You’ve heard about Atkins, South Beach, Paleo and Weight Watchers.
But how about the Todd Bowles diet?
That’s what New York Jets receiver Brandon Marshall has dubbed the eating plan he’s adhering to after his head coach told him he’d like him to be below 230 pounds for the duration of the 2016 NFL season.
“Todd Bowles says he wants [me] below 230 all season. I got down to 230 last year, but for the last five years my average was around 234, 235,” Marshall said in a video posted to Twitter. “He said, ‘Brandon, you were so fast in Miami. That’s what I want you at.’” Bowles was on the Dolphins staff when Marshall played there in 2010 and 2011.
Marshall with the Dolphins in 2010
Marshall got down to 230 pounds last off-season by using a modified version of the 21-Day Fix diet, but it’s hard to imagine him maintaining that weight for the entire season.
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Getting below 230 and maintaining it for the full grind of an NFL season will take some serious commitment, but Marshall seems up for the challenge. Over the past week, he’s been posting pictures of his meals on Twitter, accompanied by the hash tag “ToddBowlesDiet.” Here’s a look at what’s been on his plate:
It looks like small portions of lean protein and produce are the main components of the Todd Bowles diet. Is it a bit bland? Maybe, but those are excellent foods for any athlete looking to slim down.
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“You can control what you’re putting in your body. You can control whether that’s the wrong foods, fried foods, how much food you’re putting in. The more you’re aware of that and the better you take care of your body, you put yourself and your team in a better chance to win,” Marshall told ESPN in 2015. The Todd Bowles diet seems to be working—Marshall recently posted a video of himself hitting 23 mph on a treadmill, something he claims he hasn’t done since 2011:
The 32-year-old Marshall was simply spectacular last season, hauling in 109 receptions for 1,502 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. A slimmer, speedier Marshall could surpass those numbers in 2016.