Perhaps surprisingly for someone on the brink of dropping his sixth studio album, 2 Chainz isn’t stressed in the slightest. In fact, he’s feeling better than ever. Over the past six months, the rapper’s been dialing in a healthier lifestyle, which he credits for making him feel on top of his game. (Despite a ridiculous sleep schedule—the man behind “I’m Different” typically goes to bed at 7 a.m.)
GQ recently caught up with 2 Chainz to chat intermittent fasting, his backyard garden, the one food he wishes he’d eat less.
GQ: What time does your day start?
2 Chainz: My day begins at night because I’m an artist, and I’m up all night. I literally go to sleep about 6:30 or 7:00 every morning. I spend my nights recording, in my man cave of sorts. I’m an only child, and I don’t really consider myself having best friends after my father passed. So, it’s a lot of “me time” at night. My engineer hangs with me, his name’s Nolan, and I appreciate him. And of course my dog named Trappy, he’s my emotional support animal. We go everywhere together; he’s about 5 years old.
Anyway. The day technically starts once I wake up around 12:30 or 1 p.m.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the afternoon?
I drink a bottle of water. Then, I go to the gym on an empty stomach. After the gym, I like to get my protein in because I do a hard workout, so that’s important. My smoothie contains a plant-based protein, cinnamon, and powdered peanut butter. By the time I have it, I’m starving. It’s the first thing I put into my body during the day because I do this thing called intermittent fasting, so I’m only eating for an 8-hour period while I’m awake. It just really attacks whatever fat you have.
Then do you have another meal right after that?
Yeah. So I get home, and I’m big on protein and vegetables. I’m working with LG, and they got me this oven that has a built-in air fryer, which is great. I eat salmon sometimes. I’m also really big on what I like to call my Tity Boi turkey burgers—I eat them all of the time and I have them at my restaurant. It’s a ground turkey patty mixed with feta cheese and spinach with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pepper jack cheese.
Is there anything you don’t eat?
I don’t eat beef. I don’t eat pork. I love greens and I love beans. I don’t eat candy. My dad was a diabetic. A lot of the things that I’ve been doing, it’s been a habit. The intermittent fasting is new, but as far as the foods that I’m eating—I’ve been this way. I also grow a lot of stuff because we have a garden out back. I ate okra yesterday that we got from the garden, and I’ve also got bell peppers and mint back there too. I really appreciate the farm-to-table thing. Oh and I love a good salad with turkey bacon, you cut it up real small. This isn’t me just saying this for the interview. This is my real life.
When did you get into intermittent fasting?
The beginning of the pandemic really messed up my eating habits—I would get up and I would smoke the joint and it would make me hungry and then I would have to eat. I knew I wanted to be better, so now I don’t do any of that. I mean, I still smoke. But I’ve been strict on this diet for about six months now.
I think so many people are caught up in breakfast being the most important part of the day they overdo it first thing, but no one tells you that you can eat breakfast any time of the day. I really believe it’s very important to get your heart going, get your blood moving, the oxygen flowing. It makes my day better. Even though I get started later than everyone else, it starts off right.