LeBron “King” James, the greatest basketball player on earth, has a lot more than basketball on his mind lately. His wife Savannah is expecting their 3rd child: a girl, and he is preparing for the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season with his old team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. But James looks a lot different these days. His dramatic weight loss has fans concerned and wondering if he is on the same diet as his pal, hip hop mogul Jay Z.
During the NBA season, LeBron’s muscular body is a sight to behold and a source of envy for many men. But rumors of drug use or a chronic illness have begun to swirl during the off-season.
Out of an abundance of concern, Sports Illustrated did a little digging and discovered the simple reason behind LeBron’s stick thin appearance.
From Sports Illustrated:
It’s a natural sign of aging, but fortunately for Cavs fans, James, who will turn 30 this December, is intelligent and disciplined enough to take the necessary precaution now. He’s going on a “cut” – a bodybuilding term for a diet, basically – to lose weight.
Dropping weight via healthier eating is a move other superstars such as Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, have done and all three have gone on record saying the weight loss has prolonged their careers.
Each athlete had their own method of dropping weight though. Nash cut out sugar completely. Bryant ate mostly veggies. James is forgoing carbs.
For James, whose official NBA weight is 250 but is widely considered to weigh at least 10-15 pounds more than that, the weight loss is likely a preventive measure to save his knees.
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