How to Get Ripped - Michael Phelps Has the Answer

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is ripped. There's no question about that.


What's his secret?

In remarkable defiance of both the calories-in/calories-out theory and the low-carb "metabolic advantage" theory, Phelps hammers his six-pack - nay, eight-pack - into shape with a high-carb, 12,000-calorie-a-day food fest.

According to a an article in today's New York Post, a typical day in the diet of Michael Phelps looks like this:

Breakfast: Three fried-egg sandwiches loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions, and mayo. Two cups of coffee, a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast topped with powdered sugar, and three chocolate-chip pancakes.

Lunch: One pound of enriched pasta, two large ham and cheese sandwiches slathered with mayo on white bread, and 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks.

Dinner: One pound of pasta, one whole pizza, and 1,000 calories worth of energy drinks.

Detractors point out that Phelps' high level of activity may increase his caloric requirement, while others point out the thermogenic effect of pancakes, found recently to be higher than expected.

Rumors that Phelps plays Nintendo Wii, shown in a recent study to increase energy expenditure much more than playing X Box, began circulating Wednesday.

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