It’s understandable how so many people outside of the New England Patriots fanbase can be convinced that quarterback Tom Brady made a pact with the devil — in addition to the fact that he continues to win Super Bowls, and looks like he stopped aging about 10 years ago. It’s true; Brady’s athletic abilities have improved over the years. And his facial features show few signs of aging over the past decade. Really, you can’t blame anyone for thinking that he might be a vampire. Or a cyborg.
Jokes aside, No. 12 is in impeccable shape due to the incredibly healthy lifestyle that he and his family lead. Sure, the average Joe probably doesn’t have the desire — or a personal chef on hand — to mirror the super strict diet and everyday lifestyle like the QB does. But why not peek at a couple pages in Brady’s book and get a taste of exactly why he looks 29 years old at age 39?
For starters, the whole family eats this way…
The Boston Globe caught up with personal/professional/super chef Allen Campbell early last year to get the lowdown on what the QB extraordinaire eats. But Campbell doesn’t just fix organic and seasonal meals for just Brady; the menu feeds supermodel wife Gisele Bundchen and their kids as well.
It really is easier to eat crazy healthy all the darn time when your family isn’t chowing down on fast food in front of you. WebMD explains that one of the biggest challenges in maintaining a healthy diet is when others — particularly family members — eat guilty goodies in your face.
… even when they are away from home!
Per his interview in the Globe, Campbell calls up the hotels that Brady visits and gives them a rundown of what the famous couple likes to eat. Yes, it seems intense to have a personal chef mapping out meals while the couple is away. But if they both like to eat that way and look fantastic, then more power to them. Besides, that helps both Tom and Giselle avoid that terrible trend of gaining weight on vacation. (Even though eating out is widely viewed as one of the best perks of being away from home. But if sticking to such a strict menu helps scoop up Super Bowl rings…)
Having a healthy meal plan also means having a super special, non-traditional workout to go along with it, right?
Such is the case for Brady, who stays in ridiculous shape with help from his “body coach,” Alex Guerrero. His fitness regimen centers around “muscle pliability,” which is a far cry from the strength and conditioning most football players partake in. It sounds like it wouldn’t work too well. Then again, when was the last time the team sidelined Brady with an injury excluding tearing his ACL in 2008? The man literally doesn’t get hurt.
And it is a workout that you can do too!
Brady isn’t keeping his methods — which have made him faster as he has gotten older — to himself. He and Guerrero joined forces to set up TB12 Sports Therapy Center in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Just glimpsing at the website can make someone feel inspired and incredibly out of shape all at the same time.
Well, that is ONE of his workouts
Because how can one be a super-human quarterback without a plethora of help staying in super-human shape? In addition to working with Guerrero during the NFL season, Brady has help from well-known personal trainer Gunnar Peterson in the off-season. Not surprisingly, Brady’s off-season workout regimen is every bit as intense as his mid-season procedure, with a high-intensity interval training and circuit training plan put together by Peterson. The trainer has called Brady a “year-round guy. No wasted movement. No plays off. No days off.”
Just go ahead and print that on some gym t-shirts already.
So naturally, booze is a no-no…
Anyone as devoted to a healthy lifestyle as Brady is more than likely not going to guzzle cocktails anytime soon. Not just because of the liquid calories, but because of alcohol’s negative effects on the body. As InsideTracker.com explains, alcohol impairs muscle growth and makes it harder for muscles to recover. (Which basically goes against Brady’s whole muscle pliability training thing.)
…as are tomatoes
Campbell admitted in his interview with the Globe that a tomato or two might sneak onto Brady’s plate. But the vast majority of the time, the fruit is omitted because of its inflammatory properties. Nightshades — a group of healthy plants including red and green peppers and, yes, tomatoes — contain solanine, which can encourage arthritic pain and the growth of tumors. If Brady wants to be playing football in his 40s, keeping the nightshades at bay is an excellent call.
These eats are also off the menu
In addition to tomatoes, there aren’t any peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants in Brady’s meal plan. He also eats very little fruit, and — because this is such a huge surprise — has a diet free of white flour, white sugar, and MSG because of how Campbell cooks for him. Yes, this all sounds like a super boring diet. At least Campbell reportedly keeps the meal plan seasonal, so the Brady clan isn’t just eating the same two or three ridiculously healthy entrees day in and day out.
But wait! There can still be “sweets”
Okay so the guy does enjoy a treat from time to time. But, you know, not like the rest of us do. Campbell reportedly prepares raw chocolate chip cookies for the Brady household. So basically, these aren’t super tasty Girl Scout cookies, but obnoxiously healthy snacks that look like cookies. And while some professional athletes admit that they indulge in a dessert every now and then to satisfy their cravings, Brady just goes all in on some avocado ice cream.
Heck, if that avo ice cream is what makes Brady look 29 at 39, it might as well be better than botox.