Southern born rapper David Banner grew up on famous Southern comfort food and knows all too well what that kind of diet can do to a figure, especially when a person is lacking a workout routine as well.
But, after weighing in at over 255 pounds, Banner decided to do something about his weight and lifestyle. He had high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and was a near diabetic so his doctor did not leave him much choice, telling him he had to get it together.
I just took it as a challenge,” he says. ” I really took it as an initiative to help people get healthy. And that pushed me that much further, and motivated me to push that much farther.”
Now that he has “got it together”, his blood pressure has dropped, the sleep apnea is virtually non existent, and he’s not diabetic. However, he still has to watch his blood pressure because, after losing the weight, the doctor’s determined that it is a genetic situation.
To accomplish the weight loss feat, Banner had to give up a few of his favorite foods such as macaroni and cheese and fried chicken, but he has found quite a few healthy foods to replace old cravings with.
I tell people is this,” he says, “once you submerge yourself into healthy eating, I am willing to bet any amount of money that you will find the same amount of healthy things that you like and dislike, that you would unhealthy things.”
Even when the singer is out on the road, he now makes it a point to eat healthy. This might even mean a stop at a grocery store to choose among healthier food options, but believes that if a person is serious enough about his or her health, he or she will find a way to make it happen.
And, serious, this man is. He’s feeling better than he did at the age of 20, enjoys running, doing things he hasn’t done in years, and even increased his weight loss goal to 205 after reaching his goal of 215.
Because he has been so excited and motivated to achieve his healthy living goals, he has become an inspiration to many of his fans and other rappers. Hip-Hop Rapper T-Pain has said that he dropped 30 pounds thanks to being inspired by Banner and his trainer, Scott Parker’s, clientele is growing because of him as well.
I was just taking it and turning it into something positive, and hopefully, motivate people to do bigger and better things, to feel better. I know I feel 100% better than I ever have,” he says.
Now, his only problem is making sure he does not lose too much weight, but rather focuses on putting the muscle back on with the help of his personal trainer.
“I know how not to — and this is strange, he [trainer,Scott Parker] said he’s never seen this before — but I can knock off five pounds in a week. I know exactly what to do. I know how to run, how to set my own plans, just based on my body chemistry and my body makeup. I know what to eat, I know how many times a day to run, I know how much water to drink in order to really control my body weight. So now I’m in a position where I know my body,” he concludes.