When it comes to athletes' diets, swimmers seem to have the most extreme meal plans. Michael Phelps is known to have one of the craziest diets, eating 12,000 calories a day, but what about his teammates?
U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte also eats a lot of food. His daily diet may not be as voluminous as Phelps's, but it's enough to make you full just by looking at it. According to Bon Appetit, Lochte takes in around 8,000 calories a day.
Earlier in his career, Lochte ate so much that his jaw hurt. "I was just constantly eating, and I was getting tired of eating. My jaw was getting sore. But I guess I've been doing it for so long—I've been doing it for 12 years—that it's eerie now. If I'm not eating, then something's wrong," the 32-year-old told the magazine.
Here's Lochte's 8,000-calorie diet.
- 6 eggs, scrambled: 597 calories
- with ham, 1 slice: 46 calories
- with spinach, 1 cup: 41 calories
- with diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup: 25 calories
- Hash browns, 1 cup: 413 calories
- Pancakes, plain, 2: 298 calories
- Oatmeal, plain, 1 cup: 166 calories
- 1 banana: 105 calories
Total: 1,691 calories
- Avocado toast
- with 1/2 an avocado: 145 calories
- with whole-wheat bread slice: 69 calories
- with spinach, 5 leaves: 12 calories
- with 1 egg: 91 calories
- with hot sauce: 1 calorie
- with tofu sausage: 120 calories
Total: 438 calories
- Fettuccine Alfredo: 950 calories
- with chicken: 282 calories
- Water with lemon-flavored MiO drops: 0 calories
Total: 1,232 calories
Peanut butter Kind bar: 200 calories
Total: 200 calories
- Lochte confessed he downs pizza, chicken wings, and Mountain Dew every Friday
- Domino's pizza, cheese, 3 slices: 870 calories
- Domino's BBQ wings, 4: 960 calories
- with blue cheese: 240 calories
- Mountain Dew, 2 12-ounce servings: 340 calories
Total: 2,410 calories
Mint chocolate chip ice cream, 1 cup: 300 calories
Total: 300 calories
Lochte likes to share his meals on Instagram, and they look even bigger than the list.
He explains that he gets Domino's pizza, wings and Mountain Dew every Friday, because it has been a family tradition since he was eight. Good thing he burns off all those calories swimming, otherwise he'd be one big boy.