Wellfellows: How Perez Hilton, Media Entrepreneur and Dad, Stays Healthy
Perez Hilton is not the husky celebrity gossip blogger you knew ten years ago. In 2008, Perez made a commitment to his health and started shedding pounds. A few years later, he went through a second transformation and announced his intention to become a better human being – no more bullying.
Perez currently stays busy with projects ranging from a nationally syndicated radio show to writing children’s books. He’s also a single father raising a son and daughter. We spoke to Perez about his wellness routines, staying fit while raising a family, and working 12 hour days.
His secret to success? Scheduling and simplicity. And zero fads.
You went through a significant lifestyle change. You lost over 70 pounds. What do you wish you knew about wellness then that you know now?
I wish I knew then is that eating healthily is yummy. I enjoy it now. When I consistently don’t eat healthily, I don’t enjoy it. For example, I went on vacation to Mexico with my family for Christmas this past year, and that was a week of eating at an all-inclusive resort. At about day three and a half, I just couldn’t eat anymore because I go big when I cheat. I don’t cheat that much anymore because genuinely enjoy eating healthy. Eating healthy is not a bad thing, and I wish I knew that earlier in life. I never grew up eating healthy, ever.
How do you prioritize wellness as a busy entrepreneur and father of two?
I do it by scheduling it. I make sure I go to the gym five days a week. No excuses. Everything else works around my schedule. I was in New York last month for two weeks filming something. These were 12 hour days, and on top of that, I had to be a dad and work my day job. I wasn’t able to get to the gym at all. So I made sure I was on top of my eating. I didn’t get anything from craft services – I brought my food with me, and I made sure it was all healthy stuff. That helped me maintain.
How has fatherhood changed your outlook on your wellness practices?
It’s changed it a lot. So has aging. At first, I wanted to get healthier just because I wanted to look better. It was purely for vanity. Now as I’m approaching 40, I’m really happy that I started this journey a decade ago because it’s a lot better to start being healthy at 30 than it is at 40. I continue to be healthy because I want to live as long a life as possible. And also I’ve learned that healthier is happier.
Are you hooked on any current wellness trends?
No. Oh, well you know what, I am all about candles. And not expensive candles either. I like to alternate the candles I get from Bath and Body Works. They’re amazing. I light a candle every morning, and it just sets my day right. That’s probably the only trend that I love that I do.
What does your current fitness and wellness routines look like?
It’s simple. I eat healthily – I don’t veer from that often. I hardly ever drink. And I work out five days a week. Nothing crazy. I’m not on any fads – I’m not Gwyneth Paltrow.
You recently moved back to Los Angeles full-time after living in NYC. How does staying well in LA differ from New York?
It doesn’t differ at all. It’s easy if you want to be healthy in either city.
What keeps you motivated and sticking to your goals?
Results! Even though I’ve been doing this for a long time, setbacks happen, fluctuations happen, life happens, vacations happen. You gotta keep working at it. You can’t get lazy, and you have to keep motivating yourself. And I love results and I love knowing that I’m healthy. I still don’t weigh myself. It’s really just about looking in the mirror and how I feel. And that’s it.