DJ Khaled is the type of man who FaceTimes on the reg with Mark Wahlberg, screenshots the dialog, uploads the picture to Instagram for his 15 million followers to like, remark, and share, and then shrugs it off prefer it’s no massive deal.
“So [Wahlberg] calls me up and says, ‘I’m proud of you, I see what you’re doing, it’s working. Don’t stop,’” Khaled advised Men’s Health over the telephone. “He’s one of those guys that motivates me who will call me out of nowhere just to say he’s got love for me and he with me.”
Khaled has a knack for bringing sensible, gifted individuals like Wahlberg into his orbit. In reality, collaboration has been the baseline for his meteoric rise within the music trade, working with an enviable record of collaborators that reads like a dream roster for well-liked music prior to now decade (Bieber, Cardi B, Beyoncé, and so on and so forth) who’ve helped him notch chart-topping single after chart-topping single.
And whether or not it’s hilariously chronicling jet ski misadventures on Snapchat or conquering the zeitgeist with a seemingly countless stream of motivational catchphrases, DJ Khaled has all the time been bigger than life.
But till not too long ago, the hip-hop multi-hyphenate was additionally bigger—bodily—than he needed to be. Enter WW, the brand new Weight Watchers, who partnered with Khaled on the finish of 2017 and started formally showcasing his weight reduction journey as the corporate’s official social media ambassador on New Year’s Day 2018.
Khaled weighed 293 kilos firstly of the Freestyle program, which assigns totally different factors to totally different meals and units a each day factors restrict. Earlier this yr, he shared on Instagram that after one yr on this system, he’d dropped 43 kilos, bringing him down to his unique purpose of 250 kilos.
Khaled says his motivation to embrace a more healthy way of life has much less to do with him personally and are extra about his household.
“I have to love myself to take care of the people that I love,” Khaled stated. “It’s not a precedence, it’s the solely precedence.”
Moderation is the key key when it comes to Khaled’s new way of life. He in the reduction of dramatically on two meals that had been “weakness” pre-diet: white rice and bread. Also, to hear Khaled inform it, when it got here to sweets it was all the time “another one.”
“I love pumpkin pie, I love sweet potato pie. Who don’t? But I touch that and it still pleases my taste buds,” he stated. “I’m not gonna eat it seven days a week now. I might eat it once a week and it’s like a celebration.”
He additionally says he’s blessed to have a private chef, Melissa Zuniga, who lives with Khaled and his household full-time and whose culinary creations often pop up in his movies on social media.
Khaled spends lots of the time highway taking part in exhibits and selling his numerous initiatives and companies, which suggests he doesn’t all the time have Zuniga to fall again on when it’s time to eat. But he insists having a great basis at dwelling when it comes to consuming habits has translated to smarter consuming on the highway.
“If I go to a restaurant, I’ll order what I love,” Khaled stated. “But I’m going to think about every time I order something, know what I’m sayin’? If I order a cappuccino, it’s—what’s that sugar called?—it’s “stevia” as an alternative of sugar, know what I’m sayin’? I eat extra fish and salad.”
The multi-platinum producer can be hitting the health club extra continuously, understanding three or four days per week.
“I don’t know how to pronounce this so I hope I say this correctly: ‘the ecliptical?’ That machine,” Khaled stated. “I just go in a zone for 30 minutes and I listen to music. If I’m not listening to music, I’m on a conference call handling my business or running my company on my phone. It makes time go by faster.”
And whereas Khaled’s savviness on social media allowed him to higher join with followers of his music, sharing his weight reduction journey on-line has been a serious motivator, notably for serving to him really feel like he’s part of a better WW neighborhood. He says he’s met numerous individuals on the highway who’ve requested him about his way of life change, and shared that it impressed their very own.
Khaled maintains that one of the best a part of this complete expertise has been having the ability to educate wholesome habits to his 2-year-old son, Asahd.
“My son loves working out with me. He loves to work out on his little toy bike right beside me,” Khaled stated. “I feel like it’s my job as a parent and for the love of my son that I teach him everything correct.”
As Khaled prepares to launch his 11th studio album, Father of Asahd, on Friday, he says he’s by no means been in a greater frame of mind, thanks partially to his new way of life.
“Healthy is not just eating good. Healthy’s being happy. Healthy’s having joy and love. That’s healthy,” Khaled stated. “When you have all that connected in one, life is way better. It’s beautiful. You’re smiling, you’re laughing, you feel good, you love more.”