He put some action on his name.
Queens rapper Action Bronson has unveiled a newly-slimmed down figure in the pages of Men’s Health. The 5’9″ Bronson, who at one point weighed almost 400 pounds, set out on a new fitness regimen in March, subsequently shedding a jaw-dropping 127 pounds.
“This journey started way long ago,” he told the mag. “I was born heavy. I was a heavy child. This transformation was long overdue.”
Compounding things was how of Bronson’s public image has been tied up with food. Trained as a chef, the Flushing native broke his leg in 2011 while working at his dad’s restaurant and subsequently decided to focus on his music career.
“It was a trying time,” Bronson (né Ariyan Arslani) told the Post in 2015. “I wasn’t sure what I was gonna do.”
And despite making it large in music, Bronson kept one foot in the food world, inspired by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern. As he told Page Six in 2014, “‘Molto Mario’ was the show that sparked my entire interest in cooking. I would watch that religiously before I went to high school in the morning.”
He eventually landed his own Vice show, “F–k, That’s Delicious,” and remained a sought-after authority on New York’s food scene, which obviously did not help with managing his weight and the subsequent complications that emerged from that.
“There was a lot of s–t like pre-diabetes, eczema, asthma, all kinds of f–king dumb stuff that I had given myself,” he told Men’s Health. And forget portion control: “If I made something that was a big, round dish, I would eat the big, round dish. I wouldn’t just have one piece.”
Bronson credits the birth of his son in 2019 with waking him up to the need for a change: “You always want to be around for your family,” he said. “It wasn’t going to happen unless I made that decision myself, and, you know, it takes some soul-searching and some s–t to really bother you … That happened to me.”
Now he rises at 4 a.m. before getting in 45 minutes of boxing and a circuit-based workout that includes “50-pound medicine-ball throws down a 50-yard track,” along with slams, carries, presses, sled pushes and burpees.
His diet, unsurprisingly, has made him “a boring eater at this point,” though Bronson says he’s shifted his passion for food towards nutrition, instead of, say, “[biting] the eel by the dozen,” as he put it in 2014’s “Easy Rider.”
“You’re playing quarterback with your own body. It’s all about decisions,” he says.
But Bronson is leery of patting himself on the back too much for his impressive about-face: “I’ve only managed to do it for six months, bro. I’m known to fall off the wagon.”