One of the most drastic weight losses ever undergone by celebrities for the sake of their role on screen must definitely include that of Curtis Jackson also known as 50 cent who played the role of a cancer diagnosed football player in the 2011 film All Things Fall Apart.50 cent is an American rapper, songwriter, producer, actor and entrepreneur who was titles the “master of the nuanced art of lyrical brevity” amongst the hip-hop community.
50 cent has made the headlines for a number of reasons, right from being signed by Eminem to being shot in the jaw right before the release of the album and has also been involved in drug dealing cases. Nevertheless he has been a happening celebrity , adored by his fans and has had a number of Grammy, Billboard , American Music Awards, World Music Awards under his belt. He has also appeared in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005), the Iraq War film Home of the Brave (2006), and Righteous Kill (2008). 50 Cent was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s and the third-best rapper (behind Eminem and Nelly)
His most iconic movie happens to be All Things Fall Apart for he played the role as a tribute to a friend he lost to the cruel disease of cancer. 50 cent was the talk of the town ( and the internet) when he posted a picture of a very famished self on Twitter in the summer of 2011 leaving everyone flabbergasted by his transformation. He had lost close to 50 pounds in under 9 weeks! It means he had lost 6 pounds a week which way more higher than the recommended half pound to 2 pounds loss more than which is considered detrimental to health.
Cent being the strong, stubborn person that he is pushed himself the extra mile made sure he got into the shape that was required of him for the role.
How did 50 Cent lose 50 pounds in 9 weeks?
Any weight loss process begins with a strong determination and an undying spirit to get to your end goal, needless to say Cent had that in abundance. He says he was inspired by Robert De Niro, Christian Bale, Tom Hanks and Renee Zellweger all of whom had undergone exceptional weight loss to give life to their on-screen characters.
In his interview with Associate Press Cent talks how he went from 214 pounds to 160 pounds. He admits to have been entirely on a liquid diet, this happened to be the rapper’s second time on a liquid diet the first being when he was shot in the jaw back in 2000, making him entirely rely on liquids until he healed.
The second time around was tougher for the then 33 year old star, he just pushed himself ahead even on days he couldn’t; he says, “I was so into what I was doing that I wasn’t really concerned with that. I just kept looking at myself in the mirror feeling like I have to be smaller. I had to match. I had so much muscle on me that it was hard for me to lose definition even as I got lighter and slimmer. I started running to suppress my appetite. Towards the end it was really difficult. It was like, if I don’t get close enough to what my best friend looked like to me at that point before he passed, then I’m not doing the story any justice.”
When the going got tough, he looked up interviews of actors who had previously been under such rigorous diet regarding which he says “I actually got on the computer,” he said. “When it started getting difficult, I was looking to see what their experience was like and I got a chance to see all of the interviews they had at different time periods when they were doing promotion for the projects.”
Although it is super impressive the lengths 50 Cents went to look the part as attribute to his late Cancer-diagnosed footballer friend, it is definitely not the right way to lose weight. According to experts such drastic weight loss through such extreme ways, depriving your body of actual solid source of calories is nothing less than abusing one’s body.
According to Zach Weston, an Exercise Physiologist and professor of Kinesiology at Wilfrid Laurier University “Hollywood approach is often not the practical one, “The danger in hearing about what celebrities do is that it’s not sustainable, it’s sending the wrong message and if it works for them, it doesn’t mean it’s going to work for them again, or it will work for somebody else, and there are so many variables that we’re not controlling, …It’s not entirely the diet that has created that outcome.” He further adds, “It’s hard to get a reasonably adequate amount of calories through a liquid diet and as popular as protein shakes and a replacement things,” he says. “They’re really supposed to be supplements as opposed to substitutes.”
He is also concerned about such diets taking a toll on one’s metabolism and other physiologic processes.
The 50 weight loss of 50 Cent did leave many bewildered but again as mentioned earlier it is not advisable to take such unhealthy, dangerous paths to reduce one’s weight.