Marshal Yanda, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, has reported a weight loss of 67 pounds since the conclusion of the 2019 NFL season.
Yanda, who made his retirement announcement in March, stated in an interview with ESPN’s Jamison Hensley that he has dropped from his playing weight of 312 pounds to 245 pounds since the Tennessee Titans eliminated the Baltimore Ravens from the playoffs on January 11. The interview was released on Saturday.
He explained it by saying, “There are two words: It’s the ‘desire to.'” “If you want to do it, you’ll do it. It’s how bad you want to. People like to speak about it, but at the end of the day, do you truly want to? That’s key.” “If you want to do it, you’ll do it. It’s how bad you want to.”
Yanda revealed that he had decreased the number of calories he consumes daily from 6,000 in the NFL to 2,200. According to Hensley, the following is his current eating schedule:
Yanda recognizes the toll the game has had on him and anticipates arthritis and other medical difficulties in the future. As a result, his priority moved from protecting Jackson from pass-rushers to relieving the strain on his joints.
Yanda’s first call after the season was to Chris Doyle, the University of Iowa strength coach and mentor, for advice on how to lose weight.
Six eggs (hard-fried or scrambled) and a cup of oatmeal with a banana and brown sugar before.
Now there are two eggs.
Snack For Mid-morning:
Before: A spinach, kale, and fruit shake (“You get weary of eating, and it’s simpler to drink things than eat them,” Yanda explained).
Previously: 12 ounces of chicken breast with rice or quinoa.
3–4 ounces of chicken breast, turkey, or tuna
Snack for midafternoon:
Before: Granola, mixed nuts, and handfuls of dried mangoes.
Now he has a quarter cup of assorted nuts pre-measured in sandwich bags.
12 to 13 ounces of protein (steak or chicken) with baked or sweet potato.
3 to 4 ounces of lean protein, including cabbage, asparagus, tomatoes, and peppers.
Snack after dinner:
Before: Around 8 p.m., granola
Now: Nuts, tiny carrots, or cheese sticks till 7 p.m.
Yanda treats himself once a week to a couple of double cheeseburgers or a mini-barbecue feast with ribs, brisket, pulled pork, cole slaw, baked beans, and, of course, cornbread.
“My problem now is that I overeat, and I’m so darn uncomfortable,” Yanda explained, “my stomach is all in knots.”
Yanda works it off with a 45-minute ride on the stationary bike (he sweats so much that he got a boot drier for his cycling shoes), followed by a sauna session to burn off even more calories.
He didn’t keep track of how many pounds he shed in the first few weeks; progress was evaluated by what many others take for granted. During his playing days, Yanda would go down the stairs one step at a time; if you offered a lengthy stroll with the family, he’d chuckle.
Yanda used to be over 300 pounds, and any more extended time on his feet would have killed his ankles and lower back; now, he runs 4 miles in an hour with his wife, Shannon, and his three children, Graham, Logan, and Libby, all of whom are under the age of ten.
Yanda purchased a smartwatch to track his walks, even though he doesn’t need it; if he slows down, his wife will elbow him and say, “Let’s kick up the pace. You’re slacking.”
What Was The Heaviest Weight, Marshall Yanda?
Between 2010 and 2011, I averaged between 310 and 320. At one time, I weighed 320 pounds. I haven’t been 320 in seven or eight years, but the year before last, I was 312 when the Titans played in the playoffs.
How Much More Peaceful Do You Feel About Your Daily Activities?
You were not aware of how much weight you were transporting with you. In high school, I was a popular kid, and I didn’t know how much of an impact that had on you: number one, your energy levels. I have much more energy—adaptability, such as bending over and tying my shoes or picking something up without straining my back. Another significant improvement is that I do not get the usual aches and pains in my ankles and other related areas when I use the stairs.
What Have You Found To Be The Happiest Aspect Of Retirement?
We are having quality time with one’s family, Having the opportunity to spend some time with my father on the family farm, having the chance to spend time with my mother when she is in Iowa, and adjusting to a life without football. This has been a significant shift for me. And in addition to that, going on various vacations with the family. We drove our RV across the country for a total of 14 days.
We rented a recreational vehicle and spent the next 14 nights living in it with my wife and our three children. In August, we did that activity, which was a lot of fun. We had always wanted to rent one of those and give it a try, and we had such a great time doing it and seeing the countryside because of it.
We had never been to the western part of the country for any reason other than to play, and since you don’t get a lot of time out there, we had a fantastic adventure.
What Is Marshall Yanda’s New Habit Now?
Yanda is a creature of habit, but there is a purpose behind it. Coaches at Iowa could set their watches by Yanda’s 2007 Chevy pickup, affectionately known as “Old Blue,” pulling into the parking lot for his offseason workout. They watched him walk to the locker room, where he put on the same pair of Nikes he’d worn for the past nine years as part of a gift package from his first Pro Bowl in 2011.
“It was a lesson to him to stay humble,” Doyle said. “It served as a reminder of what it required to get to the level of playing in a Pro Bowl and what it would take to stay at that level.”
That’s why it’s been even more surprising for some to see such drastic changes in someone who had been so set in his ways. Yanda is under 250 pounds for the first time since his sophomore year of high school, and all his dress clothes and jeans fall off him. He used to wear pants as big as a size-44 waist, but the size-38 ones feel too big these days.
What Does Marshall Yanda Think About His Future?
Yanda discovered how many of his old teammates watched his appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show.” “by the number of humorous insults that poured in last week
Birk texted: “At 248 pounds, I guess you’re as feeble as a cat.” Yanda’s reply: “It’s not the dog’s size. It’s the size of the dog’s fight. So step back.”
Yanda was known for putting players in their place, mainly when a rookie player indulged in trash talk.
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