Randy Jackson’s Well being and Weight Loss Journey: All the pieces to Know

Caring for his well-being. Randy Jackson vowed to lead a healthier lifestyle after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2002.

“It’s a curse to have a life-threatening illness that you can’t completely get rid of, although you can certainly manage it,” the former American Idol judge wrote in his 2008 book Body With Soul. “But it’s a blessing to get this huge wake-up call. After that day in the ER, when my doctor burst the bubble I’d been living in, I couldn’t lie to myself anymore. It was then and there that I began my journey to better health.”

Jackson, who weighed 350 pounds at the time of his diagnosis, underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2003, a procedure that reduces the size of the stomach and reroutes part of the digestive system so that less food is absorbed. Since the surgery, the bassist has lost 100 pounds in weight, but it hasn’t always been easy.

In 2008, he told WebMD about the temptations he faced returning to American Idol after the procedure. “After the show everyone hangs out and eats and drinks. There’s all kinds of sandwiches plus fries, cheese, cookies, cake, candy, beer, wine,” he said. Despite the abundance of junk food on set, Jackson shared that the other Idol judges were a source of positive encouragement. “Simon [Cowell] always says, ‘We order lunch, bring Randy a Dunkin’ Donut and 12 milkshakes.’ We joke about it, but they’re also very supportive.”

The record producer isn’t one to give up certain foods entirely – he opts for moderation instead. “Never say, ‘I’ll never have another piece of chocolate,’ because that’s not going to happen. And once you say never, there’s a binge coming,” he told WebMD, adding that he occasionally satiates his sweet tooth with frozen yogurt chocolate.

After getting his health under control, the Journey bassist wanted to help others do the same. To this end, he founded Unify Health Labs in 2019. In a blog post on the Unify Health Labs website, Jackson said his celebrity status gives him access to healthcare professionals others may not be able to meet.

“I got to speak to top health professionals: doctors, nutritionists, fitness experts, biologists and more,” the session musician wrote. “They have helped me a lot on my way. And I wanted to share that expertise and information with as many people as possible.”

Jackson added, “I’ve really been blessed by life, but next to my kids, getting healthy has been the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

Scroll through for a look at his health and weight loss journey through the years:

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