EJ Johnson, the son of NBA legend Magic Johnson, proudly flaunted his 100-pound weight loss just nine months after gastric sleeve surgery. EJ posted a photo on Instagram May 13, where his jaw-dropping weight loss amazed fans.
EJ, who has been obese his entire life, has lost more than 100 pounds since getting bariatric surgery in August 2014. “It’s definitely somewhere far over 100 pounds,” EJ told Wendy Williams (see video). “I’m literally almost half my size.”
Johnson, who stars on the reality TV show, “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills,” said the gastric sleeve surgery jump-started his weight loss, but he still diets and exercises to stay fit. Like other weight loss surgery patients, Johnson said bariatric surgery is not the “easy way out.”
“It was not something that was the easy way out by any means,” said EJ. “This is not something that you do and then all of a sudden everything is gone and you’re skinny and you’re a new person. It’s definitely a tool and something that you have to work at.”
EJ echoed the sentiments of “MasterChef” star Graham Elliot, who also lost 150 pounds with gastric sleeve surgery, Celebrity Health & Fitness reported. “People thought, ‘It’s the easy way out,’ but the easy way out is to not do anything and continue laying on the couch and getting a bunch of burgers,” said Elliot.
Dad Magic Johnson Has Been Very Supportive
EJ said he’s lucky he didn’t have any loose skin hanging off his body after losing weight, and won’t need skin graft surgery.
“I don’t think I’m going to need a skin graft,” said Johnson, 22. “Everything is tight and in place, and I’m trying to keep it that way.”
In gastric sleeve surgery, about 80 percent of the stomach is removed to create a small sleeve-shaped stomach, about the size of a banana. As a result, you get full after three or four bites of food and can no longer eat huge portions.
EJ said his dad, Magic Johnson, has been extremely supportive of his surgery and his weight loss. “He supports me in everything that I do,” said EJ. “He’s been one of my biggest cheerleaders.”
EJ, who’s openly gay and a fashion diva, said the best thing about his weight loss is getting to show off his body in sexy outfits. “I’m really loving showing skin right now,” said Johnson. “I’m all about skin. I’m all about things that are meshy, like sexy jumpsuits.”
EJ, a recent NYU graduate with a degree in fashion, revealed his decision to get gastric sleeve surgery on the season two finale of the “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills.” Johnson’s weight loss will be chronicled on season three of “RKOBH,” which premieres May 24.