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Eight Time Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman vs Iconic Michael Phelps: Who Ate the Most Calories?

Published 10/07/2022, 9:15 AM EDT

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Ronnie Coleman is one of the finest bodybuilders of all time, as he has won the Mr. Olympia title eight times. Coleman was untouchable in his prime due to his immense size, fitness, consistency, dedication, and freak factor. Fans often wonder what he ate to boost his size and muscle definition to get regarded as “The King.”

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Ronnie Coleman was born in Louisiana, and to earn his pocket money, he started working when he was 12. He graduated in accounting but could not find a job, leading him to work at Dominos. Coleman said that he joined Dominos to get something to eat daily in his Netflix documentary ‘Ronnie Coleman: The King’.


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cause pizza was free, and I ate it every single day,” said Coleman. He later took up a job at Arlington Sheriff’s department and began his career as a police officer. Later, he entered the “Mr. Texas” competition and became interested in “Mr. Olympia.” After winning his first Mr. Olympia title in 1998, he never looked back.

The unique diet of Ronnie Coleman during his peak years

Ronnie Coleman is a true southern lad who loves eating his BBQ chicken, cornbread, rice, and beans. Coleman’s diet consisted of only 5% of fat, 20-25% carbohydrates, and 65% of protein. Coleman aimed to increase the protein intake in his diet and was also known for his protein-loaded powder shakes.

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Coleman consumed a lot of meals, including eggs, meat, grains, veggies, poultry, and potatoes. His daily calorie consumption was around 5562, which included carbohydrates- 474g, fat- 150g, and protein- 546g.


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Phelps’ diet, as compared to Coleman’s


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Compared to Coleman, Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer, revealed that he consumes 10,000 calories daily. Ten thousand calories a day would equal enough food for five average people in a day. “I was told that I was supposed to eat between eight and 10,000 calories a day. I just sort of try to cram whatever I can into my body,” said Phelps in an NBC interview.


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Coleman says that the credit for his bodybuilding goes to the coaches and the nutritionists he was surrounded by. At a point in time, Coleman had only 0.33% of body fat, which is unattainable even for top athletes. To this, Coleman said that some of the things he has are because of genes and cannot be accomplished by others.


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Written by:

Somya Jain


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Somya Jain is a US Sports author at EssentiallySports. She has been a Psychology student for six years, holds a Master’s degree from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D.
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