Sam Smith is unrecognisable after dramatic weight loss

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For the past year Sam Smith has been shedding the pounds and showing off his dramatic weight loss. But a recent photo on Instagram had fans commenting that the Stay With Me singer is completely unrecognisable from his former self.

Sporting a thicker beard than usual, Sam posed on a balcony and displayed a remarkably slender frame. The four-time Grammy winner struck a pensive look and captioned his snap "California daze".

"Is that you?" one fan asked, while another commented, "Please go back to the Sam I fell in love with".

California daze

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Sam Smith has been showing off his dramatic weight loss

Not all of Sam's followers were concerned with his weight loss, as one wrote: "The bloke can't win! Before he was told he's too big now he's lost weight he's still wrong!"

Another fervent supporter wrote: "I think he looks handsome as ever, good work for being happy to yourself and doing whatever suits him, lose weight, gain weight lol awesome accomplishment! Keep on keeping on Sam!"

The singer attributed Amelia Freer to his dramatic transformation

The singer first surprised fans last March, when he managed to drop a stone in two weeks. Sam revealed that the secret behind his transformation was nutritional therapist Amelia Freer and her cookbook Eat. Nourish. Glow.

Posting on Instagram, Sam explained that Amelia had "completely transformed" his relationship with food. "It's not even about weight loss it's about feeling happy in yourself," he wrote.

Sam went on to share snippets of his healthier lifestyle, with photos of vegetable-filled meals and regular workouts at the gym. Amelia's collection of recipes is both gluten-free and dairy-free and the author recommends giving up just one thing at a time, whether it's dairy, gluten, sugar, alcohol or caffeine – rather than cutting out lots of foods all at once.

This is my Oscar Nomination face. Unreal. Freaking out. Thank you Academy - Thank You Thank You Thank You

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Sam received his first Oscar nomination for Writing's On The Wall

Sam's next high-profile appearance will be on Monday at the Grammys, where he will present an award. The artist will walk the red carpet again at the end of February, when he attends the Oscars.

Sam, alongside co-writer Jimmy Napes, has been nominated for Writing's On The Wall, the official James Bond theme tune for Spectre. "This is my Oscar Nomination face. Unreal. Freaking out. Thank you Academy - Thank You Thank You Thank You," he wrote after receiving his first nomination.

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