How Did Brad Underwood Lose Weight?

Brad Underwood Weight Loss Journey

He is strict when it comes to reducing weight, in addition to being strict with the basketball teams he has led in the past until now.

The men’s basketball team at Illinois is currently led by Brad Underwood. He has held head coaching positions at Oklahoma State, Stephen F. Austin, Dodge City Community College, and Daytona Beach Community College, as well as assistant coaching positions at Western Illinois, Kansas State, and South Carolina.
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Apart from being a coach, he began his weight loss journey, like many others, during the pandemic, notably during quarantine. He reportedly shed 40 pounds, which is a significant amount. Everyone, including him, wants to keep healthy during these difficult times.

Brad Underwood's Weight Loss Tricks

The main keys to Brad’s successful weight loss:

  • He managed to lose weight amidst the COVID-19 lockdown
  • He started walking between eight and twelve miles every day

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Brad Underwood was forced to reduce weight while working from home due to COVID-19.

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When it comes to working from home, Brad Underwood is no different than everyone else. However, the fact that he was able to lose weight while in quarantine is a bonus.
While fulfilling his offseason responsibilities, the basketball coach was said to have begun walking the streets of Champaign-Urbana. Brad then began walking between eight and twelve miles every day, deciding it was time to lose weight.

“I do Zooms while I’m walking; I do all of my phone calls,” he stated in an interview. “I do recruiting calls; I call other coaches. I’ve done a clinic while I walk.”

He subsequently set a goal of dropping roughly 50 pounds, and by August, he had shed more than 30. He went at 268 pounds and dropped to 234 pounds on August 19, his lowest weight since 2006.

Brad Underwood's daughter fat-shamed him.

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Truth hurts, but it hurts much more when it comes from those people you least anticipate. When the coronavirus happened, his three daughters returned home with him and his wife.

In an interview with Tim Miles on “The Mind Of Miles” podcast, he shared that his oldest daughter, which happened to be a junior college at that time, showed him a photo of Olivia Dekker and asked him flat out, “Which one of your three chins do you think @OliviaDekker liked the best?” This remark became enough motivation for him to lose weight.

“I got a lot of ribbing from my daughters and started showing me some pictures,” he shared. “I’ve always been a workout guy, but after having a knee replacement two years ago, I got out of that habit. I didn’t like how I was feeling; I wasn’t sleeping as well and just generally didn’t like the way I looked.”

Since Brad is likewise known by people for having been exposed to the media, he shared that he receives honks and waves while in the middle of his workout session, which is walking.

“I get a lot of honks, a lot of waves,” he said in a separate interview, but this time with WCIA3. “I’ve had people jump out of their cars and want to take pictures or do graduation videos.”

“That’s fun, I enjoy that because I love the community, love the people, but it is different times. I don’t walk with a mask, but I always carry one, and if people approach me, I’ll put the mask on as we get ready to converse. It’s really getting to know your community. I’ve walked streets I didn’t even know existed.”

What is Brad Underwood's diet?

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Diet is just as vital as exercise. On the other hand, Brad Underwood hasn’t specified what exact diet he follows these days that best fit his workout routine, but he has been doing so since losing 40 pounds, which is a significant amount of weight.

Aside from losing weight, the pandemic brought Brad Underwood's family together.

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Brad appears to have managed two of the things that may have been significant to him during this pandemic: reducing weight and spending time with his family.

“We’ve never gone 30 days where we’ve been together as a family; that has been awesome, and it is different. We sit down as a family, and a lot of nights we’re there an hour, and then we go on our walks throughout the day,” he remarked.

“That’s become a source of great conversations and, to be quite honest, really getting reacquainted with my kids, really getting to know who they are. Having three college-age kids, they’re all very different; it’s been fun and challenging, but that’s been the silver lining in all of this.”

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