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Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller credits offseason weight gain to Krispy Kreme donuts


On, Cleveland Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller is listed at 250 pounds. Clearly, that’s not much weight to carry around on a 7-foot frame, so his offseason goal was to pack on some pounds in order to better respond to the physical rigors inherent of playing the center position in the NBA.

Generally, professional athletes, when they want to put on weight, will often head to the gym and take on an aggressive weightlifting regimen supplemented by protein powders and whatnot.

But not Zeller. After a bout with the flu left him at about 238 pounds towards the end of last season, putting on the lost weight and adding a few more pounds were much-needed goals in the offseason.

So he started eating Krispy Kreme donuts. A lot of them.

To get his weight back up, Zeller spent three weeks eating anything and everything he wanted. When he returned to Cleveland, he had put on 20 pounds.

“I’m not going to say I was fat, but I felt very out of shape,” Zeller told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I had to transfer that into ‘good’ weight and muscle. Now I’m between 255-260, and I’m pretty happy with that, although I’m trying to gain more.”

So, in the end, Zeller is somewhere between back at his playing weight and ten pounds heavier.

But the creme de la creme — or kreme de la kreme, perhaps — of his now-unabashed and guilt-free feasting that helped him regain the weight were those softy and sugary Krispy Kreme donuts.

“They’re so good,” Zeller said. “If you get them hot …. I ate about six in probably 10 minutes, maybe less.”

Now that sounds like the kind of diet I could sign and happily maintain. No word on whether Zeller’s dedication to the doughnut increased his risk of diabetes, though. Probably. Or at the very least, the guy had to be bouncing off the walls. Those things are ring-shaped morsels of pure sucrose fuel, man.

[H/T Pro Basketball Talk]