Sports | September 22, 2017 9:02 am

Critics Call Tom Brady’s ‘TB12 Method’ Book Pseudoscientific at Best

How to make your way through Patriots' QB's diet that works only for him.

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Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots gestures during the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tom Brady’s TB12 Method, the book he wrote promoting his ultra-healthy lifestyle and diet, is No. 2 on Amazon’s bestseller list at the moment—second only to Hillary Clinton’s What Happened—so people are clearly curious about what it might have to offer them. Is it a miracle weight-loss pill? Can it help you marry a Gisele Bündchen? Or is it just a jumble of pseudoscience ending in a five-championship-winning smile?

According to SB Nation, it’s more the latter than the former. But as writer Matt Ufford puts it: “If you condensed the basics of the TB12 Method into a single paragraph, you’d find a healthy lifestyle that any doctor would endorse: exercise paired with stretching and deep-tissue massage; a healthy diet devoid of refined sugar, alcohol, and caffeine; ample hydration; lots of sleep.”

That said, the book is replete with Brady-endorsed or -branded health product advertisements and merchandise—including, get this, TB-branded pajamas.

It’s also full of pseudoscientific throwaways like this line:

“When I was growing up, and outside in the sun, I got sunburned a lot … These days, even if I get an adequate amount of sun, I won’t get a sunburn, which I credit to the amount of water I drink ….”

That’s right, Tom Brady says if you drink a lot of water, you won’t get a sunburn.