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Shaquille O’Neal says he’s lost a lot of weight, and he’s not done yet

 September 3, 2023

NBA icon Shaquille O'Neal has shared details of his commendable recent weight loss journey, hinting that he hasn't reached his goal.

The former athlete, 51, commented on the physical challenges he faced as he aged, such as difficulty climbing stairs, as the Daily Wire reported.

O'Neal's Remarkable Weight Loss Journey

In a chat with Entertainment Tonight, O'Neal disclosed that he shed 55 pounds and now weighs 351 pounds.

Notably, this is just a few pounds more than his 345-pound weight in 2000 when the Lakers clinched the NBA championship.

O'Neal said, "I was getting chubby and couldn't even walk up the stairs. I didn't like the way I looked in the mirror. I was like, 'I'm gonna lose 20' and then I was trying to lose 20."

He humorously mentioned, "Now I'm flaunting a five-pack, aiming for a 12-pack so I can confidently show it off on Instagram."

Setting New Health Goals

O'Neal has been candid about setting ambitious health targets for himself. He aspires to reach a weight bracket of 315 to 330 pounds, the point at which he envisions having a 12-pack.

Last month, O'Neal took to Instagram to display his transformation. In the captivating clip, the basketball legend tore away his gray tank top and showcased his toned muscles, confidently adopting a range of bodybuilding-inspired stances for his followers.

Earlier in March, O'Neal opened up about his weight loss voyage while conversing with People magazine. He had shed 40 pounds at that time, attributing the loss to a pivotal shift in his lifestyle — adopting a balanced diet and a consistent workout routine.

O'Neal expressed regret for not giving more importance to his physical health earlier. He said he was so focused on his mental resilience that he often overlooked his physical appearance.

It wasn't until about six to seven years post-retirement, when he saw his unfit reflection in the mirror, that he realized the extent of his weight gain.

At the time, O'Neal conveyed that he felt much better and experienced a surge in energy following his significant weight loss.

He mentioned that the transformation allowed him to engage in activities previously out of reach. According to the star, the change instilled greater discipline in him, especially in his eating habits.

While he consumes food four or five times daily, he's swapped out most of the junk food that used to dominate his meals.

A Renewed Focus on Health

In December, the former basketball pro informed ET that prioritizing his health was crucial, emphasizing the importance of a proper diet.

He said, "I didn't know what the difference between a carb and a protein, at 50 years old I never knew."

The legend added, "So, he was saying you can't do this, you can't do that, more vegetables, my iron's low. And once I just started changing those certain things, it dropped."