Have you ever swam a 4x100 race at the Olympics and immediately scarfed down a pound of spaghetti?
Eating that much pasta would be an accomplishment for anyone, but for Phelps, it's necessary after using so much energy in an intense race. (A pound of pasta, by the way, is what four normal people could eat.)
If a pound of spaghetti sounds like a lot to you, it's actually cake for Phelps. Back in 2008, Phelps ate a whopping 12,000 calories a day that included indulgences like a three fried eggs sandwiches with a ton of cheese at breakfast, two large ham and cheese sandwiches on white bread at lunch and entire pizzas for dinner.
He also guzzled 1,000-calorie energy drinks.
Damn. Just keep in mind, people, Phelps is not an average human. He's probably earned each of the thousands of calories he consumes on the reg.
Since 2008, he's cut back. But, he still ate a pound of pasta for dinner after the big event.
I tried to do as much as I could, get my lactate cleared, had a massage, had an ice bath, eat [...] I think I had a pound of spaghetti, and I am not a spaghetti fan. I forced myself to eat it.
I'm not sure which is weirder: the fact Phelps ate total crap when he was 22 and is still crushing at the Olympics or the fact he doesn't like spaghetti.
Citations: Michael Phelps says he ate a pound of pasta to recover after winning his 23rd Olympic medal (Business Insider), Michael Phelps eats half-kilo of pasta after historic win, insane diet of US swimming legend (Fox Sports)