Timbaland Explains His Weight Loss and Music – menshealth.com

Posted: December 13, 2019 at 4:42 am

Today's Tim aint the Tim you remember. Timothy Zedd Mosley (a.k.a. Timbaland), the musician, rapper, and record producer who's worked with everyone from Jay-Z and Kanye to Coldplay and OneRepublic, and who curated the top-40s soundtrack to the last 20 years of your lifethat Timbalandis still very much here. But theres also another Timbaland weight-sled-driving into 2020. Hes 47 now, a bit smaller, and sober. And he says he's found his "value."

Mens Health caught up the the legendary producer at his home in Miami to find out how Tim became Tim.

Timbaland says his turning point came when looking at himself. I would look at pictures and I was like: no way, he remembers. He says one time when standing next to a girl, he realized their anatomy, well, aligned more than he would have liked. I looked at my breast, I looked at her breast, and I was like: we both cant He says after, when he went to the doctor, he learned that his weight wasnt just an aesthetic concern; he was at risk for diabetes. Enough was enough.

Timbaland then entered what he calls a two-year 360 where he revamped his diet and fitness, and was able to cut out the prescription drugs he said had kept him in the sunken place. That includes addiction, low energy, failed relationships, and a clouded mind.

Now, Timbaland keeps it simple. Hes adopted a diet that more resembles a bodybuilders routine than any mainstream trend. He calls it Plain Jane, (perhaps a reference to A$AP Ferg?) or, in other words, you're not eating for taste; youre eating for fuel.

Timbaland says a portion of his meals now are prepared and deliveredlike chicken and greens. He enjoys the consistent Plain Jane fuel. Still, Timbalands fridge isnt without color, and part of whats helped him stave off cravings and maintain his new weight is his fridges flavor array. Inside, he stores lose pineapples, Tupperware filled with fruit (hell add kiwis, almond milk, strawberries, and cantaloupe to his protein shake along with kale to give it that thickness), and rows upon rows of juice and waterincluding a gallon of alkaline in which Timbaland adds some lemon slices for hydration.

I dont believe I understood my value when I was the other Tim.

But Timbaland says the biggest part of shedding the old Tim was honing the motivation that made him successful to begin with. He always had it within him, just hiding behind some pounds.

Now, hes up at 7 a.m. and in the gym by 9. He says the clarity and weight change has also re-shaped his own business savvy. It makes me not just focus on Tim and makes me understand what the brand of Timbaland is, he says. I dont believe I understood my value when I was the other Tim. His value, he says, is to find the next version of himself, the guy who did the most prolific beats to make people dance.

Sounds like exactly what we all need in 2020.

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