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Studdard weighed upwards of 450 pounds when we were first introduced to his velvet voice on “American Idol” in 2003.
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By the “American Idol” three finale, the “Velvet Teddy Bear” had won over America’s hearts. “I never had an issue or a problem with the way I looked,” the former high school football player told Wendy Williams recently.
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Soon after winning “American Idol” Studdard checked into the Duke Diet and Fitness Center where he lost 70 pounds. “I really wanted to get in shape because I have a family history of diabetes and high blood pressure and things of that nature,” he told the Associated Press.
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Studdard credits the Duke Diet and Fitness Center with teaching him to change his eating habits. “Two weeks after leaving there I turned to a vegetarian diet,” he said.
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A former football player, Studdard says he’s not completely unfamiliar with the inside of a gym. He works out three times a week with a trainer and two without.
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Studdard credits his vegan diet with changing his life. “Nothing with a parent” is how he describes his dairy and meat-free diet.
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Ruben and Zuri are both vegetarians. “The thing is when you’re not a vegetarian, you don’t look for the places that serve vegetarian food,” he says. “What I found is that there are places all around the country that serve healthy food, you just have to look for them.”
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Studdard says he and wife Zuri lead a healthy lifestyle at home to set a good example for their daughter.
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