Andrew Flintoff, professional boxer and former England cricket captain, stays lean year round thanks to the paleo diet. The athlete has lost over 13 kilograms in just seven weeks by eating like a caveman. His daily meals are low in sugar and refined carbs, offering plenty of protein and fats. Flintoff has also cut down on alcohol to drop the extra weight.
The professional cricketer and boxer made it to the top of his game and achieved his best shape while on paleo. Flintoff has played for Brisbane Heat, Chennai Super Kings, Lancashire, and other teams over the years. He is considered one of the top international all-rounders in cricket and holds the record for the most sixes scored for England.
Since his retirement in 2014, he has launched several projects and become the face of Jacamo, a popular fashion brand. Flintoff has won several awards over the years, including ICC ODI Player of the Year (2004), England captain (2006), Freedom of the City of Preston (2006), NBC Denis Compton Award (1997), and BBC Sports Personality of the Year (2005).
The boxer is known not only for his skills, but also for his looks. He maintains his weight by making healthy food choices and keeping his carbs low. According to Flintoff, weight targets for athletes can be dangerous. In a recent interview, he said that sports people are pressured to stay lean and eat for performance, which can affect their lifestyle and attitude towards food. The athlete has struggled with bulimia for years, which made him sick. Currently, he is trying to maintain balance in everything and choose foods that support optimal health.
His meals consist of meat, fish, and vegetables. Most times, he has buffalo burgers or steak for breakfast, chicken with leafy greens for lunch, and fish with vegetables for dinner. Flintoff also eats two snacks a day, such as almonds and hard boiled eggs. His carbs come from green vegetables and provide the energy needed for top athletic performance. He also enjoys cooking tandoori curry, poached eggs, paleo fish fingers, red meat, fish and chips, berries, and raw nuts. All of his meals are paleo friendly and chock-full of nutrients.
To stay in shape, Flintoff works out three times a week. His training routine includes jiu-jitsu, strength training, pad work, sparring, and full body circuits. These exercises increase agility and stamina while burning fat. The boxer also performs bodyweight moves to keep his core strong, such as bear crawls, crocodile walks, burpees, and high-knee skips.