Jax Taylor credits his critics for helping spark his 42-pound weight loss.
“I’m glad they did,” the “Vanderpump Rules” star said of Twitter trolls shaming his body in the January 2019 issue of Men’s Health. “I thought, ‘Why didn’t my friends tell me? Why didn’t my own girlfriend tell me this?’ I looked disgusting. I was like a butterball. I was not lean. I didn’t have the chiseled look that I used to have. I was, like, this has got to stop.”
Taylor, 39, who is engaged to co-star Brittany Cartwright, let healthy habits fall to the wayside, which contributed to a 60-pound weight gain over the course of four years.
“When I started the show, I took a back seat on the gym,” he said. “I looked great because I was still coming off of the modeling, but the show turned into so much work. We’re filming all day. We’re also partying all of the time. We’re drinking all of the time. I didn’t have the time to go to the gym.”
The former model, who joined the cast of the Bravo series in 2013, said he started to eat “more crap than I was working out.”
“Postmates came out. I can order Doritos from my couch? ‘Making a Murderer’ marathon is on? I’m not getting off of this couch. I’m going to eat everything in sight. Then you wake up and you’re like, ‘What is that?’ That’s my belly,” Taylor shared.
In addition to weight loss, Taylor also struggled with the death of his father, Ronald Cauchi, last year.
“I get a phone call over speaker and it was my mom bawling her eyes out,” Taylor explained.
“She’s, like, ‘Your father is dead.’ I pulled the car over. I collapsed. I didn’t know how to deal. I was on the way to see him the next day. I fell on the ground in the middle of the highway. I threw my phone on the highway. I was convulsing and everything. I was freaking out. I didn’t know what to do. My life flashed. My best friend died.”
Taylor then fell into a “deep rut,” and said, “I was literally going to lock myself in a room and do enough drugs to hurt myself.”
Cartwright, 29, told Taylor there were healthier ways to cope, and told him to consider looking into medical marijuana.
“I tried it and it changed my life,” he said.
Taylor also made fitness a priority again, working out close to five times a week twice a day. He’s since slimmed down from 235 to 193 pounds.
“I’ve done everything I’ve wanted to do, partied my brains out, traveled the world. It’s time to start the next stage in my life,” he said.
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