Bryson Dechambeau wouldn’t recommend his bulking diet to any fellow golfer.
During a recent appearance on the “Five Clubs” podcast, the LIV Golf member recalled gaining about 50 pounds, which he called “too much fat,” in a few months in 2020 by consuming six to eight protein drinks a day and excessive weightlifting.
“I ate things that weren’t great for my system, and I was really sensitive to them,” he said, explaining that he had a gut infection. “It got to the point where it was too much… I ate inappropriately for about a year and a half, and I started to feel weird. My system and my intestines were malfunctioning.”
DeChambeau eventually reached his goal of getting really strong without losing his range of motion. In the midst of his body transformation, he became the tallest driver on the PGA Tour, on his way to winning the 2020 US Open.
Now, the 29-year-old is feeling healthier and is following the Whole30 diet — which involves consuming whole foods and cutting out sugar, alcohol, grains, and dairy.
“I got completely healthy, went on a Whole30 diet, got a dietitian, got blood work done, and measured things on my gut vitals,” he said. “I was very inflamed.
“I’ve been using this new chef now [for about two and a half months]. I lost 20 lbs in a month. I had huge mood swings from it. All the infections have just left my system and I feel so much more relaxed.
“I’m leaner now and I feel better. My face is finally flabby. I looked like I was 20 again, not 35, so I’m happy about that. For me, I always go to the extreme.”
DeChambeau said he’s focused on eating healthy while trying to gain strength in the offseason.