Reality star E.J. Johnson loses 50 pounds

Story highlights

  • E.J. Johnson, son of basketball's Magic Johnson, had gastric sleeve surgery
  • He has cut out fried foods, bread and alcohol
  • Johnson hopes to reach his goal weight in a year

(CNN)Fans of the E! reality series "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" will be seeing a lot less on one of its stars.

E.J. Johnson has shed 50 pounds after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery. The 22-year-old son of basketball great Magic Johnson told People "[Weight] is something that I've been struggling with for pretty much all of my life" and that he had tried a variety of diets.
"Nothing was working, and I wanted to make a more permanent decision to get back on track," he said. "[But] I wanted to wait until I was a little bit older to know how to handle myself afterwards."
    Johnson said he has cut out foods with a lot of sugar as well as alcohol, bread and anything fried. Dance and Pilates classes four to five days a week as well as watching his diet has helped him trim his 6-foot-2 frame.
    Johnson said he is basing his goal on getting to the point of looking like he wants, and he hopes to hit that ideal in a year.
    "Being able to take control of my life again, take control of what I'm eating and my fitness is enlightening and empowering," he said.