Tuesday, November 30, 2010

50 Cent Loses Weight For Role In Film

50 Cent is very well-known, so it's not surprising that his fans would be interested to know how he was able to lose so much weight in 2008. Why did 50 Cent lose so much weight? How did he manage to do it? Did he go on a healthy weight loss program? Who want to be that thin? At the time of the weight loss, 50 cent had a net worth of roughly $440 million dollars.  Yet he desired to leave behind a legacy that consisted of more than his earnings. It all began with a tweet, and quickly degraded into a massive debate. In just 2 months 50 Cent was able to lose over 50 pounds to play the role of a football player that gets cancer in the movie, "Things Fall Apart". Many of his fans were shocked and worries about his quick change in appearance, with health experts bad-mouthing his quick weight loss results without taking into consideration the reason why he lost the weight.

Why did he do it?
50 Cent agreed to play the role as a tribute to a real life friend who also got stricken with cancer, much like the character he plays in the film. 50 Cent was inspired by other Hollywood actors who changed their appearance to play a role, such as Cast Away's Tom Hanks. Many actors have had to lose weight for a certain role.  The willingness and ability to alter weight for a role is respected in the field.  It is considered a sign of true dedication, as well as an indicator of the passion the actor has. However, health authorities have become concerned that people will glorify the weight loss and attempt to follow the weight loss techniques on their own. 50 Cent's Weight Loss - He Did This Before

Luck for him, this was not the first time...
He had successfully dropped this amount of weight before. In 2000, 50 cent was shot in the mouth and was forced to undergo a liquid diet while his mouth healed.  He was known for having an impressive physique with a fine, muscular build. Most dieters don't get shot in the mouth and get forced to go on a liquid-only diet, but at least 50 Cent had some idea of how this "diet" would work. While losing so much weight in just a 2 month period is considered by most to be very drastic and extreme, many dieters are looking into 50 Cent's methods to see if it can help them in their struggle to lose weight. Getting a basic understanding of 50 Cent's weight loss program just might provide some tips or answers for those looking to drop some pounds. The 50

Cent Weight Loss Method
Step One - Liquid Diet - For 2 months 50 Cent consumed nothing but a pure liquid diet. Most of the liquids he consumed also contained protein supplements and other nutrients. A diet that is rich in healthy liquids, like water, can be very good for you, but nutritionists will argue that eating real food is essential as well. Protein shakes should be considered as a nutritional supplement and should only be consumed in that way - not as the main diet. Resorting to an all liquid diet is not an effective long term strategy for weight loss, but it can help stimulate weight loss and it can help overcome the weight loss plateaus that can occur with regular diets.

Step Two - Plenty of Sleep - During this 2 month period, 50 Cent says he slept more than he ever slept before. Sleep is an important contributor to weight loss and an integral factor that is required in a healthy lifestyle. Studies have shown that people who suffer from sleep deprivation can also suffer from weight gain for a number of different reasons. The importance of sleep should not be underestimated.

Step Three - 3 Hour Workouts - 50 Cent was already pretty muscular before his diet and is used to working out, however the routine consisted of 3 hours of running in order to lose those stubborn pounds. He used a mix of intervals and steady state cardio training, and his sessions went for up to three hours. Intervals would be used at the beginning of the workout and would go for up to half an hour.  He would then begin jogging and would keep that pace up for two hours or more. It was a very extreme workout. Is it really safe to severely limit your calorie consumption?


However, before we point at 50 Cent's weight loss methods as dangerous or unhealthy we need to put it into perspective. Throughout his weight loss regimen, 50 Cent stated that he was able to maintain his muscle definition and because of this he almost quit the role because he didn't feel that he'd lost enough mass. However, he was able to get a very low percentage of body fat after about 30-days on the diet, yet still claimed to look as ripped as ever before. It was only in the final two weeks before filming actually began that he started feeling any negative effects on his body, his energy levels, and his mood. Obviously, extreme workouts and crash diets are not a sustainable or healthy way to lose weight, but there is something to the idea of shocking our bodies for a short period of time. I truly have no desire to attempt an all liquid diet.  However, I have to keep in mind that before I tried intermittent fasting, I had serious reservations about that, also. One thing I learned is that our bodies have an amazing ability to adapt when encountered with new and different circumstances.

He is looking better now!