updated 07/29/2010 AT 12:30 PM ET
•originally published 07/29/2010 AT 12:40 PM ET
Drew Carey has been known as a loveable, teddy-bear type as far back as his long-running sitcom The Drew Carey Show. But, he says, being big was a burden – and he had to make a change.
“It sucks being fat, you know,” Carey, 52, said Wednesday at the CBS, Showtime and The CW TCA Party in Beverly Hills. “I was diabetic with Type-2 diabetes.
Not anymore. After Carey embarked on a strict regime, shaving his diet of carbohydrates and hitting the gym religiously, he dropped 80 lbs. since January and says, “I’m not diabetic anymore. No medication needed.”