Tyler Perry Unveils 30-Pound Weight Loss on Men's Health Cover

Celebrity Body Oct. 16, 2012 AT 5:45PM
Tyler Perry in the November 2012 issue of Men's Health. Tyler Perry in the November 2012 issue of Men's Health.

At 225 pounds, Tyler Perry has never looked better.

The multitalented star graces the November cover of Men's Health, where he proudly shows off his 30-pound weight loss in a tight black tee.

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"I walk into a room with a lot more confidence. All my life I've tried to hide my height. I was taller than everybody else and stood out, so I would slouch and try to hide it," says Perry, who is 6-foot-6. "But with what I've been able to do with my body, I'm owning it. I'm standing up when I walk into a room."

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Perry felt compelled to lose weight when he was cast as the titular homicide detective in the upcoming movie Alex Cross, based on the best-selling James Patterson novels. The Georgia resident's hourlong morning circuits included cardio, body-weight moves, and free-weight and cable work. Perry spent his afternoons practicing Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art.

Tyler Perry on the November 2012 cover of Men's Health.
Tyler Perry on the November 2012 cover of Men's Health.

The 43-year-old actor, director and screenwriter also modified his diet, swapping pork chops and dirty rice for grilled chicken breasts and ground turkey chili. "Now, I feel like it's okay to be thought of as sexy," the slimmed-down star says.

In addition to being in the best shape of his life, Perry -- who created the successful Madea film franchise -- is succeeding professionally, too.

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"I've worked my entire life to get to this place," he tells Men's Health. "The first 28 years of my life, it was hell and misery. Now I can do whatever I want. I don't want any drama; I don't want to argue; I don't want to answer to anybody. I've worked too hard to get here, and I'm loving this freedom."

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