- Rapper Action Bronson has lost over 125 pounds in just six months and he spoke through his transformation with Men's Health.
- The Queens native said that he was inspired to change his lifestyle after the birth of his son in 2019. "You always want to be around for your family," he said.
- Bronson now wakes up every day at 4 a.m. to hit the gym and says he has changed his entire diet.
- He said: "You're playing quarterback with your own body. It's all about decisions."
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Action Bronson has undergone a huge body transformation.
The New York rapper who was previously known for his almost 400-pound figure appeared in Men's Health Magazine on Tuesday to reveal how he managed to drop 127 pounds since March.
"This journey started way long ago," the 37-year-old rapper said. "I was born heavy. I was a heavy child. This transformation was long overdue."
Bronson, whose real name is Ariyan Arslani, began sharing videos of himself working out in the gym earlier in the summer. In July, he posted a video of himself working weight with the caption "down 80 pounds from a whopping 363 and still going strong."
He told Men's Health that the decision to change his diet was inspired by his son's birth in 2019.
"You always want to be around for your family," he said. "It wasn't going to happen unless I made that decision myself, and, you know, it takes some soul-searching and some s— to really bother you. Like something that really gets under your skin to make that change. That happened to me."
Bronson, who released his sixth studio album earlier this year, initially trained as a chef and started his career working in several restaurants across New York. In 2016, he landed his own food show on Vice called "F— That's Delicious" that ran for four years and saw him traveling the world trying out local cuisines —something that he says did not help his nutrition.
"There was a lot of s— like pre-diabetes, eczema, asthma, all kinds of f—ing dumb stuff that I had given myself," he said. "And forget portion control. If I made something that was a big, round dish, I would eat the big, round dish. I wouldn't just have one piece."
The rapper now follows a strict diet and workout schedule that starts with a 4 a.m. wake-up. His breakfast is always the same: a protein shake followed by two eggs, three egg whites, one piece of sprouted rye bread, and an avocado. He then hits the gym where he works out with his personal trainer Dave Paladino.
"I've already got my work in while everyone else is snoozing, putting in big gains, big protein," he said.
Their sessions include 45 minutes of boxing and intense routines "like 50-pound medicine-ball throws," Bronson said. "You know, down a 50-yard track throwing it as far as you can all the way down the track and back."
Despite his new strict regime, Bronson said that he is "more interested in food now than ever" because he is now fascinated by the nutritional value of his meals.
He said: "You're playing quarterback with your own body. It's all about decisions."
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