The Olympics are in full gear with the United States medal count reaching a high number.
But while we take in their breathtaking performances, we need to realize that it is what and how much the athletes take in that helps them attain such gold medal physiques.
Athletes have been known to consume a crazy amount of calories to fuel their workouts. According to Mensfitness.com, “High-octane Olympic Athletes, like swimmers and water polo players, consume a near-superhuman (or Sumo-wrestler) diet of 5,000 plus calories per day.”
According to earlier reports both by ABCNews.com and CNN.com, Michael Phelps allegedly ate up to 12,000 calories a day when training for the 2008 Olympics.
However, he later told CNN that, “the report of his gargantuan appetite was a myth, saying such intake would be impossible.”
Still, athletes are fueling up, consuming a lot of food, in London’s Olympic Village. But, are they really eating and drinking all of the fast food and soft drinks as portrayed in many of the Olympic advertisements?
Not so says, Mensfitness.com, “It seems that after water, milk is the Village’s most popular drink with 75,000 liters ice cold and ready for guzzling.”
According to CNN.com, free unlimited McDonald's in the dining hall and a soda machine that cranks out as much free pop as athletes want, is all there for the tempting taking, Sports Scientist Jess Corones told CNN.com
“They think, 'Oh this is so cool,' and they just run to it -- but you have to remind them that it'll still be there when they've finished competing and that until they've finished competing they've got to stay on their normal routine."
Most athletes remain health-conscious, paying attention to the quality of the calories they are consuming.
Registered dietitian, Keri Glassman, told ABCNews.com, “The body needs carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and fluid in order to be properly fueled for exercise. Eating right allows athletes to delay fatigue, work harder — possibly giving them the edge they need to set a personal record — and recover faster.”
So the bathing beauties wearing red, white and blue attire fuel with that thought in mind.