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For most people, cutting out tequila would lead to fewer hangovers, cheaper bar tabs and less relatable rap lyrics. For LenDale White(notes), it meant losing 12 percent of his body weight.

The bruising Tennessee Titans running back showed up to training camp last week weighing 228 pounds, down nearly 30 pounds from last season. He attributes the drop to cutting out one very specific vice:

"[The weight loss] wasn't a lot of major diet changes. (It was) watching what I drink. I was a big Patron consumer. ... That's what it was. I was drinking a lot, drank a lot of alcohol. I cut that out of my diet all the way. I don't drink at all. I cut the drinking, I stopped drinking for six months.

Thirty pounds from tequila? I thought the liquor was made solely out of agave plant. Little did I know the creme filling from oreos and fried Snickers were also added during the distillation process.

There are 69 calories in each shot of Patron Silver. If we figure that it takes 3,500 calories to burn one pound and that LenDale lost 30 pounds over roughly 30 weeks, it stands to reason that in order to lose that weight he could have cut his caloric intake by 500 calories, or 7.5 Patron shots, per day.  

That's oversimplifying the situation, of course, because weight loss is about a lot more than just cutting calories. (Or at least that's what they say on Oprah.) So we doubt LenDale was drinking a half-bottle of Patron each day -- although it's completely possible. But what it could be is the requisite lifestyle changes LenDale made after cutting the booze.

Maybe he liked to hit up Arby's after a night of poppin' bottles. Maybe he got bad hangovers the next morning which, in addition to leading him not to work out, made him more likely to eat a greasy, fattening breakfast with a lot of hot sauce and three cups of coffee (my preferred method).

Dubious or not, LenDale White's revelation could have club owners quaking in fear. If word gets out that NFL players can drop weight by cutting out stuff like Patron, Alize and, for Eli Manning(notes), Zima, it could cripple the club industry. Either that, or some enterprising young soul is going to invent Diet Grey Goose. Maurice Clarett should get on that. He's got plenty of time. 

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