— -- Rapper Rick Ross credits his body transformation with learning "balance."
Ross is probably best known for the tune "B.M.F. (Blowin' Money Fast)," which has garnered a staggering 30 million-plus views on YouTube alone. But the rapper has also attracted attention for his 100-pound weight loss, which he's documented on Instagram.
“It’s all about the balance to me,” Ross told ABC News. “I wanted to balance myself but still enjoy the things I love so if I lost weight one year, the next year it wouldn’t be right back on me."
As the proud owner of 25 Wingstop franchises, Ross still likes to enjoy good food. But he balances it with exercise and healthy snacks.
"I’m almost at two-and-a-half years doing this RossFit [a CrossFit training program that Ross has jokingly coined RossFit]," he said. "And that comes from that balance of still being able to enjoy Wingstop with a couple of wings when I want to, but still four days out of the week, I still go put in 45 minutes at the gym. And that balance is what got me where I’m at and I’m happy and I feel good."
He added: “You know, I try to throw in healthy snacks in between the meals. That was really my trick, and slowing down the heavy meals as it got later in the day. So, during the day I get up early. 2 o’clock, I feel I could do what I want, eat what I want. But as it gets 5 o’clock, 6 o’clock, I’m really shutting down for the day. Maybe at 9 or 10, I will eat a salad versus 2 in the morning being in the studio eating steaks, prime rib and everything else. And that’s what I had to change.”
Ross, who opened his first restaurant just five years ago, also offered his best advice to others thinking about getting into the restaurant business.
“When it comes to Wingstop, these first few years, I really took as my learning years,” Ross said. “But I’ve seen so much success. I really, honestly feel my potential with Wingstop is off the charts. Something I realized over time is that regardless of how successful we are, we’ve still got to remain humble. And in remaining humble, you recognize those who help you along the way.”