LeBron James Apparently Has The "Worst Diet Ever", Which Is Great News For Your Next Cheat Meal
The world of professional sports and diet has always been linked. Budding athletes will look to nutritionists to aid their performance, while those who have already made a name for themselves on the sporting field or court know the importance of fuelling the body with the right food, be it for recovery, endurance, or strength gains. You need only look at the incredible success Novak Djokovic has achieved since changing his diet to a gluten-free one to see that food is an area no athlete can afford to ignore – or so we thought.
According to LeBron James’s former teammate Tristan Thompson, the star basketball player “has the worst diet ever.” Thompson shed the dirty secret of James’s eating habits to The Athletic, after the publication quizzed 30 NBA players, coaches and other associates of James on the 16-time All Star. And it’s fair to say, we didn’t see this answer coming.
In 2018, Men’s Heath posted a story about the LeBron James diet. While James never divulged to the publication the particulars of his eating, following a noticeably slimmed down physique in 2014, many believed the star athlete had switched up his diet to be a far more wholesome, well-balanced take on the food pyramid. Naturally, the publication assumed the star was eating things like lobster salad with asparagus, arugula salad with chicken, fruit, and nuts.
It was a smart guess, and one James seemed to confirm in an interview with Sports Illustrated during the launch of his “LeBron 12” sneakers. The athlete proclaimed that the diet saw him eat “no sugars, no dairy, I had no carbs.” He went on to add, “All I ate was meat, fish, veggies and fruit. That’s it. For 67 straight days.”
But in the time that has elapsed since, while LeBron James might still be the best player in the NBA with a longevity in the sport that few can dream of replicating, his diet doesn’t necessarily match up to the well-oiled machine we see on the court. Revealing all, Thompson told The Athletic: “Ask him what he eats for breakfast. He has like five French toast, drowns it in syrup with strawberries and bananas. Then he has like a four-egg omelette and then he just goes and just f****** dunks on somebody. It doesn’t make sense.”
Thompson added, “He eats desserts with every meal. He’ll come with his one-week diet, vegan crap, but he literally eats like it doesn’t make sense. He’s really a specimen. He eats like s***. I remember one year I tried to eat like he ate and it just didn’t work out. I started gaining weight. I mean, it works for him. He loves sweet. He loves sweets. He eats desserts and French toast. It’s crazy how his body just burns it.”
With the Lakers, James is averaging 25.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and an NBA-leading 10.8 assists per game for a Los Angeles team that is seeded first in the Western Conference. And though we would advise you to not replicate his diet, it goes to show that this is a man truly putting in the work, as the only way he could afford to be eating so badly and not show the physical signs of it is to be burning it all off on the court.