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Simon Cowell denies having ‘gastric band’ as he puts weight loss down to ‘common sense’

Simon Cowell has shut down claims that he has had a gastric band fitted after losing around 20lbs in weight.

The talent show judge, 59, caused a stir earlier this month when he showed off his new look while filming the new series of America’s Got Talent.

Addressing his recent weight loss, Cowell 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. It’s not the Atkins diet or anything else.”

Weight loss: Cowell has confirmed he has lost 20 lbs (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The TV star said that his new regime was based on “common sense” and revealed that he was inspired to embrace a healthier lifestyle after a Los Angeles-based doctor told him that his diet was “appalling” and instructed him to “cut out fatty foods and certain drinks.”

“Within a few weeks, I could see the difference,” he added. “Cutting out sugar made a massive difference. The first few weeks were difficult, but then I stopped craving sugar. I have also found a brilliant gluten-free beer, which helps.”

Lifestyle overhaul: Cowell pictured in 2015 (Tim P. Whitby – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Cowell went on to admit that “the hardest part” of his new lifestyle comes when he sees five-year-old son Eric “eat a pizza in front of me.”

In a recent interview with US broadcaster Extra, he revealed that he was feeling “much better” after losing “about 20 pounds.”

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The Britain’s Got Talent panellist previously told The Sun that he had become a vegan after being diagnosed with multiple food allergies.

“Within 24 hours I changed my diet and I’ve not looked back since,” he said. “You feel better, you look better.”

He added: “I have more energy and focus and it wasn’t difficult. I don’t like to use the word diet because that’s the reason I never went on a diet before – the word diet makes me miserable.”

Cowell will return to the screen alongside Britain’s Got Talent co-stars Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams on August 31 for the launch of spin-off series The Champions.


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