The countdown to a Rio Olympics, which flog off Friday, Aug. 5, is ticking away fast, as well as final preparations (the flattering as well as a not so pretty) have been underway.How do Olympians themselves prep for competition? For a single thing, they eat a lot of food. For a recent video, The Washington Post surveyed statements some of them had made to a press about their diets as well as crunched a numbers to come up with their approximate every day caloric intake.Here have been a calorie counts for three U.S. athletes upon a Posts list:Michael Phelps, 30, U.S. swimmer: With 22 medals (18 of them gold) he is a most-decorated Olympian of all time as well as will come out of early retirement to compete in his fifth (and he says last) Olympics. He consumes about 3,529 calories a day (27 percent protein, 34 percent fats, 37 percent carbs, 2 percent other), according to a Post. Thats down significantly from a 12,000 calories(!) he is pronounced to have eaten every day at a 2008 Beijing Olympics. He used to scarf down fried egg sandwiches, pounds of pasta as well as total pizza pies, but nowadays, he pronounced in a Facebook live session in May, we dont eat many calories a day. we usually really eat what we need. Yes, we all get comparison as well as wiser.Lauren Crandall, 31, U.S. field hockey player: Crandall captained a 2012 Olympic team in London as well as will compete in her third Olympics this summer. She consumes a relatively medium 1,877 calories a day (29 percent protein, twenty-one percent fats, 50 percent carbs), according to a Post. we cook as well as bake all a time its similar to care to me, she pronounced in an NBC Olympics interview. we enjoy in progress with others. Two of my teammates even started a baking lesson day with me but which got a little expensive, in both cash as well as calories! we adore in progress for alternative people because we consider food has an amazing energy to move people together.Ashton Eaton, 28, U.S. decathlete: Eaton won gold at a 2012 Summer Olympics in London as well as holds universe records in a decathlon as well as a indoor heptathlon. He consumes about 2,680 calories a day (28 percent protein, twenty-eight percent fats, 43 percent carbs, 1 percent other), a Post calculates. Competition trumps all else, Eaton not long ago told GQ about a dishes he cooking when competing. Rarely am we looking for something flavorful; its like, give me nutrition, as well as all else go away.Word to a wise: Since youll burn usually about 23 to 33 calories an hour while watching these athletes compete upon TV, we may want to keep your own Olympic calorie consumption in check. Just saying.Photo pleasantness of iStock