Drew Carey: Dieting Saved My Life
09/24/2010 AT 06:55 PM EDT
"I always thought I was going to die before I was 60," the comedian, 52, tells Parade Magazine this week. "My father died of a heart attack in his 40s. I'm not an idiot. The writing was on the wall."
Not wanting to fall victim to the heart disease that runs in his family, the Price Is Right host traded his "daily hamburger" for a healthy lifestyle of good nutrition, daily exercise and willpower.
Dropping more then 70 lbs. since November, Carey now weighs in at 182 and is still working towards his goal – weighing 170 lbs. by Oct. 31.
"The hardest diet I was ever on was the one when I was fat," says Carey of his once 262-lbs. frame, "You can only wear fat clothes, you don't feel good, your sex life gets damaged, you don't have energy for anything. It's horrible."
Another reason for Carey's transformation was inspired by his fiancée, Nicole Jaracz's 5-year-old son, Connor. Feeling winded after only a few minutes of playtime, he simply couldn't keep up with the boy.
Carey said, "I'd be like, 'Connor, I can't,' and he'd say, 'C'mon, Dad!' That was a terrible feeling. I thought, I'm never going to see him graduate high school."
Although he has the occasional slip up, including devouring a whole pizza as a reward for completing a 10k, Carey is committed to staying healthy.
"Eating crappy food is not a reward – it's a punishment." He adds, "I look in the mirror and I feel like I'm in my 20s again. "I feel like I have my whole life back. I could live to be 100 now."