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Katie Ledecky Reveals the Exact Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner She Eats to Stay Fit

This Olympian eats a lot of food to fuel up for her grueling daily workouts.
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A six-time Olympic gold medalist and 15-time world championship gold medalist, Katie Ledecky has been heralded as one of the best competitive swimmers of all time. Currently competing in Tokyo as part of the U.S. Olympic team (where she has already won a gold medal in the women's 1,500-meter freestyle race), the record-shattering swimmer has the world talking about how she became the athlete she is today.

However, it's not only the long hours Ledecky logs in the pool and gym that have contributed to her success. The star has been vocal about how important her diet is to her stamina and overall fitness. Read on to discover the exact diet Katie Ledecky adheres to in order to stay in competition-ready shape. (Related: For more on how your favorite Olympians stay in amazing shape, check out Naomi Osaka Reveals the Exact Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner She Eats to Stay Fit.)

Katie Ledecky fuels up with carbs for breakfast.

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To gear up for her 5 a.m. practice, Ledecky wakes up just after 4 a.m. and has breakfast shortly thereafter, she revealed in an interview with ESPN. Her first meal of the day consists of two pieces of toast with peanut butter, along with a piece of fruit—typically an apple or banana.

For more insight into what Olympic athletes eat to maintain their competitive edge, don't miss This Is the Exact Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Gold Medalist Simone Biles Eats to Stay Fit.

Katie Ledecky eats a high-calorie meal after her first practice.

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When her first swim practice is over at 7 a.m., Ledecky refuels with a bagel with cream cheese and eggs; a bacon, egg, and cheese omelet and potatoes; or yogurt and berries, typically complementing her meal with chocolate milk.

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Katie Ledecky eats yogurt and fruit for a snack before her second workout.

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Ledecky does a non-water-based workout three times a week, prior to which she usually eats yogurt with honey and granola, as well as an apple or a pear.

Katie Ledecky eats carbs or salad with lots of protein for lunch.

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When she's finished with her second workout of the day, Ledecky has lunch. Her go-to meals typically include either pasta with chicken or Caesar salad with avocado and a double order of chicken on top.

Katie Ledecky eats more fruit and carbs in the afternoon.

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Following an afternoon break, Ledecky has some more fruit. If she's particularly hungry, she'll also eat a few pieces of peanut butter toast.

Katie Ledecky has more yogurt after her second swim practice.

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After her second swim practice (and her third workout of the day), Ledecky refuels with more yogurt before heading home. She complements this with even more chocolate milk.

Katie Ledecky combines carbs, protein, and vegetables at dinner.

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At dinner, Ledecky typically eats a mixture of carbs, protein, and vegetables. Her go-to meals typically include white rice or pasta; arugula with white beans, tomato, and garlic; and either chicken or steak.

The one thing you won't find on Ledecky's menu? Dessert. In her ESPN interview, the star and her parents revealed that aside from her daily yogurts and chocolate milk, she doesn't typically eat sweets like cake, candy, or soda.

For more on how the U.S. swim team fuels up for competition, read This Is the Exact Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Gold Medalist Caeleb Dressel Eats to Stay Fit.

Sarah Crow
Sarah Crow is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, where she focuses on celebrity news and health coverage. Read more