Tom Brady: ‘It’s not a cookbook!’

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2015, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady smiles on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. The last time Brady and Co. were 8-0 was in 2007, and the Patriots wound up getting all the way to 18-0 before losing to Eli Manning's Giants in the Super Bowl. New York and coach Tom Coughlin defeated New England and coach Bill Belichick in another Super Bowl four seasons later. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp, File)
–Tim Sharp/AP

Tom Brady can go on forever about nutrition and fitness. But first, some branding clarification.

“It’s not a cookbook!” Brady said with a laugh in a GQ interview published Wednesday, referring the the $200 “nutrition manual,” as he puts it, which became a hot commodity upon its release last week.

But staying fit is more than just eating avocado ice cream.

In the interview, the 38-year-old Patriots quarterback explained in-detail his guiding principles when it comes to exercise, recovery, and how he’s stayed healthy and productive so late into his career.

Seriously though, don’t get him started.

“I know it’s long-winded,” he said after a breathless, five-paragraph answer to one of GQ‘s Andrew Goble’s first questions. “I get excited about talking about this.”


The most important thing for athletes, according to Brady, is muscle pliability. That is, keeping muscles “long and soft” rather than “hard and dense,” meaning that heavy lifting, which tightens muscles, might not actually be the end-all, be-all.

“I have no doubt that lifting a lot of weights can get you stronger,” Brady said. “I just don’t know if lifting stronger weights can keep you healthy, or it can keep you doing your job better, especially for a pro athlete.”

As for Brady’s much-scrutinized diet recommendations, he said his nutrition manual puts a focus on anti-inflammatory, healthy substitutes for traditional foods. And, of course, avocado ice cream.

“I love ice cream, so I think avocado ice cream is pretty good,” Brady said, when asked of his favorite recipe in the book.

Read the complete interview here.

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