Just days after LeBron James debuted his shocking weight loss, New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony showed off his own dramatic weight loss on a low carb diet.
Sources told the New York Post that Anthony wants to be in top shape for the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season, and followed a strict low carb diet similar to one adopted by his close friend, LeBron James. It's unclear exactly what type of diet Carmelo, 30, followed, except that it is extremely low in carbs.
“[Carmelo] wants to be as athletic as he was when he was a rookie,’’ said a source. “Plus he wants to be a facilitator in the triangle, and speed will help that.’’
Carmelo's stunning transformation comes shortly after LeBron made headlines for his shocking weight loss. Ketosis expert Dr. Jeff Volek attributed James' slim down to a low carb, high-fat ketogenic style diet.
By drastically reducing carbs, the diet promotes rapid weight loss by forcing the body to enter a state called ketosis, where it burns fat for fuel instead of glucose, obesity expert Dr. Eric Westman explained in the book Keto Clarity.
Athletes Embrace Low-Carb High-Fat Paleo and Ketogenic Diets
Volek, a professor at Ohio State University, is the author of the bestseller, The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living. He said more athletes are now favoring low carb, high-fat diets such as the Paleo and ketogenic plans to lose weight fast and dramatically change their body fat composition.
The 6-foot-8 Anthony, whose weight was listed as 240 pounds last year, now appears to be around 230 pounds, which was his playing weight as a rookie back in 2003. Sources told the NYPost Carmelo has been working out three times a day, lifting weights, doing yoga and basketball drills.
Meanwhile, James was reportedly inspired by the health transformation of his former Miami Heat teammate, Ray Allen, who said he experienced improved energy and better post-workout recovery after switching to the low-carb, sugar-free Paleo diet in 2013. At 39, Allen remains in top shape at an age when most basketball stars are retired.
Reggie Miller: Weight Loss Will Prolong Their Careers
While carb-loading is deeply ingrained in endurance sports, a growing number of athletes, including long-distance runners, cyclists and triathletes, are embracing the low-carb, high-fat Paleo and ketogenic diets.
Retired Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller told TMZ LeBron and Carmelo did the right thing, saying their weight loss will prolong their NBA careers and preserve their aging bodies.
“This is to prolong their careers," said Miller. "When you carry too much weight it shortens the longevity of a basketball player, especially in the later years. You saw what happened to LeBron during the finals – the cramping. I guarantee he won’t have these issues now that he’s lost weight. Their game will not be affected, they will just feel lighter."