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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 GOOD!!!!!! KEEP UP

SHE LOOKS GOOD!!!!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK JEN
ME's picture

who cares if she is a size 0,

who cares if she is a size 0, size 2, size 4. She's happy and she's healthy. As long as she continues to maintain her weight the healthy way. More power to her. I think if you read what she was saying, she gave you great tips of eating healthy, and working out. In our community love equals food. We need to realize there is more to that. We can't eat greasy fried foods all the time and think that's natural. You can have what you want in moderation, and when i say moderation. i mean fried chicken, hammocks, collard greens w/ fatback like once a month, special occassions/holidays. We've replaced the word fat with thick in our community. If you over a size above a size 12-14, you are no longer thick, you are overweight. We are big in our community not solely based on genetics, but also what we put in our mouths.
FitnessGuru's picture

Jennifer you look

Jennifer you look AMAZING! Keep up the GREAT WORK!
FURIOUS STYLES's picture

She looks really good

She looks really good however; if she were a little bit heavier I think she'd really look better. That waif thin Hollywood shyt is for the birds. An Oscar nomination comes and goes...maintaining a healthy lifestyle is for life. Good for you. Now let's get you a new music team and get some better music. Now how bout getting your sister on that same program.
lockstress's picture

Jen you looks great but now

Jen you looks great but now can you also put some of that same energy and foscus to help your sster/brother to lose weight also. Now let's move on .
Anonymous's picture

Her brother's dead.

Her brother's dead.
Anonymous's picture

In certain pics Jennifer

In certain pics Jennifer looks great and these are some of them! She looks healthy in the photos. I am tripping at how she did not know she was plus size tho. She was not just plus size for Hollywood, but in general. She was a big girl, she was raised in a house full of big women, so lets stop acting brand new.
Natasha Monique's picture

Jennifer looks beautiful!!!

Jennifer looks beautiful!!! So happy for her!!! My only argument is for her to stop wearing them damn lace fronts!!!!!! It just sits there!
ugh!'s picture

She looks great! So happy for

She looks great! So happy for her!!!! My only argument is for her to loose that damn lace front!
Anonymous's picture

She looks great! So happy for

She looks great! So happy for her!!!! My only argument is for her to loose that damn lace front!
Anonymous's picture

She looks great! So happy for

She looks great! So happy for her!!!! My only argument is for her to loose that damn lace front!
Anonymous's picture

She looks great! So happy for

She looks great! So happy for her!!!! My only argument is for her to loose that damn lace front!
Anonymous's picture

with such a beautiful gift to

with such a beautiful gift to sing it would be nice if she were more known for that. eventually the weight will creep back because no grown ass woman is meant to be a size 0. it just seems like she traded the addiction to food for the addiction to weight loss. i wish her well but way too much focus is being put on something irrelevant as opposed to her job and her gift which is to sing.
shuga's picture

You sound like such a hater.

You sound like such a hater. It sounds to me like the weight loss has finally "clicked" in her mind. I doubt she will ever be a big girl again. Only black folks think it's okay to be a size 16. It's not...mainly because it's not healthy. We have the highest rate of heart disease and diabetes. Not to mention all of the other physical ailments (short of breath, laziness) that go along with it. Good for Jennifer. Let's support and not always tear down someone trying to do something positive.
Anonymous's picture

Im sorry you feel that way

Im sorry you feel that way but trust and believe I walk 4 miles everyday to maintain my size 6. under no circumstances am i a "hater". I know plenty of grown women with children that bust their asses working out and eating healthy everyday and none of us are a size 0. a size 0 is not a realistically maintainable size for an ADULT woman unless you are one of those people who are just built thin and thats in your DNA. i doubt that even erykah badu is a 0. there is nothing positive about advertising being an unnatural size 0 or an unhealthy size 16. there is a happy medium and jennifer hud needs to find it. just sit back and watch.....at least some of j. hud's weight will come back.
shuga's picture

Jen, is far from a size 0.

Jen, is far from a size 0. Maybe as a result of vanity sizing she can fit into a size 0 in the US, but in any other country in the world Jen is a size 6, maybe a 5 if she is lucky.
MAbel's picture

lol @ No grown woman should

lol @ No grown woman should be a size 0. make me look at my skinniest different/ lol
Anonymous's picture

ok let me rephrase

ok let me rephrase that.....very few grown ass women with children are naturally size 0s. its not common, its not necessary, a lot of times its not healthy and unless thats how your frame is built, it should not be celebrated and people shouldnt go out of their way to strive for a standard that is so unrealistic. at least some of j. hud's weight will come back. punk trying to make her look like ms. new york.....lol....big ol titties, big ass weave and a bobblehead body.
shuga's picture

You hit it on the nail!

You hit it on the nail! Truth be told I think it was Punk who pushed her to lose the weight. That is a blessing to have someone to support you in anyway, but her HEALTH needs to come before being skinny. These pics show her looking healthy, most of the time she looks sick.
Natasha Monique's picture

Sizes are bigger now, so

Sizes are bigger now, so she's probably a natural size 2. I think she's short, so this would make sense. Clothing designers have raised the sizes so that women would feel better about themselves. What used to be a size 4 is now a 6, and so on. I'm now a size 2, even though I've never been a size 2 at my smallest. My normal size is 4, but I'm pretty tall.
Anonymous's picture

She is 5'9.

She is 5'9.
Anonymous's picture

WOW, KEEP IT

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Anonymous's picture

Good for her! I wish people

Good for her! I wish people would let her live instead of worrying about HOW she lost the weight. She seems like such a positive person, honest and sincere. I wish her nothing but the best.
Anonymous's picture

She looks great, and I'm sure

She looks great, and I'm sure she FEELS much better, too. This isn't a criticism so much as an observation: For her to do the amount of weight-bearing exercises as she says (pushups, squats, etc.), I WOULD expect to see more muscle definition. Again, not a criticism, just an observation.
n_satiable's picture

She has NO muscle tone and

She has NO muscle tone and for real if she was working like stated, then it actually doesn;t take as long as some would have you believe to build muscle. She lying about the working out and it shows.
Anonymous's picture

That type of muscle building

That type of muscle building takes time...especially for someone who has led such a sedentary life. She has just set the foundation. Depending on her goals, I would suspect her muscles will start to have more definition in the coming years. It takes time.
Anonymous's picture

She lost the weight. We all

She lost the weight. We all know this. CAn we move on now. I am tired of giving her praise now. lol NEXT--------------------------------->
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Anonymous's picture

I'm happy for her...I think

I'm happy for her...I think she looks great..BUT I'm soooooooo tired of hearing her talk about her weight loss!!!
Anonymous's picture

I just need j-hud to throw

I just need j-hud to throw these ugly ass wigs away!! how does she not see that her hairline doesn't look normal??
girlbye's picture

Wonderful Article. I think I

Wonderful Article. I think I will pick this up. Jennifer you are so right honey, you have to do what's best for you and your family. A child can change your way of thinking instantly. It's just like people that smoke all their lives and cant quit, but the minute they learn that they are pregnant they instantly stop smoking because they know that that life is dependent upon them. Awesome young lady. You cant worry about whether some think you are losing too much, or not enought, you just have to do you. I am proud of Jennifer.
Anonymous's picture

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Helll YEEEEEEEEe!!!! Finally It Happened.....I got rid of all my ISHHH from my credit report y'all - I was in deep for 5 years. Coudn't buy sheeet. Just approved for that 25k loan to buy a new CAMAARO!!! IF YOU GOT PROBLEMS WITH THAT credit SHYYYYT, GET IT CLEAN y'all quick. YOu can get yours too, call these people at 877-873-0853. All it took is three months and $44 and all my Ish was gone. My homie was in terrible shape too, and he clean! Hit em up!!
Anonymous's picture

Helll YEEEEEEEEe!!!! Finally

Helll YEEEEEEEEe!!!! Finally It Happened.....I got rid of all my ISHHH from my credit report y'all - I was in deep for 5 years. Coudn't buy sheeet. Just approved for that 25k loan to buy a new CAMAARO!!! IF YOU GOT PROBLEMS WITH THAT credit SHYYYYT, GET IT CLEAN y'all quick. YOu can get yours too, call these people at 877-873-0853. All it took is three months and $44 and all my Ish was gone. My homie was in terrible shape too, and he clean! Hit em up!!
Anonymous's picture

I HATE when someone tells

I HATE when someone tells someone else how THEIR body should look. If Jen is happy with her body, more power to her. It takes a lot to lose weight, but the pay off is amazing. She looks great. Way to go, Jenny!
Anonymous's picture

Looking Great! The last pic

Looking Great! The last pic is my fav! NOW....I'm off to the gym!
Anonymous's picture

im so proud of her and her

im so proud of her and her accomplishments. but im not proud of the photographer and editor for their photoshop use. the pic of her in the purple dress....they took her waste in ridiculously too much and she barely has a freakin wrist. i hate these false images. Just take the damn picture and not alter it so much. she looks great without all that crap!
Anonymous's picture

She needs to start working

She needs to start working out, brawd has NO muscle tone whatsoever and when you lose that amount of weight you really need to tone and sculp. It would really help.
Anonymous's picture

You look great Jen!

You look great Jen!
Qtpa2t's picture

she is inspirational and YES

she is inspirational and YES WW DOES WORK... how can you be mad at her?
LiverPool's picture

She looks great!! I hope she

She looks great!! I hope she keeps it off. Now do something about those frown lines. It makes you look old.
You Mad??? Good.....'s picture

Good for her. It is very hard

Good for her. It is very hard to balance your weight--especially after having a baby. Congrats Jen!
Godiva-Diva...Obama 2012!!!'s picture

Sooooo happy for her and am

Sooooo happy for her and am glad she looks and feels healthier. It is sooo important to exercise and eat well as it does a body good. :)
Clotel's picture

Looking GOOD please maintain

Looking GOOD please maintain and keep it up the body is the temple!
AnonymousFORAREASON's picture

Her body looks good! So

Her body looks good! So happy she's happy and doing what she feels is best for her.
love_to_laugh's picture

We're proud of you too

We're proud of you too Jennifer! After everything you've endured, you deserve as much happiness as your heart can hold mama xoxo
Anonymous's picture

She looks good: she's losing

She looks good: she's losing too much weight tho, her head is starting to look unproportionate to her body
Anonymous's picture

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