29 year old and strikingly beautiful, a face on the silver screen that makes millions around the world smile and laugh and cry, a voice that can mesmerize listeners and a talent that was appreciated with the most sought after Academy award – there was just one thing that worked against Jennifer Hudson – her Weight. She had a lot of things going against her emotionally, but that did not deter her from shedding the copious amount of fat that threatened to ruin a flourishing career. Jennifer Hudson lost close to 80 lbs and reinvented herself into an unbeatable combination of a great body and equally stunning looks. So, what makes her special? The special thing about her weight loss is that she did it without surgery and without using any of the shortcuts to weight loss. Hard work has been her key to obtaining the size 6 figure.
A lot of Jennifer Hudson’s weight loss achievement has to do with her determination and attitude. She signed up with Weight Watcher’s and eventually went on to become their spokesperson. Her 80 lbs weight loss is no miracle. It did involve a lot of hard work and a stringent fitness routine along with a number of changes in her lifestyle. In fact, the whole process took years and began much before her first audition. When she attended the auditions of American Idol for the first time in 2003, she was poorer by 60 lbs but was richer in health and in confidence by several notches. From size 22, she was down to size 10.
As Jennifer Hudson herself reveals, her weight loss process was not easy. The regime included workout with an exercise tape, half an hour of running up steps, outdoor exercises such as jogging followed by a rigorous gym session everyday. In addition, her diet was largely devoid of all kinds of high sugar and high calorie foods such as fried food and ice creams. She gave up the largely sedentary life that she lead and included continuous activity in her daily routine. Weight loss, after all, has a lot to do with how you spent the entire day and not just with a couple of hours of workout everyday.
As with committed actors, Jennifer has had to put on weight for roles and shed weight for others. In 2005, to play Effie in Dreamgirls, Jennifer had to regain 20lbs but once the shoot was done, she was back at the gym to shed them. However, 2008 brought good news and Jennifer was on her way to motherhood. Obviously, weight loss took a back seat. After her pregnancy in 2009, Jennifer was back to exercising within two months to shed the extra 35 lbs that she gained in the process and her size increased to 16. She gave up red meat and continued to toil hard and long in the gym. She walked for 45 minutes to one hour each day. Within a year of bearing her child, Jennifer was back to size 6. She hired Hayley Pasternak, the celebrity fitness trainer to help her with weight loss. The results, as you see, are evident in the way Jennifer makes heads turn a hundred times over.
Jennifer’s outlook towards weight loss is considered unique. She says that not working out is troublesome and she would die to get back to the gym every time she has to stop working out for a while. The secret to her weight loss is that she does not count pounds. She counts her age. When she appeared on the coveted Oprah Winfrey talk show, she said that she looked at her weight in terms of her age. Excess weight brings on an aged appearance and a 29 year old might as well look 35 or more. She worked out until she looked her age and that she says, is her secret.
Loosing weight releases happy hormones in the body, improves metabolism, detoxifies the body and makes a person feel better. The happiness shows on the face and it takes years off your appearance. According to the leader of Weight Watchers, this is what Jennifer Hudson means when she says she counts her age and not pounds. To lose weight like Jennifer did, you need to workout until you feel good. Counting numbers never actually works when it comes to weight loss.
Weight Watchers has played a major part in Jennifer Hudson’s weight loss process. When she started her weight loss program with Weight Watchers, she gave up her old diet and lifestyle and fell onto the regime suggested by the company. Her coach at Weight Watchers reveals her road to gaining that stunning body. He says that she began gaining weight in the beginning, which made her to stop following the regime. However, she realized that she was being negligent about some of the guidelines of the program and decided to give it another chance. In the first week, she lost pounds and felt better. That is when the fitness regime became her religion and she still religiously follows her food and exercise regime everyday.
Jennifer Hudson knows why she failed to lose weight in the beginning. Although she did diet and jog, she realizes that the patterns she followed were wrong. Weight Watchers guided her through the right fitness regime and she began losing weight effectively. In addition, she cooked her own healthy meals and avoided packaged foods. Her day begins at 4 AM with jogging outdoors. Mindset, dedication and willpower are characteristics without weight loss is but a dream.
Weight Watchers never made Jennifer Hudson give up things she loved to eat. The trick was “moderation”. She ate her favorite ice creams but stopped at a couple of mouthfuls. She learnt when to stop. Hudson continued to lose weight and gradually the needle on the weighing machine dipped by eighty pounds.
Jennifer Hudson is a role model to thousands of people all over the world who are on the wrong side of the BMI scale. The process of weight loss took her time and she accepted it, never trying to adopt easier means of weight loss. The important thing is that Jennifer Hudson loves working out. It is her habit and not an inclusion that has to be forced into her routine. Losing eighty pounds is no mean task but if you have the will power and determination that Hudson has, weight loss is only another one of the minor obstacles that you face in life.
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