When Ruben started The Biggest Loser, he tipped the scale at 462 pounds — but joining the reality show wasn’t just about his appearance. Ruben has a family history various health conditions, and during his pre-Biggest Loser medical examination was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
“I most definitely want to be around for a long time,” Ruben said at the beginning of his journey. “This has really, like, given me a second chance.” Now, Ruben is 112 pounds lighter(!) and looking forward to reaching his goal weight — which he’s keeping secret for the time being — by his next birthday in September 2014.
His key to keeping it off? Good old-fashioned diet and exercise. “I get my big boy out of the bed each morning,” he told Wendy, adding that he will not go the gastric bypass surgery route. “I listen to music so I can practice while I’m running.”
Ruben, who has a new album coming out in February, also manages his diet by counting calories — which unfortunately means cutting out his favorite junk food. “I do not eat bacon,” he said, “I do eat turkey bacon though.” Talk about dedication!
Last heard on the 2012 Shanachie album “Letters From Birmingham,” Studdard is also working on a Christmas album for Verve and has a theater project in development. Dropping by Billboard’s Los Angeles office a day after the “Biggest Loser” finale, the singer/songwriter shared insights about “Unconditional Love” and lessons learned during his 10-year career.
A large man on American Idol, it wasn’t until Studdard was cast on The Biggest Loser in 2013 that the world learned just how large he was. Standing at 6’3” tall and weighing 462 pounds, Studdard dedicated himself to getting healthy and pulled off an impressive 119 pounds to bring his weight down to a more manageable 343 pounds. While it doesn’t appear that the soulful singer has done anything else to shed the weight, he’s still an Idol favorite with an incredible set of pipes.