Randy Jackson Talks about His Weight Loss Journey

“You have to change the way you think about food.”

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In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Randy Jackson has spoken about his weight loss journey.

He said, “For a long time you see me on TV and people have noticed me in the past and I was struggling with my weight, then I finally got it off by using some pretty drastic measures.”

The 63-year-old had undergone a gastric bypass surgery in 2003.

Jackson started working with fitness experts, nutritionists, as well as mental health experts, in order to lose weight.

The former American Idol judge said, said, “I think it was season 2 on Idol. You come in and they go ‘Yeah dawg, you’re telling me I’m terrible but you’re fat!’ And I would go, ‘I am. I have mirrors in my house. I know!’ So I think that finally, it was that and also I had an emergency room visit that I thought I was really sick and had a cold or something.”

After getting diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, Jackson changed his life and approach to health. He said, “Managing type 2 diabetes also runs hand in hand with managing your weight,” which is why he co-founded “Unify Health Labs,”

Unify Health Labs is a product that helps “other people in their journey to get healthy — while sparing them the long confusing search I went through.”

Talking about his new product, Jackson told PEOPLE, “This is me sort of giving back. Something that’s a simple solution because all of us probably have 50 bottles on the counter or 50 bottles in the bathroom of different vitamins and things that we take. The root causes of these certain diseases and trying to get your best health, it all starts in the gut. Gut health is really best health.”

“You have to change the way you think about food,” he explained. “You have to almost have a complete divorce break up … and start back bit by bit and find out the things that work with your body and you also find out the allergies and really pay attention to how you feel.”