Ruben Studdard Loses Weight, Gains New Album

There's a lot less of the Velvet Teddy Bear to hug.

"American Idol" Ruben Studdard has lost nearly 100 pounds by cutting back on food. He used to weigh more than 400 pounds.

Studdard told NBC's "Today" show that he was put on a 1200- to 1500-calorie diet at a weight management center at Duke University. He says he's now a vegetarian.

Studdard has a new album coming out Oct. 17. He says he called it "The Return" because not many people bought his inspirational album, and some thought he hadn't recorded in a while.

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