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Tyler Perry determined to lose weight and lead healthier lifestyle

Published 24/11/2015

Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry is hoping he'll stay true to his health goals over the holiday season.

The death of his mother a few years ago helped set filmmaker/actor Tyler Perry on a path to good health.

The Gone Girl star took to over the weekend (21-22Nov15) to show off his new physique and revealed he is close to his target weightloss goal.

"I'm 18 lbs (pounds) away from my goal," he wrote.

But Perry, who welcomed his first child a year ago (Nov14), admits the real challenge is keeping the weight off over the holidays: "I hope I don't blow it this holiday season. Gonna try to stay on it. It's hard as heck to lose weight after 40 (years old), but it's so worth it. It keeps the doctor away. Don't let anything keep you from being healthy and strong."

The star also reflected on his mother's death in 2009, explaining he wishes she would have worked harder on her health: "I wish my mother had fought back. She turned diabetic at 40 and died at 64. Don't let that be you!! Fight back!!"

Perry has undergone serious dietary restrictions before, as he had to train hardcore for his role in 2012 action film Alex Cross. To prepare for the part he exercised regularly and replaced calorific meals like pork chops and biscuits with items such as egg whites, smoothies, grilled chicken breast and turkey chili.

Perry previously revealed eating healthy and exercising like that made him feel top-notch.

"I walk into a room with a lot more confidence," he told Men's Health magazine. "All my life I've tried to hide my height. I was taller than everybody else and stood out, so I would slouch and try to hide it. But with what I've been able to do with my body, I'm owning it. I'm standing up when I walk into a room.

"Now I feel like it's okay to be thought of as sexy."

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