Michael Phelps is making headlines this month for earning four gold and two silver medals for the US Olympic team but his diet is also making headlines after reports surfaced that the swimming champion consumes an average of 12,000 calories per day.
The reports hit the media and everyone was stunned as to how someone in such great physical condition could consume so many calories and stay in shape. Sure, he may have high metabolism – and we know he works off thousands of calories a day – but is it really possible for a man of Phelps’ stature to maintain a strict diet like that? According to the man himself, the answer to that question is “no.”
In a new interview with Ryan Seacrest, Michael Phelps shoots down the rumors that his diet consists of 12,000 calories per day, telling Ryan “I never ate that much. It’s all a myth. I’ve never eaten that many calories.”
Seacrest replied back with “Good because I was starting to loathe you, that you could really eat all this,” to which Phelps quipped “I wish. It’s too much though. It’s pretty much impossible.”
You can listen to the interview below. The comments occur around the 7:30 mark.