June 23, 2005 06:00 AM

Carson Daly is going back to Cali – and doing it 30 lbs. lighter. The Santa Monica native and host of NBC’s late-late show, Last Call with Carson Daly, is packing up his New York City-based set and moving the show to L.A., where the weather is more conducive to exercising outdoors. Jokes the former host of MTV’s TRL, “The Gen-X Al Roker – that’s me.” Daly, 32 – one of PEOPLE’s 50 Hottest Bachelors this year – recently shared his weight-loss secrets.

How did you start your road to svelte?
I loosely refer to it as my New Year’s resolution. I’m really goal-oriented, and as I forecast my objectives for 2005 and set goals to achieve as I entered my 30s, I wanted to eat healthy and be healthy. I needed to get focused at work and in life. As you get older, it becomes a little easier somehow.

Did anything else motivate this change?
No. (Being with MTV) was a five-year celebration, and it was so much fun then. Now, it’s about business. Now, it’s about my career. I can’t go out every night to every bar and restaurant opening.

You look dramatically different.
I’m wearing smaller clothes. I don’t weigh myself. I don’t starve myself. But I (also) don’t eat crappy food at night. I used to be awake at night. I’m asleep now when my show is on.

How is being in California making a difference?
In New York, I can only carve out an hour or an hour and a half to go to a gym or a pool. Here, I love waking up! I went on a 30-mile bike ride this morning.

What’s your morning regimen?
I like to run or go for a swim. I don’t have a trainer. I don’t lift weights. But I just bought a really beautiful Italian Bianchi road bike. I’ve been flirting with this triathalon way of working out.

So are you training to compete in a triathalon?
Let’s not go crazy now.

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