Back when Michael Phelps had his amazing medal run at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, one of the many facts about the young swimmer that fascinated the nation was that he consumes somewhere around 12,000 calories a day. At first, it sounds like a ridiculous amount of food - and it is. It's somewhere in the ballpark of 24 Quarter Pounders w/ Cheese. But when you remember that he trains hours upon hours each day and burns of copious amounts of calories in the process, that massive number becomes a bit more palatable.
I don't know why (some unworldly level of masochism, I guess), but professional competitive eater Furious Pete decided to attempt the "Michael Phelps Diet Challenge." In that challenge, a person must consume the entire daily allotment of Phelp's caloric intake - in one sitting.
Here's what the challenge consists of:
3 Fried Egg Sandwiches, Bowl of Grits/Oatmeal, 5 Egg Omlet 3x French Toast, 3x Chocolate Chip Pancakes, 2 Large Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, 0.5 Kilos (1+lb) of Pasta, 1 x XL Pepperoni Pizza, 0.5 Kilos (1+lb) of Pasta, and various Energy Drinks
That's pretty much dead on what Michael Phelps eats for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - according to MichaelPhelps.net.
Check it out below to see if he's successful:
12,000 calories is roughly the sustenance that's recommended for an adult over the course of six days. I can imagine that eating all of that in a matter of minutes is probably not the best thing you can do for your body. As a veteran of a couple White Castle and Taco Bell eating challenges, let be be the first to ask you to please please not try this at home.[via reddit]