PHIL MICKELSON has looked remarkably slim of late, a far cry from his former self.
The 51-year-old turned back the years to win the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island last summer and returned to golf in the controversial LIV Series.
‘Lefty’ ran quite a corpulent figure in the mid-2000s, as he has personally acknowledged, but has cleaned up his diet with remarkable results.
After packing on a few extra pounds, the American has put considerable effort into optimizing his physique in recent years.
A diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis in 2010 is attributed in part to alerting Mickelson to his need to change.
And now he is fully engaged in a six-day fasting routine, during which he subsists only on water and a special blend of coffee.
The blend includes Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee, almond milk, cinnamon, and coconut MCT oil.
Mickelson has become a huge supporter of ‘Coffee For Wellness’, which he regularly talks about on social media, after teaming up with performance consultant Dave Phillips.
Despite being at the top of his game in the mid-2000s, the golfer began to feel his body and performance slipping.
He previously stated: “I wasn’t playing well and I didn’t feel good about myself.
“I wasn’t recovering as fast as I wanted after rounds and I was feeling tired and lacked concentration towards the end of the round.
“I felt like the first step to getting that back was to get in better shape, get lighter, and what I noticed is that I recovered faster.”
But the diet plan isn’t exclusively a weight-loss technique, and Mickelson also feels the overwhelming benefits of “wellness.”
He commented in 2019: “I didn’t fast to lose weight. I fasted to heal.”
Mickelson looks as good as ever on the pitch and has reckoned that change was vital if he was ever to return to his best form.
And the results also showed when he took victory on Kiawah Island.
Mickelson was named in the field for the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills later this month.
He is scheduled to defend his trophy despite a year of controversy surrounding his support for a Saudi-backed rival league.
In a Twitter video endorsing the plan last year, Mickelson said: “I haven’t been feeling good about myself and the way I’ve been playing so I haven’t done anything or wanted to be in public.”
“The last 10 days I did what I call a hard reset – a change to try to make things better.
“I don’t know if it’s going to help me play better or not, but I’m willing to do whatever it takes to try and get my best back.”
Also in 2019, he noted, “I’m going to keep making it a lifestyle change.
Fasting, if you look at it, is a complete reset, but the body gets rid of the bad stuff and covets the good stuff.
“I will continue to eat better, eat less, exercise more, I will just keep my commitment.
“It won’t be as drastic or as fast, but I anticipate that over the next one or two years I will continue to slow down a little bit. [in weight].”
Performance consultant Phillips has described the fasting routine as quite common among athletes.
He said: “It’s not as drastic as everyone thinks it is.
“In the performance space, there are a lot of athletes who do this kind of thing.
“Fasting, if you look at it, is a complete reset, but the body gets rid of the bad stuff and covets the good stuff.
“The body fights or flees. Sometimes you have to do that.”