Tom Brady Keto Diet

At 41 years of age, Tom Brady is the oldest active quarterback in the National Football League. Despite being considered “ancient” by professional athletic standards, Brady continued to perform at an elite level during the 2018 season and is heading to his ninth Super Bowl.

Brady credits much of his longevity to his unique diet, which he detailed in his 2017 book, “The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance.”

According to Brady, he follows an “anti-inflammation” diet that focuses on foods which he believes influence the body’s pH balance, with the goal of moving towards being more alkaline.

Despite the fact that several nutrition experts have expressed doubt that his food choices are having the effects he claims, it’s hard to argue with Brady’s success and longevity. He’s achieved more, and been at the top of his game longer, than any other NFL quarterback – past or present.

While Brady’s claims of reducing inflammation and changing his body’s pH balance are interesting, we will not be able to solve that efficacy debate today. Instead, we decided to see how his diet compares to keto – how close or far he’s away from following a ketogenic diet.

Here’s what Brady claims he consumes each day and how “keto friendly” it is:

Brady starts his day with 20 ounces of water infused with electrolytes. Throughout the rest of the day he will drink between 12 and 25 glasses of water and adds “electrolytes to virtually everything I drink.”

Brady developed and sells his own brand of supplements which includes an electrolyte mixture called “TB12 Electrolytes” which is what Brady says he takes each day.

TB12 Electrolytes list “natural trace minerals from sea water concentrates, purified water and potassium chloride,” as the ingredients.

Keto verdict: Obviously, water is allowed, and important, on the keto diet and Brady’s electrolyte supplements don’t list anything that contains any appreciable amount of carbohydrates, so we’re good there.

Next up, Brady says he has a morning fruit smoothie which typically, “contains blueberries, bananas, seeds, and nuts,” claiming “its nutrient dense, high in fat, high in protein, and high in calories.”

Keto verdict: We may run into some conflict with keto here. We love that his drink is nutrient dense and high in fat – all things that fit in well with keto. However, depending on how much fruit his smoothie contains, he may be consuming too many carbohydrates to be considered ketogenic.

After workouts, Brady will consume his brand of protein shakes with almond milk. His protein shakes list 0 grams of sugar and contain milk and sunflower lecithin.

Keto verdict: A cup of almond milk contains about 3 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of carbohydrates. Combining the low-carb almond milk with his zero carb protein mix should be able to fit within a keto diet’s macronutrient ratios.

For lunch, Brady says he will often eat fish with vegetables.

Keto verdict: Most fish is a great source of low-carb, healthy fats so we love that on keto. And, the majority of vegetables are low carb as well, so lunch looks like a winner to us.

Throughout the rest of the day, Brady may drink another protein shake and eat some of his brand of snacks, called (not surprisingly) TB12 Snacks.

Keto verdict: There are six versions of Brady’s snacks which contain anywhere from 7 to 15 grams of carbohydrates each. Even though, they claim these are made from ingredients that are healthy and organic, the carb content is definitely entering the danger zone for keto.

For dinner, Brady says he eats more vegetables and lean meat or chicken.

Keto verdict: Again, vegetables are good on the keto diet, as long as the cumulative total of their carbohydrate content doesn’t exceed the day’s limit. Meat and chicken are low-carb and a staple of the ketogenic diet.

Brady says he rarely eats dessert but does include a recipe in his book for what he calls “avocado ice cream.” Here are the ingredients:

1 avocado (ripe and soft)
1/2 cup raw cashews
1/2 cup coconut meat (from young coconuts)
1 1/2 cups dates (pitted)
1 cup raw cacao powder
1 1/4 cups water

Keto verdict: Unfortunately, the dates in this dessert make it very high in carbohydrates – about 150 grams worth – so this would not be recommended for anyone following a keto diet.

Our overall verdict is that Tom Brady’s diet is probably not ketogenic. He likely consumes too many carbohydrates during the day to maintain ketosis. He also probably consumes more protein than is advised on the standard keto diet, which recommends about 20% of calories to be from protein sources.

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