CBS Sports reporter Pete Blackburn took the challenge to eat like Tom Brady for a week, so we don’t have to, according to an article from cbssports.com.

Brady was an idol to him growing up, the article stated, and it’s been tough for Pete to see him in the Super Bowl not wearing a Patriots uniform. He is impressed with Brady’s longevity in the game and some higher-ups thought it would be great if he could try out the TB12 diet that Brady swears by for a week.

It didn’t go well.

The biggest hurdle seemed to be the incredible amount of water you have to drink, according to cbsports.com.

According to the TB12 website, as reported by Pete Blackburn, “you have to halve your body weight in pounds and drink that many ounces of water (130 ounces for me daily).”  The diet also left him, in a word, “gassy.” I totally get it, I try to do the water thing but going to the bathroom 20 times a day is a bit much. Gets old fast. Some of the guidelines listed by Brady’s personal chef are “no white sugar. No white flour. No MSG… Himalayan pink salt… never use iodized salt.  No nightshades, they are not anti-inflammatory. So, no tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or eggplants.”

Also, no coffee or caffeine and no dairy.

If this was my assignment, I would have been out on day one.  I can’t live without my cereal, and sugar is a food group, isn’t it?

Pete made it through the week with a little cheating but said “you can keep your rings, supermodel wife, and hundreds of millions of dollars.  None of that would make me happy if I wasn’t allowed to smash a cheeseburger into my face.”

And for the record, Pete Blackburn actually gained a pound on the diet.  I will keep my cheeseburgers, too, Pete.

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