Former teammates Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson ham it up before a game at Quicken Loans Arena. David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has worked countless hours throughout his life and career to become one of the greatest athletes the sports world has ever seen, but apparently he worries a lot more about what he does at the gym than the dinner table.

Joe Vardon and Jason Lloyd of The Athletic put together a collection of untold LeBron stories from people who know the four-time NBA MVP, and some of the best info they got came from Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson. Thompson said he doesn’t understand how LeBron stays in such great shape considering he has the “worst f—ing diet ever.”

“Ask him what he eats for breakfast,” Thompson said. “He has like five french toast, drowns it in syrup with strawberries and bananas. Then he has like a four-egg omelette and then he goes and just f—ng dunks on somebody. It doesn’t make sense.”

That sounds an awful lot like the diet Michael Phelps supposedly adhered to when he was training for the Olympics, though the swimmer said that was all a myth. Even if LeBron is just trying to keep his calorie count up, it sounds like the only diet he’s on is the “see food and eat it” diet.

“He eats desserts with every meal. He’ll come with his one-week diet, vegan crap, but he literally eats like it doesn’t make sense. He’s really a specimen,” Thompson added. “He eats like s—. I remember one year I tried to eat like he ate and it just didn’t work out. I started gaining weight and said, ‘F— this.’ I mean it works for him. He loves sweets. He loves sweets. He eats desserts and French toast. It’s crazy how his body just burns it.”

LeBron has confirmed in the past that he loves sweets. When he randomly lost a bunch of weight one summer to the point where he looked strange, he said giving up pancakes, chocolate chip cookies and ice cream was the toughest part of his diet.

Whatever LeBron is doing, he shouldn’t change a thing. He’s 35 and still playing at an MVP-caliber level, and he looks like he could do it for another five years at least. If eating dessert after every meal is the secret for him, so be it.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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