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We gotta start calling Fat Joe “Lean Backs” cuz he just went from 350 lbs to 260-something in nine months!

At 6’2 Joe once topped the scales at 423 lbs but on and off dieting over the years had whittled him down a bit, however he’s never been as successful as now.

“I’m addicted to food; I love food,” said Fat Joe, whose real name is Joe Cartagena. “It’s like a crack addict – he hits rock bottom and he says, ‘All right, forget it. I’m not going to get high anymore.'”

The rapper claims his weight loss motivation was as serious as it gets — he wanted to live. After losing seven friends in their 30’s to heart attacks last year, he wasn’t trying to be the next man on the slab.

“What’s the difference between me and them? Health doesn’t discriminate just because I’m famous,” the plus-sized South Bronx native said yesterday.

“I can’t leave my daughter behind,” he said of his five-year-old Azaryah. “I want to be here for her; I don’t want to die on her.”

Joe traded his diet of chicken and pasta for six small meals a day of fruit, veggies, lean meats and whole grains. He also followed an exercise regimen that included 2 hours of cardio and weights with a trainer.

“I was always LL Cool J in a fat guy’s body,” Joe says.

Earlier this week the rapper revealed his new look to fans by releasing a video for his song “Drop A Body.”

“They’re all trying to alter my name, but I can’t see myself as anything else,” he said, referring to friends who started calling him “Skinny Joe” and “Joey Flaco” (Spanish for “thin”). “I think I gotta ask Diddy what my new name is.”

Good job Joey — keep that weight off — we ain’t trying to see you go out like Pun either!



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