Phelps 12,000 calorie meal plans

With all of the excitement of the Olympics lately, one thing that has really seemed to capture everyone's attention is the news about Michael Phelps 12,000 calorie daily meal plans.

If you think about it, considering that the average person consumes between 2,000 to 3,000 calories per day, it is quite phenomenal to think that Phelps can consume 12,000 calories/day and still stay as lean as he is.

This just shows the power of the amount of physical activity he actually does each day to expend all of those calories.

Now keep in mind that this is only his caloric intake during his most extreme periods of training... and he is also quite an athletic freak of nature. That amount of training that he does every day would be some serious overtraining and cripple the average person.

That level of caloric intake reminds me of my college summers more than 10 years ago when I used to do landscaping and walk-behind lawn mowing for 12-13 hours a day, 5-6 days per week (damn that was hard work!).

Some days I would literally be walking behind and maneuvering a several hundred pound lawnmower for miles and miles in the summer heat all day long (with lots of other manual labor mixed in also).

One thing that I had to do during these times of extreme physical activity was eat enormous quantities of food just to maintain my weight.

A few times I tallied up my daily calorie intake to see how many calories I was consuming during these long summer lawn mowing days and it was usually between 5,000 to 6,000 calories/day.
And believe me... that is a huge amount of daily food in itself. I just can't imagine how Phelps can eat TWICE that amount in one day... it's just mind boggling.

Anyway, I just thought this whole thing was fascinating. I certainly wouldn't recommend anyone trying to train as much as Phelps does or eat as much as he does... but it is certainly interesting how many calories the body can expend when put under such extreme levels of daily exercise.

Congrats to Phelps and all of the other Olympians for their incredible accomplishments this year!

With new world records being broken every year, and athletes getting stronger, faster, and more skilled all the time, it's crazy to think what athletes will be doing in another 40 or 50 years.

If you want to eat the healthiest diet possible for your specific body and learn to stay lean for life, make sure to read through Isabel De Los Rios' program at:

There will be no 12,000 calorie meal plans there!

Have a great day, and enjoy the rest of the Olympics!

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
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