Eminem Opens Up About 2007 Overdose and Finding His Fitness Groove

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Eminem Opens Up About 2007 Overdose and Finding His Fitness Groove

by The Insider 1:22 mins

Eminem is slim shady indeed. The rapper opens up in the September issue of “Men’s Journal” about his addiction to prescription pills and his renewed commitment to physical fitness. “In 2007, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital,” the 42-year-old revealed. “I was close to 230 pounds. I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomach ache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly.” And the rapper was quick to make a change. “When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober,” the Detroit native said. “Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping. So I started running. It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect. It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise. One addiction for another, but one that’s good for them. I got an addict’s brain, and when it came to running, I think I got a little carried away. I became a f--king hamster. Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill. I would get up in the morning, and before I went to the studio, I would run eight and a half miles in about an hour. Then I’d come home and run another eight and a half. I started getting OCD about the calories, making sure I burned 2,000 every day. In the end, I got down to about 149 pounds. I ran to the point where I started to get injured. All the constant pounding from the running began to tear up my hip flexors.” But eventually he found his fitness groove in at-home workout DVDs like Shaun T’s “Insanity” and “P90X,” and he admits he’s still a bit “compulsive” when it comes to his workout routine. “I’m afraid that if it goes beyond that, I might lose the motivation. Once you’re at a place where you’ve made progress and you’ve got some time invested in it, you don’t wanna quit and give up what you started.” Check out the video to hear what else Eminem said about his weight-loss journey, and tune in to “The Insider With Yahoo” on TV tonight for the latest in entertainment news.