Michael Phelps' Olympic Diet

July 10, 2012

Michael Phelps covers the latest issue of Details magazine, where he talks about his weight gain after the 2008 Olympics and his current diet. The athlete made waves in 2008 when it won eight gold medals. After the wins, Phelps just didn't know what to do with himself. So, he ate and gained 25 pounds.

"It was weird going from the highest of the high, the biggest point of your life -- winning eight gold medals -- and then saying, 'All right, where do I go from here?'"

He has since dropped the extra weight, but reveals he has quite the hearty appetite and doesn't worry about his diet. 

"People make a big deal out of what I eat, but it's not that crazy. I had a three-egg omelet and three pieces of French toast and coffee this morning," Phelps said. "For recovery, I think it's a big deal to eat within a half-hour after you exercise. Otherwise I just try to put carbs into my system before I swim and then load up on the protein after. I don't count calories. Whether it's Sour Patch Kids or Reese's or a bag of chips, if I feel like eating it, I'm going to eat it."

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