Susan Boyle Weight Loss – How Britain’s Got Talent Singer Lost 50 pounds

Sneak a peek into the singing sensation's lifestyle choices for shedding extra pounds.

Written by , MSc (Biotechnology), ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist Charushila Biswas MSc (Biotechnology), ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist Experience: 6 years
Edited by , BSc, Professional Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health Ravi Teja Tadimalla BSc, Professional Certificate in Food, Nutrition and Health Experience: 8 years
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Susan Boyle’s weight loss transformation has been turning heads. The celebrity songstress lost a whopping 50 pounds and is embracing her new body. She looks slimmer and healthier, glowing with happiness more than ever. In 2009, Susan was a contestant on Britain’s Got Talent. Her voice and performance impressed the judges and instantly touched the audience’s hearts. Since then, she did not have to look back. A world-renowned singer and Susan Boyle have released 7 hit albums. Her net worth is estimated to be $35 million. Want to know how Susan Boyle lost 50 pounds? Read on to get all the details. Scroll down!

Who Is Susan Boyle?

The beautiful Scottish singer Susan Boyle
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Susan Boyle is a Scottish singer who was born on 1st April, 1961. A singer her whole life, she was discovered in 2009 when she auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent. She sang “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Miserables. In November 2009, she released her first album, which became the bestselling debut album of all time in the UK. The album also topped the Billboard 200 chart for six weeks straight, and Boyle made £5 million! But what prompted her to lose weight? Find out next.

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Susan Boyle performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant in 2012 and at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She was nominated for two Grammys and has sold 25 million records globally.

Why Did Susan Boyle Lose Weight?

Susan Boyle had been struggling with her weight since her childhood. In fact, she was regularly bullied for being overweight and how she looked. However, it was only after she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2012 that she decided to start living a healthy life.

Diabetes prevents the cells from taking up glucose and converting it into usable energy. It happens either when the cells become resistant to insulin (the hormone that prompts the cells’ uptake of glucose from the bloodstream), or when the body fails to produce enough insulin. This results in a spike in blood glucose levels, which makes the body even more resistant to insulin. Physiologically, patients with diabetes feel hungry frequently as the cells cannot detect sugar (even though it is there!) to produce energy. People with diabetes also suffer from lethargy, depression, and high blood pressure.

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Two of the best diets for type 2 diabetes are the DASH diet and the Mediterranean diet.

After Susan Boyle was declared diabetic by her doctors, it was time for her to take her health seriously, weight loss being a major aspect of that decision. Let’s find out what steps she took to live a healthy and better life.

How Did Susan Boyle Lose Weight?

Susan Boyle before weight loss
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Susan Boyle lost weight by following these three steps:

  1. Remove Sugar
  2. Workout
  3. Take Garcinia Cambogia Supplements

Let’s see how she managed to adapt these seemingly easy steps in her lifestyle to lose weight and change her appearance.

1. Remove Sugar

As soon as Susan Boyle was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, her doctors asked her to eliminate sugar from her diet. When you are diabetic, either your body produces less insulin, or your cells become resistant to it. This causes the sugar in your body to remain unused. This unused sugar gets stored in the body as fat and further deteriorates the body’s metabolism. In an interview with The Mirror, Boyle said, “I need to stop eating sweeties and cakes. It’s the bane of my life.” To remove sugar from her diet, she had to avoid the following foods and drinks.

Sugars To Avoid

  • Sugary beverages like packaged fruit/vegetable juices, milkshakes, energy drinks, and sodas
  • Processed foods
  • Refined or artificial sweeteners
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Cakes, pastries, ice creams, and candies
  • Alcohol
  • Store-bought salad dressings, ketchup, and sauces

Here’s what she was allowed to eat.

Sugars To Eat

  • Fruits And Fruit Juices: They contain natural sugars with dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which are good for your health, digestion, and skin.
  • Veggies: Vegetables have good carbs (carbs are broken down into sugar) that help in better digestion and help flush toxins from your colon.
  • Cane Sugar Or Dark Brown Sugar: Cane sugar and/or dark brown sugar is less processed and healthier than refined sugar and artificial sugar.

Apart from this, she was allowed to consume a good amount of protein and healthy fats found in nuts and seeds to balance her diet. But only cutting off sugar doesn’t work. Here’s the second thing she did to lose the flab.

2. Workout

Workout helped Susan Boyle during her weight loss journey
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Exercise is essential for weight loss and good health. Susan Boyle knew that exercising would help her shed the flab quickly, which, in turn, could help fight diabetes and maintain fitness. She started walking 2 miles every day. Walking is a low-impact exercise that is easy on the joints. It can also help reduce blood sugar levels (1). This lowers the effect of diabetes on the body. Boyle was about 50-years-old at that time, and it was important not to hurt her knees in the process of working out. So, walking was the only way she could start burning the fat.

A study revealed that among adults who tried to lose weight, exercising accounted for 62.9% of reported methods, followed by eating less food at 62.9% and eating more fruits, vegetables, and salads at 50.4%.

3. Take Garcinia Cambogia Supplement

Susan Boyle took garcinia cambogia as weight loss supplement
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Garcinia cambogia is a tropical, tart fruit that grows in Southeast Asia. The pulp of this fruit is dried and used in foods to add a tangy flavor (much like tamarind). Recently, it has started being used as a weight loss supplement. It works by suppressing your appetite, burning fat by improving your metabolism, and boosting your mood and confidence.

Recently, Boyle was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome that developed due to a lack of oxygen supply to her brain when she was a baby. Due to her condition, she stopped touring in 2015. However, that did not stop her from singing or taking care of her health. You can also start taking care of your health today, and weight loss will happen on its own. Just weed out your bad lifestyle habits, and you will soon start to glow!

Infographic: 3 Key Things Susan Boyle Did On Her Weight Loss Journey

Susan Boyle, even in her 50s, did an incredible job of losing excess weight and taking back control of her health and wellness. It is nothing short of inspirational! Here is an infographic with a brief on the three most important things she did that helped boost her self-esteem and determination and helped her achieve her goals.

3 key things susan boyle did on her weight loss journey (infographic)

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Susan Boyle’s weight loss transformation turned many heads in the industry and amongst her fans around the world. The Scottish singer shed 50 pounds after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2012. It took her a massive lifestyle change to achieve the feat. Firstly, she cut out all processed sugar from her diet. Secondly, she geared up to exercise and stuck to her workout routine which consisted mainly of walking. Last, but not least, she took garcinia cambogia supplements to facilitate her weight loss journey and achieve success. Garcinia cambogia supplements helped curb her appetite, boosted her mood and motivation, and improved her metabolism. Her weight loss achievement at 50 years of age is an inspiration for many.

Frequently Asked Questions

Did she avoid fad diets or extreme weight loss methods?

Susan Boyle avoided fad diets and extreme weight loss methods and just focused on cutting down on sugar, regular walking, and consuming garcinia cambogia supplements to lose weight.

How did she balance a healthy lifestyle with her busy schedule and career?

Susan has tried to balance her busy schedule and demanding career with healthy habits and seeking support wherever needed.

How did she ensure her weight loss did not negatively impact her vocal health?

Susan ensured her vocal health would not be affected by her weight loss by keeping a check on her diet and seeking doctor’s advice accordingly.

Key Takeaways

  • Scottish singer Susan Boyle of “Britain’s Got Talent” fame is also known for her dramatic weight loss, apart from her singing.
  • Boyle cut down on sugars like cake, candies, and alcohol and shifted to fruits, fruit juices, and cane sugar.
  • Boyle started walking 2 miles every day for her daily low-impact workout.
  • She took Garcinia Cambogia supplements that aided in weight loss
Susan Boyle Weight Loss - How Britain’s Got Talent Singer Lost 50 pounds

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Witness Susan Boyle’s inspiring weight loss journey in this captivating video. Unveil her secrets and gather the motivation to embark on your own transformation from the video below.

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Charushila Biswas

Charushila BiswasHealth & Wellness Writer

Charushila is an ISSA certified Fitness Nutritionist and a Physical Exercise Therapist. Over a span of 6 years, she has authored more than 400 articles on diet, lifestyle, exercises, healthy food, and fitness equipment. She strives to inform, educate, and motivate her readers via authentic, straightforward, and fact-checked information. After completing her master's in biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology,...read full bio

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