Eminem has made the startling revelation that his 2010 album Recovery is as much about shedding the pounds and burning the fat as it is about getting sober.
Eminem’s candid confession about his battle with the belly may come as a shock to many fans of the man also known as Slim Shady, but in an interview with Men’s Journal, the Detroit diamond explained that the predominant themes of Recovery deal with the raucous rapper’s fierce fight against the flab and not just his epic tussle with the pill filled bottles.
“In 2007, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital. I was close to 230 pounds. I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomach ache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly.”
So what’s an overweight hip hopper gone to seed gonna do? Get on the good foot and whip that lardy a** back into shape by immersing it in a punishing exercise regime and avoiding the nearest KFC and Maccy D outlets like the plague, that’s what.
Embracing the lycra and gym culture like a man possessed, Eminem admits he jumped feet first into his new healthy lifestyle with an unbridled joy, bordering on mania.
Like a born again weight watcher, Eminem explains fervently that at first running helped to send him to sleep when he first sobered up, but as all fitness freaks will relate, the addiction of exercise soon replaced the church of intoxication in his life.
“Unless I was blitzed, I couldn’t sleep, and running helped me sleep. It’s easy to understand how people get addicted to exercise. It’s one addiction for another, but one that’s good for you.”
“I became a f**king hamster. Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill. 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. 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. I ran to the point where I started to get injured.”
Shedding the portly pounds like a superfly lizard, Eminem is determined not to rock the big boy lounge look again, and these days his fitness routine revolves around a routine called the Body Beast, as the brave rapper’s battle with the bulge continues.
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