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I Ate Olympic Athletes' Breakfasts For A Week And Honestly It Wasn't Great

Not all stomachs are created equal.

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Hi! I'm Will, and I pretty much eat the same thing for breakfast every day. On weekdays, I'll have some blueberry Greek yogurt with granola, and on weekends, scrambled eggs and toast.

After a lifetime of hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I decided to kickstart my week by eating a different Olympian's standard breakfast every day for a week to see if it made me feel like a gold medalist.

Monday: Gabby Douglas (Gymnastics)

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I decided to start small and work up from there. American gymnastics star Gabby Douglas is known for being a lifelong fan and daily consumer of YoCrunch yogurt. Her favorite flavor is apple, which she describes as being "like a whole apple pie in a cup."

How could an Olympian survive their morning workout on such a tiny morsel?

I'm not sure. But all told it wasn't a terrible breakfast, and my childhood interest in YoCrunch has been fully restored. So that's something.

The Verdict:

Taste: 9/10

Satisfaction: 4/10

Hunger after one hour: Pretty hungry

Hunger after two hours: Starving

Amount consumed: 300% (Because I ended up eating three of them. It was a long morning.)

Tuesday: Tom Daley (Diving)

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Tom Daley was an obvious choice for me: His charm and grace after coming out has made him an internet sensation among the gay community. Plus, who wouldn't want his body? As tempting as it was to order his all-in-one English breakfast pan, I stuck with his reported training-day diet, which consists of a hearty bowl of bran flakes with some milk.

Pretty simple, but not bad.

Will Hunt

It could have used some sugar or something in my opinion. Or maybe some fresh berries. I was starting to go into Greek yogurt withdrawals. Apparently bran flakes are high in iron, which improves circulation. I'm not sure if it was the bran flakes or the idea of eating the same breakfast as Tom Daley, but my blood was definitely pumping.

The Verdict:

Taste: 6/10

Satisfaction level: 6/10

Hunger after one hour: Fine...for now.

Hunger after two hours: Ready for a snack.

Amount consumed: 100%

Wednesday: Bryan Clay (Decathlon)

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All-American gold medalist Bryan Clay attracted my attention for his very specific but well-rounded and well-proportioned breakfast. Clay has stated in interviews that he believes the proper balance of mental, physical, and emotional health is best for any athletic competition.

His daily regimen consists of the following: three strips of extra crispy bacon, one egg over hard, a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar, and a small glass of orange juice.

Sounds pretty balanced right? It was! I'm not a huge fan of oatmeal, but with the combination of healthy proteins and starches, plus a little sugar and vitamin C, I was alert and satisfied all day. Balance truly is the key, Bryan!

The Verdict:

Taste: 8.5/10

Satisfaction level: 10/10

Hunger after one hour: Satisfied

Hunger after two hours: Satisfied

Amount consumed: 95% (I left some oatmeal in the bowl. It was a big bowl!)

Thursday: Usain Bolt (100-meter sprint)

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Usain Bolt famously lived off McDonald's during the Beijing Olympics in 2008. His average breakfast, which he also consumed the day of his gold medal win, consisted of 20 chicken McNuggets, fries, and an apple pie. I guess Olympian athletes love apple pie. Who knew?

This was simultaneously the most and least enjoyable breakfast experience of my life.

Will Hunt

Enjoyable in that, hey, McDonald's for breakfast! But not enjoyable after it was over — and for the rest of the day. How he ran 100 meters at all, let alone faster than the world's top athletes, with this inside him is beyond me.

BTW, tangy barbecue was just a guess. Was I right, Usain?

Just for fun, since I am a runner and jog a couple miles a few times a week, I decided to go for a light run later that day.

Emphasis on the light because oof. My stomach and legs were cramping before mile one was over. I could feel the oil and potato mash swirling dangerously in my stomach if I moved at a significant pace. As tempting (and surprisingly cheap!) as this breakfast may be, I would not recommend this one if you'd like to function for the whole day, both physically and mentally.

The Verdict:

Taste: 9/10 (Who doesn't love McNuggets?)

Satisfaction level: Barf/10

Hunger after one hour: Cannot look at food.

Hunger after two hours: That gross hungry/full feeling you get after eating fast food because your body craves real nutrients.

Amount consumed: 85% (20 Chicken McNuggets is too damn many.)

Friday: Michael Phelps (Swimming)

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No exploration of Olympian diets would be complete without the baffling calorie consumption of Michael Phelps. With a daily diet that includes one POUND of pasta and an ENTIRE pizza in one meal, Phelps probably eats more in a day and a half than I do in a week.

Instead of cooking it myself, I recreated his massive meal at Denny's.

Will Hunt

Here's what he eats, and here's what I ordered at Denny's. Three fried egg sandwiches topped off with plenty of cheese, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. (I ordered one larger sandwich with three eggs and then cut it into thirds). Also: a bowl of grits, several slices of French toast, and three chocolate chip pancakes. (I ordered a side of pancakes and French toast, but each side came with only two of each.) Some reports say he also has two cups of coffee and a five-egg omelette, but that was just a bit too much for my stomach and wallet, so I conceded to having the Phelps Lite™ experience.

The first sandwich and the French toast went down pretty smoothly. The second sandwich wasn't even too bad. But when I foolishly went for the chocolate chip pancakes before tackling the grits, it all went downhill real fast.

I didn't make it to the end. I just couldn't. My body, still recovering from yesterday's McDonald's nightmare, felt like a swirl of chocolate chips and greasy egg-soaked bread. My stomach was over me and my shit.

The Verdict:

Taste: 7/10 (Eggs and lettuce = no. Pancakes and French toast, both delicious, should not be mixed. And fuck grits.)

Fullness: 16/10

Hunger after one hour: Cannot imagine ever feeling hungry again.

Hunger after two hours: Do not even recall the concept of hunger.

Amount consumed: 68%

Amount regurgitated: Luckily 0%

Now, my advice: Eat an appropriate breakfast for your body and daily activity level. Do NOT eat Michael Phelps's breakfast unless you are burning like 5,000 calories a day.

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