“Refueling can resemble an episode of “Man v. Food,” with dinner consisting of things like a pound of pasta drizzled with olive oil (about 800 calories), a dozen eggs (840 calories), an entire cheese pizza (perhaps 2,000 calories) and a pint of Ben & Jerry’s cheesecake-brownie ice cream (1,000 calories). These foods (although not this exact lineup) were described to me by dietitians and officials who work with Olympians as common training-table choices for elite endurance athletes, particularly men. Plus beer (about 150 calories a bottle).”
— The diets of elite Olympic athletes via New York Times. They are, after all, burning 4,000 to 6,000 calories a day, at the rate of 15 to 20 calories per minute. And one can only eat so much tofu. More of these “insane” diets here. And here’s a sample diet of what a rower in Olympic training would eat on a daily basis. Hint: It’s 6,000 calories/day.