Age won’t be the only thing that would slow Michael Phelps down as an Olympic athlete. While it is true that race times got slower as athletes age, Phelps has other contributing factors that could slow him down. After yesterday’s article, Top five diet tips for Olympic athlete wannabes, it shocked me to see the kind of food eaten to fuel his workouts while he prepared for the Olympics. The article said it was reasonable because of what the body went through during training.
Let’s cut the bull. Michael Phelps’ diet was scary. He lives off of the high saturated fat content he eats. If anything did age him, it would occur on the inside first. There were a host of health problems that came from eating high fat content such as: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, heart attack, and Type 2 Diabetes. When my sister ran track in high school, they told her not to eat sweets. I mean, What he did, blew my diet tips out of the water, just like he did when he won his last gold medal.
Dwayne Johnson, “The Rock,” was no better. While there is an eating plan in place, he undoes the 150 days of ‘clean eating’ on that one cheat day. My plan was the 80/20 rule, that is 80% good, 20% bad. During the week, I stick to my low cholesterol diet. On the weekend, particularly Sunday, I can eat the breakfast they serve in my department. I still have limits like one donut, one small cup of coffee, but nothing greasy or upsetting to my stomach. Anything swimming in grease, spicy food or covered in sour cream.
Michael Phelps had another problem with alcohol. Over time, that can add weight to his middle. Let us hope he remains on the straight and narrow path for the sake of his infant son and fiancee. Thank goodness he got help after getting arrested on a DUI after retiring after the 2012 Olympics. During the test and treatment of stenosis of the lower limbs in 2005, one of the doctors asked if I had any ‘self destructive’ habits like drugs or alcohol. Thankfully, there were none.
In spite of his eating habits, Michael Phelps remains at the top of his game. He is number 3. Let us hope his diet changes as he ages to keep up.