Over the course of the last several years, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love has become famous for his diet. According to Fox Sports, the 6’11 power forward dropped 25 pounds leading up to the 2011 lockout, and in the years since he’s largely managed to keep the weight off.
Still, eating healthy is often a lonely task. Over the weekend, Love, his trainers, and his teammates spoke to ESPN about the kind of food he eats during the season, and apparently not everyone is impressed by his new lifestyle. Love’s personal chef fixes him health-conscious dishes like organic egg whites, beet juice, and shredded wheat with almond butter, and when his teammates recently sat down for a breakfast of pancakes, waffles, and bacon, he refrained.
“Kev had two bran muffins and a banana with skim milk,'' Cavaliers forward Richard Jefferson told ESPN. "He eats like an 80-year-old lady who's trying make sure she's regular.''
Love, who also apparently counts every almond he eats ("Not 10 almonds, not 18 almonds—14 almonds,'' his trainer says), realizes his diets makes him a bit of a target.
“They look at [me] kind of funny when I walk in with a Whole Foods bag or something,'' Love said. "That's not generally the best thing to do when you've got a group of teammates that'll clown on you.”
"Oh, you can tell the difference," he told said. "It's in how I recover, the energy I have. It has helped a lot with my performance. Overall, I've just been feeling good."