You may have noticed rapper Rick Ross looks noticeably slimmer these days, and if you were wondering what the secret is to his weight-loss success, his divulges all the details in a new interview with Men’s Health magazine.

Before Rick, 40, began his weight-loss journey, he weighed in at 350 pounds and was quite unhealthy, a fact that finally inspired him to shed the weight for good.

In an exclusive interview about his progress and motivation with People magazine via Men’s Health, he offers insight into his new lifestyle and making better choices:

Weighing 350 lbs., sleeping for just three hours a night, and pounding back 24-oz. steaks at 4 a.m., rapper Rick Ross was living life to what he thought was the fullest. But two seizures within six hours of each other in 2011 – which required his private jet to make an emergency landing both times – forced Ross to reevaluate everything.

At the urging of his doctor, Ross changed his diet and exercise and saved his life, losing 75 lbs. “I’m happy,” he tells “Men’s Health” in its September issue, on newsstands now. “I’m still losing weight, and now I’m starting to build hard muscle in places.”

He also started working out with a group of friends for motivation, and came up with his own version CrossFit, which he calls “RossFit.” Four days a week, Ross goes for a warm-up jog, and then sets up five exercise stations with moves like deadlifts and pushups, working through them for 30 minutes.

Rick also stated he didn’t want to do a cold-turkey way of dieting, instead he allowed himself to have the things he craved, including fast food, but only between specific hours of the day. When asked if he had any advice for others struggling to lose weight, he stated, “My advice for anyone looking to lose weight is to not make it feel like a job.”

You can check out the September issue of Men’s Health magazine on newsstands Friday.

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