Shaquille O'Neal

Former professional basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal has a huge body and physique. His diet was unhealthy and his doctors warned him to change it. Recently, Shaquille revealed his food orders at fast food joints on a podcast. Can it be called healthy eating?

Shaquille O’Neal and his health

American former basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal has a great physique. He is retired from professional play now, but he admitted that he has never visited a doctor except recently.

And his doctor diagnosed sleep apnea in him. Sleep apnea is a serious sleep condition in which the breathing starts and stops. This is common in men. Age and obesity are two risk factors that could cause it.

Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O’Neal (Source: Bleacher report)

Shaquille revealed that his doctor has issued him a warning. The doctor told him that he could end up with a stroke or hypertension and even death. Therefore, he is under monitoring now with a sleep machine. Additionally, his doctor told him to stop painkillers since those would affect his kidneys. Shaquille revealed:

“When they hit you with that three-letter word that starts with D and ends with E, it changes stuff up.”

He stated that he changed his lifestyle after that and is on a healthy diet. But he occasionally has his cheat days when he eats what he wants with no restrictions.

Shaquille’s healthy diet

Shaquille has claimed that he eats in a healthy way these days. He had provided an interview to GQ magazine and in this interview, he had said that is daily diet is wholesome. He consumes salads, fruits, chicken, fish, and egg whites. Moreover, he has protein milkshakes daily and a few turkey sausages too. After these pre workout foods, he does his cardio and muscle strengthening exercises.

Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O’Neal (Source: Marca)

Shaquille is confident of his body. On doctors advice, he lost 36 pounds and now wants to maintain his body. He would try to lose some more weight now. His personal trainer, Rashid Shabazz helps him in it. On Logan Paul’s podcast Impaulsive, he had said:

“I want to have muscles everywhere, and I want to do an underwear ad with my sons [for] Fruit of the Loom, baby.”

Shaquille’s staple order at fast food joints

On The Big Podcast, Shaquille had said that at each of the American fast food joints, he has a fixed food order. At IHOP, he orders cheese omelet with butter-milk pancakes and a glass of orange juice. While at McDonalds’, Shaquille goes for a double cheeseburger along with 10 chicken nuggets and a diet coke. He said:

A diet coke because I am on a diet.”

He also gave description of what he orders at other fast food outlets. The foods hardly are healthy. Hence the cohosts of the podcast, Nischelle Turner and Spice Adams had surprised looks on their faces on learning about Shaquille’s orders.

Also, read Elizabeth Hurley reveals her diet and exercise regime details!

Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O’Neal’s order at fast food joints (Source: Insider)

If these orders are only occasionally on cheat days, it’s OK. But if Shaquille often orders these foods at the fast food eateries, then he is not eating healthily. He requires the proper advice of a dietitian for it.