What would you do for a good friend? Well, if you're Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, you'll bluntly tell him that he needs to lose weight. Kobe's working on helping teammate and friend Pau Gasol shed pounds by following his own Paleo-style, gluten-free low carb diet, according to the Bleacher Report on Dec. 14.
"I told him I thought the thing that really helped me out, I dropped some weight. I told him he should probably measure it himself, see if that's something he needs to do himself," revealed Kobe. (Learn about the Lakers team doctor's views on how low carb, Paleo-style diets boost energy and weight loss by clicking here.)
And Kobe blames Father Time.
"As we get older, our metabolism slows, we quietly become a little heavy," said Kobe in a semi-scientific explanation of how the aging process affects the waistline.
So what's the diet that helped Kobe drop that weight? A low-carb, Paleo-style plan that's high in healthy fats.
LA Lakers trainer Gary Vitti says that the Kobe's diet features grass-fed beef and eggs from free-range chickens, according to the Healthy Home Economist. Off the menu: Any food containing corn syrup and foods containing gluten like breads and cereals.
"Focusing on getting traditional fats into his diet and the wrong fats out is of prime importance to Kobe. Vitti described the dangers of following a low-fat diet and why Kobe is not following the USDA Food Pyramid – in fact, he’s following the inverse."
Learn more about how high fat, high protein, low carb diets boost weight loss from a physician by clicking here.