Biz Markie: “If I Can Do It, Anyone Can Do It”

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He’s “Just a Friend”, made “Music with his mouth” and told the world about the “Vapors” epidemic, but now he’s over 14o pounds lighter.

After being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes three years ago, legendary rapper and DJ Biz Markie knew he had to drop some pounds along with his beats. Through diet, exercise and cutting back on sugar, the beatboxing funnyman and hip-hop icon went from 385 to 244 pounds and hopes to lose 30 more.

“I walk. I do the treadmill, I walk around the mall,” Biz, 49, told the Daily News. “I do a little crunches with my stomach, not that much. Just enough to get the engine going cha-cha-cha-cha-cha-cha! Vroooommmmm.”
Another big step: Swapping his sugary soda habit for the no-calorie drink Zevia, made with stevia. It comes in a range of flavors like Cola, Ginger Ale and Biz’s favorite, Black Cherry.