It looks like Fat Joe is no longer, well, fat!
The 46-year-old Terror Squad rapper once weighed as much as 460 pounds, but after employing a strict regimen of diet and exercise, the rapper has seriously slimmed down — and there’s proof in this new Instagram photo of himself, Ice Cube, and LL Cool J which Ice shared on his account.
In an interview with Billboard back in 2011, he said, “I think I weighed about 450, 460 at my heaviest,” explaining that his hip-hop success encouraged him to over-indulge. “[I thought,] I’m rich now, I can go to Mr. Chow’s and eat me all the lobster and steak I want… And I always took pride in being fat, that’s why my name was Fat Joe.”
Yet the sudden lifestyle change came about in 2000 when fellow MC Big Pun died from a heart attack. Six of his friends — all around his weight — also died of heart attacks.
(2005 vs. 2014. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“I realized at a certain point, all my big people were dying,” he said. “I couldn’t see a clearer picture, what’s the difference between me and him, of me being in a casket?”
But don’t expect a name change: At any size, the “Lean Back” rapper says he’s still Fat Joe — and like the rest of us, he loves a good cheat meal!
“When I cheat, I cheat, you know — yogurt, frozen yogurt — you gotta cheat, but when you cheat, try to take the cheat away,” he said. “Be conscious of the cheat, or you might go over the top!” he admitted during a WGN appearance back in February.
Keep up the great work, Joe! You look great and are totally inspiring our personal #WeightLossGoals!