How Many Calories Do Olympic Athletes Need? It Depends

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By Timberlake Dental curated from National Public Radio


“…To Olympic athletes, food is fuel for exceptional athletic performance. But there’s a surprising amount of variety in just how much fuel elite athletes need….”

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It’s interesting how much variation you’ll find in the number of calories consumed by Olympic athletes.  Swimmers like Michael Phelps and cyclists consume up to 12,000 calories a day to fuel the  extensive amount of work they’ll have to expend in competition, whereas wrestlers have to be very careful with their weight due to weight classifications used for their matches.   This article provides interesting details on just how this issue plays out with the different athletes.