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Rick Ross had two seizures in
a single day, sending him to the
hospital three years ago.
Health didn t concern the 300-
pound rapper then, but he s shed
nearly 100 pounds in the last seven
months by eating healthier foods
and embracing a high-intensity
Ross, 37, says he continues to
work long hours creating music,
including his seventh album, Hood
Billionaire, released Monday. It s
the second album Ross has put
out this year after the March
release of Mastermind, which
debuted at No 1 on the Billboard
200 albums chart.
But in the middle of making
music and running his Maybach
Music Group record label, Ross
has made his health a main pri-
And now, he believes if he can
drop pounds, you can, too. In an
interview with The Associated
Press, the Grammy-nominated rap
star offered tips on how to lose
No soda on the side
Ross has given up a few things
since changing his lifestyle.
First, the rapper stopped drink-
ing soda, unless it s diet. He also
said it s better to eat heavier meals
earlier in the day. As a result, he
said he s able to burn calories faster.
and base it on my schedule," he
said. "But I don t do that no more."
Ross said you should drink water
throughout the day. He also said
to treat yourself when you work
"I just went to Prime 112 (in
Miami) the other night, and I had
some fried Oreos and fried velvet
cake," he said. "I treated myself.
You wake up in the morning, you
might regret it. But you got to get
back to work."
Every day I'm hustling
Ross credits a CrossFit pro-
gramme introduced to him by
Reebok last year---calling it Ross
Fit---with helping him lose weight.
It s a highly active workout plan
where Ross completes a series of
exercises within a 20-minute span,
including pushups, sit-ups, boxing,
squat jumps and Olympic-style
"CrossFit overall is more of an
intense workout," he said. "So
instead of doing 20 minutes on
the treadmill, you ll (do) a 20-
minute CrossFit workout and you ll
be not only building your
endurance, but also muscle simul-
Ross said the number of people
who work out with him has grown
from four to 20, including hitmaker
DJ Khaled and producer E Class.
Enduring a tough workout isn t
foreign to Ross, who played offen-
sive line at Albany State University
Winning with wings
Ross stopped eating certain
foods such as bread, white rice
and fish fillets, and began drinking
less alcohol. But he hasn t elim-
inated one of his favourite foods:
lemon pepper wings.
The rapper, who owns nine
Wingstop franchises around the
country, said he stops by the
restaurant at least twice a week
when he s in town. He s trying to
keep a good balance, though, by
eating foods like Branzino and
fruits such as pears.
"I m not under no stress of what
I m eating," he said. "There are no
restrictions. I m not trying to make
a particular weight. I m just work-
ing out and doing what s best for
Weight loss and exercise,
according to Rick Ross
For the first time in more than
a decade Barbie has been frozen
out of the top spot on the holiday
wish lists of girls.
The new reigning champion in
the hearts of little girls is Team
The megahit Frozen has earned
Disney more than a billion at the
box office worldwide and the grav-
itational pull of the animated film
has now plucked Barbie from the
throne she that she has occupied
for 11 years, according to a survey
by the National Retail Federation.
The NRF s Holiday Top Toys
Survey found that one in five par-
ents, or 20 per cent, plans to buy
Frozen merchandise for their girls.
That beats the 16.8 per cent that
are looking to make a Barbie pur-
Barbie s star has faded of late,
with sales of the iconic doll drop-
ping 21 per cent in the third quar-
ter, according to the toy company
Frozen, even a year after the
release of the film, continues to
rule the playground, where girls
spontaneously form circles and
burst into songs like Let It Go, and
For the First Time in Forever.
Dolls dominated the top five
spots for girls in the NRF poll.
Monster High dolls took the fourth
spot and American Girl grabbed
the fifth position.
For boys, the NRF said that the
No 1 spot is again held by Lego,
which by its own right had a big,
box office smash. Cars and trucks
came in second place, while
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were
in third place.
The NRF survey, which was
released late Monday, polled 6,593
consumers from November 3 to
November 10. The survey was
conducted for NRF by Prosper
Insights & Analytics. The poll has
a margin of error of plus or minus
1.2 percentage points.
Barbie dethroned by Team Elsa
Rick Ross is using a
combination of diet
and Crossfit training
for weight loss and
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