A shooting incident that almost cost 50 Cent his life prompted the ripped rapper to get healthy.
The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, was a chubby kid who loved junk food until the near-fatal 2000 shoot-out gave him a second shot at life.
As he recovered, he vowed to adopt a more health-conscious approach to diet and exercise.
He tells the New York Daily News, "I didn't used to eat well when I was growing up in New York. I boxed a little bit and did a little bit of physical training, but it was after 2000, when I was injured... I got shot. And when I came back, I did a lot of physical rehabilitation because I was hurt pretty bad. And from there, I just stayed in the gym."
50 Cent, who has since become known for his muscly build, has now shared the secrets to his new lifestyle in a fitness and diet book, Formula 50: A 6-Week Workout and Nutrition Plan That Will Transform Your Life.
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