There used to be a time when you could go to the grocery store, pick up a single pack of Oreos, and then go on about your business. But nowadays, it's almost impossible to pick just one pack. There are blueberry pie Oreos, red velvet Oreos, and, hell, even Swedish Fish Oreos. So depending on your budget—and your dietary restrictions (Swedish Fish Oreos ain't for everyone!)—you can easily go through multiple packs of Oreos in any given week.
This isn't a problem if you're, say, a construction worker, a toll booth collector, or a sports blogger who loves Oreos. But it is a problem if you're an NFL player, which is something Giants safety Landon Collins found out the hard way. As he told the New York Post on Thursday, he used to polish off a pack of Oreos in a single sitting. "That was my biggest weakness," he admitted. "A whole pack in at least an hour and a half." And it took a toll on his weight.
Fortunately, Collins didn't dive too deep into the Oreo flavor pool. He mostly stuck to vanilla Oreos, so it wasn't all that difficult for him to kick the habit. But during this past offseason, he finally removed Oreos from his diet and—voilá—he was able to shed more than 10 pounds, which he believes has made it easier for him to move around on the field so far this season. After spending his rookie year playing at about 228 pounds, he's now down to 216 pounds.
It'll be interesting to see what effect it has on his game. And it'll also be interesting to see what other things football players realize they need to cut from their diets. Between Collins giving up Oreos and dropping 12 pounds, Jameis Winston cutting potato chips and losing 20 pounds, and LSU wide receiver Travin Dural staying away from Popeye's chicken and getting rid of 30 pounds, it's clear that some players need to take a closer look at what they're eating on a regular basis.