Why is 50 Cent starving himself?

The Grammy-award winning rapper went from a buff 214 pounds to a scrawny, unrecognizable 160 pounds in nine weeks. He lost the weight in preparation for his new movie "Things Fall Apart," in which he plays a football star diagnosed with cancer.

So how did he drop the LBs? The rapper went on a liquid diet for nine weeks and worked out on the treadmill for three hours a day, according to US Weekly.

50 Cent is now off the extreme diet and working on getting fit. "I've been eating. I'll be back in shape in no time!" he said on the website, Thisis50.com.

After all this effort, let's hope 50 Cent's new movie doesn't go straight to video.

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