"My body is starting to look like a person again," the former hoops champ tells PEOPLE
Basketball champ Charles Barkley, who admits to topping out at 350 lbs. since retiring from the game 11 years ago, has started knocking off the pounds with the help of Weight Watchers.
“I felt bloated and big,” says Barkley, who has lost 27 lbs. after 10 weeks on the program, which on Tuesday announced a new campaign targeted to the male population and called “Lose Like a Man.” In all Barkley lost 41 lbs total – getting from 350 to 336 on his own, then joining the program.
After weeding out junk foods like pizza and cookies – and working in a breakfast of yogurt or oatmeal – the 6’6″ former pro athlete says, “Now I’ve got more energy!”
The Alabama native admits he suffered a bit of an aversion to most vegetables – well, unless you count potatoes and corn (which are starches). “I thought vegetables were all nasty! Weight Watchers has me eating cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and asparagus, and I really, really like it.”
Barkley, who used to feel “tired and sluggish” during hour-long workout sessions on the elliptical, adds, “I feel good. My body is starting to look like a person again! I’ve been fat for a long time.”