When Eminem was away from the spotlight in recent years, his weight ballooned, the "Slim Shady" rapper told British late night host Jonathan Ross.
"Yeah, I put on quite a few pounds [when I was away]," Em told Jonathan. "I think I probably tipped the scales a little over 200."
Overeating, un-prescribed pill-popping and an overall disregard for his health was the culprit behind his weight gain, said Eminem. Healthy and slim as ever, he revealed that he turned to an age-old practice to shed pounds.
"I was running, I was – there was one point where I was running, like, it was a little too much," he explained. "It was a little extreme. It was a total of 17 miles."
Now, he’s calmed down a bit and limits his workouts to once every morning.
Em talked about other stuff with Jonathan during the 11 minute interview. See it below, if you haven’t already:
While Eminem’s addictive running behavior probably wasn’t healthy, pounding the pavement is an excellent way to lose weight fast. If you think you’re ready to get started, remember these basics:
What’s up, doc? Before you begin any exercise program, consult a doctor. Your physician can tell you if your heart and body are healthy enough to begin such a rigorous sport.
Footwear is everything. "Running is very traumatic," Forrest Dolgener, an exercise physiologist told WebMd. "The mechanics of running creates specific kinds of forces on the body. Running shoes are designed to absorb and minimize those kinds of forces."
To get the right kicks, go to a store that specializes in athletic shoes or, specifically, running shoes for the best fit. RoadRunnerSports.com is a great online destination, if there aren’t any stores like that in your neighborhood. http://www.roadrunnersports.com/
Start slow. This tip is especially important if you’re a brand-new runner. To ease yourself into it, try a run/walk routine. For example, warm up with a five-minute walk, then alternate between three to five-minute intervals of jogging and walking. Gradually build your endurance until you’re able to run the entire time.
Take the "Talk Test." This helps you know when you’re overdoing it. You’re going at a good pace when you’re able to carry on a conversation while running, even if this means running at a slower pace.