Athletes Have Olympic Appetites: DNews Nugget
Athletes Eat a Ton, Literally: Nestled in the middle of the Olympic Village is a cafeteria, and in that cafeteria horrible things happen every day: the athletes gorge themselves. More accurately, they don't truly gorge for their activity levels, but they do consume vast quantities of foods.
The cafeteria can seat up to 5,000 people and with up to 60,000 meals served daily, they have a big job. Michael Phelps told NBC he eats 12,000 calories a day — six times the recommended amount that's normal for an average adult male.
While that sounds like a lot, the coaches say "We don't really get them to count calories, we more look at what areas of food groups they're eating from. You're looking at getting quality fats, making sure you get enough carbohydrates, and also the timing of the meal — if you're swimming or doing gym."
Aside from the volume, many of the athletes have special dietary requirements (either restricted by coaches or self-prescribed) including supplements, home-country cooking — the cafeteria does its best to diversify — and one weightlifter who "drinks the first milk of a cow that has just given birth." Whether that milk is supplied by the International Olympic Committee, or brown bagged from home, we don't know. via CNN