Ruben Studdard Will Compete on The Biggest Loser
Ruben Studdard has already won the title of
American Idol. Now he may become The
The "Velvet Teddy Bear," who won season 2
of the Fox singing competition in 2003, will
compete on the NBC weight loss show as he
attempts to battle his obesity – a task he has
attempted previously with limited success.
"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
Studdard quit that weight-loss plan after
losing just 12 lbs., but eventually found
vegetarianism which – along with exercise –
resulted in his losing more than 70 of his 455
lbs. in 2006.
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"Every week we would start by writing out a
meal plan and calories," Studdard said about
his then-new diet. "The people at the
vegetarian store in Birmingham are like,
'What's he doing in here?' "
In 2008, the "Sorry 2004" singer fell in love
and married Surata Zuri McCants and
remained healthy throughout his marriage,
but began putting weight back on after the
couple divorced in 2012.
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Now, Studdard will take another shot at
weight loss on the 15th installment of The
"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.