Missy Elliott traded diet soda for water and sharply cut her intake of carbohydrates to shed more than 30 pounds over the last four months and “get her glow back.” And, she says she can still eat two cupcakes a month.
The 46-year-old rapper has “never been a water drinker” and struggled to cut out the carbs for most of her career. But by substituting natural drinks over soda and juice and cutting out bread, she says she no long feels “sluggish.”
“Proud to say it’s been 4 months I have only drank water no other juices or pop & I cut out bread & Lord knows that’s been the hardest for me!” she revealed in an Instagram post.
“See I’ve NEVER been a water drinker but this have helped my skin it really restore glow back & I don’t feel sluggish,” she added.
She admits, however, her “weakness” is indulging in greasy junk food. But cutting it out is a battle worth fighting.
“NOW the other thing if I can only cut out JUNK FOOD, shit, that’s my weakness #Facts But if I can give up those other things I’ll fight that too!”
When she needs a sweet treat. “Maybe two cupcakes a month,” she wrote.
Elliot has been living with Graves’ Disease, an autoimmune illness affecting the thyroid. She was diagnosed in 2008 and revealed her condition in 2011.
The disease is caused by the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). Although a number of disorders may result in hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease is a common cause, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Because thyroid hormones affect a number of different body systems, signs and symptoms associated with Graves’ disease can be wide ranging and significantly influence your overall well-being. Although Graves’ disease may affect anyone, it’s more common among women and before the age of 40.
The disease began affecting Missy’s motor skills, followed by a string of symptoms: dizzy spells, lumps in her throat, mood swings, hair loss, a fast heart rate and bulging eyes, according to People.
The primary treatment goals are to inhibit the overproduction of thyroid hormones and lessen the severity of symptoms, according to the clinic.