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not really a ? but I love all the billboards and tv ads that have Olympic Athletes eating Mcdonalds and drinking coke

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Created July 09, 2012 at 5:07 AM

do you think people really believe that?

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on July 09, 2012
at 05:43 PM

@Matt: Yes, I know. My point was that Phelps will likely have to make radical changes to his diet as he ages and (presumably) spends less time in the pool. And he might learn the hard way that it's not the fried egg portion of his current routine that needs a little limiting, but the pancakes and french toast.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 09, 2012
at 05:23 PM

OMG! That is funny!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 09, 2012
at 05:20 PM

McDonalds wants to be seen as "cool" in the way that Olympic Athletes are. It must be working - as they still sell a ton of crap. McDonalds is the largest single consumer of potatoes, beef, pork and apples in the US.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 09, 2012
at 05:14 PM

I doubt that people are delusional enough to think that "If I just eat a Big Mac I can be like Michael Phelps!" Okay, maybe 3-6 year olds. My daughters were pretty cynical by the age of 8 or so.

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:28 PM

@Amy, are most people who are athletes at 20, remain athletes at the same level at 50? No. Silly to say otherwise.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on July 09, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Indeed! My sports nutrition prof always said that athletes were the hardest clients because they claim body comp as evidence of health, and are rarely convinced otherwise (even if they have awful GI issues).

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on July 09, 2012
at 03:15 PM

No, they don't get fat. But we all know that doesn't make them healthy. ;-) Mark Sisson's personal story is a testament to that.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on July 09, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Olympians also tend to be *young* -- i.e., they can "get away with" certain dietary habits that are not exactly productive. I'd like to see where Phelps is when he's 50 or 60 and not keeping up the same level of training he currently does.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

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on July 09, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Olympians are often (always?) genetic freaks who can get away with less than stellar lifestyle choices. Michael Phelps smoking pot certainly wasn't the best decision for his training, but it didn't seem to hurt his performance.

631b29d5ab1146e264e91d08103bb72c

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on July 09, 2012
at 01:53 PM

What's not to believe? It is almost certainly true.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

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on July 09, 2012
at 01:49 PM

Well, when you're burning 10,000 calories a day training, it probably tastes damn good. Even when I was SAD I hated chocolate chip pancakes though. Those are always disgusting.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 09, 2012
at 12:20 PM

I love the smell of self-righteous paleo proselytizing in the morning. :)

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Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

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on July 09, 2012
at 11:34 AM

If you're that young and work out that much you can probably get away with eating anything for a while.

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1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

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on July 09, 2012
at 05:25 AM

Probably something like - "yes, of course - they eat it in moderation, just like all of the experts say is a-ok." I think the average person has been taught that eating garbage food is ok if you only do it once a week. So yeah, sure; I think people buy it.

And I'm not sure how far it is from the truth. Many athletes I've encountered have an "I can eat what I want because I sure as heck won't get fat" attitude.

1296f5fecd084f101d7c5fbe013f07eb

(1213)

on July 09, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Indeed! My sports nutrition prof always said that athletes were the hardest clients because they claim body comp as evidence of health, and are rarely convinced otherwise (even if they have awful GI issues).

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on July 09, 2012
at 03:15 PM

No, they don't get fat. But we all know that doesn't make them healthy. ;-) Mark Sisson's personal story is a testament to that.

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68294383ced9a0eafc16133aa80d1905

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on July 09, 2012
at 01:22 PM

The work capacity and heavy training they do actually allows many of them to eat this way. While it's not doing them any favors health-wise, neither is the level of training they subject them to leading up to the Olympics. In fact, the stress put on the body of an athlete from training is more damaging than eating Chicken McNuggets.

The big issue I have is that the average person sees this and becomes disillusioned into thinking there is correlation between elite performance and consuming this stuff. While Michael Phelps might eat Egg McMuffin's, that's not the reason he's able to do what he does. It sickens me to know these companies are fooling people who are too naive to see the difference.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 09, 2012
at 05:14 PM

I doubt that people are delusional enough to think that "If I just eat a Big Mac I can be like Michael Phelps!" Okay, maybe 3-6 year olds. My daughters were pretty cynical by the age of 8 or so.

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on July 09, 2012
at 11:41 AM

Well McDonald's and Coke pay a lot of money for that. There was a famous ad in the 1990's where Michael Jordan and Larry Bird played a game of "horse" for a Big Mac. Great marketing for McDonald's.

I do think that a lot of young athletes do eat crap food because problems stemming from diet don't usually catch up to you until you're a bit older, and if you exercise a lot then you might not gain weight. Let's just hope they don't all go on to eat 25,000 of them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Gorske

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3d0093dd591d9b88db74d7bba970dea0

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on July 09, 2012
at 02:14 PM

It has been speculated that some athletes say they eat this way to sabotage their competition who then assume that they can as well.

That said, I agree that they are probably genetic outliers who can get away with more than most people. It is certainly true of the training they undergo.

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B41cdb2253976ba9b429dd608d02c21f

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on July 09, 2012
at 01:43 PM

Most triathletes eat that crap just to get calories to sustain the calorie burn of so much training. I imagine that applies to some Olympic athletes too. However, I think the real reason is that McD's and Coke pay big money for endorsements.

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on July 09, 2012
at 12:57 PM

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 09, 2012
at 05:23 PM

OMG! That is funny!

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Ac7edffeaea00e2076762ea16d19c239

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on July 09, 2012
at 11:51 AM

This is what Michael Phelps eats for breakfast:

Start with three sandwiches of fried eggs, cheese, lettuce, tomato, fried onions, and mayonnaise; add one omelet, a bowl of grits, and three slices of French toast with powdered sugar; then wash down with three chocolate chip pancakes.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2008/08/what-does-michael-phelps-eat-for-breakfast-more-than-you-eat-all-day.html

Just thinking of shoving all this crap food down my throat, especially in the morning makes me want to hurl.

4ec0fe4b4aab327f7efa2dfb06b032ff

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on July 09, 2012
at 01:49 PM

Well, when you're burning 10,000 calories a day training, it probably tastes damn good. Even when I was SAD I hated chocolate chip pancakes though. Those are always disgusting.

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6d99825c84f631799783827341e57bc6

on July 09, 2012
at 01:13 PM

Well, Usain Bolt uses McD chicken nuggets as his training meal, even in 2008: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/olympic_games/world_olympic_dreams/8794130.stm

Not my approach, but to each their own.

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45ace03a0eff1219943d746cfb1c4197

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on July 09, 2012
at 12:18 PM

They're ads. They're meant to sell junk to the rest of us. It's offensive to say the least.

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