Eminem is rocking his weight loss of 81 pounds. Eminem revealed that he became a weight loss winner by swapping his addiction to drugs with a passion for exercising, reported MSN.
Now 42, the rapping slimming success overdosed on drugs eight years ago. At that point, he weighed almost 230 pounds.
“I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas,” revealed Eminem. “The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly.”
The singer headed to rehab. And Eminem then began his weight loss of 81 pounds by turning to running as a way to maintain his sober lifestyle. The rapper explained that he was having problems sleeping, and discovered that the combination of endorphins plus insomnia-ending benefits was the perfect solution.
“Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping. So I started running. It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect,” said Eminem.
But he admitted that he could understand exercise addiction.
“It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another, but one that’s good for them. I got an addict’s brain, and when it came to running, I think I got a little carried away. I became a [bleeping] hamster.”
Eminem’s weight loss of 81 pounds was sped up when he took to the treadmill, blasting through 17 miles daily.
“I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I’d come home and run another eight and a half,” he said.
In addition, the rapper became obsessed with calories, describing himself as OCD.
“I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 every day. In the end I got down to about 149 pounds,” admitted Eminem.
Although his weight loss of 81 pounds hasn’t been impacted, the rapper shifted gears for a different type of workout when he realized that he was running so much that he had harmed his body.
“All the constant pounding from the running began to tear up my hip flexors,” said Eminem.
To save his body, Eminem swapped hours on the treadmill for exercise DVDs, reported Men’s Journal.
“One of the first ones was Shaun T’s Insanity workout,” he revealed.
You can check it out below.
“I know a lot of these DVD guys are wacky, but I’m alone in my gym; I need someone on the TV yelling to motivate me. Besides, some of this s**t is entertaining,” added the rapper.
Eminem boosted his 81-pound weight loss by trying different types of fitness DVDs.
“When I first started the Insanity workout, I alternated my routine, running one day and doing the Insanity the other. Then I stopped running altogether because it was too much to do them both. The Insanity won. After a while I started plateauing on that, so I mixed it up. I did the P90X for a little while (and I still do that ab workout because it’s the most challenging), but then I moved on to the Beast.”
Today, Eminem maintains his 81-pound weight loss with his favorite fitness DVD plus free weights.
“Now every morning before I go to the studio, I do the Body Beast workout with free weights, bench, and pullup bar at home. It’s just me, so it helps that the Body Beast dude is over-the-top. The routine is pretty intense, too. The first time I did the legs, I couldn’t walk for two days. Now I’m doing arms one day, chest the next day, legs the next, and I’m still functioning throughout the day. And I can finally do it without pausing the DVD,” he added proudly.
As the Inquisitr reported, Chris Pratt also credits the P90X workout and a Paleo diet for his own 60-pound weight loss.
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