After once-obese rapper Paul Wall raised eyebrows last winter for surgically removing massive body fat, former “Celebrity Fit” star Kimberley Locke gives SOHH her analysis on the rapper’s weight-shedding method.
Locke pointed out the difference between a rapper like Fat Joe losing recent weight through dieting and Wall’s decision to get gastric sleeve surgery.
“I think there are a lot of dangers any time you go under the knife,” Locke told SOHH. “It’s a serious matter. I would say to people that if they can do it on their own, they’re going to be healthier for it and happier with the results. Nothing beats the good old fashioned way of watching what you eat, writing it down, going to the gym and working it out. I know people who have done the surgery and at the end of the day, they’re not happy with the way their body looks because they have a lot of loose skin and feel still unattractive. I would advise anybody, if they are healthy and can get out to the gym and do it at home, build a support system around you, get a nutritionist, read magazines and do research on your own. I would say if you can do it, do it without getting the surgery.” (SOHH)
Locke also emphasized how much more likely someone is to regain the weight following surgery.
“I don’t think there’s anything that’s stopping you from getting the weight back,” Locked added, referring to those who opt to get their weight surgically removed. “It’s not just about losing the weight. It’s about changing your mental state that got you there in the first place.” (SOHH)
Last December, Paul Wall defended his decision to go with gastric sleeve surgery.
“The surgery I got is called gastric sleeve. There’s three kinds: gastric bypass, lap band, and the gastric sleeve. Gastric bypass is the one where you lose the most weight the quickest; it’s for people who are 400-500 pounds and have health problems that they need to fix right away. Since [the weight loss] happens so fast it leaves you with a lot of saggy skin. The lap band, which is very popular, is when they put a band around your stomach and it makes you feel like you’re full, so you don’t eat. But there’s ways to cheat with it, and with the lap band, you can always get it removed to go back to normal. [My weight] has been up and down my whole life, so I wanted to do something to permanently fix the problem. Since going back and forth on the drugs for years and taking diet pills, my metabolism was really gone. So I decided to go with the gastric sleeve, because it’s a little more serious than the lap band.” (Ozone Magazine)
In early summer, Fat Joe opened up about dieting out around 88 pounds.
“I always loved being fat. Obviously, I’m Fat Joe,” Joey Crack said in an interview. “If I could eat and gain a thousand pounds and behealthy, I would love to do that. But obviously the statistics say you can’t. It’s nothing that’s not out there. I think everybody needs to educate themselves. And if you from the inner side, the hood, the Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn, whatever, there ain’t no diet Snapples, there ain’t no sugar free candies. You need to tell them, ‘Yo, I need that.’ Because everybody needs a fix. So it’s a constant battle but for me, I seen too many of my friends die so I’ve been trying to be focusing, God-willing, I’ve been able to keep fighting this fight and remain healthy.” (New York Daily News)
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