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Arber Xhekaj's diet to reach his current weight is breathtaking


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September 4, 2023  (9:09)
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After his first season in the NHL, it's safe to say that Arber Xhekaj knows how to make the most of his impressive frame.

At 6'4" and 238 lbs, the defenseman has established himself as a strong man in the league . In an article published last February, number 72 explained how he gained 65 lbs to reach his current weight.
He ate six meals a day during the cancelled 2020-21 season and hasn't stopped training. It's no coincidence that the CH signed him.
"It was a big year for me because I trained a lot and had a stable schedule. My mother cooked all my meals. I'd eat a bowl of oatmeal and a smoothie when I got up, before heading to the gym. When I got home, I'd eat two more breakfasts. I'd come in from the gym and eat my 6 or 7 eggs on top of the breakfast my mom had made for the rest of the family. She did something different every day. Then I'd take a nap, wake up, eat another meal and go to the rink to train. When I came back, I'd eat another meal. It was always good, healthy food that my mom prepared for me, and it was really good. When hockey started up again and I arrived at my host family as a boarder, they thought I'd gone crazy!" - Arber Xhekaj

Now that he's reached his desired weight, Xhekaj has other food-related challenges.
"I have to stay away from all-you-can-eat buffets! I've developed a certain tolerance to food and rarely get full. No, I definitely don't have the same diet anymore and I try to stick to one plate only at meals. I'm not trying to add weight now, but rather maintain it." - Arber Xhekaj

There's a lot of discipline behind an athlete's fitness. After all, few people make it to play in the best hockey league in the world.
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