Garrard hopes his weight loss is Jaguars’ gain

Jaguars QB David Garrard wants to be in better shape for next season, but he knows he can’t cut corners — just calories.

Garrard, who struggled during the Jaguars’ 11-loss season in 2008, tried a new diet in order to achieve his fitness goals, The Florida Times-Union reports:

    The pudginess in Garrard’s face — it’s gone. The thickness in his legs is also dissipating. Garrard attributes the weight loss (from his playing weight of 250 last season to 232) to cutting back his caloric intake from approximately 3,000 calories (per day) to 1,200.
    Garrard also tossed away complex carbohydrates for three weeks. Without the carbs, Garrard subsisted on a diet of “salads [with] a little bit of meat on top” and “a lot of shakes.” According to Garrard, (Jaguars coach Jack) Del Rio told him he could “almost guarantee” the quarterback would develop into a Pro Bowl-caliber player by getting down to his current size.

Garrard likely hopes that a return to his 2007 statistics (18 touchdown passes, just three interceptions) is the result. Last season, he threw 13 interceptions and was sacked 42 times as the Jaguars’ offense sputtered.

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