What He Did: After tipping the scales at 350 pounds in 2001, Jackson underwent gastric bypass surgery and has managed to lose and keep off more than 100 pounds by eating healthfully and working out.
Why He Did It: After being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2001, Jackson decided to get serious about his health. Around this time, Jackson had to be held in the emergency room for five days after feeling tired, thirsty, sweaty and dizzy.
What He Ate: After the surgery Jackson was forced to start eating meals in moderation, and started filling up his plate with more fruits and vegetables. The music heavyweight, who used to love feasting on rich, buttery southern cuisine, learned to make low-fat sweet potato pie, salt-free Cajun spice bread and for the first time, corn without the bread.
His Workout: There’s a bulky treadmill next to Jackson’s bed, strategically placed so that it’s the first thing he sees when he gets out of bed. He usually walks on the machine for 35 to 45 minutes a day. The Dawg has also started getting down with the downward-facing dog, taking up yoga occasionally.
Plus: Jackson keeps a little refrigerator his office that is stocked with his private stash of what he told WebMD is is healthy fare: baked Cheetos, diet soda and protein bars. (Note to Jackson: We actually think water and a banana would be even healthier fare.)
Randy Says: “Liquid fasts. Bee stings. Urine of pregnant women. You name it. I have tried it.The problem is that those diets don’t work for people who have the disease of obesity.”
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