Lakers star Kobe Bryant believes in being blunt - and that includes his weight. After recently proclaiming that he needs to "get my fat a** in shape," Kobe says he lost five pounds in just one day, reported SportsWorld on October 12.
Although Kobe is still recovering from surgery on his torn Achilles, he's getting more active, noting, "I'm starting to move a little bit more. I'm trying to pick up my pace a lot more."
And Kobe definitely recognizes that it's time to eat clean again in order to play pro, confessing, "Six months of eating whatever the hell I wanted to eat and not running and stuff like that caught up to me a little bit."
However, Kobe hopes that the combination of diet dedication and tough training will do the trick.
"I can do it in about three weeks of rigorous conditioning. I have the green light now to do that," he said.
And if it were a play-off game or NBA Finals, Kobe says that he's healthy enough to head to the court now, reported CBS Sports on October 14.
"If today was a playoff or NBA Finals [game], could I play? Probably," said Kobe.
As for the diet details, the NBA recently reported that Kobe changed his diet based on advice from the Lakers' team consultant. The food plan resembles a Paleo-style low-carb plan:
- Pasture-fed foods, such as pasture-grazed beef from a pasture-fed cow and eggs from a free-range chicken (not a cage chicken)
- No food containing sugar in any form (no corn syrup)
- Reduced carbohydrates
"Kobe is probably the most diligent athlete I've ever been around in terms of preparation," said Lakers trainer Gary Vitti. "He really takes his body and his preparation very seriously, both before activity and after activity."
The combination of protein and healthy fats make a difference in avoiding energy peaks and valleys, says Vitti.
"What happens is the athlete consumes one of these products high in carbohydrates and sugar, they get a spike of energy and feel really good," Vitti said. "Your body knows that, sends insulin and then they crash. As soon as they crash, they need another sugar fix, and they're yo-yoing up and down. If we get them off that stuff and get them into more of protein and the right kind of fats, then they'll have a higher level of energy without the lows or the dips."
The new Paleo-style diet is followed by all the Lakers, according to Vitti. He's careful about making sure his team chooses the right kinds of protein and fats.
"The current science reverses the pyramid," Vitti said. "The base of the pyramid is on the top. We're not telling them to just eat fat - it has to be the right kind of fat. Pasture-grazed beef and products from that; you can eat butter, but it has to be pasture-fed. Not pasteurized, pasture-fed. There's a big difference. Milk from a pasture-fed cow, cheese from a pasture-fed cow."