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“I am proud of that” — when Charles Barkley bought 12 donuts and broke it up into three meals

Only Charles Barkley can say eating 12 donuts is ”a great meal day.”
Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley

Professional athletes like NBA players are expected to practice a healthy lifestyle off the court. The media often raves about LeBron James and even Chris Paul's diets and how they keep their bodies intact. As players (like Jayson Tatum this season) last longer in the league, they realize the importance of eating right and how it impacts their game. However, there have also been former players who use their weight gain to their advantage, thus motivating them to eat all the junk food they want.

Charles Barkley was a victim of this

When Barkley was months away from getting drafted, he admitted he was overweight after being listed as 300 pounds. The Philadelphia 76ers, who had their eyes on Barkley in the 1984 NBA Draft, requested to get his weight down to 285. But since Barkley didn't want to get drafted by the Sixers at first, he tried to gain as much weight as possible.

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One of the reasons why Barkley could easily gain weight is his ability to binge eat. The "Barkley Diet" that many often refer to once helped him put on 20 pounds in 48 hours. When Charles binges, he goes all out, like when he recalled buying 12 Krispy Kreme donuts which he broke into 3 meals.

"I broke it up into three meals. It was one Sunday morning and I said, 'I just want some Krispy Kreme.' So, I ordered a dozen, and I says, 'Imma break it up into three meals.' That's all I ate the whole day," Barkley shared on NBA TNT.

"I had some restraint. I ate some at about 9 o'clock in the morning, I ate some at about 2 o'clock in the afternoon and I ate at about 7 o'clock at night. It was a great meal day. I am proud of that. I could have ate them all in one sitting. Cause I told you, boy, when that hot sign is on, your car just going into that little hot sign. That hot sign is dangerous," Barkley added.

The Barkley diet wasn't always a bad idea

Barkley gaining weight wasn't always a bad idea. As an athletic forward, he knew his biggest strength was imposing himself inside and on the post. One way he strengthened his ability to do that was to put on pounds, especially if he had to battle through the type of physicality that old-school basketball is well known for.

Remember, Barkley had to battle against the likes of Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Kevin Mchale, Karl Malone, Shaq, and Kareem Abdul Jabbar throughout his career, so his advantage against their superior height was being big. Ultimately, his weight gain worked both to his benefit and loss. 

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