Randy Jackson has completely changed American pop culture over the last 20 years. He made it possible for game shows and reality competitions to be on TV today. In turn, fans of both American Idol and America’s Best Dance Crew have been able to see his own path to becoming a pop culture icon, as well as a glimpse of his own health revolution. In a recent American Idol reunion episode that aired in May 2022, Randy’s health was brought up again.
In 2002, the musician-turned-producer was in the middle of his second life-changing season as a judge on American Idol when he was told he had type 2 diabetes. At the time, he told the press that he weighed more than 350 pounds and that he had spent most of his life being lazy and eating. He surprised people in 2003 when he had gastric bypass surgery, which shrinks your stomach and makes your digestive system more efficient. Later, when he was on American Idol, he showed off how much weight he had lost. But Randy’s health didn’t start getting better after the surgery.
The judge on Name That Tune told Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush-Hager on the Today show in 2021 that his health is still a work in progress. “I started this health routine when I was on American Idol many years ago… I lost a lot of weight and then started to put it back on “He talked about how, in the years after his surgery, he lost more than 100 pounds. “Then I set out on my own to find out, “How do I keep it off?” What do I do?'”
Randy hasn’t always known the answer. Since 2003, he’s been open about the problems and challenges he’s faced, sometimes with his weight and sometimes with living with diabetes. He has changed a lot since that fateful diagnosis, though. He told Hoda and Jenna that his new way of thinking about health has been “a long time coming”
On Being Told He Had Type 2 Diabetes:
The big shot in the music business has always said that his experience with the disease was the reason he changed his health habits. In 2008, he wrote a self-help health book called Body With Soul. In it, he talked about his first diagnosis, which he called “both a blessing and a curse.”
It’s a curse to have a disease that can kill you and that you can’t get rid of completely, even if you can manage it “In the book, Randy wrote. “But it’s good to have such a big wake-up call. After my doctor popped the bubble I’d been living in that day in the ER, I couldn’t lie to myself anymore. I started my journey toward better health right there and then.”
Randy went to see doctors after he was told he had the disease to find out everything he could about it, like how it could lead to heart disease, blindness, nerve damage, and even amputation if not treated. Randy told Health magazine in 2012, “I learned that a lot of bad things can happen if you don’t manage it. That’s why I tell everyone to do it.”
On why fad diets by themselves don’t work:
Randy wrote Body With Soul to explain how he finally got to a place where he could break years of bad eating habits. His wake-up call was a big part of that. “No matter what you tried to lose weight, like diets, liquid fasts, or pills, none of them worked for long. But when I ended up in the hospital, I had to face the fact that all of those things didn’t work “He gave.
Later, he told WebMD that he also tried things like liquid fasts and may have even thought about apitherapy, a controversial treatment that uses bee stings, before he realised why short-term solutions didn’t work for him. In 2008, he said, “The problem is that those diets don’t work for people with obesity disease.”
Randy’s heart was shaken by the complications of type 2 diabetes and the possible side effects. This made him realise that he needed to change how determined he was. “It was really a matter of life and death, and I don’t mean to be dramatic… I had to figure out what would help me, which I did in the end.”
How to keep off the weight:
Randy told the press that in the 19 years since he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he’s been able to lose and keep off 114 pounds with his new routine. This is according to a report from People. But Randy didn’t find it easy to change right away. He says it was hard for him to change his eating habits after he had gastric bypass surgery, and he even gained some weight back. Randy told WebMD in 2008 that his life in TV and music made it hard for him to always eat healthy food.
This made it hard for him to change his eating habits. “Everyone hangs out and eats and drinks after the show,” he said. “There are many different kinds of sandwiches, as well as chips, cheeses, cookies, cakes, candy, beer, and wine.” Randy worked hard to change the foods he ate every day after he gained weight the first time. “You almost have to get a divorce to break up with someone. “Start going back a little at a time, find out what works for your body, figure out your allergies, and pay close attention to how you feel,” he told People in 2020.
On his favourite changes to old recipes:
Randy was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He told Health, “I grew up in Louisiana, so my diet was rich southern fried foods.” His favourite dishes were gumbo, sausage and grits, and lots of jambalayas. Later, in a WebMD profile, he said that he didn’t give up all of his favourite foods, but instead found healthier ways to make them. He said, “It’s all about knowing who you are, knowing your body, and being okay with that.”
About how he stays balanced:
“Don’t ever say, “I won’t eat another piece of chocolate again,” because you won’t keep your promise. And as soon as you say “never,” a binge will happen “Randy told WebMD that he had a sweet tooth, and he added that he kept it in check by alternating chocolate and frozen yoghurt. Randy’s long-term commitment to health seems to be based on moderation. For example, he will eat a full serving of one kind of potatoes at a holiday meal, but not two or more carb-heavy sides.
On starting an exercise routine:
Randy told Health that he only worked out for about 30 minutes a week before he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (about two hours short of the minimum recommended amount of exercise). Randy knew he needed to exercise to keep his weight and diabetes under control, but he didn’t jump right into an intense gym routine. Instead, he started changing his fitness routine by walking every day, even if it was just for 10 minutes. He said, “I had to start with something easy that I could do.”
Randy finally got to the gym so he could work out with more focus. He usually starts his day by running on a treadmill, which he keeps right next to his bed. He told WebMD, “It’s right there staring at me and saying, ‘Come here.’ You know you need this. Randy also does yoga after 35 to 45 minutes of walking or light jogging, which has its own benefits. “Yoga is something I’m used to doing, and I love how the stretching makes my body feel better and looser.”