'American Idol' Runner-Up Caleb Lee Hutchinson Shares How He Lost Over 60 Pounds
By Lynda Brendish
Caleb Lee Hutchinson is a winner, however you look at it.
A lot has changed for the 19-year-old country crooner in the past few years. Apart from winning the nation's hearts during his American Idol run -- and the heart of one newly crowned Idol winner, Maddie Poppe -- Hutchinson has lost almost 60 pounds.
"You know, it's a journey, its not an overnight thing. And throughout my life, it's gonna be something I deal with," he told ET's Lauren Zima back in April of his physical transformation. "Just in this past year of my life, I've really tackled a lot of things that I put off, and I feel like I'm becoming a man I can be proud of and like I've been prepared for this moment that I'm in."
On Tuesday, he further opened up on Good Morning America about his weight-loss journey.
"I was just kind of being a young man and getting through a time in my life where I had to figure out a lot of things, like what I would do with my life after high school," he said of his time prior to Idol. "I had a lot of things in my life I was unhappy about, and so I dealt with all those things and the weight was kind of an accident that just happened to be part of it."
Hutchinson also revealed that he had already lost a significant amount of weight by the time he debuted on the Idol stage -- and how he managed to do it.
"Before I went to Idol I lost, like, 40 pounds," he said. "I was on the journey when I got there. It was just simple stuff like cutting fried foods and drinking water and working out three hours a day."
The Georgia native shared his dramatic transformation from the beginning of the season to its end in an Instagram post last week.
“It was one of those things where I didn’t want it to affect anything," he said. "I didn’t want to exploit my feelings for her ‘cause they’re very, very real. Once voting was over, I was like, ‘Shoot, I want the world to know.’”