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'Big boy' Ruben Studdard, 112 lbs lighter, reveals why he refuses gastric bypass

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From politicians like Chris Christie to celebrities like Lisa Lampanelli, weight loss surgery has become the way to go to win at weight loss. But after being eliminated from "The Biggest Loser," Ruben Studdard is determined to continue his weight loss success the old-fashioned way, reported WetPaint on Dec. 10.

Talking with Wendy Williams on her talk show, Ruben explained that he believes in the benefits of diet and exercise rather than weight loss surgery.

"I get my big boy out of the bed each morning," said the singer cheerfully. "I listen to music so I can practice while I'm running."

Thus far, Ruben has lost 112 pounds, reported Today on Dec. 10.

"Wow!" he said when shown before and after photos of himself. "Wow, that's great!"

Ruben emphasizes that his motivation to continue losing weight comes from a desire to have a long, healthy life.

"It was really time for me to make a change," he said. "I was about to turn 35, and I was just afraid that some of the things that affected some people that are really close to me would affect me. I most definitely don't want to leave here early from things that I can prevent."

One of those things: Type 2 diabetes, which he discovered that he has on the show.

"That was really tough," he confessed. "I'm glad that I went there, because you can walk around every day and feel that you're healthy and be completely unhealthy at the same time. To get that diagnosis was hard, but I'm doing what I have to do to combat it."

What's in his future, in addition to losing weight? A new album whose title expresses how Ruben feels about himself: "Unconditional Love," which comes out February 2014.

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