- Draymond Green has lost 25 pounds over 2 months thanks to a diet change he made going into the playoffs.
- Green told ESPN he gave up candy, potato chips, pasta, fried food, and alcohol.
- Green said the diet gave him a mental edge as he realised he could control himself and give up things he typically enjoys.
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Draymond Green has played his best basketball in the playoffs, thanks in part to a drastic diet change.
As Marcus Thompson of The Athletic reported in April, Green decided in March that he needed to shed weight that he had packed on over the season. Injuries and an inability to train as hard as he normally would played a part in Green playing overweight.
In an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Green said he has lost 25 pounds over two months and went into further details about all of the foods he cut out. Green said he stopped eating candy (Green said his fiancee is a “candy head” and frequently stocks their kitchen with candy, so he had to avoid it), potato chips, pasta, potatoes (briefly), fried foods, and alcohol.
“It took a lot of just mental focus, more so than anything,” Green said of his diet. “Willpower. Giving up the things that I knew wouldn’t be conducive to me reaching the weight I knew I needed to be at in order to play at the level I’ve been playing at.”
To say nothing of the physical edge it has given him – Green is averaging 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists per game while playing elite defence in the playoffs – Green said that knowing he had to give up so many foods and drinks he liked gave him a mental edge.
“It’s more fulfilling than just playing well,” he said. “Knowing you can give up things that you enjoy and how that willpower to continue to say ‘No, I’m not doing that,’ I think it definitely helps affect others areas of your life.”
Green said the sacrifice he made was worth it to realise his own self-control.
“If you wanna do great things, you gotta sacrifice something,” Green said.
Watch the interview below:
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