*E.J. Johnson has dropped 50 lbs since undergoing gastric sleeve surgery five weeks ago, and his parents Magic and Cookie are supporting their son 100 percent in his efforts to get healthy.
In an interview with People, E.J. says the weight loss “is really exciting,” and that “[Weight] is something that I’ve been struggling with for pretty much all of my life.”
The 22-year-old “#RichKids of Beverly Hills” star said he tried a number of popular diets that didn’t do a thing to slim his waistline, and began considering gastric sleeve surgery – which makes the stomach smaller – two years ago.
“Nothing was working, and I wanted to make a more permanent decision to get back on track,” he says. “[But] I wanted to wait until I was a little bit older to know how to handle myself afterwards.”
With a goal of reaching his ideal weight in a year (“I’ll just know when I look like what I want,” he says about not setting a specific number), Johnson has been carefully monitoring his meals and taking dance cardio and Pilates classes four to five days a week.
To maintain a steady weight loss, the 6’2″ fashion blogger eats a bowl of cereal for breakfast, followed by yogurt or string cheese for a snack; for lunch, he eats a tuna or chicken salad with a protein shake or yogurt as a snack; and for dinner, he eats lean protein such as fish or chicken with a side of vegetables.
Cutting out alcohol, bread, fried foods and foods with high sugar content – which has been a bit easier because his family already eats “pretty healthy” – Johnson, who is currently living at home with his parents in Beverly Hills, admits he’s “a lot more diligent right now.”
Says the star: “Being able to take control of my life again, take control of what I’m eating and my fitness is enlightening and empowering.”
Below, E.J. and his parents talk more about the surgery and E.J.’s overall weight loss effort: