The Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps rivalry went beyond the pool as the former admitted his agony as Phelps continued to top Rio Olympics 2016 even in the kitchen. He praised Phelps’ 10,000-calorie per day diet.
Lochte appeared to stay behind Michael Phelps’ superiority when it comes to swimming. Yet, he declined labeling his relationship with Phelps as a rivalry. He didn’t even call him his rival but rather a lifetime teammate-competitor.
During an interview with NBC prior to the 200-meter individual medley competition, Lochte admitted that his career would’ve been different if Phelps was not there. He truthfully stated that he could’ve enjoyed dominating the sport.
Yet, he loved the fact that he is challenged all the time. He even liked the feeling of encouraging himself to beat Phelps. Hence, that motivation and drive kept him going in every Olympics event he participated.
“I guess you would say I’d be like the Michael Phelps of swimming if he wasn’t there. But at the same time I love a challenge, and that’s why I do the events that I do and going up against him is a challenge,” he said.
With that said, Lochte admitted that even in the kitchen, he’s competing Phelps’ 10,000-calorie-a-day diet. Currently, he has been reaching 8,000 calories per day, which is 2,000 less than Phelps’, Charlotte Observer cited.
He explained that he’s been constantly eating to help him become one of the greatest swimmers like Phelps.
His diet comprises five or six eggs every morning. These are partnered with spinach, tomatoes, ham, pancakes, oatmeal, fruit, French vanilla coffee with sugar and milk. This has been his everyday meal for 12 years now.
Time noted that if Phelps finally decided to retire after Rio Olympics 2016, Lochte’s 12-year sacrifice (including his diet, practice and training) certainly will guarantee topping the next Olympics.
At that point, he’ll possibly step into the spot he thinks is the exact place he truly belongs. However, that event will happen only if Michael Phelps confirms his retirement for good.
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