NBA: Dwight Howard used to eat too much sweets, McDonald’s

Dwight Howard has been enjoying a great season for the Los Angeles Lakers, with experts saying he has revitalized his career even though he is only a back-up center for the franchise.

Indeed, the 6-11 center is averaging 14 PPG and 13.8 RPG per 36 minutes, on a career-high field goal percentage clip of 73.2%.

One of the keys to his great season is Howard’s change in lifestyle and diet.

As reported by Basketball Forever, Howard used to have one of the worst diets in NBA history, as he has been notorious with eating sweets and McDonald’s before games.

The eight-time All-Star maintained a truly horrendous diet until relatively recently, and for a long time, he got away with it.

Equipped with a chronic sweet tooth, Howard was especially obsessed with skittles, chocolate bars, honey buns and cream pies.

“[I ate] every candy you could think of,” Howard told Graham Bensinger late last year.

“It was like a gas station at my house.”

Howard claims one year he ate McDonald’s before every game, with his go-to order being two double cheeseburgers, a large fries, a small fries, a strawberry-chocolate milkshake and a large coke.

Such diet has led to adverse effects to his body, including “tingling” in his legs and fingers, and symptoms of prediabetes.

With his career in peril, Howard switched to a more healthy lifestyle, eating healthy food, which included fruits, lean meats, and limiting the intake of bread, pasta, and red meat.

It showed amazing results, as Howard entered the season arguably in the best shape of his life.

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