You are deprived of your favorite foods, forced to sweat for hours in the gym and have the world's toughest training screaming in your face. Sound like misery? For former "American Idol" Ruben Studdard, the chance to participate on "The Biggest Loser" was "a Godsend," he told People magazine on October 15.
Reflecting on how he made it to "The Biggest Loser" ranch, Ruben admitted that he didn't follow the conventional route of pleading for the chance.
"The opportunity was presented to me by the show's producers. They asked me if I wanted to be a part of Biggest Loser and I jumped [at it]. I really felt like it was time for me to get a hold of my weight, get a hold of my life in general. I am always on the road – always touring, always performing – and I never have an opportunity to take care of myself," he explained.
Ruben did have to make sacrifices for the chance to lose weight - and at 462 pounds, he is the heaviest contestant on the show this season.
"It is so funny how when something is supposed to happen for you, everything moves itself out of the way to make it happen – that is exactly what happened for me. I called all of my managers, all of my band and my singers, and everyone was just so supportive. We were able to cancel all of my concerts and commitments that I had for the next couple of months. I am just really happy that I was able to come here," he revealed.
Ruben isn't doing the intense training and dieting just for his appearance. He's concerned about his health, including diabetes and heart problems.
And after "three or four days...I already feel like I'm getting better. The food here is great. Everything here is a blessing," he says.
As for the infamous workouts, Ruben says that what you see on the TV screen is what the contestants experience.
"The first big workout was crazy. I've watched two seasons of this show, so I've seen that first workout but being there ... it's indescribable how crazy that workout is," he says.
Ruben is on Dolvett Quince's team, and he told Reality TV recently that he's grateful for Dolvett's training.
"As for Dolvett, he's a wonderful trainer -- not just a trainer, but he's a wonderful motivator. And not just for the people that he works with, he motivates everybody around the house. So having the opportunity to work with him has been a blessing, and I'm really glad that it worked out the way that it did," said Ruben.
On the first episode, Ruben's face as he learned that he had lost weight showed that he feels it's all worthwhile. Read a recap of the premiere by clicking here.