Action Bronson is a rapper, yes, but he’s built an entire empire on a foundation of cooking. The Fuck, That’s Delicious host, cookbook author and former gourmet chef clearly loves food, but his indulgent lifestyle was starting to wreak havoc on his health.
At nearly 400 pounds and only 5’9″ tall, he was in desperate need of a change, so he took the bull by the horns and embarked on a fitness journey in March. In a new feature for Men’s Health, Bronson opened up about his love affair with food and revealed how he lost over 125 pounds in under 12 months.
“This journey started way long ago,” he says. “I was born heavy. I was a heavy child. This transformation was long overdue. There was a lot of shit like pre-diabetes, eczema, asthma, all kinds of fucking dumb stuff that I had given myself.”
He also admitted he struggled with portion control, saying, “If I made something that was a big, round dish, I would eat the big, round dish. I wouldn’t just have one piece.”
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But when Bronson’s son was born in 2019, he knew it was time to take his health seriously.
“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 shit to really bother you. Like something that really gets under your skin to make that change. That happened to me.”
Now, Bronson’s daily routine looks a lot different than in the past. He wakes up at 4 a.m. and slams a protein shake then eats a breakfast of two eggs, three egg whites, one piece of sprouted rye bread and an avocado. Then he hops in his car and makes the 30-minute trip to Norwood, New Jersey where he boxes for 45 minutes at Impact Zone Fitness.
After that, he links with trainer Dave Paladi for an intense sweat session. Most importantly, he had to change his relationship with food. Although he says he’s a “boring eater” now, he’s also fascinated with nutrition and learning different ways to eat.
Bronson isn’t the only MC who’s made a stunning transformation. In October, Busta Rhymes showed off his massive weight loss with a celebratory Instagram post, revealing his recently unearthed six-pack.