Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 11/20/14

On Tuesday, new Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton admitted to juicing. However, the juice may not be the kind you are thinking of.No, the 31-year-old adopted a diet of juicing fruits and vegetables this offseason in an effort to slim down. He also embraced a gluten-free diet, which demanded he cut out most bread and processed foods, to help drop between 20 and 30 pounds as compared to his usual spring training weight.Hamilton weighed in at 225 pounds on Tuesday."My body feels better," said Hamilton, a five-time All-Star, "My energy level is up."The change in culinary selection was apparently due to divine intervention, according to Hamilton."The Lord kept waking me up in the middle of the night over a month and every time I'd wake up there'd be a doctor on talking about what you put in your body and how it makes you feel," Hamilton told the OC Register. "And then the juice lady was on. It was like, Alright, I always pray the Lord will help me feel better. Well, that's all great, but am I doing my part? Now it's time for me to do my part."In the past, Hamilton entered the season weighing between 245 and 255 pounds as a member of the Texas Rangers. However, he would typically wind up around 225 pounds by season's end after playing through the intense heat and humidity of the Texas climate. Hamilton is hoping the more moderate weather in California allows him to maintain a consistent weight."I figured I could come into camp at a weight I feel good at and maintain that all year," Hamilton said. "In past years, you'd lose all that weight and get tired. Hopefully, I won't have to battle it all year like I did in Texas."Hamilton, the former first overall pick in the 1999 draft by Tampa Bay, agreed to a five-year deal with the Angels in December that will pay him $125 million over the course of that span. The 2010 American League MVP previously spent five seasons with the Rangers and one season with the Cincinnati Reds.Hamilton has admitted to struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol in the past. As recently as August, he revealed his struggle in trying to quit chewing tobacco. In February 2012, Hamilton had a relapse with alcohol after spending an evening at a Dallas bar. Despite his battles with drug use, Hamilton has never been linked to any credible accusations of using performance-enhancing drugs, though.Via Los Angeles Times

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