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Ruben Studdard talks 120-pound weight loss, Biggest Loser anorexia controversy

Ruben Studdard credits a strict diet and daily workouts for his 120-pound weight loss.
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Ruben Studdard is in the best shape of his life after his 120-pound weight loss and has never felt better.

"I most definitely feel better than I did before," Studdard told Billboard. "I have much more energy. But I've always felt I was sexy [laughs]. Maybe that's just the conceited side of me."

Ruben, who competed on season 15 of "The Biggest Loser," said the weight-loss competition was an amazing learning experience that taught him how important it is to take care of his health.

Studdard lost a dramatic amount of weight in 2008, only to gain it all back. The 6-foot-3 Ruben, who once tipped the scales at 462 pounds, now weighs 342 pounds, thanks to a low-calorie diet and daily two-hour workouts.

He said the difference between his weight loss in 2008 and now is that he's motivated from within. "My earlier weight loss in 2008 was for other people," he said. "This time it's for me.

"I was fighting so hard to figure out how to get on top musically that I neglected to take care of myself. It was unfortunate, but the truth. And now I'm finding a way to fix that balance."

Sadly, Ruben was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes while competing on "The Biggest Loser," but said the condition gives him even more motivation to continue his weight-loss journey. Studdard manages his diabetes with diet, exercise, and stress-reduction techniques.

When asked about the anorexia controversy surrounding Rachel Frederickson, Ruben had nothing but praise for her. “'The Biggest Loser' is about making changes in your life, and she has most definitely done that," said Studdard. "I'm very proud of Rachel."

His new album, Ruben Studdard: Unconditional Love, is out now.