How much does an average Olympian eat in a day? NPR's food blog explains that it can vary — from Michael Phelps' insane 12,000-calorie diet to the 1,500-calorie diet of an average sprightly fencer.
It's hard to imagine what several thousand calories looks like. So the website Nowness commissioned creative duo Sarah Parker and Michael Bodiam, along with sports nutritionist Dan Benardot, to take a stab.
They picked five hypothetical athletes (e.g. male triathlete, female hammer-thrower, etc.), devised a diet and arranged everything they'd eat in one day on a giant plate.
Lesson learned: To get away with eating a bagel, a sandwich, three eggs and a pile of french fries (and then some), I guess I have to start throwing heavy things.