Singer Sam Smith lost weight and barely recognizable after losing 50 pounds

Sam Smith is known for powerful ballads like "Stay With Me" and "Lay Me Down," both of which appeared on his debut album back in 2014. While promoting his sophomore album, "The Thrill Of It All," out next month, fans have focused on his new songs — and his very different look.

Since 2015, Smith has lost more than 50 pounds through major changes to his diet and exercise routine - Sam Smith weight loss. While the bulk of the weight loss occurred in 2015, he's continued to keep it off and then some in the last two years. A recent L'uomo Vogue magazine cover photo shocked fans, many of whom noted how thin his face has become.

Vogue magazine cover photo Sam Smith weight loss

While Smith's Instagram is by no means littered with gym selfies or meal pics, he has opened up about how he lost weight. Smith has worked at weight loss with nutritional therapist Amelia Freer (who also helped James Cordon drop a few pounds), and sung her praises in a since-deleted Instagram post.

According to The Daily Express, the caption read: "Amelia Freer has helped me lose over a stone in two weeks and has completely transformed my relationship with food. Love you Amelia & thank you for making me feel so happy inside and out."

While the newspaper says he cut out gluten, dairy, and refined sugar to lose the weight, Smith told Extra he "basically stopped eating as much," when asked how he did it.

In an interview with TODAY, Smith told Natalie Morales he's not on a diet. Instead, "my relationship to food has just completely changed." Teased for being gay and overweight as a child, Smith says his weight was the one thing he could change. This year, Smith told Billboard he now works out three times a week, doing weights and cardio with a personal trainer.

Despite successfully keeping the weight off for several years now, Smith is honest about how difficult it is to balance his love of food with maintaining a healthy weight. Sam Smith weight loss great results!

"I am always going to be self-conscious," he told Extra. "I'm always going to be trying because I love food more than you could imagine. It's always going to be a struggle for me."

Body-building - new hobby after Sam Smith weight loss

Body-building - new hobby after Sam Smith weight loss

The "Stay With Me" singer has gained a reputation lately for transformation, following Sam Smith incredible 22kg weight loss. And despite joking with James Corden that he's "honestly down for getting fat again", he has continued his pursuit of health, now adding some sizable muscle to his frame.

Initially, Smith's journey began with reevaluating his relationship with food. "From a young age, food has controlled me, basically," Smith explained to 60 Minutes Australia in a 2017 interview that detailed his battles with emotional eating. "When I was at school and wasn't having a great time or when music wasn't going very well, I would eat. When I felt lonely, I would eat."

"When I was shooting my first music videos," Smith elaborated in another interview with V Magazine. "I just wasn't happy with the way I looked, so I was trying to control the way the camera moved," Smith said. "I got a bit obsessive. I was constantly looking in the mirror, pinching my waist, weighing myself every day."

"I get kind of sick of myself," Smith said. However it was working with a nutritional therapist and addressing diet that really kick-started Sam Smith initial weight loss.

"I met a woman who has completely changed my life," he wrote in an early 2017 Instagram caption. "Amelia Freer has helped me lose over a stone [6.3kg] in two weeks and has completely transformed my relationship with food... It's not even about weight loss it's about feeling happy in yourself."

And while reshaping his relationship with food played a crucial role in his initial slim-down, Sam has now formed a healthy gym habit, and is seemingly packing kilos back on in the form of functional muscle.

And while reshaping his relationship with food played a crucial role in his initial slim-down, Sam has now formed a healthy gym habit, and is seemingly packing kilos back on in the form of functional muscle.

"I need to constantly train myself to watch the right sort of films, to not look at certain ads and think that's how my stomach should look," Smith said in the V interview. "It's something that I'm fighting every day."