Ruben Studdard Drops 104 Pounds Since Leaving “The Biggest Loser”
We can all agree that we love Ruben Studdard right? He just seems like such a kind and warm spirit. Something about his face is so…sweet. So it broke our hearts to see that he was sent home last week from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” after losing 39 pounds in four weeks. But please don’t count Ruben out. The “Today” show reports that since he’s left the ranch, the former American Idol winner, who weighted 462 pounds when the show began, has lost 104 pounds.
If Ruben continues on this track, he’ll be a contender to win the at-home prize for the most weight lost by the end of the season, which is still three months away. Ruben says of the 104 pounds he’s lost, his time spent on the ranch was the hardest.
In his interview with “Today,” he said, “It was 10 times harder than I expected. 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.”
Ruben said in addition to diet and exercise, his fight with diabetes also helped motivate him to lose the weight.
“The only cure for that is diet and exercise. That’s what I’ve been doing.”
This is the second time Studdard has lost this much weight. Ten years ago, he became a vegan and lost 100 pounds. He thinks this time will be different because he’s different this time around.
“The last time I lost weight, I was still young- I was 25. And it really wasn’t as much for as it was to prove people wrong. This is a lot different. I have a completely different set of circumstances now that affect they way I approach it for my life. So I have to take it a little bit more seriously-not a little bit, a lot more serious.”
And this time Ruben has a stronger support system. It’s not just his competitors from “The Biggest Loser,” his family is also on a quest to get fit as well.
Ruben says he would like to win the at-home prize but it’s not his main focus.
“I’m working hard, but if I don’t (win the prize), I’m not going to be disappointed, because I went into the house with one goal — to change the way I thought about healthy living, and I did that,” he assured us. “It’s important for me to do this for the rest of my life. And I hope I can continue that. For me, it’s not about the $100,000 (at-home prize) or the $250,000 (grand prize). It’s about changing my life.”
Go ‘head Ruben! And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that Wendy Williams should avoid speaking about anyone else’s weight loss journeys from here on out. When we learned that he was eliminated from “The Biggest Loser” Williams said during her “Hot Topics” segment that she was disgusted with Ruben and since he was no longer on the ranch, he should just go ahead and have lapband surgery because he wasn’t going to be able to lose weight at home, by himself. How discouraging. Well, he certainly proved her wrong.
We’re proud of you Ruben and wish you continued success!
You can watch highlight’s from Ruben’s tenure on “The Biggest Loser” in the video below.