TB12 Method: Tom Brady could implement infamous plant-based diet in Advisory Board role at Birmingham City
Tom Brady has become a minority owner at Birmingham City and his set to oversee nutrition and health plans for the team.
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The seven-time Super Bowl champion has been appointed Chairman of the new Advisory Board and will work directly with the club's Board and members of the Birmingham City leadership team after splurging cash on a share in the Midlands club.
Details of exactly how the 46-year-old American will be involved are emerging today and in a statement released by the club, it was confirmed that Brady was brought in to work "alongside the sports science department to advise on health, nutrition, wellness, and recovery systems and programs".
Chairman of the Board, Tom Wagner, said: “Tom Brady joining the Birmingham City team is a statement of intent. We are setting the bar at world-class. Tom is both investing and committing his time and extensive expertise.
"As Chair of the Advisory Board, Tom will have a direct impact on the Club. The Men’s, Women’s, and Academy teams are going to benefit from the knowledge. The goal that Tom has committed to own is to make Birmingham City a respected leader in nutrition, health, wellness, and recovery across the world of football."
Brady is famed for his unique diet and approach to nutrition, having created his own food plan known as the TB12 Method, which he wrote a whole book explaining in 2017. It's not clear whether Birmingham City stars will be encouraged to copy the diet that brought Brady so much success and longevity in his playing career, but this is what it would look like.
Brady credits the TB12 Method for keeping him at low risk of injury, improving athletic performance, recovery and energy levels. The diet has been praised by many who have chosen to follow it, while critics deem it to be unnecessarily complex and unsustainable.
Healthline reports that the diet emphasises eating whole, minimally processed foods and bans food thought to promote inflammation. The TB12 Method also follows strict hydration guidelines on the best types of water, how much to drink and the benefits of electrolytes.
The Tom Brady diet is plant-based and emphasises only eating organic, grass-fed, free-range, hormone-free, locally grown food whenever posible. When meats are involved, they should be antibiotic-free and hormone-free.
80% of the diet is comprised of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes with just 20% of sustenance coming from meat or fish.
The TB12 Method has a long list of foods to avoid or limit which include; non-organic grass-fed dairy; refined carbohydrates; saturated fats; added sugars; salt; alcohol and caffeine.
Brady's diet is for athletic performance and isn't promoted as a weight loss scheme. It does use some techniques, such as limiting food eaten three hours before bed and leaving the table when you're 75% full, the latter tactic relating to mindfulness.
Exactly how and if Brady's famous food process comes into play a St Andrew's remains to be seen, but the star has shared his excitement to 'apply my perspective' at the club.
Earlier today he said: “Birmingham City is an iconic club with so much history and passion and to be part of the Blues is a real honour for me. BCFC is built on teamwork and determination and I’m excited to work alongside the board, management and players to make our Second City club second to none. I’ve been part of some amazing teams in my day, and I’m looking forward to applying my perspective to create that same success here in Birmingham.”