Novak Djokovic’s Diet Tricks to Supercharge His Body

08/28/2013 at 02:19 PM ET

Novak Djokovic Serve To Win
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While Novak Djokovic has been busy slamming balls past opponents at the U.S. Open, we’ve been tearing through his new book, Serve To Win.

About his switch to a gluten-free, dairy-free diet, the book may as well be called How Djokovic Got His Groove Back. Even if you’re a diehard bread-head, you can get on board (er, court?) with some of his simple, healthy eating tips. Don’t worry, you don’t have to give up your morning bagel or late-night mint chocolate chip fix—but you can:

Start your day with honey. Surprise, sugarphobes! Djokovic wakes up, grabs a spoon and sticks it straight into a pot of honey for two sweet, sticky spoonfuls. Your body needs fructose to function at its peak, he explains. Why not Frosted Flakes? Honey keeps your insulin levels steady, rather than causing them to spike and fall like processed sugars do, he says.

Drink warm water. Ice, ice, maybe? Maybe not. Djokovic says when you drink chilled water, your body has to send extra blood to the digestive system, diverting bloodflow from where he wants it—straight to his muscles to ensure the most efficient, powerful workout.

Pare down the pears. Pears look like such innocent fruits. But behind potatoes and bananas, they have the most carbs of any common fruit or veggie—a no-no on Djokovic’s list, especially late at night.

Add coconut oil to your coffee. It sounds coco-nutzo, right? But it’ll kick up the flavor as much as that pump of sugar-free hazelnut at Starbucks—but instead of artificial sugars, you’re getting a nutritional boost. Much like salmon, coconut oil has been shown to raise HDL (otherwise known as “good cholesterol”), Djokovic says.

What do you think? Will you be stocking up on honey or instigating the breakup of your Brita and your fridge?

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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