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(ESPN)   So how does a NFL lineman escape a high calorie diet plan and transform once they retire?   (espn.com) divider line
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2020-07-07 8:36:49 AM  
They eat less.
 
2020-07-07 9:13:00 AM  
I cant can't imagine all that weight is good for them, even if a lot of it is muscle.  Your heart still has to work to perfuse all of that, you joints still have to carry it, your kidneys still have to eliminate all that urea...

I remember reading a while ago that NFL linemen had pretty low life expectancy.  Hopefully they're figuring out how to slim down quickly if this article is right.
 
2020-07-07 9:14:33 AM  
I sort of can't believe these guys aren't all dead before 50 like pro wrestlers, the way they're unnaturally force feeding calories and (presumably) taking pain meds during their playing days.
 
2020-07-07 9:15:29 AM  
Not an NFL lineman but comparably sized.  I've dropped from 325 to 245 in the last two years, half of that in the last six months.  Peak weight was 375 about 20 years ago.  It's quite liberating.
 
2020-07-07 9:17:38 AM  
A seamless transition from steroids to amphetamines.
 
2020-07-07 9:19:31 AM  

bighairyguy: Not an NFL lineman but comparably sized.  I've dropped from 325 to 245 in the last two years, half of that in the last six months.  Peak weight was 375 about 20 years ago.  It's quite liberating.


I was going to brag about losing 15 lbs. Nevermind.

Seriously though, that's impressive, mate. Well done!
 
2020-07-07 9:25:32 AM  

bighairyguy: Not an NFL lineman but comparably sized.  I've dropped from 325 to 245 in the last two years, half of that in the last six months.  Peak weight was 375 about 20 years ago.  It's quite liberating.


i embody your username! Had the motivation to lose some of the weight a few years ago. Did well with it. Then, as often times happens, personal life completely farked that all up (along with me). Just have had the motivation to get back at it, I know it would make most of everything that I hate, better, maybe.

Good job dude, keep it up! or down, however you wana look at it.
 
2020-07-07 9:28:24 AM  

brizzle365: bighairyguy: Not an NFL lineman but comparably sized.  I've dropped from 325 to 245 in the last two years, half of that in the last six months.  Peak weight was 375 about 20 years ago.  It's quite liberating.

i embody your username! Had the motivation to lose some of the weight a few years ago. Did well with it. Then, as often times happens, personal life completely farked that all up (along with me). Just have had the motivation to get back at it, I know it would make most of everything that I hate, better, maybe.

Good job dude, keep it up! or down, however you wana look at it.


Keeping it off is the hard part. Even with a small weight loss I've managed, it seems like you have to be perfect every day or else it starts come right back. And who can manage to be perfect every day?
 
2020-07-07 9:37:45 AM  

EyeballKid: A seamless transition from steroids to amphetamines.


But what if you retire the week you picked to quit amphetamines?
 
2020-07-07 9:49:54 AM  

brizzle365: bighairyguy: Not an NFL lineman but comparably sized.  I've dropped from 325 to 245 in the last two years, half of that in the last six months.  Peak weight was 375 about 20 years ago.  It's quite liberating.

i embody your username! Had the motivation to lose some of the weight a few years ago. Did well with it. Then, as often times happens, personal life completely farked that all up (along with me). Just have had the motivation to get back at it, I know it would make most of everything that I hate, better, maybe.

Good job dude, keep it up! or down, however you wana look at it.


The "life happens" thing was actually the motivator.  Cancer (two years cancer free) and then a chemo drug side effect that killed my pancreas a year ago and made me a Type 1 diabetic.  Had to make some changes and weight loss was part of it.
 
2020-07-07 9:52:52 AM  

40 degree day: brizzle365: bighairyguy: Not an NFL lineman but comparably sized.  I've dropped from 325 to 245 in the last two years, half of that in the last six months.  Peak weight was 375 about 20 years ago.  It's quite liberating.

i embody your username! Had the motivation to lose some of the weight a few years ago. Did well with it. Then, as often times happens, personal life completely farked that all up (along with me). Just have had the motivation to get back at it, I know it would make most of everything that I hate, better, maybe.

Good job dude, keep it up! or down, however you wana look at it.

Keeping it off is the hard part. Even with a small weight loss I've managed, it seems like you have to be perfect every day or else it starts come right back. And who can manage to be perfect every day?


Now that I'm a Type 1 diabetic (see above comment), if I keep my blood sugar controlled, the weight will take care of itself.  If one goes out of control, so does the other.
 
2020-07-07 10:43:36 AM  

bighairyguy: Not an NFL lineman but comparably sized.  I've dropped from 325 to 245 in the last two years, half of that in the last six months.  Peak weight was 375 about 20 years ago.  It's quite liberating.


Congrats.  I can confirm how liberating it is.  6'5", and for most of my life I'd watch a game and say, "Damn, I'm bigger than he is" whenever they'd show a lineman's height/weight.  After losing more than half of my starting weight, most quarterbacks outweigh me now.
 
2020-07-07 12:57:20 PM  
"...We got weighed in on Mondays, and if I lost 5 pounds, my coach was going to give me hell."

It's interesting to hear this from a future Hall of Famer who's literally the only good thing about his franchise. What does he have to fear from the coaches? You think they're gonna bench Joe Thomas? Jerry Rice was reportedly the same way -- always irrationally in fear of losing his job. But I guess you don't become that great by thinking you can rest on your laurels.
 
2020-07-07 1:14:14 PM  
The one that comes to my mind is Jeff Saturday.  He went from lineman size to quarterback size, if my perception is correct.  I loved seeing him argue with Manning, and the only reason I watched any pro bowl the year he retired is to see him and Peyton together.  I got a kick out of the play where Saturday snapped to Manning, even though they were in different conferences then, with Saturday playing for the Packers that year.

/Not a Colts fan, per se
 
2020-07-07 1:50:58 PM  

knbwhite: The one that comes to my mind is Jeff Saturday.  He went from lineman size to quarterback size, if my perception is correct.  I loved seeing him argue with Manning, and the only reason I watched any pro bowl the year he retired is to see him and Peyton together.  I got a kick out of the play where Saturday snapped to Manning, even though they were in different conferences then, with Saturday playing for the Packers that year.

/Not a Colts fan, per se


Google Alan Page - I think he was the first to make headlines about changing his body type; also proved that not all football players are stupid.
 
2020-07-08 7:40:50 AM  

bighairyguy: Not an NFL lineman but comparably sized.  I've dropped from 325 to 245 in the last two years, half of that in the last six months.  Peak weight was 375 about 20 years ago.  It's quite liberating.


I wasn't 325 but was 275 standing 6'-1". I am now 235 since Feb 6th.  Less calories in, more calories out  Who knew?

And giving up the litre of vodak per day and washing it down with a 6-pack of high ABV beer also helped

As I skimmed and continue to slim down my old clothes are going to a local men's rescue mission who provides them to the homeless/unemployed.  They use the dress attire for interviews since the guys don't have much but the clothes on their back most of the time
 
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