Randy Jackson’s inspiring weight loss
“I was struggling with my weight,” Jackson told People.
“You come in and they go ‘Yeah dawg, you’re telling me I’m terrible but you’re fat!’ And I would go, ‘I am. I have mirrors in my house. I know!’”
But getting the diabetes diagnosis turned out to be a wake-up call for Randy. In his book, Body With Soul, he called it “both a blessing and a curse.”
“It’s a curse to be saddled with a disease that’s life-threatening and that you can’t completely get rid of (though you can certainly manage it). But it’s a blessing to get that huge wake-up call,” Jackson wrote in the book, as reported by Today.
“It was kind of crazy for me because it ran in my family, but you always think someone else is going to get it, never you. I got it.”
Randy went on to undergo gastric bypass surgery. With the help of a new diet and exercise, he was able to shed more than 100 pounds.
He started playing a lot of tennis, mostly because he really didn’t like the gym.
Randy’s weight-loss journey sure is inspiring. After he had gone through with it, he wanted to help others as well.
“Old dawgs can learn new tricks”
Jackson co-founded Unify Health Labs, a product that he explains helps other people on their journey towards getting healthy “while sparing them the long confusing search I went through.”
“This is me sort of giving back,” Randy told People about Unify Health Labs.
“Something that’s a simple solution because all of us probably have 50 bottles on the counter or 50 bottles in the bathroom of different vitamins and things that we take. The root causes of these certain diseases and trying to get your best health, it all starts in the gut. Gut health is really best health.
“You have to change the way you think about food. You have to almost have a complete divorce break up … and start back bit by bit and find out the things that work with your body and you also find out the allergies and really pay attention to how you feel.”
Furthermore, Jackson established the Randy Jackson Childhood Obesity Foundation, and became a spokesman for the American Heart Association’s Heart of Diabetes campaign.
“I want to spread the word that change, permanent change, is possible. I’m a new me, and I want you to be a new you,” Randy wrote in a Today piece.
“Even if you’ve had the same bad habits for ten, twenty, thirty years — I definitely did — you can get used to a healthier lifestyle. Old dawgs can learn new tricks.”
Besides working out and eating healthy, Jackson also has a good tip for anyone who wants to lose weight; never go somewhere hungry.
“I never go anywhere when I am famished,” Jackson told WebMD.
It turns out that he has stacked his office with baked Cheetos, diet soda, and protein bars. However, if he gets hungry, Jackson prefers to chew a piece of gum or drink water, or chicken broth, to curb his appetite until he can have something healthier.
Randy Jackson’s health journey is truly inspiring, and he looks fantastic!
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