Colt Ford is getting slim for the summer. The singer says he made the decision himself, and his efforts to lose weight have revolved around discipline.

“I just got to a point where I’d like to lose some weight, so I’ve been working on it,” he tells Taste of Country. “I’m not at the point where I’d ideally like to be yet, but I’m down to about 260 now from 315.”

“I’m still big and sexy, but I’m working on it," he adds.

The 44-year-old has never been known for having the body of Tim McGraw. Even during his professional golfing days he carried more weight than someone like Tiger Woods. One could argue being on stage requires more physically, and he’s got a healthy summer tour schedule ahead, so he’ll need to be at his best. Two shows in particular that he’s looking forward to are the Taste of Country Music Festival and Country Jam.

“They can get out of control, which is fun for me,” he says of festivals. “You get out on the campgrounds and there’s all kinds of stuff going on. But it’s also a chance to play with multiple artists that you don’t get to see.”

“And when you get the right group of artists together, you never know what’s gonna happen," Ford adds. "People jumping on stage and things like that.”

The Taste of Country Music Festival is June 12-14 in Hunter, N.Y. Country Jam Colorado is June 18-21 in Grand Junction, Colo.