Twenty pounds in eight weeks! Now that’s a weight loss journey that anyone would be proud of.
Wait. What's that? Brandon Graham gained twenty pounds over two months? And not in the weight room?
Apparently the Eagles defensive end has been on the offensive end of some of Philly's finest food. The 2010 first-round draft pick tore his ACL last December and spent two months on crutches. His weight jumped from 270 to 290 during his recovery. He has a culprit, though.
"You know what got me real big? The Philly cheesesteaks," Graham told the appropriately named Philly.com. "Jim's. That's all I eat."
Uh, you have to crush a lot of cheesesteaks to gain 2.5 pounds a week. Graham said he would eat a whole one every time he shuffled down the street to Jim's, the famed sandwich spot, which is mere blocks from where he lives. With no cardio and 1,000 to 1,200 calories a pop, it's easy to see how Graham packed on the pounds. That and admittedly eating two or three plates of food when he wasn't dining on the Philly classic.
Graham is back down to around his fighting weight now. He changed his eating habits when he got off the crutches and has been more focused on his diet and exercise this year. He's still on the Eagles' Physically Unable to Perform list and will be until the team is sure he's all the way back, but he went through his first practice earlier this week.
It's a big step toward getting back on the field -- just as big as backing away from the cheesesteaks. Graham has been eating out less and cooking for himself more.
Now if he could just get a handle on portion control.
"That's my big thing: I can't save anything," he says. "When I cook something, I want to eat it all right there."
Sounds like Graham could use an endorsement from Ziploc or Tupperware.
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