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by Liku K.
American Idol fans will always remember the voice of Ruben Studdard who crooned his way to the top of the immensely popular show’s second season. Since then, Studdard, as a successful R&B, pop and gospel singer, has been a nominee for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2003 Grammy Awards and has gone on to top various charts on both sides of the Atlantic.
Despite the success in his singing career, Studdard had begun to make a noticeable weight gain after he won the American Idol contest. And it wasn’t much of a surprise when this year, the singer, who had once before tried to lose weight (and succeeded in shedding 100 pounds- but quickly gained it all back), was caste to be on the 11th season of The Biggest Loser.
When he joined the show, Studdard weighed in at 462 pounds and was an instant favorite with the fans. But alas, on the 5th of November, it all came to a sad and shocking end for his supporters. Studdard had to leave the ranch because he couldn’t lose the required 11 pounds for his team to win (he only lost 5 pounds).
By his last day on the ranch he had lost a total of 39 pounds.
In an interview he held with TODAY, Studdard said that the four weeks he had spent on the ranch was one of the toughest times he has ever experienced in his whole life – including the time he had to go through the Idols.
He said that it was “10 times harder” than he had expected and that it wasn’t even the working out that was the difficult part. One of the major points, he said, was his not being able to talk to his family.
“It’s very mentally challenging”, he added.
Back on the Scales
Back home, Studdard has continued to lose weight. He said that as of the interview, he had lost a whopping total of 104 pounds and that the numbers on his scale were still trending downwards.
Recently diagnosed with diabetes, Studdard also said that it wasn’t just about losing the pounds and that the weight-loss and lifestyle changes he had made had been crucial in keeping him healthy.
Although he has left the show and lost out on the $250,000 grand prize, Studdard still has a chance at winning the $100,000 at-home prize. But, Studdard says, it isn’t at all about the money, “It’s about changing my life.”