Before his 2010 breakout season in the NBA, Roy Hibbert didn’t exactly have an All-Star eating plan.
“[Before games] I would eat chips and spinach dip,” says Hibbert. “I’d eat even worse on weekends. Then on Mondays, I’d be like, ‘why am I sweating so much?’”
Hibbert’s conditioning wasn’t an issue. In fact, he regularly pushed himelf through rigorous training sessions. Despite all of these efforts, he felt sluggish on the court.
Finally, Hibbert ditched his diet of Skittles and Nachos for whole grains, complex carbs and lean sources of protein. He says the payoff was tremendous.
“After I changed my eating, I immediately saw changes,” Hibbert says. ”I could lift a lot more.”
His game also improved. The following season, Hibbert put up more points, blocked more shots and dished more assists than in any previous year. Last season he became an All-Star for the first time and earned praise for his playoff performance against the eventual champion Miami Heat. In a spectacular Game 3 effort, Hibbert posted 19 points, 18 rebounds and 5 blocked shots.
“I don’t know how I got into the NBA without all of this,” Hibbert says of his new eating plan. “When you eat healthier, you can play longer. You don’t get tired so easily, and you recover faster.”
Hibbert’s day usually begins with team practice followed by strength training. He fuels up for both with a big breakfast: four scrambled eggs with ham, caramelized bananas, oatmeal and a “man-sized mug” of water. The combo provides enough protein and carbs to support all of his activities. Bonus: it’s easy to prepare and can be made the night before so Hibbert can eat and get on with his day.
Mike Roussell, Hibbert’s personal nutritionist, recommends that he and other athletes “focus on the quality, not quantity, of their calories.” Translation: the number of calories you eat in each meal is less important than making sure those calories come from good sources, like lean proteins and complex carbohydrates.
Roussell also tells athletes to eat at least an hour before training so they have enough time to digest.
Check out the breakfast below and find out what it takes to become an All-Star center in the NBA by watching STACK’s Day in a Life feature on Hibbert.
Caramelized Bananas (one banana, tablespoon of butter, brown sugar and cinnamon)
Multigrain Oatmeal (1 cup, cooked)
Four Scrambled Eggs
Ham (3 ounces fresh, cooked, lean only)
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