With millions of dollars riding on the health of their bodies, Major League baseball players are always looking for an edge. Here's how a few got in shape for the 2015 season.
Mark Teixiera, New York Yankees: Added 13 lbs. of muscle and lost fat by going gluten-free.
Teixiera, who'll make $23 million this year, revealed his off-season eating strategy to Billy Witz of The New York Times. The first-baseman's breakfast is a plate of turkey bacon and a smoothie made from coconut yogurt, spinach, and frozen berries. The rest of the day he's eating lots of buffalo meat and salmon.
Brandon League, L.A. Dodgers: Lost 20 pounds by going Paleo and giving up booze.
League felt his energy flagging last season, even though he was eating right and sleeping well. "The only other factor I could see was alcohol," League told JP Hoornstra of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. League stopped cold turkey in August, then ate a Paleo diet in the offseason. He's 20 pounds lighter and says he has much more energy.
Mike Trout, L.A. Angels: Traded meat for vegetables.
23-year-old Trout is already the best player in baseball. To make sure he stays that way he's adding more vegetables to his diet, he told Roy Wallack of the L.A. Times. "I always was meat, meat, meat. Now I'm more balanced, eating protein and vegetables—and staying away from the candy."
Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays: Gained 17 lbs. by eating "as much as I could shovel in."
Odorizzi needed more strength and stability to last for the long season. He told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he ate six to seven meals a day—"obviously healthy food"—including 4 eggs for breakfast, big portions of meat, and protein shakes after workouts.
Cody Asche, Philadelphia Phillies: Listened to his wife.
Asche's wife Angie runs eleat Sports Nutrition, helping athletes plan out healthy diets. Cody told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com he "tried to cut out the bad stuff and eat fresh." Here's one thing he might have tried (and I might too) Angie Asche's 274-calorie recipe for Chicken Parmesan.
If you really want to incorporate baseball into your eating habits, you could try the new Baseball Diet, endorsed by MLB legend Lou Piniella (also ex-Hercules star Kevin Sorbo!), which turns healthy eating into a baseball-themed competition. Claims the web site: "When you follow The Baseball Diet™ you can track your home runs, base hits, foul balls, and strikes. The more you score, the more you lose!"