Ryan Lochte Says He’s Lost 21 Pounds Since US National Title in August

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 51

October 22nd, 2019 News

American swimmer Ryan Lochte claims to have lost 21 pounds since his win in the 200 IM at the US National Championships 2 months ago in an Instagram post.

In the post, Lochte shared “before and after” photographs, with the first being at US Nationals, where he won the 200 IM in his first major competition back from suspension, the latter being labeled as October, 2019. The photo on the left is labeled as 217 pounds, while the photo on the right is labeled at 196 pounds. 196 pounds is similar to the weight at which he’s raced for most of his elite swimming career.

While not labeled as an advertisement, the post does appear to be a paid promotional post for a fitness tracking app.

Lochte returned at the US National Championships after serving a 14 months suspension for an anti-doping rules violation. That suspension resulted from an Instagram post as well – he posted a photo of he and his wife receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins and fluids which are not banned, but the method by which he received them is. The reason for the ban on the method is primarily driven by the possibility of diluting any banned substances from appearing in an anti-doping control test.

At US Nationals, he swam 4 events, the best result of which came in the 200 IM where he swam 1:57.76 to win the US National title. That ranked him 12th overall in the world last season. He also swam 1:50.25 in the 200 free, 55.08 in the 100 back, and 53.25 in the 100 fly. He was the 4th-ranked American in the 2018-2019 season in the 200 IM, behind Chase Kalisz, Michael Andrew, and Abrahm Devine.

The 35-year old Lochte is a 12-time Olympic medalist, including 6 gold medals. At his last Olympic Games in Rio, he won gold as part of the American men’s 800 free relay, but missed the podium in his only individual event, the 200 IM, where he was 5th in 1:57.47 (only a little faster than he was at US Nationals). Since Rio, he has served 2 suspensions, including one for what he called “over-exaggerating” an incident in a Rio gas station, which has limited the amount of racing he’s done since.

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CbusSwammer
2 years ago

Still got the Dad strength tho

McG
2 years ago

Don’t write him off…

Superfan
Reply to  McG
2 years ago

I don’t think anyone was writing him off…the 2IM at Trials is his.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  McG
2 years ago

He will be there in Tokyo , so no writing him off at any point

swimgeek
2 years ago

Good for him. The photos look legit. But perhaps next time get a better background than a toilet!

Pvdh
Reply to  swimgeek
2 years ago

I think the toilet makes the picture even more Lochte-esque

DLSwim
Reply to  Pvdh
2 years ago

Brings back memories from Rio!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  DLSwim
2 years ago

no need of those memories

swimmerguy
2 years ago

Great to see Ryan hitting it hard again, but I’m slightly concerned with the numbers. 21 pounds in 8 weeks seems a little dramatic, and maybe water and food he’s had that day are affecting the numbers on the scale, so I could just be worrying for nothing. I just hope he’s losing the right kind of weight.

Xman
Reply to  swimmerguy
2 years ago

Beer and pizza weight

Nate
Reply to  swimmerguy
2 years ago

That’s slightly above 2 pounds per week, nothing out of the ordinary even for a normal person, let alone an elite athlete getting back into training

Swamfan
Reply to  swimmerguy
2 years ago

Not really. Personally, as a woman whose weight is ~ 2/3 of Lochte’s weight, it’s not uncommon for me to lose or gain up to 10 pounds in a 2 week period (depending on my diet, lifestyle, etc) Am elite athlete losing 20 pounds in a few months seems very plausible to me.

John
2 years ago

Shucks. We want the Tank

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  John
2 years ago

no more tank , just the quarterback power

Swimswammer
2 years ago

Isn’t it normal to lose weight after having a child?

Xman
Reply to  Swimswammer
2 years ago

Not in my experience. Sympathy weight … Lots of sympathy.

Sccoach
2 years ago

He looks ripped but a little dehydrated. I recommend he gets IV fluids immediately. Don’t forget to take a photo

Devin
Reply to  Sccoach
2 years ago

Haha I lol’d

Superfan
Reply to  Sccoach
2 years ago

Lol but they are pregnant again I thought?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Sccoach
2 years ago

come on ……..jeeeeeeez

Easy E
2 years ago

Good for him to lose all that weight, but the idea that this was about him doing more exercise and tracking it is a bit hard for me to swallow. In reality its gotta be like 99% diet

swimgeek
Reply to  Easy E
2 years ago

I agree that diet is more important that exercise for weight loss. That said, didn’t Lochte say his training was very inconsistent last summer? If he’s training consistently now at full volume, that would certainly not hurt his weight loss efforts.

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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