In a recent interview with Delish.com, former NFL football quarterback and current sports anchor, Tim Tebow shared the details of his daily ketogenic diet, which means he eats a lot of healthy fats, moderate protein, very few carbs, and almost no sugar.
Here’s a glimpse at what a typical day’s diet looks like for Tebow:
- His Version Of Fatty Coffee: He mixes half-regular, half-decaf coffee (“I don’t want that much caffeine,” he says), before stirring in a little organic heavy whipping cream, a sliver of Kerrygold butter, a little unsweetened almond milk, and 2-3 drops of liquid Stevia, English Toffee flavor. It tastes, as he describes it, “a little like a milkshake.“
- Breakfast: Eggs. “I have eggs in some form, whether it’s an omelette with spinach, ham, bacon, and sausage all in there, or a scramble with avocado.“
- Lunch & Dinner: Sparkling water (specifically La Croix, if he can get his hands on a can) and plain Greek yogurt are must-haves throughout the day. Beyond that, Tebow sticks to lean meats like chicken, steak, and salmon, often pairing them with asparagus, spinach, or avocado. And guacamole: “Love it.”
Forget Counting Calories.
Like most people following a ketogenic diet know, counting calories is not the path to health, wellness, and weight loss. And Tebow believes just the same.
“I usually eat until I’m full,” he says. “I mean, you don’t want to overdo it, but I think eating the right things is more important than portion control. If I’m eating the right things, they’re going to fill me up with the right amount of fat and protein.”
What he is more concerned about, rightly, is the amount of sugar found in most foods – something he became passionate about while he served on the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness as a student at the University of Florida.
“So many things are full of sugar, carbohydrates, and things that will spike our insulin, which causes people to crash afterwards and store more fat,” he says.
*Update (Dec 16, 2016):
Tim Tebow is in the spotlight again, advocating for the ketogenic diet, as he was a guest on the Dr. Oz show. He and Dr. Oz discussed quite briefly (limited by television air time) the benefits of a ketogenic diet, what constitutes being on the keto diet, and his favorite drink (Bulletproof coffee, or butter coffee).
He talks about the basics of being on a ketogenic diet, such as getting your daily calorie consumption from 5% or less carbohydrates, 20% or so protein, and 75% fat. If you want more in-depth information on all of this, check out Ketocademy here on Keto Korner.
You can a see sneak peek of the Dr. Oz episode featuring Tim Tebow here.