The Houston Texans, Fat Players And Good Food

Texans OTAs Stretching

At 10:00 am in June, it is already 86-88 degrees. With no breeze, it feels particularly hot.

Over at Paul Kuharskys AFC South blog, he put together a AFC South offseason hype awards.[1] He picked a guy on each AFC South team whose off-season coach hype likely surpasses his ability.

For the Texans, he wasnt able to think of anyone. I cant either.

I think for Texans fans, the opposite situation happens. That when Gary Kubiak says publicly critical things of any of the rookies as areas of improvement, some Texans fans (and outsiders) start thinking AHHHH BUST PANIC IN THE STREETS. There is almost an overly exaggerated response to those statements, because there is so little news this time of year, and the fans cant watch the practices so cant put the comments in context.

Example: Brandon Brooks Weight.

On the Tuesday start of minicamp, Gary Kubiak made it very clear to the assembled media that he wanted to send a message to Brandon Brooks to keep his weight down:

(on G Brandon Brooks) I did not like what I saw today. Hes overweight and hes got to get down, but he has a chance to be a good player. Can you send that message to him? (laughs)

(on how much weight he wants him to lose) Well, a lot right now. As of yesterdays weigh-in, a lot. It had been pretty good. Im not real happy with him right now.

(on how G Brandon Brooks responded to being told he needed to drop weight) I dont know. Well see tomorrow. I dont know.

The next day, Brooks told James Hollingsworth at CBS Houston that he lost 11 pounds by the next day[2]. Whoa.

Im less than half the size of Brooks, and Ive seen my weight fluctuate 5 pounds in day, so I guess 11 pounds for a big guy working out in the heat could happen. But still. I give that a hmmm.

Kubiak, Weight, Speaking-Kubiak

Some took this weight comment in a very alarmist way. Brooks is a big guy, and the potential knock on him coming out of college was controlling his weight. Can be an issue for big guys because theres reasons why they got that big in the first place. Typically, they like food. Me too.

Kubiak couldnt have liked an unexpected weight gain for Brooks after the long weekend between OTAs and minicamp. If that happened then, what was going to happen to Brooks in the much longer break between minicamp and training camp?

Better for Kubiak to talk tough now, than to have a literally bigger problem at camp.

There are some teams that carry some sloppy fat guys on the roster. The Kubiak Texans typically dont want that. For the offensive line especially, those guys arent supposed to tap out because they are tired like the defensive linemen can in a rotation. And for the Texans, they want their linemen to be more fit than their opponents, wearing them down with the running game in the 4th quarter.

As I mentioned before, Brooks carries his weight well and doesnt look unfit.

Fat, Muscle, Heat, Performance

What was so surprising about the Brooks draft was even the idea that they would draft an offensive linemen that large. And Texans fans keep waiting (weighting?) for the Texans to draft a defensive tackle of size.

Ive always wondered if the Texans could even have a successful fat guy player given that they are competing for roster spots in the Texas heat. The Saints have had some players of girth, and their training camps are similarly hot.

I worry some about players wanting to do unhealthy things to lose weight. Diuretics are not only dangerous in the heat, but also will cause a positive NFL drug test. Texans long snapper, Bryan Pittman[3] was suspended along with 5 other NFL players for allegedly taking a banned diuretic.

It can be a challenge to lose weight without losing strength, because often rapid weight loss means losing muscle too. And prior to attending practice, players need to be adequately hydrated to perform, and should not be trying to lose water weight to make a particular number.

The Texans Cafeteria.

From a nutritional standpoint, the Texans team dietician Roberta Anding[4] (@RobertaAnding[5] on Twitter with health tips/more) wants players to have fuel to be able to perform well on the field, but fuel themselves in a way that doesnt adversely effect their health. In the Texans cafeteria, they have a fat and a lean side of the buffet. For some players, keeping weight on in the heat and exercise can be an issue, so on the add weight side of the buffet, the food has extra olive oil.

In sum, I dont think Brooks weight is going to be an issue.  Just think that Kubiak in all his rookie comments want them to learn his expectations or in Kubiak speak, Learn how to prepare like a pro.

Houstons Food.

The biggest obstacle to anyone losing weight in Houston is that we have too many inexpensive, good food choices. And it can be very challenging to find places in town that serve inexpensive healthy food without you having to special order different aspects of it.

Oh and it is hot this time of year. So, outside activities are only appealing if you want to feel like you are a human torch.

Recently, the Chronicles Alison Cook put together a list of her top 100 restaurants in Houston[6]. Not the fanciest restaurants. But the ones that she kept wanting to go back to. I wasnt sure I could put a list of 100 places I was very enthusiastic about, but I tried. On my newish non-Texans blog[7],* I put together my list that I jokingly  call, Steph Stradleys List of Top Houston Restaurants in an Amount Less Than Alison Cooks Top 100 Houston Restaurants.[8]

I put this list together because like many offensive linemen, I very much enjoy eating food. But I find myself sometimes getting into food ruts, going back to places that I know I will like instead of risking disappointment,  money, and more money I pay a babysitter to go to someplace that ends up not very good.

So I was trying to encourage people throughout town to put their own 100 or less lists together, or at a minimum, comment on that list as a way to collect good ideas on restaurants to go to.

My list contains a number of healthier food option choices. They seem to be so hard to find in this part of the world that I very much appreciate the places to do good food that is good for you.

On the flipside, my list under-represents hamburger/BBQ joints. Theres plenty of places in town to get a solid good burger/BBQ, but I have a hard time thinking of those that are so much better than the rest that Id drive across town to go there. That it would be worth jacking my cholesterol to eat it. So if you know of any transcendent hamburger/BBQ places in town that you need to share, please do.

*Please note. Sometimes when someone starts a new blog, it means that they post less in their old blog.  As I explain[9], I have no intention to do that, so no worries, unless you are the grumbly sort that wishes that I would post less here, and then I would politely tell you that there are other places to visit on the interwebs. Will say that it is a challenge to write Texans stuff during this time in the off-season, so forgive if it gets a little digressive in these parts.

If you are the sort that wants to see even more me blogging, I will send you in the direction of my very silly tumblr blog[10]. Sometimes things just need to live all in the same place on the web. (If you have additional suggestions for that blog, let me know).


  1. ^ AFC South offseason hype awards. (
  2. ^ CBS Houston that he lost 11 pounds by the next day (
  3. ^ long snapper, Bryan Pittman (
  4. ^ Texans team dietician Roberta Anding (
  5. ^ @RobertaAnding (
  6. ^ Alison Cook put together a list of her top 100 restaurants in Houston (
  7. ^ newish non-Texans blog (
  8. ^ Steph Stradleys List of Top Houston Restaurants in an Amount Less Than Alison Cooks Top 100 Houston Restaurants. (
  9. ^ As I explain (
  10. ^ very silly tumblr blog (

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    Does Anybody Has Any Teenager Belly Fat Loss Tips? Hey everyone, i’m sixteen and i’m in a pretty good shape, but i have a little bit of belly fat, not much! just a bit, but it’s making my abs less define and that sucks 🙁 so i was wondering how to get rid of that extra layer of thin fat, i’m hyperactive and i play different kinds of sports but it doesn’t seem to have any effect… help needed and proffisional tips would be great! thanks in advance.

      • HealthNut
      • June 25, 2012

      Jogging is an excellent exercise because it let you lose weight
      evenly throughout your whole body. If you want to lose weight in
      specific areas, you should target them with exercises. If they are
      your problem areas, they will be very difficult to tone. You will have
      to work double on them. The best approach is this:
      1. Lower/control your daily calorie intake (control for normal
      weight, lower for overweight).
      2. Run/jog to lower your overall body fat percentage.
      3. Target your problem areas with exercises.
      an excellent exercise, you can do it in front of your TV: sit on a
      stool, and put your toes under something (piece of heavy furniture,
      for example). In your hands hold a little dumbbell. Please, make sure
      that it is not very heavy, start with one kilo, for example, or you
      will damage your back and spine! Slowly move the upper part of your
      body back, until it’s parallel with the ground. Stop for a second and
      move it back to the sitting position. Repeat ten times. Every week add
      to the number of repetitions. You will see the results in a week,
      guaranteed! You will see or feel under the fat – if you have any – six
      pack and muscles. Dumbbells do wonders. Much better than these
      crunches – I came up to three hundreds and there was no results AT
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    • *
    • June 25, 2012

    Help With Teen Fat Loss Tips? I am 16, about 5 foot 6 and weigh about 128 pounds. I know I am a healthy weight, but I wish to get rid of the fat around my stomach.

    I have been running twice daily, totally 30 mins a day, and I have been eating healthier.

    Any tips on how to lose the fat around my stomach? Personal weight loss stories welcome.

      • HealthNut
      • June 25, 2012

      I’m 15 and last summer I tried to lose weight. Well I did but I gained it back because after school when I get home I eat chips. XD So anyway. What I did was, I avoided bread and rice and other foods like that ’cause I hear they can cause fat even if they’re healthy. And then try doing other kinds of exercise. I did 40 mins. of exercise 4x a week including using the jump rope, using my aunt’s elliptical trainer, dancing, doing sit ups & stuff. So like in 40 minutes I get to do a whole lot of different kinds of exercise. And drink lots of water. Like if you’re hungry, but it isn’t exactly time for breakfast lunch or dinner yet, just drink a whole lot of water. Your belly might get big from drinking that much, but once you pee, it all comes out. You don’t gain fat from water, I think.

      So that was what I did. I didn’t really measure my weight tho, because what I was aiming for was a smaller waistline, and I was able to do so. I think I lost like 4-5 inches in like a month & a half. I was happy with that. Too bad I have to do it all over again because I gained it back when school started again. XD Also keep a tally of your weight for every two weeks. And you can see if it works or not.

      Good luck! 🙂 Hope I helped.

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      • HealthNut
      • June 25, 2012

      Drink plenty of water every day
      At the table vary your choices
      Always make a healthy breakfast and avoid skipping meals
      Consume at least 2 servings of fruits and 2 servings of vegetables every day
      In a balanced diet of cereals (bread, pasta, rice etc..) Should be consumed daily
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      Remember that legumes provide protein and fiber of good quality
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    Fat Loss Tips,anyone? How Long? Ok i am NOT fat im fairly slim, i just want to lose fat around my hips(love handles) and inner thighs. I am 13 and i know kids lose fat faster than adults. I know you have to lose the excess fat before you tone up so does anyone have any tips like foods to eat, exercise stuff…..also approximately how long will it take,cuz iam not really fat…? thanx

      • HealthNut
      • June 25, 2012

      There are three real ways to take off unwanted weight: diet, exercise, and supplements. These three things can be done individually, or with each other for even better results.

      Modifying your diet consists of replacing your unhealthy meals with healthier, but just as delicious foods. Depending on your activity level and intended fitness goal, you’ll need a certain amount of protein and carbohydrates, but the main thing you want to eliminate is unwanted fats. Try to eat fresh vegetables, fish, meats, chicken, any other things that are healthier then burgers and fries.

      For exercise, this is really going to depend on your fitness goal. If you’re just trying to lose fat, a regular daily cardiovascular workout will be the best. This could be running, riding a bike, sports such as basketball, or many other activities. If you’re trying to gain muscle, you’ll want to spend 3-4 days a week working on specific muscle sets via weights.

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    Tips For Fat Loss And Muscle Gain? How To Stay Committed? I burn about 1,000 calories a day exercising and I’m 17. I weigh 158 and am 6 feet tall I want to lose fat and put on lean muscle. Tips? How long until I see progress? What should my workouts be like in terms of weight training. I’m doing heavy cardio in addition to weight lifting until February then weights from there until June. What kind of results should I expect to see?

      • HealthNut
      • June 25, 2012

      Workout 4-5 days a week

      u will see results in 6-8 weeks

      try doing weight training first.. 40-60 mins.. then cardio exercise after u do weights
      the fat burning capacity is much faster this way

      when u lose most of ur fat.. cut the cardio in half

  5. Reply

    Are There Any Fat Loss Tips Most People Don’t Know About? What are they?
    Yeah,yeah I know I might steal your answer, but I already know to exercise, drink water, take diet pills blah blah blah. Just save you’re time and DON’T tell me those things

    Please star this question if you like it.

    thanks in advance!!

      • HealthNut
      • June 25, 2012

      Yeah, eat fat. Sounds ridiculous, but fat in our food is a key component to helping us feel satisfied without overeating. When we take fat out, we end up adding in other ingredients that will either stimulate our appetite, or won’t satiate us enough to stop eating. And the ingredients processed items use to replace fats can cause more damage than good. The key is just to avoid trans fats. You can now even get butter and mayonnaise made with olive oil, so that shouldn’t be a problem. I use them all of the time now. Also, don’t restrict your calories too much if you are exercising regularly. Your body will go into starvation mode and you will either not lose weight, or you will gain weight when you do eat because your body is trying to store food away. Most diets end up failing because they are too restrictive. You just need to be realistic about what you eat. I use to track all of my meals and it has helped me get a better grasp on what things that I am eating may be a bigger problem than I had thought. Good Luck

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