Inside Phil Mickelson’s Impressive Weight Loss and Body Transformation Through Fasting and ‘Special Coffee’
PHIL MICKELSON has been looking remarkably thin lately – a far cry from his former self.
The 51-year-old rolled back the years to win the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island last summer and claim his sixth major.
‘Lefty’ cut a rather portly figure in the mid-2000s – as he personally admitted – but cleaned up his diet with remarkable results.
After gaining a few extra pounds, the American has gone to great lengths to streamline his physique in recent years.
A diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis in 2010 is partly credited with alerting Mickelson to his need for change.
And he’s now fully invested in a six-day fasting routine, during which he feeds only on water and a special blend of coffee.
The blend includes Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee, almond milk, cinnamon, and coconut MCT oil.
Mickelson has become a big advocate for “Coffee For Wellness,” which he talks about regularly on social media, after teaming up with performance consultant Dave Phillips.
Although he was at the top of his game in the mid-2000s, the golfer began to feel his body and his performance declining.
He previously said: “I wasn’t playing well and I didn’t feel good about myself.
“I wasn’t recovering as fast as I wanted after the runs and I felt tired and unfocused towards the end of the run.
“I felt the first step to recovering from that was to get in better shape – to get lighter, and what I noticed was that I recovered faster.”
But the diet isn’t exclusively a weight loss technique, with Mickelson also feeling the overwhelming “feel good” benefits.
He remarked in 2019, “I didn’t fast to lose weight. I fasted to heal.”
Mickelson is looking as good as ever on the course and he recognized that such a change was vital if he was ever to return to his best form.
And the results also showed when he took the win at Kiawah Island.
Mickelson was named to the field for the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills later this month.
He is expected to defend his trophy despite a year of controversy over his support of a rival Saudi-backed league.
In a Twitter video endorsing the plan last year, Mickelson said: “I didn’t feel good about myself and the way I was playing, and so I didn’t do anything or didn’t want to be in public. .
“For the past 10 days I’ve been doing what I call a hard reset – a change to try and make things better.
“I don’t know if it’s going to help me play better or not, but I’m ready to do whatever it takes to try and get my best back.”
Also in 2019, he noted, “I will continue to make it a lifestyle change.
Fasting, if you look at it, is a hard reset, but the body gets rid of the bad stuff and covets the good stuff.
“I’m going to keep eating better, eating less, training more, staying engaged.
“It won’t be as drastic or fast, but I anticipate that over the next two years I will continue to slow down a bit [in weight].”
Performance consultant Phillips described the fasting routine as quite common among athletes.
He said: “It’s not drastic like everyone thinks.
“In the performance arena, there are a lot of athletes who do this kind of thing.
“Fasting, if you look at it, is a hard reset, but the body gets rid of the bad stuff and covets the good stuff.
“The body runs away or fights. Sometimes you have to do that.”