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Ryan Lochte eats 8,000 calories a day, and THIS is his favorite dish

by Vidya Rao / / Source: TODAY

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Ryan Lochte's favorite dish
Ryan Lochte's favorite dishAP/Casey Barber

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte has been living a life we can only dream of, chowing down 8,000 calories a day while training for Rio. You know the damage we could do with 8,000 calories?! OK, yes, he does also spend most of his time doing grueling workouts under extreme pressure — details, details.

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Lochte started swimming at age 5, and you can bet since that time his mom, Ileana, spent a lot of time in the kitchen trying to keep her star son full. Here, she shares one of Ryan’s favorite dishes, telling us, “I have witnessed one member of our family down 10 of these in one sitting.” I think we know who that is…

Ryan Lochte's mom Ileana shares an adorable throwback pic of her and Ryan
Ryan Lochte's mom Ileana shares an adorable throwback pic of her and Ryan.Courtesy Ileana Lochte

Ileana was born and raised in Cuba, and says this recipe is influenced from her time there. It’s so simple and sure to be satisfying. Just don’t eat 10 in one sitting unless you’re also doing Lochte’s training routine.

Check out the schedule to see when Lochte competes and livestream the Games here.

Breaded Steak

Breaded Steak

Ileana Lochte

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