When some of the world’s fittest athletes get even fitter, you’ll notice it—especially if you’re on the lookout for some athletic inspiration around this time of year. These NBA players shed excess fat and packed on lean muscle in an effort to reach their fullest potential. Read on to see five shining examples of how to get started on the road to a better you.
|Oct. 1, 2012: 265 pounds||Aug. 19, 2014: 250 pounds|
“Skinny LeBron” mania gripped the NBA world when LeBron James returned from training camp last summer weighing in at 250 pounds, 10 pounds lighter than when he ended the previous season. According to speculation on the Cavaliers’ website, he weighed an estimated 265 pounds in 2012. His most recent bout of weight loss was reportedly the result of dropping sugar, carbs and dairy from his diet for 67 days, according to Business Insider. All he ate was meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.
|June 23, 2012: 239 pounds||Aug. 11, 2014: 230 pounds|
Carmelo Anthony has long been known as a slimmer player. However, during the 2012-13 season, his weight increased to 239 pounds. (He still managed to lead the league in scoring that year). To ensure his performance stays strong as he ages, Anthony tapped basketball trainer Idan Ravin to help him trim 10 pounds by cutting carbs and eliminating empty calories, according to Business Insider. He also increased the intensity of his exercises. As a result, he returned to around his rookie weight of 130 pounds and has been going strong ever since.
|Aug. 4, 2012: 210 pounds||Oct. 13, 2014: 220 pounds|
According to the Marquette Golden Eagles basketball website, Dwyane Wade lacked his current athleticism in 2012 with an official weight of 210 pounds. Around then, he began his physical transformation into the beast he is today by cutting down on starchy foods and trading dairy for vegetables. Last summer, he revealed his plans to get even more shredded and apparently began his work in earnest. He packed on more muscle and visibly shed fat, earning him a chiseled, 220-pound figure this year.
|2011: 212 pounds||Oct. 11, 2013: 200 pounds|
Kobe Bryant is a star when it comes to work ethic, so much so that he’s managed to avoid losing effectiveness as he aged through careful diet and exercise. Between 2004 and early 2012, he weighed close to 130 pounds. In 2012, he claimed to have lost around 16 pounds in preparation of taking part in the Olympics that year. According to the latest measurements from the NBA, the 36-year-old’s weight currently stands at an impressive 212 pounds. The kicker? He recently surpassed Michael Jordan in scoring.
|Feb. 12, 2011: 260 pounds||Aug. 21, 2013: 235 pounds|
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