Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle is hoping that less is more when it comes to Jae Crowder. After playing the game at 240 pounds last season, Jae now weighs 225 pounds at the request of the team, reported the Amarillo Globe News on October 5.
“We just felt that it would facilitate him being much more effective as a multi-position player, and he’s done that,” explained coach Rick. “He’s shown discipline, he’s shown his will to work. I think that bodes as well for him as anything that he’s done here.”
Jae followed a restricted diet to benefit his role as a small forward and shooting guard.
“I cut out the bread," he explained. In addition, he banned all forms of greasy food.
And now that Jae has lost the weight, "I try not to eat as much bread as I did."
In addition to banning bread, Jae is shunning sugar in the form of lemonade and other sugar-laden drinks.
"I drink a lot of water. I don’t try to drink a lot of lemonade. I’ve stayed away from caffeine drinks anyway, but I cut out the lemonade and stuff like that,” he explained.
Jae averaged only five points and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 38.4 percent from the field last season. He's determined to maintain his weight loss success.
“We’ve got a good group of guys and we’re working hard, and I’m very excited to get going,” Jae said. “I know I’m not going to get at 240 pounds anymore.”
By cutting out bread and sugar, he stands a good chance of achieving that goal. Studies have shown that eating "white carbs" in the form of bread and sugar results in cravings and energy rollercoasters. For a professional athlete who burns a lot of energy, that can turn into a vicious cycle of craving more food, eating, getting a momentary spike in energy, followed by a sag and craving for more "white carbs."
Jae is not the only professional player following a specific diet. The Los Angeles Lakers are following a Paleo diet to hone their game: Read all about it by clicking here.
In addition, Houston Texans running back Arian Foster recently went vegan.
“Everybody cares what I eat now,” Foster told Yahoo! Sports.”They didn’t care before, but they do now. Everybody is a nutritionist now and they’re an expert on protein. Every day, every single day somebody knows something new to do. I just smile and say, ‘OK.’ ”