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Jennifer Hudson: I'm Prouder Of My Weight Loss Than My Oscar!

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Jennifer Hudson is opening up about her struggle to "realize" she was "plus sized" by Hollywood standards.  And how she used it a motivation to lose 80 pounds with her fiance's help.  She's covering the September 2011 issue of SELF magazine and looking fab doing so.

 

Pics and quotes inside....

We've heard most of her weight loss story and reasons before.  But Jennifer also speaks on what first made her realize she wasn't like all the other Hollywood chicks.  And how her weight loss is the best thing since sliced bread.  Here's a few excerpts:

On what made her decide to lose weight

"It really started when I was pregnant with David, who's 2 now, and I thought, Hold on—why doesn't anybody know I'm pregnant? And I wanted to set a good example for my son. Right after I had him, I began trying to change things."

On how she didn't know she was plus-sized until Hollywood TOLD her she was

"I wasn't unhappy with my body before. I remember one of my first times on a red carpet, an interviewer asked, 'How does it feel to be plus-sized in Hollywood?' I looked around, like, Who is she talking to? Oh, me? I'm plus-sized? In the neighborhood I'm from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood, everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out."

"I find the positive in everything. I like my curves, so it didn't bother me. My fiancé, David's father [also named David], and I both knew we didn't learn to eat right and be healthy as kids, so we wanted to for him."

On why this particular weight loss is different from her others

"I've had three different weight losses. Before American Idol in '04, I lost 60 pounds. Then I lost the 20 pounds I had to gain for my role in Dreamgirls, which came out in '06. This is the third time I've lost a lot."

"That first time, I was a workout fanatic. I'd go to the gym at 5 in the morning and run for an hour, go home, sleep and be back at the gym at 1 p.m. for another full workout. Then I'd come home and do Tae-Bo. That was my whole day. Plus, all I'd eat was skinless chicken breast, brown rice and vegetables. What are you going to do once you lose weight? Eat everything you gave up!"

On how she kicked off her workout routine solo and slowly, and her workout routine now

"Four days after my cesarean section, I began walking 30 minutes every day. It was my therapy, my moment to myself, and it was all I could do. I figured, me walking is better than me sitting on the couch. Even if I can't climb a mountain or do 100,000 push-ups, these steps matter, and they're leading somewhere."

"I started with walking, but before long, I built up to other things. When I didn't want to be cooped up in the gym, I'd come up with other options. I'd ask myself, What do I love? I love being outside and feeling free, so I would jog or ride my bike. Some days, I'd play basketball and tennis."

"Now, on days when I'm short on time, I do this workout called trilogy, which is cardio and strength combined: I do 25 squats, 25 push-ups and 25 ab moves, then rest a minute. Then I do them in reverse and rest another minute. Fifteen minutes and I'm done! And I create moments of exercise. When I lived on the 26th floor, I'd walk up the stairs instead of taking the elevator."

On working out with her fiance' David

"He bought me a basketball hoop for Christmas, so we play in our backyard. We also get in the pool and do squat contests. One time, I got up to 1,000, and he was, like, 'Wow, impressed!'"

On changing up her diet mentally

"I had to break my diet mentality. I used to deprive myself, thinking that was healthy. I didn't eat pasta, fried food, red meat. I hadn't had pizza in 10 years! Then, about two months after my son was born, I joined Weight Watchers and learned about balance. If you're on a strict diet that says you shouldn't have any carbs or this or that, your body won't function the way it should. I know now that I can eat anything I want and still lose or maintain my weight. It's about portions and balance."

On getting treated differently as "skinny Jennifer" and her fans' reactions to her change

"Yes! You never know you're being discriminated against until you see what you've been deprived of. Everybody wants you to wear this or put you on the cover of that. Before, my career was great, but since losing weight, I haven't stopped. I have worked every single day of this year."

"Some fans love it and say they're inspired, and others don't. Some have even questioned whether I can still sing. My voice has gotten stronger! I can't care about whether I'm too big for some or too small for others. It goes back to how you feel about yourself. I like me the way I am. For anyone who wants to lose: Dude, if I can do it, you can do it. And for those who want to stay the same, I hope I can be an example to you, too; I was proud of being a big girl."

On the KEY to her weight loss

"It's like my mother said: 'Well, honey, when there is a will, there is a way.' You have to want it, but don't rush yourself. When you're ready, you'll set goals for yourself. Once you do, it's good to have support, but you don't need it, because everything you need is in you."

"I'm prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar! I hope it has inspired people."

Here's more outtakes of Jenny looking svelte and sexy in SELF mag:

 

Lookin' fab chick!

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She looks like a bulldog and

She looks like a bulldog and yes I'm a black women! I myself have lose a great deal of weight and I still have my curves as most black have. I don't ever want to be rail thin like a white women "that is ugly" they look like little boys! I question a man that would be attracted to a women that looks like that. So,I lost my weight slow so that I could monitor it. It took years of my face. I wish black people would realise we are just that BLACK. Everything the white woman are the white man does it's not meant for us too do it the same way. We are different and that is ok GOD created us that way. Stop conforming to the white people so much! Again, she look terrible.
Anonymous's picture

kind of tired of hearing

kind of tired of hearing about her weight loss get over your self and move on acting like she the only one that loss alot of weight !!!!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

I wonder how many flies she

I wonder how many flies she catches in her mouth with those soup coolers hanging open in the wind! The last time I saw lips like that - were in the special education classes at my h.s. and they wore helmets! No matter how boney she gets, her face will always look like that monkey in the lion king who raised simba in the air when he was born, oh yes, his name is Rafiki. By the way, did anyone tell her what happened to her family because she act like she couldn't care less!
Anonymous's picture

This person is simply a

This person is simply a bastard.....period
Anonymous's picture

Wow you are a truly eve and

Wow you are a truly eve and bitter woman and I know your a woman cause only sista hate on each other this way damn shame as if we don't have enough goin against us we tear each other down
Anonymous's picture

Wow you are a truly eve and

Wow you are a truly eve and bitter woman and I know your a woman cause only sista hate on each other this way damn shame as if we don't have enough goin against us we tear each other down
Anonymous's picture

she is still unattractive -

she is still unattractive - and apparently from her little twitter meltdown last week, she is also kinda ugly and mean on the inside. having seen her up close in person recently i can say with all honesty that she is a size 8 at best - not anywhere near a 0, 2, 4, 6 as she has tried to claim. she is always photoed in tight clingy dresses and she wears TONS of shapewear underneath. Her photos are retouched A TON - because in real life Jennifer Hudson has nasty saggy skin ALL OVER her body - her face is bad - but you should see her body! like those dogs with all the wrinkles....i do not believe that she lost the weight naturally or with weight watchers. i think that she did have the surgery BC it came off so fast. anyhoooo - good for her that she slimmed down - but she's still ugly inside and out.
1BlackGPaltrow's picture

I'm happy for her, her body

I'm happy for her, her body looks amazing! Pity about the face though. Her face was prettier with the weight now she has very pronounced laugh lines and looks a little older. Some people look younger when they lose weight and it ages some. I don't like that oscar comment either
Anonymous's picture

Easy for her to say--being

Easy for her to say--being that she already has the Oscar! This demonstrates the superficiality of the industry. Jennifer was born with talent but weight loss was something she had to work on. I think it demonstrates the emphasis on women to be thin. I am proud of her success. I hope that she keeps the weight off and remains healthy. I think we can ignore the statement because she said it after receiving the Oscar. There are so many African-Americans that deserved Oscars for outstanding performances and anyone who has one should be grateful for having and perfecting the craft of acting.
Logic's picture

why do african americans put

why do african americans put so much stock into an oscar and accolades/acceptance from the academy or white people in general? they throw token oscars at us every now and then, and more often than not for roles that are degrading. if massa say its good den it muss be so! #not i don't see where the oscar that she should be sooooo "grateful for," has done much for her career. not counting her SUPPORTING cast role in sex and the city, how many big budget films has she STARRED in since her oscar win? how many white academy award winning actresses have had to resort to endorsing weight watchers? to hell with an oscar, her health is more important...
WhoGonCheckMeBoo's picture

Her face is now saggy. Her

Her face is now saggy. Her laugh lines and wrinkles are very pronounced. That's the only bad thing about losing a lot of weight.
Anonymous's picture

She should be looking out for

She should be looking out for her sister, and her health, as well - get her sister on the plan! The fact that Jennifer's sister is still putting on weight, and is at risk of serious health problems - is a disgrace! Jennifer should be looking out for her family - Jennifer is the spokesmodel for a weight loss program - she should get her sister on it right now - help her sister out! In my opinion - That's what a good sister would do!
Anna's picture

I'm sure she IS looking out

I'm sure she IS looking out for her sister in MANY ways (and probably has mentioned her weight/health on numerous occasions), but just like anything else, her sister will have to ultimately make the weight loss decision on her own when she is ready and WILLING to do it. I'm sure there are issues that need to be dealt with first and that is the reason the sister is living an unhealthy lifestyle.
Anonymous's picture

I'm happy for Jennifer as she

I'm happy for Jennifer as she looks healthy and beautiful.... people always have an opinion.. it either good or bad, this or that.... we all are not perfect and we all have faults.... look inward at yourself and see what you can improve.... Jennifer has been through alot...loss of her family etc. and if this is what made her more confident and wonderful and also for the son she adores then I applaud her.......people on this post are so harsh and hateful, give it a rest.....
Anonymous's picture

OK SO YOU LOST THE WEIGHT NOW

OK SO YOU LOST THE WEIGHT NOW GET A BETTER LACEFRONT PUUUHHHLEASEEEEE!! #LIKEYESTERDAY
BlackGiftedEducated's picture

Well I'm Glad I'm NOT Fat and

Well I'm Glad I'm NOT Fat and NEVER had any Weight Issues!
Anonymous 's picture

Kind of tired of hearing

Kind of tired of hearing about her weight loss.
BlackVesper's picture

I agree I'm tired about

I agree I'm tired about hearing about her weightloss. Lol its been a while and although I agree its very inspirational, I feel like I've heard it sooo many times. The comment about the oscar thing bothered me at first just because its a big accomplishment that sooo many struggle for years and cannot, and may never attain. I guess everyone has their own mountains to climb and her weightloss was hers so I cant judge! Glad that your happy Jen ! Keep it up!
Anonymous's picture

So, when Janet Jackson loses

So, when Janet Jackson loses 60 lbs in four months, does that mean she has had surgery? Janey has had way more weight issues than Jennifer and not once has anyone questioned her methods. Why is everyone giving Jennifer such a hard time when Weight Watchers has soooooooo many success stories of people losing way more weight than Jennifer lost. Why hasnt anyone questioned the Jared guy from the Subway commercials? Black on black crime is alive and well. SMDH!
A Wonderful Life's picture

JHud you look nice now get

JHud you look nice now get over being full of yourself. Also @10:49 Jen is 5ft 11 inches tall, she looks to be a size 6 or 4. Wish she would get her sister the same surgery so she would look better too.
Anonymous's picture

i like her even more

i like her even more
Anonymous's picture

She looks like a bobble head.

She looks like a bobble head. I thought she looked great when she did the Weight Watchers commercial wearing the white dress. She was the perfect size then. She's lost too much now.
Jen's picture

She. Looks. Fantastic!!!

She. Looks. Fantastic!!!
Anonymous's picture

So, when Janet Jackson loses

So, when Janet Jackson loses 60 lbs in four months, does that mean she has had surgery? Janey has had way more weight issues than Jennifer and not once has anyone questioned her methods. Why is everyone giving Jennifer such a hard time when Weight Watchers has soooooooo many success stories of people losing way more weight than Jennifer lost. Why hasnt anyone questioned the Jared guy from the Subway commercials? Black on black crime is alive and well. SMDH!
A Wonderful Life's picture

I think Jennifer looks good

I think Jennifer looks good but chile who she foolin'?? Come on now seriously...she say lost 60 lbs before she came into the game gurl where dem pics? Girl keep it trill ! She said she had a C section ....could that have been said to cover up the evidence of having weight loss surgery.....Im jus sayin'...
Anonymous's picture

Hate for no reason. I seen

Hate for no reason. I seen the pics watch.behind the.music u will see. She was larger than she.has ever been in hs. Ignorant!!
Anonymous's picture

Hate for no reason. I seen

Hate for no reason. I seen the pics watch.behind the.music u will see. She was larger than she.has ever been in hs. Ignorant!!
Anonymous's picture

Hate for no reason. I seen

Hate for no reason. I seen the pics watch.behind the.music u will see. She was larger than she.has ever been in hs. Ignorant!!
Anonymous's picture

Hate for no reason. I seen

Hate for no reason. I seen the pics watch.behind the.music u will see. She was larger than she.has ever been in hs. Ignorant!!
Anonymous's picture

I'm not trying to say she had

I'm not trying to say she had surgery but when u lose a ton of weight in a short period of time...it tends to make you look old....Meaning you didn't lose the weight gradually...She may not have had surgery but those quick weight loss regimens can be just a dangerous....She does look old in the face....IJS....But congrats to her anyways, absolutely nothing wrong with trying to get healthy...just be safe.
Anonymously Speaking's picture

It's not necessarily the

It's not necessarily the losing of the weight over a short period of time that causes that. It is more the stretched skin that has been stretched so taut for so long, when the weight is shed the skin is no longer tight, it is looser and that is what causes that aged look. Stretch out and elastic band tightly over an object for a few years, then release the elastic band and see if it looks the same as when you first put it on.
Mabel's picture

Its sad that she values

Its sad that she values HERSELF based upon looks. She's more proud of a something that does not COMPLETELY define a person, yet she doesnt see the value and inspiration in getting an achievement that only a handful of black ppl have gotten. Get ya mentality right JHud! Really be a roll model, being skinny doesn't get you to the top, talent, brains and tenacity do, and thats what JHud was BEFORE she lost the weight and her mind!
Nia's picture

I think you missed the point

I think you missed the point of what she was saying. She never thought less of herself nor was she unhappy with herself at a larger size. Her weight loss took tenacity and determination. Behavioral change is one of the most difficult things for people to do and stands in the way of a lot of people reaching their goals. She managed to change habits that she's probably had for 20+ years. For that reason, she is a role model. Further, she never said that she didn't value her Oscar. For her, the ability to make really important life changes for the betterment of herself and her family is more important. You may value her Oscar, something that doesn't define her either, more but I think she values her life more.
Anonymous's picture

great post! well said!

great post! well said!
WhoGonCheckMeBoo's picture

She looks good! It takes a

She looks good! It takes a lot of commitment to keep it off. But I feel it's worth it!
lucypearl#@!'s picture

How the F*CK somebody look

How the F*CK somebody look and seem happy in a damn planned setting (photoshoot, video, interview, red carpet) Is she suppose to go to work and public events FROWNING and CRYING. Didn't Jennifer Lopez and Chante Moore and Eva Longoria and Eva Pigford smile pretty for the camera's. I'm mean really, abused wives smile at the Christmas party, WHO MAKES ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT THE QUALITY OF SOMEONE'S LIFE BASED OFF A PHOTOGRAPHED LOOK. Lindsey Lohan looked like a happy rising young star, but that look was deceiving.
Anonymous's picture

lmao

lmao
KEE's picture

"HATER" what a worn-out and

"HATER" what a worn-out and played word, it's being abused just like Snoop's little "izzle" sh*t got worn and played out
Anonymous's picture

Im tired o fher talking about

Im tired o fher talking about her weightloss. we get it, youre happy you're smaller...get over it already
Dez's picture

Jennifer looks fantastic and

Jennifer looks fantastic and she seems to be very happy. Enjoy it all while it last.
Daniel from the 'D''s picture

Jennifer Hudson looks

Jennifer Hudson looks GREAT! She has not lost too much weight. I really don't understand any women who would say that. Jennifer was really over-weight and unhealthy now people are acting like she looks like Nicole Richie and she does not. It's amazing how these distorted views of weight are in the black community. I was at an amusement part the other day and I saw so many FAT young girls. At our ages we need to be in shape and wear things that young people wear. Jennifer looks great and she can stand to lose a few more pounds. She is exercising and healthy. Jennifer is in no way close to being too thin.
FURIOUS STYLES's picture

Great interview but I still

Great interview but I still think she lost too much weight. And how in the world do you not know that you are "thick"! WTF. I don't care where you are from and please spare me the speech about being "thick" and being "fat". Some women just look better with more fat (meat) on thier bodies. On the other hand being in Hollywood, you have to be boney to get certain roles. I wouldn't be surprised if she gets turned down for certain roles because she is too skinny. You never know. Her husband is gay. His ass is on the "downlow"! I don't care how much she denies it and her head is still too big for her body! It reminds me of a lollipop or pez dispenser.
Jackie's picture

She never used the wOrd,

She never used the wOrd, "thick." that is entirely different from being obese.
Anonymous's picture

I knew her fiancé David had

I knew her fiancé David had alot todo with her weight loss b/c after all he is a trainer so Jen had a great support system. It all makes sense now. That is a good man to stand by her side & accepted her the way she was & helped her to what she has accomplished today. I just hope she keeps the weight off!!
Blulane's picture

She looks great but I don't

She looks great but I don't think she should lose any more weight. Her head is starting to look MASSIVE which is not a good look. I did not see anything wrong with her before. It's not like she was obese, she was just thick.
Destiny's picture

she was just...thick? just

she was just...thick? just thick!?!? are you serious right now? THE BITCH WAS FAT! a size 16 aint no normal thick size smhhhhh im not saying size 0 2 4 is ideal and all that but 16!?!?!??!?!?!!?!? being fat aint cute end of story thats why she lost the weight cuz she wanted to be a pretty girl on the cover of magazines
truth's picture

thats good for her.....she

thats good for her.....she still is a physically unattractive woman in my opinion but way better looking than before!
Anonymoustoo's picture

LOL! I don't think she is

LOL! I don't think she is unattractive. I loved her better when she was thicker! Bones aren't for everyone. As a black man, I prefer a woman with some meat on her. Hell, I need something to grab, caress, and to hold onto in the night time! LOL. Different strokes for different folks. And her husband looks better than she does. What is that all about?? Pretty ass negro!!!
Frank's picture

lmaooooo yes he is

lmaooooo yes he is sweeeeeeet. extra fruity lookin...it takes too much work for jennifer hudson to look decent...mad makeup lace wigs dresses....she still looks ugly to me. that big ol head and wrinkles but once again good for her on that weight loss!
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