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Jennifer Hudson Covers Self Magazine, Talks Her Weight Loss

Jennifer Hudson's Road to Weight Loss Began on the Red Carpet

A gorgeous and talented actress and singer, Jennifer Hudson didn't need to lose weight, but she did it to set a good example for her son. Well, that's not the only reason. Growing up, a size 16 was considered normal in her Chicago neighborhood. When she hit the red carpet in 2007, she tells Self magazine, an interviewer asked, "How does it feel to be plus-sized in Hollywood?" She looked around and wondered who the woman was talking to and she realized, "Oh, me? I'm plus-sized?" That was her ah-ha moment, and when she was pregnant with her now 2-year-old son, David, she realized it was time to do something about her weight problem. Portion control and exercise helped Hudson lose 80 pounds, dropping down to a size six. She says, "I'm prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar!"

I too had an ah-ha moment. After gaining weight in college, while in line at the grocery store someone asked me, "When are you due?" I was mortified. I thought I was chunky, but I didn't think other people did. I secretly thanked her because it gave me the big kick in the pants I needed to start taking better care of myself (to return two pints of Ben & Jerry's back to the freezer aisle), to dust off my running sneaks, and to get rid of the tire around my waist.

Whether you've already reached your weight loss goals or are still on the long journey, please share what moment you realized it was time to drop pounds. It not only feels good to get it off your chest but it might also inspire fellow readers to get serious about dropping pounds.

deanna024 deanna024 6 years
I'm sorry, but the comment of hers that "I'm prouder of my weight loss than I am my Oscar?!" Come on. Are we so, so shallow as a society that dropping a size is better than an outstanding acting and singing performance that moved millions of people?
Jenny-Sugar Jenny-Sugar 6 years
Wow, that is so awful! Some people have no filter from their brain to their mouth and they just blurt out whatever comes to their mind, however insensitive it may be. I'm glad you have such a supportive mother. Those are the positive kinds of people you want to surround yourself with.
ThinToBeGirl ThinToBeGirl 6 years
I have gained a little weight and I know that. I've been working out and eating healthy for a while and I was okay with my body although I knew I still had a few pounds to lose. Last summer I was skinny. So, A couple of days ago we were at this family dinner, and my uncle came up to infront of Everyone (even a few strangers) and said: You have gained weight. I felt so terrible at the moment and I was so shocked that he said that, that without saying anything I went to the bathroom and cried. When we got home I was depressed and couldn't eat anything and I kept thinking about what he had said to me. Thank god I got over that, but if I had been more sensetive about it, it could possibly lead to anorexia. So I hate him for what he did, but I thank my mom for keep telling me that I'm not fat and that it was horrible from him to say that. He has done it before, when I was younger, about 4 years ago..I'm 15 now. It was very embaresing, and from now on, I only want to hear that I've lost weight and not that I've gained.
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