Lean back, baby!

Rapper FAT JOE has no idea how much he weighed at the height of his health woes because no scale was big enough to read his poundage. The Lean Back hitmaker earned his stage name from his portly frame, but he is now showing off a slimmer figure after adopting a strict new diet and exercise regime earlier this year (11). Fat Joe has since shed over 100 pounds (45 kilograms) – but the hip-hop star confesses he has no idea how out of control his weight had become. He tells WENN, “The scale wasn’t big enough. I would say (I was) 400 pounds (181 kilograms). If not 400, close to 400.” The 41 year old, who previously admitted he was scared into the drastic image overhaul after seven of his friends suffered fatal heart attacks in their 30s, now weighs in at 260 pounds (117.9 kilograms) and insists he’s quite happy sticking to his new healthy-eating plan. He says, “I don’t find it hard (to diet). I’m addicted to food and I love to eat, but I don’t find it hard at all… It’s like a crackhead; a crackhead just hits rock bottom and they realise they don’t wanna smoke crack no more (sic), you know what I’m saying? So I just said to myself, ‘I don’t wanna be overweight no more (sic), I don’t wanna be outta shape, I don’t wanna be at risk of passing away and stuff like that so I gotta do the right thing.'” And the rapper is convinced others battling weight issues can succeed too – they just have to start slow. He adds, “I’m Fat Joe, you can’t tell me that it’s too hard. Can’t nobody (sic) tell me it’s too hard. I’m Fat Joe, the king of food. The self-proclaimed king! If I can do it, anybody can do it. “Be more active. I would say just walk. If you’re a heavyset person, you’re not gonna be able to jump or run around or do crazy stuff, so just walk… for 20 minutes, 30 minutes with your headphones on, get your little walk on, walk with your friends and that’s it. Thirty minutes. Try your best to stay away from the rice, the bread, the pasta, because that’s not our friend.”

We might have to start calling him “Fit Joe” if he keeps this up! I take issue with his “food addict” comments, but love everything else about this. Here’s to being healthier, dude. I’ll raise my glass [of water] to that any day.

Side note: He’s 41?!

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