I remember back in 2008 during the summer Olympics in Beijing when the media reported that Michael Phelps was eating 12,000 calories a day.
Something tells me this was a bit embellished to an extent.
Be that as it may, a review of what Olympians eat reveals:
- The wide variation in intake- from as little as 1300 for a high jumper to 7,000 for a cross-country skier
- Chloe Kim eats churros and ice cream and gets impressive results!
- The rise of "beet juice" and other "clean" stuff
- The standard fare they were eating: animal protein, quinoa, potatoes, vegetables. Standard, boring, but functional.
What are the principles?
- Eat standard, plain stuff most of the time with room for flexibility
- Eat churros and ice cream some of the time
- Eat the same quality but not the same quantity. Someone who eats like an Olympian but isn't an Olympian is a binge eater.
- Perfect everything else in your life
- Treat life like a game
- You don't need to drink beet juice.