By Matt StaverMatt Staver, The Associated PressA former NBA player who once played in Japan is losing weight and is gaining muscle.

Peter Levesque, who played in the NBA from 1984 to 1990, told the AP he lost about 3 inches over the past five years and lost about 20 pounds.

He was 6 feet tall at the time.

Levesque said he was “a little bit overweight” at the start of the decade, but “I’ve gotten used to it” since then.

He is now 6-foot-4, weighs about 250 pounds and is not trim.

He says he is also not overweight or obese.

“I have a healthy lifestyle.

I don’t eat a lot, but I don´t binge eat,” Levesques mother, Julie, told AP.

Levesques daughter, Lauren, has gained about 20 more pounds, according to his weight loss logs.

He is on medication and taking vitamins and minerals to help him lose weight.

His doctor said Levesqes health is improving, although he does have an eating disorder.

“It’s definitely helping, but at the same time it’s still not 100 percent,” Dr. James C. Hutton, an associate professor at the Mayo Clinic, told The Associated.

Leivesque played in six NBA seasons and made six All-Star teams with the New Jersey Nets.

He spent one season with the Los Angeles Lakers, but left after the 1993-94 season.

He had no prior experience in the professional ranks and didn’t have a lot of money.

His trainer said Leesques weight loss is “progressing” but not fully.