Simon Cowell hits back at claims he’s had a gastric band after 20lbs weight loss and says toughest part of his vegan sugar free diet is watching son Eric, 5, eat pizza
The judge, who will return for BGT’s The Champions series on Sunday, has overhauled his lifestyle after a health scare in 2017, giving up sugar, fatty foods and drunks.
Simon, 59, joked the ‘hardest part’ is watching his son Eric, five, tuck into a greasy pizza in front of him.
Weight: Simon Cowell has hit back at claims he’s had a gastric band after wowing Britain’s Got Talent viewers with his 20lbs weight loss (pictured Alesha Dixon, Simon, Amanda Holden)
He told Best Magazine: ‘People have said: “Oh, he’s had a gastric band fitted”- but I haven’t. If I had, I would admit to it. This diet is all about what you put into your body.
‘I met this doctor in LA and he told me my diet was appalling and I had to cut out fatty foods and certain drinks.
‘I could see the difference. Cutting out sugar made a massive difference. The first few weeks were difficult, but then I actually stopped craving sugar.
‘I had also found a brilliant gluten-free beer, which helps. The hardest part is when I see Eric eat pizza in front of me. That’s really tough.’
Transformed: The judge, who will return for BGT: The Champions, has overhauled his lifestyle after a health scare in 2017, giving up sugar, fatty foods and drinks (pictured right June 2017)
Comparing his old lifestyle to now, Simon added: ‘I now got to bed way before midnight and get up about 8am. I never eat late.’
Simon previously spoke candidly about changing his lifestyle and diet following his hospitalisation in October 2017 after fainting as a result of low blood pressure.
Speaking to Extra TV in June Simon said: ‘I went to see this guy who’s very well-known. And he said to me, after doing some blood work, ‘You can’t have red meat, dairy, sugar, bread or gluten’.’
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The X Factor boss admitted that his first thought following the advice was ‘”What about alcohol? Maybe not quite as much as you had before”. And I did it and I stuck to it and it’s easy.’
The award-winning music executive has also joked that he and his little boy Eric, five, follow the same vegan diet.
‘Apart from ice-cream, he actually likes water, eats all his raw vegetable. I’m on the Eric Cowell diet,’ the father-of-one pointed out.
Despite having aged 13 years since the series’ inauguration in 2007, David Walliams and Declan Donnelly have pointed out that Simon looks 13 years younger.
David said: ‘Well Simon looks younger now, which is curious. I don’t know how he managed that!’
Dec added: ‘You can tell the ageing process throughout watching the show! We’ve got a lot of dodgy hair and dodgy outfits out there.
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Simon said: ‘I had also found a brilliant gluten-free beer, which helps. The hardest part is when I see Eric eat pizza in front of me. That’s really tough’ (pictured 2018)