American Idol’s most critical judge Simon Cowell recently decided to transition to a plant-based diet, according to an interview with The Sun. The television personality began removing animal products from his diet after learning that he had a host of food allergies. “I was allergic to melon, so I didn’t eat it for six months, but I saw this man and he explained it and it made sense,” Cowell said. “Within 24 hours I changed my diet and I’ve not looked back since. You feel better, you look better. I cut out a lot of the stuff I shouldn’t have been eating and that was primarily meat, dairy, wheat, sugar—those were the four main things.” The Britain’s Got Talent judge explained that he will “go the whole way” by removing fish from his diet this year. “It was way easier than you may think,” Cowell said. “Like, I used to have yogurt in the morning and I changed it to almond-milk yogurts. I have almond milk in my tea.” Cowell reports that he has lost weight, sleeps better, and is more focused after changing his eating habits. “If I was on a one to ten scale of being handsome, I was an eight and now I’ve gone to an 11,” Cowell, who turns 60 in October, joked about his transformation.

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