Originally written on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 9/30/14

A few months ago, Dale Earnhardt Jr. noticed that his metabolism wasn't quite as good as it used to be. So, Earnhardt decided to take action.The 38-year-old NASCAR driver credits losing 15-20 pounds during the offseason thanks in part to a 15-day detox diet.The diet, which Earnhardt said he learned through a friend, only permitted chicken, fish, and steamed vegetables as the main food items. On two of the days, Earnhardt was only allowed to eat fruits and veggies.The driver of the No. 88 car said it was "pretty tough" not to be able to eat any meat regarding the stringent diet.Not only did Earnhardt have to sacrifice with his food choices, but he also had to adhere to some pretty strict guidelines for his beverages, too. For the first eight days, he drank prune juice. Yes, prune juice! He then downed carrot juice during the last seven days.How did the two concoctions compare?"It's not as gross as prune juice," he said. "That was harder."Earnhardt said he is continuing to count calories in an effort to maintain a healthy weight. This includes saying no to an extra slice of pizza every now and then."I never really worried about it before," he said. "I was eating all kinds of stuff like pizza and wings every day and not really watching portion control. It was just getting out of control. We're reining all that back in a little bit, but we're not getting too crazy about it. I'm no health freak by no means."His diligence seems to be paying off as Earnhardt recorded a second place finish during last week's Daytona 500. Perhaps the loss of weight has added a minimal boost to the speed of his car?Via USA TODAY

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