LeBron James Didn’t Eat Any Carbs, Sugar or Dairy on His Strict 67-Day Diet

09/25/2014 at 04:47 PM ET

LeBron James Weight Loss
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When it comes to weight loss, LeBron James does not mess around.

After showing off a noticeably slimmer physique last month, the basketball star reveals he’s been on a very strict 67-day diet.

“I’ll tell you what I couldn’t have,” he told CNN’s Rachel Nichols in an interview that airs Friday night. “No carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no refined sugar, no nothing.”

James, 29, whose weight loss is in preparation for his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, stuck to a diet consisting of only meat, fish, vegetables and fruit.

So exactly how many pounds has he shed as a result?

“I’m in the 250ish range, you know, a lot lighter than I’ve been playing at in the last few years,” said the 4-time MVP, who reportedly weighed in at the 275-280 lb. range during the past few seasons. “But I feel good.”

And we all know that with dieting comes the occasional craving and James is no exception.

The hardest thing to give up “was either pancakes or chocolate chip cookies and ice cream,” he said. “I had the cookie monster chasing me a few times in my dreams.”

But the challenges seem to be worth it for James, who says he’s quicker on the court now.

“I am. And that’s not such a good thing for the competition.”

—Ana Calderone

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Science on

Please learn what a carb is. Fruits, vegetables, and other things he ate do, in fact, contain carbs.

Erin T. on

Science, pls give us a break. We all know what he’s referring to when he says ‘carbs.’ Go critique someone else’s semantics. Thanks.

sixk on

Science – he’s talking about simple carbs like refined white flour/sugar etc., not the complex carbs found naturally in vegetables/fruits.

Tonya on

Absolutely no carbs? Since I’m on the same diet I’d like to know what kinds of vegs and fruit he ate since all I run across have carbs – small or great, they have carbs!

Say Prayers on

Damn, I guess I will have to try this diet… It will make me B!tchy so everyone will know when I start it.

cBlack on

You stupid people talking about his “no carbs” KNOW exactly which ones he’s referring to. Please STOP trying to be smart, because it isn’t working. THANK YOU…

Guest on

“So exactly how much pounds has he shed”. Jesus People, where in the heezie do you get your writers? I hope you’re not paying them for this stellar work

Emily on

I say more power to him! I would probably burn my house down if I had to go 67 days without some of those things. I get hangry too quickly to give up carbs.

hd on

I hope he really does feel good. I saw him on TV today, and he didn’t look well at all. I told my husband that he was either sick, or hadn’t slept in days.

Erica on

We all know what he means. Atkins Diet and several others like it restrict carbs, but allow for complex carbs to be included. It’s very effective for weight loss because it cuts out simple sugars which the body converts into fat.

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