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British heavyweight boxer and current Lineal Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury, a.k.a. ‘Gypsy King’, is shouting out his fans who stuck with him during his career comeback since 2018. Fury won a rematch against Deontay Wilder last month to claim the WBC Heavyweight belt, putting him in position to challenge Anthony Joshua in a unification bout if he can successfully defend his title in an upcoming fight against Wilder.
But just a few years ago, Fury wasn’t in this position. He won the world heavyweight title in 2015 from Wladimir Klitschko, but surrendered his belts and was inactive in the sport from 2016 to 2018 when he lost his boxing license after two failed drug tests, according to The New York Times. After struggling for years from issues with substance abuse and mental health, he sought help and got back to training with the help of his trainer Ben Davison.
“Training… is my therapy,” he said in the interview with NYT.
Following his victory over Wilder, Fury made an Instagram post with a quad of pictures documenting his weight loss journey that showed his progress.
“Been an amazing comeback over the last 2 years. Thank you 🙏🏻 for the support,” he captioned his post.
Fury, who is 6’9″, started his weight loss journey at more than 400 pounds, and lost a total of 142 pounds, according to Men’s Health UK. Besides training, he shared his diet with Joe Rogan on his podcast in 2018, and said that he was on the ‘dirty keto’ diet that allowed him to keep eating the foods he loved.
“I was having tons of meat, fried up, with cheese, mayonnaise, bacon, eggs, sausage. My ideal diet basically. I was thinking this can’t be a diet, I’m not going to lose weight on this, but I lost the weight. I lost it all,” said Fury.
Since, then he’s switched up his diet even more and is working with nutritionist George Lockhart. In an interview with The Athletic, Lockhart shared Fury’s entire 4,500 calories-a-day diet, which is much cleaner than dirty keto.
According to TalkSport, it’s a lot of unprocessed fuel.
“So he gets a lot of salmon – he gets one every day – one plate of turmeric and then he likes a lot of fruit. So I give him a lot of berries and Greek yogurt and stuff, helps with his gut biome,” said Lockhart.
And he also eats lots of spicy foods.
“Tyson likes spicy foods and he doesn’t like the taste of vegetables so it really helps me out because I will crank up that heat and he can’t really taste anything,” he shared.
And Fury eats lots of mini meals as well.
“He’s got six meals, four shakes per day… if he’s more aerobic, he gets more fats. If he’s more anaerobic, he gets more carbohydrates and the amounts are dictated by the intensity and the duration of the activity of what he is doing. So he hovers on around 700 calories per meal, so he is putting away some serious calories,” said Lockhart.
Emily Shiffer is a former digital web producer for Men’s Health and Prevention, and is currently a freelancer writer specializing in health, weight loss, and fitness.