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Eminem Reveals How He Lost 81 Pounds After His Drug Overdose

By JaVonni Brustow / Published on Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 06:47 AM / 1 Comment

In 2007, rapper Eminem had overdosed from drugs and was a whopping 230 pounds. Fast forward 8 years and he’s replaced an addiction of prescription pills with another, a healthy workout routine often involving running 11 miles a day.

“I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas,” revealed Eminem. “The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly.”

He blames his weight gain on the years of valium and Vicodin he was taking that “leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating – and eating badly.”

“Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping. So I started running,” the rapper said. “It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect. It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another, but one that’s good for them.”

“I became a fucking hamster. Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill. I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight-and-a-half miles in about an hour. Then I’d come home and run another eight and a half. I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 every day. In the end, I got down to about 149 pounds. I ran to the point where I started to get injured. All the constant pounding from the running began to tear up my hip flexors.”

After nearly dying of an overdose he says he called Elton John who himself had also been to rehab in 1990 seeking advice.

“When I first wanted to get sober, I called [Elton] and spoke to him about it,” Eminem said back in 2009. “He’s somebody who’s in the business and can identify and relate to the lifestyle and how hectic things can be. He understands … the pressure and any other reasons that you want to come up with for doing drugs.”

Eminem has spoken of growing up with a drug addicted mother and the troubles of being raised in Detroit. We’re just glad to see now at 42 years old he’s gotten his life together.

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About JaVonni Brustow

Urban Conservative, Principal at VM3 Media, Co-Editor-in-Chief of and, Javonni Brustow is a Communications and Media Consultant in Washington, DC with a decade of experience as a seasoned concert producer, marketing expert and brand management expert with multiple news publications. He can be heard LIVE Sundays at 3pm on Popglitz Radio and is a regular on the 'Did She Say That' Breitbart Radio Show with Sonnie Johnson. Inquiries: