Pantera singer Phil Anselmo spoke in an interview with If I Ruled The World Podcast and revealed how he lost 45 pounds (20 kg). He said:

“Speaking from my own experience, in my youngest, strongest body, I ruptured a lower disc at about the age of 24, and just up to this past January, I’ve been at war with it.

So chronic pain meets every medication that you can get from a doctor or not, I’ve done ’em all. So that has been a battle, man.

And if you mix the chronic pain and the Hydrocodone, which is another catalyst for another drug, which would be Xanax – it commonly goes hand in hand – that is a toxic brew in the brain, man. So it’s a war. And I’ve gotta say now – shoot, man, I am nine months clean and I haven’t had a drink in almost three years. Man, I’m feeling better and better.”

Adding how being sober for his 50th birthday on June 30 made the celebration far more enjoyable than some of his previous birthdays, the singer continued:

My 50th was better than my 30th and 40th by lightyears, man. Just peace of mind and knowing I wasn’t gonna wake up the next day with a hangover – that’s a good feeling, man, every day.”

Here’s the key:

“It is hard work and dedication to get back to a physical point that you’re happy with. But, man, I’m down to 175 pounds [80 kg] from 220 [100 kg] a year ago. 175 – I’m light heavyweight right now, man.

I’ve been kayaking and rocking the bag for 12 rounds. So I can do all that, man. So I know I just know that the physical part is… I know it’s a battle and all that, but it’s also doable.”

Click here to entire interview.