Luther Vandross Weight Loss [Updated]: Diet, Before and After

Luther was an American singer, songwriter, and music producer. Vandross started as a solo artist. However, with his amazing talent, he later became the lead singer of the group, Change. Vandross became famous because of his sweet and soulful vocals.

Although this beautiful singer left us in 2005 (at the age of 54), he and his amazing songs such as Never Too Much, Here and Now, and For You to Love still live in our memories. We all know for a fact that Luther was a successful singer and record producer.

Weight Loss Journey

Luther Vandross weight loss

Unfortunately, he couldn’t have the same success with his health. Throughout his life, he faced some of the most brutal weight fluctuations that life can throw at someone. Vandross gained and lost 100 pounds more than 10 times! 

These huge weight fluctuations not only made him frustrated but also robbed Luther of all energy. Despite all these difficulties and failures in controlling his weight, Luther never gave up. He was a fighter and kept fighting. 

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Luther’s Weight Fluctuations

The main reason behind Vandross’ weight gain was his love for food. Talking about his food addiction, Luther said, “The food had its clutches on me strong enough that it sort of demanded that I ignore reason.” 

In 1998, Vandross’ health condition became worse as his weight reached 340 pounds, a very serious number while counting weight. This situation depressed him at first. Talking about which, he said, “It’s the most awful, dark feeling in the world.”

Luther added, “It feels like you’re wearing an 80-pound hat and a coat that weighs 300 pounds. You feel like it’s always dark and gloomy.” These huge weight fluctuations not only made his physical wealth worse but also made him vulnerable to criticism.

In his interview with ABC, he said, “It makes it very hard. You wear it externally so the minute you walk through the door, everybody knows ‘Luther’s not winning his battle with his demon.'” The good thing, however, is that Luther did manage to get out of that “gloomy place” although for a brief period.

Vandross’ Losing Weight

After struggling with being overweight for years, Luther finally decided to take charge of his life. In doing so he broke all his previous records by abstaining from his favorite food. Vandross adopted a high-protein and low-carbohydrate diet.

“I deleted carbohydrates, I deleted starches. No bread, no rice, no pasta, no potatoes,” Luther said. By doing so he shed 120 pounds. This huge transformation in his weight made a very big difference and his health became stable.

“A turkey burger with the right seasonings, with sage and all of that stuff, really tastes like sausage,” Luther said about his diet plan, “vegetables, fish, chicken, and fruit. That’s it. An alcoholic can’t have half a martini, and you know, I can’t have bread. This experience has taught me this.”

When Luther was asked how he feel about shedding 120 pounds, he answered, “I am more proud of my weight loss. I’m most proud of my health improvement,” he added, “I’ve never been more healthy than I am now. I wish I was this healthy when I was 25.”

Before & After Weight Loss

Luther Vandross before after weight loss

After losing 120 pounds, Vandross’ weight reached 220 pounds while in the past, he weighed 340 pounds. This was a huge change in Luther’s health.

Luther’s Death

Luther did take charge of his life but only for a short time. He gained most of the lost weight again. And by fighting obesity for years, Vandross had also become a patient with diabetes, which according to him “ran in my family”

Besides diabetes, he was also struggling with high blood pressure. These health conditions led to a severe stroke in 2003. The stroke was so severe that Luther was in a coma for more than 2 months. Vandross’ health condition became so bad that he couldn’t even receive his Grammy Award.

To receive the honor, there was Luther’s mother presented with a pre-taped video segment from Luther saying, “When I say goodbye it’s never for long because I believe in the power of love.” This statement made his fans and friends cry.

Vandross appeared last time on the screen on May 6, 2004, on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He died on July 1, 2005, due to a heart attack. He was being treated at the JFK Medical Center at the time. Luther’s death came as a big shock not only for his fans but for everyone.

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Final Words

Throughout his life, Luther fought obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. This put so much tension in his life, however, never for a brief moment did he despair. Vandross lived a happy and full life. Sure, his weight fluctuations put a lot of limits on him physically but they never robbed him of his mental health. Luther Vandross will be alive forever in our memories.

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