Mon, September 23, 2013

U.S. Olympic swimmer Phelps reveals weight battle

By WENN.com


Michael Phelps checks his time after swimming the men's 200m individual medley final during the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Neb., on June 30, 2012. (Jeff Haynes/Reuters)

Swimming champion Michael Phelps struggled with a weight problem after giving up sport following his eight-medal win at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The sportsman put on a massive 25 pounds when he stopped swimming in the wake of his big victory and didn't realize he needed help until one of his friends pointed out his weight gain.

"It was weird going from the highest of the high, the biggest point of your life -- winning eight gold medals -- and then saying, 'All right, where do I go from here?'" he tells Details magazine.

"I wasn't motivated. I did nothing, literally nothing, for a long time. I gained 25 pounds... A friend of mine and I were playing football on the beach in Miami and somebody got a picture of us... (My friend said) 'Bro, you gotta start working out, man. You are fat.'"

Phelps, 27, started exercising again and is now preparing to represent the U.S. at the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.

"I realized that I probably hadn't reached my full potential," he adds. "There was still more in the tank... At this point in my career, everybody has caught up. I'm fine-tuning the little things that add up to make a huge difference."