Ruben Studdard is about to participate in another reality show, but this time around he’s trying to lose.
Studdard, who won season 2 of American Idol in 2003, will compete on the NBC’s The Biggest Loser when it returns this fall.
“I was losing weight, but I was exhausted. It was making me sick,” the 35-year-old told PEOPLE in 2006 after attempting an intense workout regimen on about 1,200 calories a day with trainer Gunnar Peterson. “I’m a big man. There was no way to do those workouts on that amount of food, so everything was contradicting itself.”
In 2006, Studdard embarked on a weight-loss journey that consisted of consuming 1,200 calories a day and working out with trainer Gunnar Peterson. Sadly, he quit that weight-loss plan after losing just 12 lbs. He later on decided to become a vegetarian, which led to him losing more than 70 of his 455 lbs. in 2006.
The singer maintained a healthy lifestyle throughout his marriage to Surata Zuri McCants, but he began gaining weight againafter the couple divorced in 2012.
“I’ve never had an issue with my weight,” Studdard has said. “[But] my family has a history of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart-related issues – things I didn’t have to deal with yet because I’m young. But I don’t want to be worried at 40, and if I don’t fix things now, I will be.”
The Biggest Loser returns to NBC on Tuesdays this fall.
Source : People.com