NFL’s Nick Bosa says diet high in protein and fish keeps him lean
- Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers claims he has the lowest body fat percentage of his entire team.
- Bosa says his high-protein diet that emphasizes lean fish and chicken is the reason.
- Other sports stars like Tom Brady and Kevin Love have also talked about the benefits of a fish-rich diet.
San Francisco 49ers star Nick Bosa says he has the lowest body fat percentage on his team, and he believes his new high-protein diet is the reason.
Speaking during a interview with the NFL network, The 24-year-old Pro Bowl defensive end said every player on his team underwent a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scan this offseason, which measures body mass index and how much fat a person has and how much is muscle. His body fat percentage was the lowest on the team.
For perspective: Bosa is on the same team as thin wide receiver Travis Benjamin, who is nearly 100 pounds lighter at 175 pounds, yet has a higher body fat percentage.
Bosa, who weighs 266 pounds, occupies a position on the defensive line that is traditionally known for having bulkier players who see weight as an advantage against their opponents and are not generally considered skinny. In Bosa’s case, more of his weight comes from muscle.
Bosa believes his lean physique — with a body fat percentage of 3% when he checked in August, according to NBC Sports Bay Area — has translated into results this season. He racked up 15.5 sacks to just nine overall in his first two seasons and made his second Pro Bowl.
Bosa says he’s gotten particularly lean after following a strict, high-protein diet this year – part of his recovery from a season-ending ACL injury at the start of the 2020 season. , he hired a private chef to help get his body back to the best physical level.
“I have an amazing chef, Chef Anna, Cree. She’ll come two days a week and cook most of the week,” Bosa said. “There’s a really good fish market right next to my house, so she gets fresh fish there. There’s poke, ceviche, delicious fish, chicken, steak, and then the salad she prepared to accompany them is excellent.”
High Protein Diets May Help Build Lean Muscle and Reduce Inflammation
Following a high-protein diet is an effective way to reduce body fat and build lean muscle, especially when following a diet like Bosa’s which is high in lean protein and vegetables.
Insider reporter Rachel Hosie cut her body fat percentage in half by following a high-protein diet for six months, as sh
Bosa’s high-protein, low-carb diet is also not unlike other stars in the NFL and other sports who follow strict lifestyles to maintain high performance.
Tom Brady, 44, follows a diet that includes high-protein smoothies and main dishes that are 20% lean protein and 80% vegetables, according to his TB12 wellness program.
NBA star Kevin Love, 33, told Insider that his main source of protein is fatty fish, which helps him ward off injuries and maintain his energy as an aging player.
NFL defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, 35, told GQ he follows a high-protein, low-carb diet with lots of vegetables, similar to Bosa’s. Suh’s strict lifestyle that helped him avoid injury throughout his NFL career at 315 pounds and continue to play at a high level in his late thirties.