By peoplestaff225
Updated December 08, 2020 12:21 PM

Basketball star LeBron James looked noticeably slimmer in a photo he posted to his Instagram account on Monday.

James, who recently announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, appears to have a much thinner face in the photo, in which he sports a black long-sleeved t-shirt and a cap that reads “Ohio Against the World.”

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The NBA player’s weight loss is the result of a new diet that involves him cutting carbs, according to ESPN.

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Dropping weight is a common method players use to prolong their basketball careers, and both Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash have credited their weight loss with extending their time on the court.

In the case of James, 29, the weight loss may be a preventive measure to protect his knees, according to Sports Illustrated.

James is scheduled to play his first game with the Cavs on October 30.

—Gabrielle Olya