Tim Tebow brags about skipping cheat days as secret to success

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Eating a healthy diet can be tough as a minor leaguer. Players in Single-A make as little as $1,160 per month, and per diems are often just $25 for road games.

However, few minor leaguers live like Tim Tebow.

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After a lucrative (albeit brief) career in the NFL and as an ESPN analyst, Tebow can afford to eat better than just about any minor leaguer. So what is his diet?

As it turns out, exceedingly meticulous. Tebow told a group of media members on Monday that he is on a ketogenic diet — high in protein with almost no carbs — and never has a cheat day.

“I’ve always stuck with my discipline with stuff like that,” Tebow said before his game with Triple-A Syracuse. “I’ve kind of always been that way. The things I knew weren't healthy for me, I’ve stayed away from since I was 15.”

Tebow’s keto diet means almost every stadium food is a no-go. No fries or chicken fingers. No mac and cheese or pizza. Maybe a hot dog or hamburger without a bun.

As further proof of his dedication to healthy eating, Tebow has spent most of his life not drinking soda — he said he hasn’t had a sip since he was 15. Body is a temple and all that.

Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow detailed his disciplined diet. (AP Photo)
Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow detailed his disciplined diet. (AP Photo)

“Well they make keto ice cream now and they make some keto cake,” Tebow said. “Honestly it's really tough to splurge. My brain just doesn't allow me to even though some people have a cheat day or a cheat weekend.”

Tebow’s discipline is necessary considering how much more work he has ahead of him. Although he’s already in Triple-A, he hit just .273/.336/.399 with a 34.6 percent strikeout rate last year and is off to a .161/.235/.226 start with 13 strikeouts through nine games this year.

“It's hard for me to wake up and say today is the day I'm not going to get better at something,” Tebow said. “(This) is when I'm not going to be focused on trying to get better, it's just not how my brain works. It's like I'm more at peace if I feel like I'm doing the best thing to get to where I want to go, where my goals are. Every day I want to take another step towards that. Not 'oh this is a good day to relax, so I'm farther from it.’”

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