What Are The Olympic Athletes Eating?

Mimi ON Aug 06, 2012 AT 1:37 pm

Olympic officials have been put in quite the predicament, trying to accommodate the appetites of over 1400 athletes is no easy feat. But we are super interested to see what the world’s fittest sportsmen and women in the world eat! And our findings pretty much blew us away, as the key to looking that good seems to involve a crazy amount of calorie, LOTS of carbs, and protein at every mouthful.

When it comes to feasting at the Olympic park, the food quirks are endless. Gymnast, Aly Raisman credits chocolate milk as being her secret when it comes to recovery, whilst Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake claims that 16 bananas in a day is the best way to get him going. Volleyballer Kerry Walsh enjoys almond butter and honey sandwiches before matches, and British weightlifter Jake Oliver says that every morning he drinks a very specific homemade protein shake, made with a form of milk only produced during the late stages of a cows’ pregnancy.

Olympic snacks

Michael Phelps, who has one of the best Olympic bodies and medal tables in history, attributes his success in the pool to his diet, which adds up to an astounding 12,000 calories a day! Phelps revealed in an interview that he will consume three egg sandwiches with cheese, salad, onions and mayonnaise, a bowl of grits, two cups of coffee, a five egg omelet, three slices of French toast with powdered sugar, and three chocolate chip pancakes. . . in one sitting. Surprised? So are we. Michael Phelps isn’t the only one  with a food schedule like this either.

Michael Phelps

Fellow American and swimmer, Ryan Lochte, recently declared that he was giving up soda and junk food in order to better accommodate his rigorous work out routine, although, his recovery meal of whole grain spaghetti, a grilled chicken breast (all smothered in Alfredo sauce), and a salad with lemon juice and olive oil, makes up for the gap in calorie intake. Perhaps not what we would’ve guessed for an ideal post-work out meal, but seemingly healthier than that of Michael Phelps.

Ryan Lochte's recovery meal

Some athletes, including soccer star Carli Lloyd, opt for an even healthier route, stating: “I try to follow a strict diet” and “a healthy diet gives you a healthy body and this is what helps fuel me on the soccer field”.  A typical meal for Carli comprises of anything from an omelette or scrambled eggs, oatmeal, a chicken wrap or salad to fruit shakes, fish and edamames.

Carli Lloyd's favorite snack

Gymnast Jonathan Horton, who has an issue with his blood sugar, shakes off his shakes with honey. Aside from the quick energy boost via a swig of honey though, Horton’s diet includes four egg whites, toast, and coffee for breakfast, a grilled chicken sandwich with tomatoes, spinach, pickles and ranch dressing for lunch, and red meat, green beans, and baked yams for dinner. He claims pizza is his weakness and enjoys international cuisine. We wonder what his favorite dish has been in London?

Jonathan Horton

For the most part, and with a couple of really extreme exceptions (yes, Michael Phelps, we’re talking about you!) most of the athletes enjoy a protein rich diet, with lots of grains, fruits, veggies, fish, and meat. To give you an idea of exactly how much, an estimated 25 thousand loaves of bread, 75 thousand liters of milk, and 330 tons of fruit and vegetables will be consumed in Olympic Park over the course of the games. Luckily these athletes have plenty of opportunity to burn those cals!

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