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American Idol's Christopher Ruben Studdard Goes Vegetarian and Loses 80 Pounds

Luffy | Monday, December 11, 2006 | 0 comments

American Idol crooner Ruben Studdard's silky voice,combined with his rotund physique, earned him the nickname "VelvetTeddy Bear." But one of the big stories about his "Return"this fall was how a chance encounter with a Seventh-Day Adventistleaflet, combined with a family history of diabetes and high bloodpressure, inspired the former college football star to "clean up histemple" and adopt a vegetarian diet—a lifestyle change that has helpedhim shed pounds.

PETA's Dan Mathews caught up withRuben on the eve of his tour promoting his new album, The Return, totalk about how the leaner—but not meaner—Teddy Bear's new diet makeshim feel and to get the scoop on his absolute must-have dish while ontour.

Dan Mathews: Congrats on another Top 10 album. Now tell us: Why did you decide to become vegetarian?

Ruben Studdard:Actually, I went to the Duke Diet and Fitness Center in NorthCarolina for a month, and they basically taught me how to live ahealthier lifestyle. But I wasn't a vegetarian then; I was just eatinglean protein—basically fish, really—and I did that for a month, and Ilost 40 pounds. And I actually came home, and there was a littlebrochure in my hometown paper—I ain't never told nobody this—but it wasa thing about cleaning up your temple. I think it was like aSeventh-Day Adventist magazine, and they were talking about "tryvegetarian." I went online that day, and I just started reading littlethings from different vegetarians, and it was so much easier than Ithought it would be, so I decided to try it, maybe two weeks afterleaving Duke, and it's been great. I feel amazing.
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