Simon Cowell health: X Factor star overhauled diet after being described as a ‘vampire’

Simon Cowell, 60, has become a familiar face on Saturday night TV, appearing on the judging panel for The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. And in more recent times, the music mogul has been showing off a more slender frame.


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The star has lost more than one and a half stone thanks to a lifestyle overhaul which was triggered by a stark health warning by his doctors.

In an interview for ITV’s Lorraine, Simon said doctors warned against him living “like a vampire” by staying awake each day until 8am.

He said: “I went to see this doctor in London. We did some tests. And then a month later he said, ‘You have the worst diet I’ve ever met from any patient’.

“So I went, ‘Okay, out of the smoking, the drinking, and diet, what do I have to drop? And he said, ‘The diet’. So I said, ‘I’m in’.”

Reports revealed Simon is now following a vegan diet, and says it’s the easiest thing he’s done and made him a better dad to his son Eric.

When asked at ITV Palooza if he’d continue the diet over Christmas, he said “pretty much so yeah”.

He continued to The Sun: “Maybe a few roast potatoes. Not only that [it is good for the environement] but it makes you feel better. It genuinely does.

“My memory’s better, my energy’s better. And when you’ve got a five year old you’ve got to be able to keep up with them because the minute they’re awake they’re all over the place. His energy is unbelievable.

“When he wakes up he’s like, ‘Daddy, daddy, daddy,’ and before he goes to sleep, ‘Daddy, daddy, daddy’.

“So I was conscious of the fact I have to keep up with him energy wise and someone recommended this as the way to go.

“I tried it and I stuck to it, it’s one of the easiest things I’ve ever done.”

Simon’s lifestyle overhaul also comes after a “life-changing fall” two years ago.


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In 2017, for the first two X Factor live shows, Simon appeared to be missing. His absences were revealed to be down to a “life-changing fall”.

Simon vowed to take better care of himself after fainting, which he was told could have been down to low blood pressure.

Speaking at the time he explained: “Sometimes we get a reminder that we’re not invincible and this was certainly mine. It was a huge shock.

“They think I fainted because I had low blood pressure and so I have got to really take good care of myself to sort that out.

“After all I am a dad and have more responsibility than ever.”

He added: “I’d gone to get some hot milk because I felt ropey. On the way back upstairs, I just remember feeling really dizzy.

“Next thing I know someone was putting a neck brace on me and I had a terrible headache, which must have been from me hitting the stairs. I was worried at first that I’d done some real damage.

“But I’m on the mend now. I know I was very lucky I didn’t hurt myself seriously.

“It could have been a lot worse. I must say, everyone at the hospital were incredible. I’m truly grateful.”

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