Shaquille O’Neal would eat sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner till an Instagram realization impressed him to develop into more healthy.
In a brand new interview with Men’s Journal, the four-time NBA champion mentioned his weight loss program finally “was starting to look old and [he] didn’t want to.”
“So I said to myself, I want to take my shirt off on Instagram one last time,” O’Neal started. “I saw this 70-year-old guy on there, and he had muscles everywhere. So I just decided to switch it up.”
O’Neal mentioned he utterly minimize out bread, late-night lemon Oreos, and Entenmann’s muffins.
For the previous six months, O’Neal has been consuming “fruit, protein shakes, salads, fish, chicken and asparagus or other vegetables” in “very small portions.”
Not solely has the approach to life change led to O’Neal shedding 25 to 30 kilos, however he additionally has a six-pack, one thing he hasn’t “seen in 20 to 30 years.”
“I haven’t had one of those since I was on the 2006 Miami Heat,” he quipped.
O’Neal additionally told Men’s Health he lost his motivation for health after experiencing quite a few personal losses final year, together with his sister, Ayesha Harrison-Jex, and good good friend and former Lakers teammate, Kobe Bryant.
“My sister passed away before Kobe. And then Kobe passed away and then I had 28 other people pass away.  was a really bad year and I didn’t want to do anything. So, when you don’t want to do anything, but you need to stay out of trouble, there’s two things you can do: eat and Netflix,” he mentioned.
When O’Neal shifted focus to health, he mentioned he “just started to eat better” and commenced to “make better decisions.”
“My problem is, I’ve always been a sandwich guy. Sandwich for lunch, sandwich for dinner, sandwich for snack. And when all of that was going on last year, I couldn’t sleep. So, I’d wake up at three in the morning and make a sandwich, five in the morning and make a sandwich,” he defined.
In addition to tweaking his weight loss program habits, the 15-time All-Star additionally adopted a strict fitness center routine.
“I do 20 minutes of cardio, I’ll do some chest, bis, tris, sit-ups, back and then I’m gone. Thirty to 45 minutes a day, plus cardio — so about an hour a day. I still got the bad hips and the achy joints, so I can’t be jumping and running around,” O’Neal mentioned. “Next thing I’ll try is jogging.”
O’Neal additionally took a shot at his “Inside the NBA” co-host when discussing his health philosophy.
“An hour a day will keep the Charles Barkley belly away,” he mentioned.