By Jen Murphy | April 13, 2015
Most people go to Barcelona, one of the world’s great food cities, and forget their diets. When Marc Gasol, the Memphis Grizzlies star center, was there last summer, he lost 20 pounds. Mr. Gasol, 30, stopped eating refined sugar and processed foods and cut back carbs and red meat.
Mr. Gasol is originally from Barcelona and spends the off-season back home with his wife and daughter. He describes his new diet as semi-vegetarian, or flexitarian, and says weight loss wasn’t the goal. And he says his impending free agency this summer wasn’t the motivation behind his newfound fitness levels either. “I wanted to feel better and perform better,” he says. “It’s important as an athlete to know your body and how things affect it.”
He says his wife encouraged the healthier lifestyle. They planted a garden at home that summer so they could eat fresh, organic vegetables and cut habits like drinking soda. “I sleep better and recover faster from workouts,” he says.
Last season, he missed 23 games due to a ligament sprain in his left knee. He says the time on the bench made him think about how to prevent another injury.
“I’m a big guy so I know I needed to be leaner and stronger,” says Mr. Gasol, who left Saturday night’s game, which the Grizzlies lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, with a sprained left ankle. A Grizzlies spokesman wouldn’t comment whether he would play in Monday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors.
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