Shaquille O’Neal continues to amaze as he undergoes an incredible weight-loss journey.
The basketball legend – who recently turned 51 – has just wowed his followers on Instagram with a revealing video.
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O’Neal has been public about his body transformation and last year made a special promise ahead of his birthday (which was on March 6).
“I lost 40 pounds (18kgs),” O’Neal told etonline.com in December last year.
“I need to lose about 20 more, but impressive. I’m (planning to) get real chiseled up and do an underwear ad with my sons.
“Shirt off. Chiseled.”
O’Neal said he became inspired after receiving some strong feedback from a friend following some blood tests.
“I got a couple people involved. It’s all about eating right. I got some blood work done. A friend of mine called me and said, ‘You’re fat,’ and she gave me this guy’s name, and he did some blood work, and you know, because I was the athlete, I wasn’t a salad eater.
“I didn’t know what the difference between a carb and a protein, at 50 years old I never knew. 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, (the weight) dropped.
“Plus the supplements I’m taking, and the shakes I’m drinking, the weight just fell off. I’m not at 100 percent ninja mode yet. I’m still 75 percent.”
O’Neal once tipped the scales at 147kg.
But he recently joked that he wanted to “become a sex symbol”.
In a workout video on Instagram, O’Neal reveals his new look after doing a session of pull-downs.
He looked incredibly leaner and buffed when he turned to the camera and flexed his new muscles.
Basketball great Michael Jordan was among many who were in shock, saying: “Yessir!!!”
While others joked: “Lakers about to give you a contract?”
American bodybuilder Robert Wilmote commented, “Let’s go beast.”
O’Neal had a wonderful and long career in the NBA. He played for several teams (including the LA Lakers from 1996-2004), won four NBA titles, and also won the league’s MVP award in 2000.
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