It was an Olympic battle of the diets, with the swimming pool as the arena. In one lane, clean eater Ryan Lochte, who told Yahoo! Sports that he “changed some things after Beijing in my diet” and informed MSN that he made “a commitment to myself to eat healthier. No more fast food every day because it was just the easy way out.” And in the other lane, junk food lover and chocolate chip pancake addict Michael Phelps. The result: On Saturday, Ryan flew through the water with the greatest of ease and still had energy to hold his Olympic gold medal high in the air, while Michael looked so weighed down by all those three fried-egg sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions, and mayo that he could barely applaud for his buddy. In addition, reported Sports Illustrated today, Ryan helped the freestyle relay team win a silver on Sunday and is in good position for additional gold medals this week.
Michael, however, has lost his hopes of repeating his incredible runaway victories. Is his diet to blame? On a typical day, for example, Michael eats those fried sandwiches, a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three slices of French toast, and three chocolate chip pancakes, reported the Baltimore Sun last month. Both lunch and dinner required a pound of pasta (yes, at each meal), while Michael gobbled up two ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch and a whole pizza for dinner. And to wash down all that junk food: high-calorie energy drinks. Gulp.
In contrast, to prepare for the London games, Ryan halted his consumption of McDonald’s “pretty much every day,” reported Fox News July 26. Steering away from the Golden Arches, he also dumped the candy and soda in his diet. He focused on clean eating, balancing protein, carbs, and fats in a heart-healthy approach. Now that’s a diet that’s worth its weight in gold!