After leaving The Biggest Loser ranch, American Idol veteran Ruben Studdard didn’t leave his hard work behind. He still has his eye on an at-home weight loss win, as well as a far more important prize: his health.
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When Studdard started the show, he weighed 462. He dropped 39 pounds on the ranch, and in an recent interview, he revealed that he’s now lost a total of 104 pounds. Studdard admitted that his four weeks on the ranch was the hardest part.
“It was 10 times harder than I expected,” Ruben shared. “You know, it wasn’t the working out that was the hard part. It was all the other stuff that goes along with being on the ranch — not being able to talk to your family and that stuff. It’s very mentally challenging. Hopefully I can continue to keep that downward trend going.”
Studdard: Why His Weight Loss Journey Is Different This Time
This isn’t the first time the American Idol champ has shed a significant amount of weight. A decade ago, he adopted a vegan diet and lost 100 pounds, but wasn’t able to keep it off. This time, he feels things are different – because he’s different. Studdard’s weight-loss and lifestyle changes have been crucial in managing his health – which is more important than ever before, given his recent diabetes diagnosis.