Simon Cowell lost weight by cutting out basically everything that’s good

Kaiser alerted me to this story last week about Simon Cowell losing weight and I skipped it because I don’t really care about him. He seems like he has a massive ego, although it probably helps to be that way if you want to become as successful as he is. He can be kind on America’s Got Talent, he’s not always an a-hole I guess. Anyway Simon repeated this story in an interview with Extra [via Hello!] so we may as well talk about it. He said he went to some guy who did some unspecified blood work and told him he needed to give up gluten, dairy, meat, and sugar. He did and of course he lost weight because he was eating less.

Simon Cowell has been making some major changes to his lifestyle over the last few years, which has seen the America’s Got Talent star lose an impressive 20Ibs. [He] was pictured earlier in the month looking noticeably slimmer, following his decision to cut out red meat, dairy, sugar, bread and gluten from his diet. The star was advised to do so by a specialist, who also told him to cut down on the amount of alcohol he had been consuming. He told Extra: “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.”

The X Factor judge admitted that cutting down on his alcohol consumption had been a challenge at first. He revealed that he had asked the doctor for guidance on his drinking, and was told: “‘Maybe not quite as much as you had before.’ And I did it and I stuck to it and it’s easy,” Simon added. The star’s son Eric has also been inspiring his new lifestyle, with Simon joking that he was on the same diet as his little boy: “Apart from ice cream, he actually likes water, and eats all his raw vegetables. I’m on the Eric Cowell diet.”

[From Hello!]

I understand going on elimination diets to figure out what may be causing digestive problems. A lot of doctors suggest that. However it doesn’t sound like Simon went to a doctor, it sounds like he went to a naturopath or another non-MD (I know some naturopaths are MDs) who did some kind of quacky “nutritional blood analysis” and then just told him to cut all these things out of his diet. I know about this because I almost fell for it years ago. I don’t care too much if he does that, but I really dislike it when people tout extreme diets. Dieting is math. If you eat less than you burn you’ll lose weight. You don’t have to give up all your favorite things to lose weight! Too many people think of dieting as going to extremes and either don’t bother to do it, or do it for a while and can’t keep it up because it’s too hard not to eat regular food. You can eat what you usually do, just less. That’s all a diet is.

Also, this dude skeeves me out. He needs to close his shirt.

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  1. KG says:

    He also pretty clearly had work — bad work — done to his face?

    • Tiffany says:

      Yep. And the weight loss makes the work more noticeable.

    • Citresse says:

      I think it’s his new teeth…he got a new grill.

    • a reader says:

      It looks like he’s had *terrible* blepharoplasty on his eyes. They used to be more hooded and now it looks like someone’s sucked all the fat from above his eyes and they’re more rounded.

    • Kebbie says:

      My God, he looks awful. His face is freaking me out.

    • Tigerlily says:

      Yes he must’ve had some work done. Combined with the weight loss it’s really not a good look in my opinion.

      Why is it that celebs (and others too) have to do gimmicky stuff? Moderation works. Should never cut out entire food groups unless a real doctor has diagnosed you with celiac disease for example.

    • MrsPanda says:

      Yes he looks so strange! Like a misassembled Ken doll left out in the sun. The parts don’t match and he has the wrong head.

    • Marjiscott says:

      Yup, bad work all right. Such a shame.

  2. olive says:

    he looks like he’s wearing eye makeup in that first photo, or like he’s had some procedure that’s giving his face a feminine look. very bizarre looking. good for him on the weight loss but i don’t recognize that guy anymore.

  3. Penguin says:

    He seems less creepy in March-solely judging off the photos provided

  4. samipup says:

    He is always so sweaty and gross looking though. Uggghhh!

  5. Erinn says:

    I’m conflicted between feeling skeezed out by him like you said Celebitchy, and kind of appreciating that he’s just unapologetically made himself a bit of a meme at this point.

    I mean, I think he looks pretty good. But I do feel pretty wary when it comes to blood tests telling you what you can’t eat. I’m just not someone who knows enough about blood work and responses to food to make an educated guess on how legit that is.

    Would I feel better if I gave up all of those things? It’s almost a guarantee because you’re losing weight and that alone makes most people feel better. But I also wonder how great it actually is for you. There’s been a HUGE influx of heart problems in dogs who are fed grain free recipes, and I kind of wonder if we’ll be seeing something of that nature coming up for humans.

    • Esmom says:

      Oh no, I hadn’t heard about dogs and grain free diets. When I adopted my cat the shelter vet told me she should have a grain free diet, so that’s what I did. But our regular vet just this year said not to be cut a purist about it, that cats are fine with some grain. She loves the “junkier” food I got for her, lol.

      • Erinn says:

        Yeah, it’s crazy. It’s something that’s just really starting to gain steam. My cousin is a vet tech (who’s obsessed with learning) so she’d warned me a while before it started coming out in the news. The FDA had to start investigating. It seems to be mainly a dog thing – I think 500+ cases of DCM (canine dilated cardiomyopathy ) in dogs and only 9 in cats in their study group. The reason why they’re looking into it more is that it was showing up in breeds that don’t have a tendency towards the disease.

        Our dog gets lamb and rice food. She seems to have a sensitivity to something in the food we were giving her before and she’s less itchy and way less frequency of loose stools. I think it’s just easier on her digestive track.

        I call one of my cats “trash cat” (affectionately). She’s HERE for crap food haha. I’m sure it’s like the equivalent of kitty McDonalds. Our kitten I’ve been feeding a really high quality food – she turns one in August, and I’m going to eventually bring it down to a high medium quality because my god it’s pricey. But I also have cats who want EVERYTHING everyone else is eating, so I supplement their canned and wet with unseasoned people food. Trash cat goes nuts over fruit – bananas, strawberries, watermelon but also will run off with lettuce if I drop any while making salads. They also like green peppers. I’ll sneak them steak and chicken and stuff like that too. But I also have to make sure to not leave bread or bagels on the counter because Cricket has tried to drag a loaf off before – it’s insane.

        I’m sure there are dogs and cats who absolutely benefit from grain free diets- but I think there’s a lot of panic involved because most of us really want to try to give them the best, and grain free kind of blue up in the way that people who AREN’T celiac really jumped on the gluten free thing.

      • Jaded says:

        Cats typically need a high-protein/low carb diet. Whenever I’ve fed my cats junk food with a lot of filler in it they’ve always started barfing hairballs because they shed much more, they’ve developed gingivitis, rashes around their chin and neck and major dandruff.

        Dogs on the other hand require a certain amount of carb in their diets so feeding them a high-protein diet is actually not good for them.

  6. Gingerbread says:

    I read that as he had lost 201 pounds at first, and I was like ??? He did what now?? I think I need to go to someone that helps me get over my sugar addiction. I get migraines and the shakes if I don’t give myself a sweet during the day, it’s brutal.

    • JennyJenny says:

      Oh, I hear you!
      It’s an awful addiction. I’ll give up “real” food anytime just to have something sweet.

  7. livethelifeaquatic says:

    He looks terrible. Just goes to show when you get to a certain age those extra 10 pounds actually look good on the face.

    also, he has had terrible face work.

    • Giddy says:

      Teeth, eyes, and what is he wearing? Next he’ll add a giant gold medallion and finish his transmogrification into a cha-cha dancer.

    • lucy2 says:

      Yeah he does not look good.

    • stormsmama says:

      that reminds me of what courtney cox said when she was working on friends…the women were all shiny and she had said (paraphrasing) that its either your face looks good but your ass is fat or your ass looks great but you are too skinny in the face

  8. The Twinkle Function says:

    He looks like he’s had assistance from the Bolivian Marching Powder judging by that wild look in hie eye…

    • Millenial says:

      Bolivian Marching Powder… I’m dead. Crying laughing. Insert coffin emoji.

      • Scarlett says:

        “Bolivian Marching Powder”….god I miss Robin Williams and that reference lol….Simon is definitely on the Colombian dancing dust from the looks of it . ( Robin Williams again).

  9. Starkiller says:

    Forget the weight loss…wtf has he done to his face??? Maybe the weight loss is intended to distract from that? Also, his teeth scare me.

  10. Mego says:

    Yes he def saw a naturopath. This is their standard treatment formula usually with a diagnosis of leaky gut or thyroid deficiency 🙄. He also had work done on his face and he doesn’t look good at all.

  11. Jax says:

    It looks like he could use some better tailoring for the pants in this photo. Like maybe he lost the weight but is still attempting to wear the same clothes? There seems to be entirely too much fabric for that pant leg. Maybe it’s just the material and or style that’s not working with the weight loss.

    Also he may be eating “better” and lost weight but looks as if he’s not working out so everything seems a bit saggy in context to his old weight. Which could explain why his face isn’t as filled out and it looks like he had had some procedures.

    Honestly I don’t think he looks all that healthy all the way around because he isn’t doing it right.

  12. Steph says:

    Sounds like he went to Dr. G, nutritionist to the stars. Funny enough I’ve read articles about the other stars who’ve seen this guy and shock of all shocks, they changed their bodies by eliminating red meat, sugar, dairy, gluten, and alcohol. If I were a celeb I’d save my money and the bloodwork and just cut out those things.

  13. Lukwesa says:

    He always looks so red.

  14. Citresse says:

    Yes, close the shirt…he and Dog the Bounty Hunter do it all the time…. it’s lounge lizard icky….we don’t want to see your old hairy blinged out man boobs.

    • Digital Unicorn says:

      Preach! But you’ve missed out on the stone washed tight jeans they both favour, at least Simon has better hair. I have often fantasied about cutting Dog’s hair off (not in that way of course) – also RIP Beth she was my fave.

  15. Margo Smith says:

    I agree that eating less helps out, but the big thing to me that hes cut out is dairy, which is great. I cut out dairy and although it was hard at first (cheese!!) I did it, lost weight and feel loads better.

    • Pose83 says:

      You can still eat cheese and lose weight!

      • MamaT says:

        NOT ME. I have zero self control around dairy. one bite and BOOF! an entire quart of ice cream….gone. 2 ozs cheese? more like 1/2 pound. Don’t even get me started on heavy cream…My gawd, I could swim in a vat of it and drink me way out.

        That said, I recently cut all dairy out of my diet due to autoimmune inflammation (eliminating all things, one at a time, known to cause inflammation to see how it affects me and yah, dairy was my number one trigger.

        Giving up alcohol was easier than dairy.

        *le sigh*

      • Beth says:

        You can, in theory, but a lot of people struggle with moderation of certain foods. Binge eating, and overeating has a high comorbidity with addiction.

  16. Godwina says:

    Yeah no still skeevy af. Ew.

  17. Ang says:

    He looks aweful, like Rock Hudson with full blown AIDS.

  18. Pose83 says:

    My first stop would be a stylist not a dietician if I were Simon Cowell.

  19. Millenial says:

    So what do you eat on this diet? Veggies, fruit, white meat, and nuts?

    I would give up by lunch.

  20. ex-Mel says:

    He doesn’t “need to close his shirt”. It’s HIS body, and he isn’t doing anything offensive.

    • Giddy says:

      Well, he “needs” to close it if he doesn’t want to offend innocent eyes! I expect to only see that much chest hair at the pool or in the bedroom! I’m so offended that I may faint.😜

  21. Dani says:

    His eyeliner is leaking. Someone should get him some setting powder stat.

  22. NAlson says:

    His eyeliner is leaking. Someone should get him some setting powder stat.

  23. Canber says:

    This man is a bipedal contraception measure. Some of my eggs just died by looking at this picture.

  24. Faithmobile says:

    I was going to comment on his diet but then I saw the pictures. He looks so much worse, just everything from the jacked face to the vomit inducing sweaty chest hair. Don’t get me started on the before and after pants.

  25. Jen says:

    He doesn’t look like he lost weight by choice. He looks like he’s literally wasting away.

  26. MaryContrary says:

    I hope he’s given up cigarettes-that’s a bigger threat than the rest of it.

  27. leskat says:

    And yet, his hair still looks like a fluffy weasel.

  28. lucy2 says:

    Anyone who gives up gluten, sugar, dairy, and red meat is going to lose weight – you don’t need to pay some naturopath to tell you that!
    I find it odd he’s given up all that food but still drinking.

    • (TheOG)@Jan90067 says:

      He also still smokes like a chimney. You’d think he’d give that up if he wants to be healthy.

  29. Baltimom says:

    He looks awful. Maybe he should put some pounds back on.

  30. AG-UK says:

    All that and still smokes. Plus his face looks awful.

  31. FredsMother says:

    No. No. All the Nos. These celebrities need truth-telling vacations. They need anchoring to the real, no plastic world. After yesterday’s post of Ms. Pippa of the school cafeteria-washer-woman/hardlife face….Not to mention the future future Queen with the old lady, bare bones body…

    And now Simon-moneybags with the ventriloquist face…just no. Awful. The teeth, the eyes, the extremely hungry face, hanging jowls, the bad haircut, the Saturday Night Fever pants. The sweatiness. The reluctant-looking women he is dragging behind him. He has no friends. Clearly surrounded by greedy money grubbers who tell him all the lies.

    If that is what giving up grains and dairy do for you, I don’t want it. In fact am going to the kitchen to get some crumbled banana nut cereal and ice cream now. May slap on some Nutella too to ensure I don’t lose my youthful, plump cheeks. These ridiculous people have no self-awareness.

  32. Kathgal says:

    Honestly, I think ‘nutritional blood analysis’ is code for high cholesterol…..I just got blood work done and mine is high. I was told to cut back on baked goods (gluten and sugar) dairy, red meat. Its not that wacky, if you call it high cholesterol! But what celebrity is going to say that?! haha!

    • Moneypenny says:

      No, this is different. You go to certain doctors (think of a doctor at a wellness spa like Canyon Ranch) and they run a bunch of unnecessary tests. These tests then “show” all of the things you need to cut out. Insurance does not cover these tests (they are not medically necessary), so only people willing to be out several thousands of dollars will do them.

  33. Amanda says:

    He looks better in the before picture.

  34. Bee says:

    Is he wearing eyeliner?

  35. perplexed says:

    Why does he look so weird? He looks like one of those creepy people you see in the drugstore trying to sell beauty products.

  36. anony7 says:

    He looks unrecognizable. Could be the angle in some of these photos but I never realized his chin/lower face was so long.

  37. Amiblue says:

    He looked better fat. He looks like his face has melted.

  38. mara says:

    He looks just like Lord Farquaad in the movie “Shrek”.
    Totally creeps me out.

  39. wolfgirl says:

    He’s been Gooped

  40. Granger says:

    It is totally standard, when you see a naturopath, to immediately be put on an “elimination diet” for at least 6 weeks — no meat, no dairy, no caffeine, no alcohol, no wheat, and no sugar. Absolutely standard — it’s been the case with every single person I know (including myself) who’s seen a naturopath for ANY reason whatsoever. And of course you lose weight on a diet like that! You’re eating so much less food! I lost 8 lbs in 3 weeks when I did it. But guess what? The minute you put a morsel of bread or a glass of wine past your lips, the weight comes back.

  41. oddly says:

    He still looks like a well used Brillo pad.