“My Trainer Wanted Me To Lose 85lbs But I Was Too Fat”: When Charles Barkley Hilariously Got Honest About His Weight Loss – The Sportsrush

Samir Mehdi
|Mon Oct 31 2022
Apr 5, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; CBS announcer Charles Barkley prior to the national championship game in the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Baylor Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Charles Barkley was never a player who was in great physical shape throughout his 16 year career in the NBA. Upon getting drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers, Chuck had to get bullied by Moses Malone into shedding a considerable amount of weight before he could actually be an effective player on both sides of the ball. 
Despite never having bulging muscles or a low body fat percentage, Barkley never let it stop him from being a dominant force on NBA hardwood. ‘The Round Mound of Rebound’ was a fierce, well, rebounder, threat in the open floor, could knock down the 12 foot jumper, and had an array of post moves. 
However, as he got older and was reaching the tail-end of his career when with the Houston Rockets, it was clear that he wasn’t truly getting his conditioning in order.
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Charles Barkley went on David Letterman to talk about a variety of things but the conversation kicked off with them talking about his weight loss journey. After having retired in 2000 and gotten a job at Turner Sports right away, Chuck let himself go. 
However, since that time up until this interview, he had worked with his trainer and since lost 45 of the 100 lbs he had gained. He would confess that his trainer wanted him to lose 85 lbs in that same time span but in his eyes, he was just too fat. 
When talking about what all he ate during his weight loss journey, he admitted that he had to slow down on the ‘carby’ foods like potatoes and pasta. He would also have to cut down on his two favorite snacks: white chocolate macadamia nuts and oatmeal raisin. 
According to him, moderation is what helped him stay on track. Going cold turkey and cutting out every single guilty pleasure from his life all at once was not what he did. “You cannot give a fat person small meals and think they’re not going to cheat.” 
Finding excuses to be active throughout the day and asking your friends for help is also something Barkley did, according to his interview with Mens Health.
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Samir Mehdi is an NBA Editor at The Sportsrush. Ever since he was 13 years old, he’s been obsessed with the game of basketball. From watching Kobe Bryant’s highlights on YouTube to now, analyzing and breaking down every single game on League Pass, Samir’s passion for the game is unwavering. He's a complete basketball junkie who not only breaks down current games but also keenly watches ones from the 60s’ and 70s’ while also reading comprehensive books on the history of the league. Samir’s life revolves around basketball and he hopes that shows in his work. Aside from work, he loves to spend time in the gym and with his friends at social gatherings.
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