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Michael Phelps tells Details about his fat days

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Michael Phelps has earned magazine gold: the cover of Details magazine.

The Olympian strikes a pose, bare-chested and in jeans, for the magazine's August issue.

The headline on the story is "Michael Phelps: The Greatest American Hero."

If there's a shocker in the Q&A style interview, it's Phelps revealing he gained 25 pounds after he made history winning eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. A friend of his, perhaps half-jokingly, called him "fat."

"A friend of mine and I were playing football on the beach in Miami, and somebody got a picture of us and put it all over the place," Phelps told Details. "And he's like, 'Bro, you gotta start working out, man. You are fat.'"

He also admitted to sneaking out the back door during practices at that time.

Of course the magazine asked him about his famous (or is it infamous?) bazillion-calorie diet. Phelps seems to have dialed back from his old ginormous breakfasts from Pete's in Waverly though he won't turn down a Sour Patch Kid.

"I had a three-egg omelet and three pieces of French toast and coffee this morning," he told Details. "For recovery, I think it's a big deal to eat within a half-hour after you exercise. Otherwise I just try to put carbs into my system before I swim and then load up on the protein after. I don't count calories. Whether it's Sour Patch Kids or Reese's or a bag of chips, if I feel like eating it, I'm going to eat it."

Read more on details.com.

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