Gabriel Iglesias eats out – and works out – while on tour on his new reality show

By Gabrielle Olya
Updated September 25, 2015 01:00 PM
Credit: Anthony Nunez

Gabriel Iglesias may not have had a chance to strip on screen during Magic Mike XXL, but now he’s taking a turn on the pole for his new reality show Fluffy Breaks Even.

The show follows the comedian, 39, on tour as he travels across the country and tries out local food spots – and then exercises off the calories in an attempt to “break even.”

“The concept of the show is basically everything that we’re already doing on the road,” Iglesias tells PEOPLE. “We’re always going out to get a bite to eat, and we’re always trying to find a way to be accountable for it.”

Prior to going on the show, Iglesias lost 100 lbs. by cutting out carbs and practicing yoga, after weighing in at nearly 450 lbs.

“It wasn’t that I wanted to [lose weight],” he says. “Believe me, I had no problem going out and eating anything and everything that got in my path, but I’m pushing 40 now and I’m a type 2 diabetic, and little by little I’m starting to have more problems with each year that goes by.”

At his highest weight, Iglesias experienced blurry vision and noticed that he was losing sensation in his fingers and feet.

“Those are the early stages right before stuff gets really bad, so either I let it keep going or I do something about it,” he says. “Now I’m staying more on top of my medication, staying on top of making sure my sugar doesn’t get out of control, and I think that by us adding the camera to it, it keeps us more in check. I don’t want to go back, but at the same time I still want to be able to indulge a little bit from time to time.”

Those indulgences – filmed for the show – included giant steaks and massive amounts of cheese.

“We had some Tomahawk steaks – imagine a 3-foot-long bone with a giant steak at the end of it,” he says. “There was also this one restaurant where they brought us a 20-lb. block of cheese with a cheese slicer as an appetizer!”

But just as out-of-the-box as Iglesias’ meals are his exercise sessions – the actor did everything from CrossFit to UFC training to pole dancing, and even zombie apocalypse training.

“They had us doing stuff like pushing trucks out of the way, running with assault rifles, crawling under barbed wire, flipping tires,” he says. “It was pretty intense! Plus the fact that it was outside in the heat and we were in military fatigues, it definitely was a workout.”

Fluffy Breaks Even premieres Oct. 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Fuse TV.