Trevor George Smith Jr., better known as Busta Rhymes, made the year 2020 a time for him to take control of his health. He is an American rapper, singer, actor, and record producer. He made 10 studio albums with his first being a platinum-selling album.
Over the last year, the iconic rapper has lost 7 stone and is thrilled to be in the best shape of his life at the age of 48. Rhymes opened up about his weight-loss journey and revealed the clues to his success. The record mogul admitted that he started to neglect his health when working on his new album, “Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God,” which was released last October.
“Believe it or not, I made the album when I was at my most unhealthy, I was so focused on the music being the best that it could be, I didn’t put any time into taking care of myself.” Busta Rhymes said.
Rhymes poured himself into his work and concentrated on taking care of his six children after losing a close friend in 2012 and his father in 2014. As a result, he started to neglect his diet and exercise regimen. He learned he needed emergency surgery in early 2019 when a doctor found polyps in his throat that were blocking 90 percent of his breathing. That’s when he knew he wanted to make some changes in his life.
He said, “That’s when I knew s— was serious, The doctor told me that if I caught a cold or slept wrong that I could die … It felt like this was on me now, and I had to steer things in a different direction. I was too young to be on all of these blood-pressure medications and acid-reflux medications.”
Dexter Jackson, a talented bodybuilder, tagged Rhymes in an Instagram post shortly after, prompting the rapper to reach out. Rhymes packed his belongings and moved to Jacksonville, Florida, less than a month later to begin 30 days of training with Jackson. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, he trained three times a day, and on Tuesdays and Saturdays, he trained twice a day. Rhymes’ weight loss was aided by a strict diet that included consuming nutritious meals including egg whites and oatmeal every 2 1/2 hours, followed by a workout and a 10-ounce steak.
Busta Rhymes added about 3.5 stone of muscle and initially increased his weight from 20 to 24 stone. After 30 days of training in Florida, Rhymes and Jackson relocated to Los Angeles and began to collaborate. The rapper then returned to New York and started practicing with Victor Munoz, a PROEdge coach, five days a week.
Rhymes now weights 118 stone and is sleeping and moving more freely. He’s also keeping his weight in check by concentrating on balanced food, saying he eats oatmeal and eggs for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and fish or steak with vegetables for dinner.