Weight loss and exercise, according to Rick Ross

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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapper Rick Ross performs during the official weigh-in for WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. will defend his titles against Maidana on September 13 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
FILE - This Sept. 29, 2012 file photo shows Rick Ross performing at the BET Hip-Hop Honors at Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center in Atlanta. Police in South Florida say rapper Rick Ross crashed his Rolls Royce into a building after hearing shots fired nearby. Police say Ross and a female companion reported hearing multiple shots fired in their direction early on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. Police say Ross lost control of the silver Rolls and crashed into an apartment building. Neither Ross nor his passenger was injured and police say it did not appear that any bullets struck the Rolls. (Photo by John Amis/Invision/AP, file)
Rapper Rick Ross poses for a portrait at Def Jam in promotion of his upcoming album "Hood Billionaire" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
Rapper Rick Ross poses for a portrait at Def Jam in promotion of his upcoming album "Hood Billionaire" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
Rapper Rick Ross poses for a portrait at Def Jam in promotion of his upcoming album "Hood Billionaire" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
Rapper Rick Ross poses for a portrait at Def Jam in promotion of his upcoming album "Hood Billionaire" on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
This Nov. 11, 2014 photo shows rapper Rick Ross posing for a portrait at Def Jam In New York in promotion of his album "Hood Billionaire," released on Monday, Nov. 24. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 12: Rick Ross attends 106 & Park at BET studio on November 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Rick Ross Pperforms at the Def Jam Recordings 30th Anniversary Concert at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mychal Watts/WireImage)
Rapper Rick Ross is photographed in New York, Aug. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/ Jim Cooper)
Rapper Rick Ross is photographed in New York, Aug. 1, 2006. ( AP Photo/ Jim Cooper)
Rick Ross performs "Hustlin," at the 21st Annual Soul Train Music Awards on Saturday, March 10, 2007, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Phil McCarten)
Musician Rick Ross arrives at the 21st Annual Soul Train Music Awards on Saturday, March 10, 2007, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas)
Rick Ross performs at his BET Awards afterparty with 1800 Tequila at Element nightclub Sunday, April 28, 2009 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Katy Winn)
Rick Ross, center, DJ Khaled, left, and Ace Hood perform at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
From left, Lil Wayne, Ace Hood, DJ Khaled, and Rick Ross perform at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Rick Ross arrives at the BET Awards on Sunday, June 26, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Rick Ross arrives at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Rick Ross performed at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards at the Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday, September 28, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by Dan Harr/Invision/AP Images)
Rick Ross performed at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards at the Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday, September 28, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by Dan Harr/Invision/AP Images)
Rick Ross performed at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards at the Atlanta Civic Center on Saturday, September 28, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by Dan Harr/Invision/AP Images)
Rick Ross performs on stage during Power 106's Cali Christmas at Honda Center on Saturday December 14, 2013 in Anaheim, CA. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Rick Ross attends the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation's 15th Annual Art for Life Benefit at Fairview Farms in Water Mill on Saturday, July 26, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Rick Ross performs during Def Jam Recordings 30th Anniversary Concert at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapper Rick Ross (R) performs during the official weigh-in for WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather Jr. will defend his titles against Maidana on September 13 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Rick Ross had two seizures in a single day, sending him to the hospital three years ago.

Health didn't concern the 300-pound rapper then, but he's shed nearly 100 pounds in the last seven months by eating healthier foods and embracing a high-intensity workout plan.

Ross, 37, says he continues to work long hours creating music, including his seventh album, "Hood Billionaire," released Monday. It's the second album Ross has put out this year after the March release of "Mastermind," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

But in the middle of making music and running his Maybach Music Group record label, Ross has made his health a main priority.

And now, he believes if he can drop pounds, you can, too. In an interview with The Associated Press, the Grammy-nominated rap star offered tips on how to lose weight.

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NO SODA ON THE SIDE

Ross has given up a few things since changing his lifestyle.

First, the rapper stopped drinking soda, unless it's diet. He also said it's better to eat heavier meals earlier in the day. As a result, he said he's able to burn calories faster.

"I used to eat big meals at 2 a.m. and base it on my schedule," he said. "But I don't do that no more."

Ross said you should drink water throughout the day. He also said to treat yourself when you work hard.

"I just went to Prime 112 (in Miami) the other night, and I had some fried Oreos and fried velvet cake," he said. "I treated myself. You wake up in the morning, you might regret it. But you got to get back to work."

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EVERY DAY HE'S HUSTLING

Ross credits a CrossFit program introduced to him by Reebok last year - calling it "Ross Fit" - with helping him lose weight. It's a highly active workout plan where Ross completes a series of exercises within a 20-minute span, including pushups, sit-ups, boxing, squat jumps and Olympic-style weightlifting.

"CrossFit overall is more of an intense workout," he said. "So instead of doing 20 minutes on the treadmill, you'll (do) a 20-minute CrossFit workout and you'll be not only building your endurance, but also muscle simultaneously."

Ross said the number of people who work out with him has grown from four to 20, including hitmaker DJ Khaled and producer E Class.

Enduring a tough workout isn't foreign to Ross, who played offensive line at Albany State University in Georgia.

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WINNING WITH WINGS

Ross stopped eating certain foods such as bread, white rice and fish fillets, and began drinking less alcohol. But he hasn't eliminated one of his favorite foods: lemon pepper wings.

The rapper, who owns nine Wingstop franchises around the country, said he stops by the restaurant at least twice a week when he's in town. He's trying to keep a good balance, though, by eating foods like Branzino and fruits such as pears.

"I'm not under no stress of what I'm eating," he said. "There are no restrictions. I'm not trying to make a particular weight. I'm just working out and doing what's best for Rozay."

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