NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal has revealed the secrets behind his dramatic body transformation… bidding to become a “sex symbol”.
The retired basketball star – nicknamed Shaq – was weighing over gigantic 28st 5lb.
Shaquille O’Neal was weighing 28st 5lb at one point
The NBA legend revealed his body transformation
But on an episode of Logan Paul’s Impaulsive podcast, the American revealed he is now 26 stone.
A picture of Shaq’s ripped physique went viral and he used fellow court legend Charles Barkley as inspiration to get in shape.
He said: “I didn’t want my stomach to be over the belt anymore. So I was just like, ‘Let me go ahead and get slim.’
“After that [picture] went viral, now I’ve got to live up to it.
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“I was 401 pounds. Now I’m 365. I’m trying to take it back to 345.
“I want to have muscles everywhere, and I want to do an underwear ad with my sons [for] Fruit of the Loom, baby.”
Shaq added that he “wants to become a sex symbol.”
The sportsman went through a time period in 2020 following the passing of his sister Ayesha Harrison-Jex and team-mate Kobe Bryant.
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But he turned it around with a strict exercise routine and diet.
Shaq told Men’s Health magazine in 2021: “My sister passed away, and then Kobe, it was a really bad year and I didn’t want to do anything, I could only eat and watch Netflix.
“I saw an old man in his 70s with muscles all over the place and I started to eat better, I only ate sandwiches, for lunch, for dinner and for a snack, and then everything hit me last year and I couldn’t sleep, I would get up and make myself a sandwich.
“I realised I couldn’t go on like this, I took away the bread, the chocolate and the cakes.”
He added: “Now I only eat fruits, protein shakes, salads, fish, chicken, asparagus and other vegetables, all in very small portions.
“I have started to see things like a six-pack, which I haven’t had since I was in Miami in 2006.
“I do 20 minutes of cardio and then a little bit of chest, biceps, triceps, abs and back, which is about an hour a day in total.”
Shaquille O’Neal on Logan Paul’s podcast