Jennifer Hudson Weight Loss Journey


Many of us remember this Dream Girl and songstress looking quite different than she does today. That’s because she managed to permanently drop 80 pounds after her pregnancy, and not with the help of any crash diets.

As many of you know, Jennifer experienced a serious tragedy and family loss back in 2004 that shook her to the core. Still, she managed to recover and rebirth herself, standing against adversity and becoming an inspiration in the process, going from a size 16 to a 6. To this day in 2021, she’s kept off the weight. But what’s her secret and how did she get there?

A partnership with Weight Watchers

After she partnered with WW back in 2010, Jennifer Hudson realized that she needed to stop dieting, and instead embark on a lifestyle change. That mentality is what helped propel her journey. Back in 2012, she told Redbook that she went from a size 16, to a size 6. In 2014, she ended the four-year partnership, but still maintains a relationship with WW, who support her no matter what. 

Working with a celebrity trainer post-pregnancy

After working with Harley Pasternak, a renowned celebrity trainer, Hudson embarked on a fitness regiment and balanced diet to help her drop the pregnancy weight after her son was born. After her pregnancy, she said that weight loss wasn’t about a dress size, but just about feeling good, and that the pressure of diet cultures was a big reason she became a WW ambassador. Four days after the weight loss journey, she had her son.

Motivation is key

Being famous, you can afford to eat whatever you want. But Jennifer stayed determined and took responsibility for her health by keeping her weight loss goals realistic, staying committed, and changing the fundamental way she thought and acted. She also mentioned to Oprah that she doesn’t like to count pounds. Staring at that scale can feel unhealthy and obsessive at times — don’t focus on a number. Focus on how you feel. 

Cutting the carbs

One message has been simple through Hudson’s journey — skip the unnecessary carbs and sugar, which can lead to not only weight gain, but blood glucose spikes, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Instead, she stuck to complex carbs like vegetables and whole grains. 

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