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Randy Jackson Tackles Weight Loss, Diet, and Diabetes

American Idol judge reveals how he lost 100 pounds and tamed his diabetes. Plus, a slimmed-down recipe and his iPod playlist!

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He’s also been known to get down on the mat as part of his morning routine. It may be hard to picture the Dawg in the downward-facing dog or other pose, but “I have become accustomed to yoga,” Jackson says. “I love the stretching and how it makes my body feel better and looser.”

And it’s working. “Dude, I feel great today,” he says. “I am fortunate and happy to be on the path that I am on.”

Randy Jackson's Workout Playlist

When Jackson hits the treadmill, his iPod is loaded with tunes to get him rolling. Here’s his pumped-up playlist, in order:

"Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow," Paula Abdul
"Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow," Paula Abdul (Paul Oakenfold Remix)
"Let’s Go to Bed, " The Cure
"Being a Girl, " Van Hunt
"Start Me Up, " The Rolling Stones
"Good Life, " Kanye West
"Breathe Me, " Sia
"Fly Away, " Lenny Kravitz
"Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough, " Michael Jackson
"California Love, " Zapp & Roger
"Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight, " Paul McCartney
"Clocks, " Coldplay
"All the Small Things, " Blink-182
"Make It Happen, " Mariah Carey
"Jump, " Kris Kross
"SexyBack, " Justin Timberlake
"At the End of a Slow Dance, " Van Hunt
"My Humps, " Black Eyed Peas
"Buttons, " The Pussycat Dolls
"Don’t Cha, " The Pussycat Dolls
"Hey Ya! " OutKast
"Addicted to Love, " Robert Palmer
"Beat It," Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer
"Crazy," Gnarls Barkley
"Born for This, " Paramore
"Call Me," Blondie
"Chains of Love, " Erasure
"Chasing Cars, " Snow Patrol
"See You Again, " Miley Cyrus
"Damaged," Danity Kane
"Dance to the Music, " Sly & the Family Stone
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams, " Green Day

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo Ya-Ya

Growing up down South, Jackson developed a taste for the richest of fare, and while most of those original recipes are off-limits, he has learned how to enjoy the taste without the calories, fat, and guilt with the help of chef Jeff Parker, a nutritionist, and his own cook. “Even a Baton Rouge boy like me can hardly tell that they’ve been slimmed down,” he says. Here’s one of the many recipes from his new book, Body With Soul: Slash Sugar, Cut Cholesterol, and Get a Jump on Your Best Health Ever, in bookstores Dec. 2.

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