According to an article by Trevor Wong recently posted on the NBA.com website (scroll down to “Kobe Bryant’s Diet”), Kobe feels that his continued age-defying performance has more than a little to do with his diet.
It’s well known that Kobe Bryant has always thought with the precision of a scientist, and for years he has brought that logic to bear when it comes to the foods he choses to eat.
“I feel like I can run all day long. A lot of that has to do with diet and being committed to it, and watching what I eat.”
If I have anything to say about it, we are seeing the beginning of a trend—for those players, coaches and trainers who are willing to think outside the box for the benefit of the team—based on things like source (including animal feeding and treatment), freshness and careful preparation the healthiest cooking techniques.
Taking a more comprehensive approach toward better eating means one thing: More nutrition per bite—or as I call it, nutrient intensity. That means smart sports nutritionists will start to consider the benefits of reducing the kinds of empty calories that do little more than elevate blood sugar, which is to say reducing starchy foods and sweets.
“The current science reverses the pyramid, the base of the pyramid is on the top,” Says Gary Vitti, head Head Athletic Trainer. “We’re not telling them to just eat fat – it has to be the right kind of fat. Pasture-grazed beef and products from that; you can eat butter, but it has to be pasture-fed.”
Vitti had many insightful things to say about cutting-edge performance nutrition. Whoever he’s working with (wink wink) must be pretty smart!