In photographs recently posted to his Instagram account, NBA superstar LeBron James showed off a new, trimmer look.
The two-time Finals MVP, and four-time regular season MVP, posted the photos on Aug. 4. According to subsequent reports, James cut carbohydrates from his diet as he prepares for the upcoming NBA season.
Wearing a hat declaring “Ohio Against the World,” James appears in a composite image made up of two photographs, one in which his entire frame is visible, and one in which mostly his face is visible, his cheeks looking more sunken than usual. In another image posted to James’s Instagram account and dated Aug. 3, James wears t-shirts that seem too big around the neck, highlighting his weight loss.
According to a tweet by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, James has decided to cut carbohydrates from his diet this summer, in order to lose weight going into his first season back with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“He hasn’t weighed himself—I think it’s one of the things he doesn’t want to know just yet—but I’ve heard he’s estimated about 10 or 12 pounds down now,” Windhorst said on the ESPN podcast “The BS Report.”
James announced in July that he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers following four successful seasons with the Miami Heat. While with Miami, James reached the NBA Finals four times and won twice.
James’ announcement to return initially appeared in a Sports Illustrated essay, prepared with writer Lee Jenkins.
“I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up,” James wrote in the piece. “Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.”