Jennifer Hudson's Weight Loss No Overnight Success
Celebrity sponsors continue to crop up in weight loss commercials, but none was more shocking to me than Jennifer Hudson becoming the spokesperson for Weight Watchers. The singer, who has said she will always have curves multiple times, lost a significant amount of weight seemingly overnight. But while the relationship with Weight Watchers was announced in April 2010, the singer actually started her weight loss journey years before. Jennifer’s history of healthy eating and exercise has been buried behind misconceptions about plus-size women. From her childhood, to American Idol, to Dreamgirls, her weight has a story to tell.
The Idol Hopeful – Size 10
Before America knew her name, Jennifer Hudson went on a strict diet and exercise regimen for the opportunity to become a household name. A photo gallery posted on Essence.com references a 60-pound weight loss prior to her American Idol audition in 2003. She apparently went from a size 22 to a size 10 by cutting fried foods and ice cream and jogging. Of the rigorous workouts she’d endured she recently said, "I'd do the workout tape, I'd run up the steps for about 20 or 30 minutes, go outside, jog around the block, go to the gym--all in one day."
The Dreamgirl – Size 16
Jennifer’s extreme Idol routine would be exchanged for a sedentary lifestyle and "cookies, cakes and pies" to recreate the role of Effie White in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. Following her unsuccessful stint on American Idol, Hudson beat almost 800 singers to secure the role in 2005. Obligated to gain 20 pounds the star said she was bothered by not working out and after filming wrapped, she got back on it.
The Oscar Winner – Size 12
While party-goers no doubt downed the best champagne in Hollywood, Jennifer Hudson rode her Oscar win for Dreamgirls straight to the gym. She reportedly did not drink that night so that she could workout the next morning. A New York Times article published in 2007 spoke of her size 12 physique as “unapologetic.” The article revealed what now may deserve a retraction from Hudson. “I would never want to be smaller than an 8,” she said, “and even that’s too small. I think 10, 12, 14, is a beautiful place to be.” So what was the catalyst to the extreme weight loss she’s enjoying now?
The Mother – Size 16 +One
While 2008 saw two more major film releases for Hudson in The Sex and the City Movie and The Secret Life of Bees, there was no new news regarding her weight. However, her healthy eating and exercising took a backseat to motherhood. She gained the average 35 pounds during her pregnancy and was unhappy with pictures following the birth of her child in August 2009. Only two months after becoming a mother, Hudson was back at it with exercise which she told Access Hollywood entailed walking for 45 minutes to an hour. A People.com interview quoted her diet to be free of red meat and fried foods. At the time she said she was not counting calories and had "8 lbs to go."
The Spokesperson - Size - 6
By January 2010, Jennifer revealed she had enlisted celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak to help with those last few pounds, reportedly for her upcoming role as Winnie Mandela. After announcing that she uses the Weight Watchers app on her iPhone, it was clear that she was poised to become Weight Watchers’ next spokesperson. By April 2010 her first Weight Watchers ads were in print and on the air. In an advertisement for Weight Watchers, the singer and actress Jennifer Hudson says she is "a jean size smaller" and "a confidence size bigger."
As her new 2011 ad as a size-6 bombshell continues to wow onlookers, consider her rollercoaster weight loss journey through the years. While no one can say how much weight Jennifer lost with Weight Watchers, it is clear that diet and exercise or a lack thereof are the keys to losing, gaining, and maintaining a healthy weight. However you choose to get to your weight goals, keep her journey in mind.
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