Jennifer Hudson, the Oscar and Grammy winner who has lost 80 pounds and become a celebrity spokesperson for Weight Watchers and the author of a newly published memoir, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, discussed weight loss and more with NBC’s Ann Curry on The Today Show (video above) on January 9, 2012 in a live studio interview. Asked how she felt having lost 80 pounds, she said, “I feel amazing. I feel empowered.” She added, “So many times we say I want to change something and don’t do it.”
Asked about her motivation to lose weight, Jennifer Hudson said, “It was several things. One being pregnant and wanting my body back. You lose that control. This is my body and I can do what I want to do with it. Also I wanted to set an example for my son [David Daniel Otunga Jr.]. That was the first step.”
Regarding the criticism she has received — the doubters, haters and excuse makers — that she writes about in the book, she stressed that it was important to lose weight for yourself. She noted that while you might think everyone will be happy for you and there are compliments, that other things come as well.
Asked about body image pressures in Hollywood, she said, Yes, image is everything in Hollywood, although she felt it should be about talent.
Her new book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down will be published on January 10, 2012 by Dutton. It additionally chronicles her meteoric rise to success from American Idol season 3 to winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Effie White in Dreamgirls, the 2006 screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, as well as the tragic murder of her mother, brother and nephew in 2008.
Click here for Jennifer Hudson’s before and after weight loss photos which reveal her remarkable transformation.
Photo credit: WEBN-TV (CC BY-ND 2.0)
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