Some people talk the talk. Others walk the walk. American Idol winner and Biggest Loser season 15 alum Ruben Studdard? Well, he does both.
Case in point: Ruben’s currently on out on tour for his new album Unconditional Love, so the busy balladeer called from a gym during his Seattle stop to chat about life after reality TV and staying healthy on the road despite a hectic schedule.
Read on for details – along with Ruben’s special gift, just for his #SweatPink fans!
First off, congratulations on your success (127 lbs) on Biggest Loser! How have you been doing with health & fitness maintenance since the show?
It’s going well. I just have to make sure that I give this time to myself every day, no matter what I have going on. It’s all about trying to stay on track.
You’re no stranger to being on TV – but American Idol was one thing – building a persona, a brand –whereas this was a more personal journey and required total transparency…what made you want to participate?
I recognized that I had the opportunity to change my life. I was skeptical at first because I’m a pretty private person. American Idol was more of a surface reality show; they don’t really dive into your personal life. Biggest Loser, however, requires you to be more of an open book. It was an opportunity for me to reclaim my life, though, so I jumped in with both feet. And it’s most definitely made a huge impact on me, both physically and mentally. I’m so thankful to the people at Biggest Loser for even thinking of me.
What was the first thing you did when you wrapped the show?
Unlike everyone else, I’ve got to be on the road for a living, so I started preparing for album release, then my tour. I haven’t really had any time to do much else!
What keeps you motivated now that you’re off the show?
I have to be accountable to myself. I made that a part of my motivation. There’s nobody more important than me to me. So I can’t lose sight of the fact that my health should be a no. 1 priority.
Have you set any new health/fitness goals, and how are you going to make them happen?
My goal every day is imply to stay focused and keep moving.
How has the weight loss affected your singing career – has it made a difference to you as a performer?
I don’t think it necessarily helped me singing-wise, but it has helped with energy levels for my performances. During a show, my energy levels are now through the roof – and even afterwards, I’m experiencing a difference in how I feel. It has most definitely made a positive change in the way I approach my performances – and how I approach my life, in general.
What do you make of all the uproar over Rachel Frederickson’s final weight?
Rachel is a champion. She worked hard. It’s a weight loss show, and she deserved to win. Anyone watching could see that she was the hardest-working person from day one. It’s unfair that that young lady has taken on so much negative press for changing her life when the purpose of the show is to change your life. She was a former three-time national champion swimmer, and she was able to channel that determination and turn her life around, and I’m proud of her for it.
Tips for staying healthy on the road?
It’s a juggling act. You have to make sure you give yourself the time – for example, sometimes your career takes precedence, but I know I have to make the conscious decision to give myself the time I need to stay healthy. It’s also just about making healthier choices. It’s not a big, complicated, scientific equation – it’s simple. Every restaurant has a healthier option. So if you’re at a steakhouse, maybe you go for the steamed asparagus instead of the mashed potato. Most Americans go for the mashed potato!
Favorite cheat treat?
You’ll go crazy if you don’t allow yourself some treats. For me, it depends on where I am; I generally let myself have something once a week, usually on Sunday, and it varies based on what city I’m in and what they have that’s special.
Final words for people about to embark on their own weight-loss journey?
Just get moving. That’s the biggest thing that would slow most people down. Make the effort to get started, and once you take that first step, everything takes care of itself.
And, just for SweatPink readers, Ruben has extended an exclusive, limited-time discount to get his new album “Unconditional Love” for only $4.99. Go to: http://bit.ly/1iSGXQe and enter code: ULOVE50 to buy your copy today!