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Meals of Champions! You’ll be Surprised What These Athletes Eat

We would expect that athletes, especially the world renowned ones, have an incredibly strict diet. They probably eat the healthy meals, or so we thought.

Champion Olympic Swimmer, Michael Phelps

With such a good physique, you wouldn’t expect this Olympian swimmer to be consuming thousands and thousands of calories right? Well, he actually consumes 12,000 calories a day.

“Eat, Sleep, and Swim. That’s all I can do.” – Michael Phelps

Normally, people of the same age as he consume a good 2,000 calories. But not Phelps, who swims everyday and more than 10 times during the Olympics. He really does need those calories in order for him to actually win a medal for his country. However, he seems more like a person who is trying to binge eat rather than an Olympian, because he eats about 4,000 calories a meal. He often calls this the Breakfast of Champions, which actually consists of three fried egg sandwiches that are loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and some mayonnaise. Followed by some five-egg omelet, two cups of coffee, a bowl of grits, chocolate chip pancakes and some three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar. And that is all just for breakfast.

With lunch, he would eat some ham and cheese sandwiches that have a lot of mayonnaise drizzled on the white bread and a pound of pasta. Oh and he drinks energy drinks that have about 1,000 calories in them. For dinner on the other hand, it is definitely all about carbs. It consists of another pound of pasta and an entire pizza. Although he didn’t say how big the pizza was or if it is a thin or thick crust. We’ll just assume it is good for like 5-8 people.

However, he changed this diet for the Rio Olympics. Some people don’t really believe that he used to eat that much. But then again, if you swam all the time and earned a record 23 Olympic medals for your country, then, no one has the right to judge your lifestyle.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – Actor and Former Wrestler 

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Next up is the 270 pound actor Dwayne Johnson, who is a former wrestler for the WWE. He has, however, maintained his physique even if he’s no longer in the wrestling ring. He is now the highest paid actor in Hollywood, not just because he is great, but, well, probably because there is nothing like him in the Hollywood scene (Size wise).

But people always wonder how much do people this huge actually need to eat to maintain their body. Well according to an interview with Johnson, he usually begins at 4 am and his day consists of 7 Meals which is his own version of Meals of a Champion.

His first meal consists of 10 oz of cod, 2 whole eggs and 2 cups of oatmeal. For his second meal he eats 8 oz of cod, 12 oz of sweet potatoes and a cup of veggies. With his third, he consumes about 8 oz of chicken, 2 cups of white rice and a cup of veggies The fourth meal consists of 8 oz of cods again with 2 cups of rice, a cup of veggies with 1 tbsp of fish oil. For the fifth meal he eats 8 oz of steak, 12,0 oz of baked potatoes and some spinach salad while for the sixth meal he gets another 10 oz of cod with 2 cups of rice and a salad. Finally for the seventh meal he consume about 30 grams of casein protein, 10 egg-white omelette and a cup of vegetables.

If you compare it with Michael Phelps diet, The Rock’s diet plan is definitely healthier.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Lebron James


“Before competition for me would be like a chicken breast and maybe a little pasta. The carbs help because you’re going out and playing a lot of minutes, but a salad and some veggies will have me perfectly fine. And before the game I might have a protein shake and some fruit, and I’ll be ready to go. But as far as pies or pizza and sandwiches and french fries — I can’t. I’ll wait for that after the game. I can’t do that before the game.”

And there you have it, do you think you have the guts to actually try their diets? Well, maybe if you are very active just like them. But be sure to consult your doctors first before getting into a certain diet plan.

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