Sam Smith Opens Up About Weight Loss, Emotional Eating Struggle: “Food Controlled Me”

Sam Smith
Sam Smith has lost some serious weight in recent weeks. Jason Merritt/Getty Images; David M. Benett/Getty Images

Happy and healthy! Sam Smith is hitting the gym and cleaning up his diet. The celebrated British singer recently opened up to Australia's 60 Minutes Sunday about his weight loss, and what inspired the change. 

"From a young age, food has controlled me, basically," Smith, 22, told the news program. "When I was at school and wasn't having a great time or when music wasn't going very well, I would eat. When I felt lonely, I would eat."

The "Stay With Me" singer has been documenting his health kick via Instagram photos and Twitter updates in recent weeks. Smith, who regularly posts shots of healthy meals and trips to the gym, revealed this past weekend that he is four pounds away from his goal weight. Earlier, on March 17, he shared that he lost more than 14 pounds in two weeks, and has dropped additional weight in the weeks since. 


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A rising star in the industry, Smith told 60 Minutes Sunday that he was ready to slim down and felt his weight was in his own hands. 

"I am gay and I'm proud to be gay so there's no issues there," began the singer, who publicly came out in May 2014. "If someone calls you fat, it's like, that's something I want to change. That affects me more."

To lose the weight, Smith turned to nutritional therapist Amelia Freer and her new book Eat. Nourish. Glow. Smith wrote in an Instagram caption that she "completely changed" his life. "[She] has completely transformed my relationship with food," added the reformed emotional eater. "It's not even about weight loss, it's about feeling happy in yourself."

Watch Smith talk getting healthy in the video above!

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