Tim Lincecum Loses 21 Pounds After Ditching McDonald’s, Starting Swimming Workouts (Video)

The formula to lose weight is pretty simple. All you have to do is cut down on your calories and what you eat and work out regularly. Of course, it's never that easy, but the blueprint is pretty basic.

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum of all people felt that he needed to slim down before returning to the Giants for spring training. After shedding 21 pounds in the offseason, it appears that Lincecum has achieved that goal.

Yahoo's Big League Stew blog has the story of how Lincecum shed the weight, just a year or so after deciding that he wanted to add weight. The two-time Cy Young winner reasoned that if he could add weight to his wiry frame, it would help add durability.

In doing so, though, Lincecum kept adding on the pounds, to the point that he realized he needed to slim down some. One of the first steps was to improve his diet — particularly cutting fast food.

"You take your first bite of a McDonald's burger and it's like 'Why did I buy this?'" said Lincecum, who went from 196 pounds down to 175. "You feel instantly sick. That's what ended up happening with all these places and why I started eliminating them. I take a bite and I'm like 'I can't even finish this.' So I just started going for stuff that made me feel better. I'm not crushing vegetables by any means, but I'm definitely eating better."

Lincecum also said that he's dedicated himself to a swimming regimen, in which he gets a good workout by swimming against a current in a specially designed pool.

Giants fans will surely appreciate that the dominant right-hander still has the "hunger" to succeed even after recently signing a two-year, $40 million contract extension.

See more from Lincecum in the video below from Bay Area Sports Guy.

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