Benni’s rabbit food diet

2011-08-06 18:49

A strict diet and putting in long hours of sleep are some of the instructions that have led to the new-look Orlando Pirates marksman Benni McCarthy.

“I’ve changed my lifestyle and eating habits,” the 33-year-old former West Ham United striker told City Press this week.

“I eat more ‘rabbit food’ these days; I mean the leaves (salads) and a lot of vegetables and take less carbohydrates
after 5pm. I also spend more hours sleeping and drink a lot of water.”

McCarthy’s bloated figure was the reason he parted ways with then English Premiership club, West Ham, in April. The Hammers ordered him to lose weight in three months to make the squad last season (2010/11).

He arrived at the club in February last year having seen little action at Blackburn Rovers. Sadly, he injured his knee on debut.

“I was never really that fat but I was given much stick. The biggest crime was that picture of me in an extra-small Bafana jersey (at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium).

“That jersey was meant for Bernard Parker because he also wears No?17 for the national team.

I think Pirates’ fitness trainer (Japhet Borges) was shown that picture,” he chuckled.

However, McCarthy conceded that he was “scared” to look at the scale each time he went for weigh-ins.

“I can’t even say how much I weighed because I never wanted to know. When I jumped onto the scale I was only happy to know that my weight was going down.

“I figured out that if I or other players can embark on a healthy diet, one can almost feel younger for longer. Our bodies are our weapons that we must look after.”

He added that he wasn’t feeling any pressure coming into a club that won a treble (MTN8, Nedbank Cup and the Premiership) last season. “Pirates are a big club and they laid a good foundation last season. I’ll try my utmost to fit in and deliver to the best of my ability.”

As for the goal target McCarthy had set for himself, the Bafana all-time leading scorer with 31 goals pointed out that “it is
difficult for strikers to score as many goals these days.

“The defenders have become smarter and teams are playing defensive football. But I will give it my best shot.”

McCarthy, who hails from Hanover Park township in Cape Town, last played in the domestic Premiership in 1997 for the
now-defunct Cape Town Spurs.

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