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Jennifer Hudson Frustrated By Weight Loss Reality Shows: “How Is That Supposed To Help?”

January 07, 2012 03:00 PM by Ashley Lee

Though the American Idol alum has lost 80 pounds with Weight Watchers, Jennifer Hudson has expressed that she is not a fan of weight loss shows like The Biggest Loser. Why is she so frustrated with the trainers on television? See what she has to say about TV’s way to lose weight, and how her body has changed so much that even her own son doesn’t recognize the old Jennifer Hudson!

Jennifer Hudson has battled her weight with extreme diets before, but after losing 80 pounds, that’s all in the past. ”I feel like a doll that I get to dress up!” she says in Good Housekeeping. “It’s crazy. They have to drag me off the red carpet! Because now it’s like, ‘You’re going to take a picture of what I’m wearing? You’re looking at me?’ I live for it.

Hudson lost the weight by working out and changing her diet with Weight Watchers, and insists that the approach given by weight loss television shows sens the wrong message to viewers.

“Look at what you’re doing to these people,” she says, shaking her head. “People are throwing up, falling down, about to die. How is that supposed to help them?

Though the results can be inspiring to some, it can also be incredibly off-putting. “Forget it. [When I see that,] I’d rather be at home, overweight. I’m not knocking trainers, but that’s not what an everyday person wants to do.”

How did she stay motivated to work out without an extreme approach? “There would be times I would be sitting on the couch, like, Man, I really don’t feel like working out,” she says. “So I’d force myself to just get up and run — literally run — out the door.” She laughs. “Because if you sit there and think about it, you’re going to talk yourself out of it.”

Hudson specifically wanted to get healthy for her son, David Jr. “David deserved to have a mama who could run after him without getting winded or getting tired, to have a role model who could teach him to make healthy food choices. I needed him to grow up with a mama who always would be there for him by caring enough about herself to take control of her health and her eating.”

Even more so, she says that David doesn’t recognize the old Jennifer Hudson! “What’s funny is that he’s never known me overweight. If he sees a clip of the old Jennifer from Dreamgirls, he doesn’t know who it is.

The American Idol alum opened the Weight Watchers Jennifer Hudson Center this past September in her hometown, Chicago, where many members of her extended family now hold their meetings. “Over 75 of them are doing Weight Watchers, and they’ve lost over 2,000 pounds altogether,” she says proudly. “My cousin beat me — she’s lost 112 pounds!”

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