Ruben Studdard might be a famous singer, having won American Idol and all, but he has struggles just like we all do — and his struggles revolve around his weight.
That's why we were SUPER glad to hear that he was joining The Biggest Loser!
And guess what? He calls his trip to The Biggest Loser ranch a 'godsend!'
Starting out at 462lbs, he has quite the journey ahead of him, and according to him this is how joining the show came about:
'The opportunity was presented to me by the show's producers. They asked me if I wanted to be a part of Biggest Loser and I jumped [at it]. I really felt like it was time for me to get a hold of my weight, get a hold of my life in general. I am always on the road – always touring, always performing – and I never have an opportunity to take care of myself, so this was a Godsend.'
We're glad he was able to work it in to his busy schedule, which DID take a hit:
'It is so funny how when something is supposed to happen for you, everything moves itself out of the way to make it happen – that is exactly what happened for me. I called all of my managers, all of my band and my singers, and everyone was just so supportive. We were able to cancel all of my concerts and commitments that I had for the next couple of months. I am just really happy that I was able to come here.'
He's always been big, so it's an amazing thing to see him finally taking charge of his life like this! It all started early, according to him:
I was raised in the South and it is what it is. I have a family that show love by cooking and giving you food and that is not a bad thing, but it is a way of life where I am from.
I've always been a heavier guy. I've always been comfortable in my own skin. I've never had any difficulty with my weight but I knew when I turned 35 that I am five years from 40 and I was going to have some things going on with me that I couldn't reverse because of the age I was, so it is just perfect timing. God really put this in a place for me that it could work and I could get this well.
I'm the biggest guy here. It is crazy. I never really expected to be 462 lbs. It is like, "Okay, here is the eye-opener. Let's get this stuff off of you and get in shape."
In 2008, Ruben had actually lost 100 pounds. He recently put that weight back on — here's what he says happened:
After I got divorced – or separated – in 2012 … prior to that my wife and I, we worked out together, we ate well and all those things. But after that I started going out with my friends, my fraternity brothers, kicking it and having a good time eating chicken wings, drinking beer until 2 to 3 in the morning. Those were things I wasn't doing as a married person.
I started living a college person's life again and it had the freshman 15 effect on me. I continued it for two years and my freshman 15 turned into a freshman 90. I did all those things to cover up the sadness I was feeling. I was saying, "Okay, instead of just sitting here on the couch being sad, I'm going to go out and have a good time."
A good time turned into every time we went out. We'd have pizza and drank beer, and beer is just great – we all like a good beer – but one should be one, and instead of one it's two pitchers.
Hardships in life are a huge obstacle in keeping healthy! We're sure the show will give him the right tools to change his life for the better!
Finally, Ruben tells the world how the workouts have been:
The first big workout was crazy. I've watched two seasons of this show, so I've seen that first workout but being there … it's indescribable how crazy that workout is.
We haven't been chosen for teams yet so we are all working out together with all three trainers and they are all collectively crazy. From watching the show I thought, "Oh, I'll like working with Bob [Harper]. He always seems so even-keeled. You never really see Bob lose his stuff." People seem to work out with him and be okay but Bob is crazy, too!
So amazeballz!! We totes think Ruben can do this!
He even spoke about the fact that they have to wear jerseys with their weight on it (above), and how he goes around with it in mind that he will NEVER be that weight again!
Good luck, Ruben!! Stay strong!!
[Image via AP Images.]
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