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I have been hearing a whole lot about how much weight rapper, 50 cent has lost in preparation for a new role. In an upcoming movie he plays a cancer patient. He lost 50 pounds in order to play this character.

Reportedly, he accomplished this astonishing feat through a liquid diet and running on a treadmill for 3 hours a day. I am mystified about the fact I am now fielding questions regarding whether this means of weight loss is effective.

Well, let’s first define “effective”. Effective is defined as “causing a desired or intended result.” As the pictures detail, he certainly achieved a desired result. He looks like he is not well.

However, there is a huge disparity between what is effective and what is recommended

Here are some effective ways to lose weight.

  1. Hysterectomy
  2. Dismemberment
  3. Amputation
  4. Decapitation

OK, I’m being facetious. However, the point I am making is that you can lose weight in many different ways. Some are good, some not so much. It is obvious that nothing on the list is a desirable condition, but it does seem as though people will go to tremendous extremes to capture a perceived conclusion. It is something they think they want. As a result, seemingly rational people will do irrational, even detrimental things to lose weight. Jerry Seinfeld once said, “Find out what will kill me and then back it off a little bit.”  I have people asking me whether 50’s weight loss program has merit. Here is my direct and conclusive response: Starvation and over exercise are neither recommended nor necessary for long-term weight loss.

50 cent has made himself famous for both his music as well as his formerly buff muscular physique. He was actually on the cover of muscle and Fitness magazine February 2010. Where do you think most of that lost weight came from? Here’s your answer: Lean, metabolically active, calories burning, body-shaping muscle tissue! This is one of the worst things you can do if your goal is to maintain proper health and wellness.

This process is not reserved for celebrities or gangster rappers. The same will happen to you if you attempt this destructive course of action. I will bet the farm that despite what he says 50 cent will not find it a simple process to get back in shape. He will be starting with a desperately compromised metabolism that will require quite a bit of time to recover. He will also be trying to overcome a depleted and newly inefficient muscular system. Time will tell.

If you or someone you love is inspired by large weight loss results of this type, be inspired by his determination and discipline. However, I highly suggest you take your inspiration and apply it to a process that makes sense (unless you are taking on a movie role as a cancer patient).

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