In 2019, Wade Cota was at the pinnacle of his success. He was a finalist on the 17th season of American Idol and believed that everyone around was talking about this talented guy with a soulful voice. But then Cota heard something that knocked him out of the rut and made him think.
"There was a podcast where someone was talking about American Idol from the night before and about how incredible my performance was," Cota, 30. "And then the guy says, 'We love you Wade, but lose 150 pounds or you are going to die.'"
Most of the fans, of course, support the young star and mention him about being overweight only out of good intentions. However, there were those who wished him dead.
Cota stopped drinking soda and eliminated all sugars, began practicing intermittent fasting and following a keto lifestyle, and the weight began to come off.
"I'm feeling a lot better and looking a lot better and I have a lot more confidence and I'm writing more than ever," he says.
As of today, Cota lost a total of 140 lbs, PEOPLE reports.