Ben Sin
Tuesday August 5th, 2014

Although he’s still the best basketball player on earth, the whispers had begun circulating the past year: “LeBron’s not looking as explosive as before, right?”

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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