Keto, paleo, vegan, low-carb, no-carb. Dietary fads have come and gone, but it sounds like LeBron James’ palate hasn’t changed since childhood.
According to former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Tristan Thompson, the 35-year old Akron native “has the worst f–king diet ever.”
“Ask him what he eats for breakfast,” Thompson told The Athletic. “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 goes and just f—ing dunks on somebody. It doesn’t make sense.”
James’ logic-defying diet seems to have had little impact on his longevity. He inked a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers in 2018. His extensive resume — beyond his renowned love of Taco Tuesday — includes 16 All-Star selections, four MVP awards, three NBA championships and three NBA Finals MVP awards. Well into his 17th season, the 6-foot-9, 250-pound star is on pace for another fantastic year, averaging 25 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.8 assists per game for the 41-12, Western Conference-leading Lakers.
“He eats desserts with every meal,” Thompson said. “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–t.”
It’s a departure from the austere diets detailed by some other highly successful athletes. Sweets and processed foods are an anathema to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who subsists on a largely plant-based regimen.
Thompson, 28, even tried to mimic James’ diet.
“I remember one year I tried to eat like he ate and it just didn’t work out,” Thompson said. “I started gaining weight and said, ‘f–k this.’ I mean it works for him. He loves sweets. He loves sweets. He eats desserts and French toast. It’s crazy how his body just burns it.”