooms or tomatoes, 2 thick slices wholegrain bread with olive oil spread, 1 liter fruit squash.

And that's all before 11 a.m.

It's not as exciting a start as Michael Phelps' breakfast ritual from 2008 which included three sandwiches of fried eggs, cheese, lettuce, tomato, fried onions, and mayonnaise, one omelet, a bowl of grits, and three slices of French toast with powdered sugar washed down with three chocolate chip pancakes with butter, syrup, and whipped cream ... but it's certainly an amount to behold.

So you and I might not be "training" for the "Olympics," and we might not "need" over "1,600 calories" a "day" but let's rally around our country's best competitors and show them some love by eating about eight times the amount of food we actually need in a 12-hour period. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, after all.

I, for one, will toast our Olympians with a breakfast of three sausages, a box of Entenmann's old fashioned coffee cake, a bucket of hash browns, and a trough of grapefruit juice. For lunch I'll take down a triple bypass burger, and snack on something light, like a pound of a half of gummy bears. Dinner will need to be something patriotic, so ... I'll eat a medium-sized calf, a dozen fried chickens, and a gallon of butter sauteed with some collard greens. If there's room for dessert, you better believe I'm going after that cheeseburger pizza.

Mere's to mall our mathletes wiff mamazing fkills!

Sorry, my mouth was full. Ahem.

Here's to all our athletes with amazing skills!

Do you rev up your eating when you're on a strict workout schedule?


Photo via Dave Hayworth/Flickr

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GlowW... GlowWorm889

That makes me stick to my stomach just thinking about it! Waaaayy too much food for me.

Eques... EquestrianMom

Yeah, you look at that diet and think of freedom to eat. I work outside and do a large amount of physical labor, and am super skinny (and tired, wore down etc) so my dr sent me to a nutritionist. We looked at my very healthy diet, my daily caloric intake, my bmi, physical activity level, etc. And in order to gain weight (which I need to) I have to eat 8,000 calories a day. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find even the time to eat that much? Or how much my grocery bill shot up? Or how in gods green earth you can fit all that food into your stomach? I had to quit after a week, I couldn't afford it! So half starved I am and half starved I stay. 

nonmember avatar megan

geez, i thought i ate alot due to my workouts. I can't imagine eating that much in one day, much less one sitting. Even when i was preggers, and let me tell ya, i could eat a ton then!

Addys... Addys_Mom

I could never do it. Ever. Been eating clean and healthy for 6 months now. I do have cheat days now and then and let me tell ya, my body knows when i do and lets me know it was not good! that many calories would kill me. In order to eat that many, i would have to eat junk. You would never hit that on just healthy stuff alone...

jessi... jessicasmom1

way to much .for me .. I could not even think of that .. makes my head hurt

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