LeBron James's move to Cleveland has been the major talking point of a busy summer in the NBA. But once the dust settled somewhat on his blockbuster decision to leave Miami Heat and join the Cavaliers, attention turned towards his appearance.
That's right. Of late the whole basketball world has been worrying about whether or not LeBron James' diet is really the best for a professional athlete that wants to continue his dominance of the NBA.
James has done his best to stay out of the spotlight since he announced his NBA destination for the upcoming season, but an Instagram photo of him last week got NBA fans buzzing on social media.
That photo in question showed LeBron sporting a new look, much slimmer than before. It's understood the James has chosen to drop weight by cutting out carbs from his diet, something which has come in for some fierce criticism from one particular sports nutritionist.
Labelling the decision as both "shocking" and "dramatic," Toronto-based sport dietitian and PhD candidate Nanci Guest ripped into LeBron's decision.
“It’s unhealthy for athletes. “There are some proponents out there that feel that if you stay on a high-fat diet long enough, that you can adapt to using fat as a primary fuel. It’s extremely risky, and more often than not, we see fatigue, we see a decrease in performance, immunity issues. Carbohydrates are an athlete’s best friend,” said Guest.
This reaction to LeBron James' reported diet is probably a little bit over the top. It remains quite unlikely that he will begin the 2014/15 NBA season sporting this trimmed look, and by mid season he is likely to have regained his playing weight.
James is not the first player to have transformed himself in the off-season. Both Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant have had similar regimes in recent seasons.
There have been reports that James made the move as a precaution to save his knees from having to withstand his upper body weight for a full twelve months.