March 24th, 2017
Swimming in general is a great form of exercise. It is well known that one of the best ways to go about losing weight is swimming.
However, swimmers at the Division I level are not swimming to lose weight. They’re swimming to go fast and break records, and to do so takes a lot of training.
To make up for this incredible amount of training, swimmers must compensate by eating plenty of food.
Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was known to eat a breathtaking amount of food in his peak years as a swimmer, reportedly consuming between 8,000 and 12,000 calories per day.
While it’s head coach Jack Bauerle who coaches his swimmers in the pool, Maria Breen, alumna of the UGA Bone and Body Composition Lab, coaches the Bulldogs on what to eat. Breen is a sports nutritionist at Georgia who oversees the diets of the swimming and diving team.
So exactly how much do swimmers eat? The answer isn’t straightforward or the same depending on the person, day and even time of year.
“It varies so much based on their body size and genetics,” Breen said.
But the amount is consistently above that of the average citizen and other elite athletes.
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