When it comes to standing out in the NBA, pro basketball players are increasingly going where no players has gone before. In some cases, that means hopping on the Paleo bandwagon. For others, it’s a low carb ketogenic diet targeted at rapid weight loss. And the latest for NBA players and pros such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, and Shaquille O’Neal is yoga, sometimes known as “bro yoga,” or Broga Yoga, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Are you thinking that yoga is more of a female form than male? Imagining those girl power pink yoga pants and cute little spaghetti strap tank tops with lace around the necks on sky-high NBA players and chortling to yourself? One of the founders of Broga Yoga, Adam O’Neill, reveals just who practices yoga (minus the frills).
[A new study] indicated that there are 105 million ‘aspirational yogis’ in the U.S. and roughly half of those are men,” O’Neill said.
“Based on current trends, we expect about 2 million men to take up yoga within the next year.”
As more professional male athletes, special-forces military training programs and police departments take up yoga, “men are gaining a greater understanding of yoga’s many benefits and beginning to participate in increased numbers,” noted O’Neill.
In addition to embracing the benefits of yoga for guys, NBA players are increasingly believing in the power of good nutrition coupled with weight loss for enhancing their momentum on the court. For LeBron James, a Paleo low carb diet proved to be the answer, noted Us Weekly.
In accordance with Paleo low carb diet guidelines, James eliminated dairy, starchy carbohydrates such as grains, and all forms of sugar.
“I had no sugars, no dairy, I had no carbs,” said LeBron. “All I ate was meat, fish, veggies and fruit. That’s it. For 67 straight days.”
For NBA star Kevin Love, the key to weight loss turned out to be a low carb diet that also eliminated red meat, revealed Men’s Fitness.
“I’ve been doing mostly fish, some chicken, and occasionally steak. (I’m trying) pescetarian, where it’s mostly fish. That’s what I’ve tried to take to heart as much as possible with my body type.” said Love.
Is there any science behind the NBA players’ push for low carb diets? Yes, according to a recent study detailed in the Inquisitr. Based on that research, low carb diets trumped low-fat plans both for weight loss and for health.
Or, as celebrity trainer Vinnie Tortorich frequently tweets, the key to shedding pounds and boosting energy can be summed up with NSNG (No Sugar, No Grains).
Eating grain will make you feel lazy and drive you to the couch. #NSNG #weightloss #health #fitness #exercise #lowcarb
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