Kevin Gates is a well-known American rapper and singer who made a splash in the music world in 2016 with his first album, “Islah.” This album quickly soared to the second spot on the prestigious US Billboard 200 chart. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kevin, known affectionately to his family, is also a proud father of two children.
Kevin’s life hasn’t been without its challenges, including a tough period spent behind bars. However, the Kevin Gates we see today is remarkably different from his past. He’s not only in the best physical shape of his life but also mentally and spiritually thriving.
But how did this change come about? Well, it’s quite an incredible story. Kevin’s transformation began after the release of “Islah.” Although we can’t directly see his mental and spiritual growth, it’s strongly reflected in his music.
The most noticeable change has been in Kevin Gates’ physical appearance. Once weighing around 310 pounds, a weight that posed health risks, he successfully shed weight and now maintains a healthier weight of 215 pounds.
This amazing journey wasn’t a sudden change; it took time and dedication, gradually shaping Kevin into the person he is today.
Kevin Gates’ Weight Loss Journey
Kevin is quite a humble fellow. He has improved his health by a very huge margin but still, he doesn’t want to take credit for that. In his interview with Men’s Health, Kevin said, “I’m not gonna say that I’m a healthy man. But I try to be healthy.”
Although Kevin had been thinking about losing weight for a long time, what proved to be the call to action was one embarrassing moment that Gates shared with us. Talking about the moment, Kevin said, “I had my shirt off and I was holding my partner’s baby.
“And his baby tried to suck my breast. The baby kept going like this (he said it by mimicking the baby), you know how babies open their mouths and do that. That was the moment I realized ‘I’m a fat slob. I need to lose weight.’”
He continued, “It was the most embarrassing s*it. I mean even though I’m a big gorilla, I still got feelings.” After that moment, Kevin decided to get rid of the unhealthy weight that was not only slowing him down but was also making him a joke.
How did Kevin Lose Weight?
There are two answers to this question. One is very brief and to the point, while the second is the explanation of Gates’ weight loss journey. So, let Gates give a brief answer first, and then I will explain his journey.
When he was asked by a fan how he became so skinny, Gates said, “Just one word, commitment.” Kevin lost weight by making huge changes to the way he ate and spent his day. He worked a lot in the gym and followed a diet that had fewer calories.
Kevin’s Diet Plan
Kevin’s diet plan consisted of organic food. Whereas before, he would fall for burgers and pizza, no matter the restaurant, he now stays away from fast food. This abstinence had a very big impact on Gates’ health.
The biggest challenge for Kevin was getting rid of his old eating habits. Sure it was a hard task but with enough commitment, Gates got over it. Explaining his struggles poetically, Gates said, “My biggest problem in life was overcomin’ myself. And once I defeated myself, the only thing left was peace.”
While showing his fridge to Men’s Health, Kevin said, “Me being Muslim, I only eat one meal a day. I guess you would call it intermittent fasting. My one meal a day may be a steak or it can be a veggie bowl, depending on my mood.”
Now, Gates doesn’t have a fixed time for that “one meal”. He eats whenever his busy schedule allows it. “Because I’m an artist, I can’t go to the studio with a full stomach,” Kevin said, “I like to be hungry. I like the music to reflect my hunger. ‘Cause I’m hungry for this s*it.”
Kevin’s Workout Plan
When the interviewer asked, “You’ve come a long way in your journey. How did you pull yourself through the whole journey?”, Kevin answered, “I wanted more for myself. I got tired of being the fat guy in the room. I got tired of being the fat slob.
“I got tired of every time somebody takes their shirt off, I make an excuse why I don’t think it’s cool. It’s one thing about sayin’ that you’re disciplined but when you see somebody who got a nice body it shows that you’re disciplined.”
To lose weight and get a nice body, Gates worked on acquiring that required discipline. He built his gym in his garage, where he works for an hour daily. Kevin likes to listen to music while working out. He has prepared his workout playlist for that.
Kevin does cardio, lifts weights, does cycling, runs on the treadmill, and does swimming. After the workout session, Kevin likes to climb the mountain that is behind his home. He calls it “The Magical Mountain” because “it gives me inspiration and motivation.”
Along with cardio, Gates has also become a fan of Yoga. In his interview, he said, “When I was in the jail, I thought that Yoga is for p*ssies. However, now I have a different respect for yoga and I myself practice it.”
Before & After Weight Loss
Kevin achieved an amazing feat by following a healthy and disciplined diet along with daily hour-long workout sessions. He managed to shed a remarkable 95 pounds, bringing his current weight down to 215 pounds from his previous weight of 310 pounds.
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By putting in the effort, Gates has changed his life a lot. However, he is not intending to stop where he is today. Kevin still has many dreams to realize. Talking about this, he said, “I’m not where I want to be yet. But, hey, I’m damn sure gonna get there.”
I hope that Kevin Gates’ magical and inspirational weight loss journey gives you enough inspiration to achieve your dreams.