August 27, 2012 04:00 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
There have been plenty of weight loss success stories involving American Idol alums lately. Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks may be some of the more notable stars to shed pounds following their time on the singing competition, but they are in good company! Recently, season 5 finalist Mandisa Hundley shocked Idol fans with an impressive weight loss of over 100 pounds! How did she do it?
During the Simon Cowell era, it was tough to stand on the American Idol stage if you had an ounce of extra fat. Mandisa Hundley was one of several contestants to be lambasted for her weight. Following an amazing audition in 2006, Simon predictably commented on Mandisa’s size, rather than complimenting her beautiful voice. His initial reaction to the performance: “Do we have a bigger stage this year?”
Mandisa found the criticism difficult to withstand. “It was just hurtful and mean and the one thing I didn’t want to have happen.” Ultimately, though, Mandisa forgave Simon and used his nasty comments as motivation to get healthy. Her big goal was to lose 100 pounds. The singer decided to accomplish this difficult task by switching up her diet and enrolling in Zumba classes.
Losing weight was certainly a struggle for Mandisa. She recently told Good Morning America, that she would never have made it without the help of her friends. “There was a time when I didn’t feel like getting up and going to Zumba one day. I had done everything right. I got on scale and I had gained 1.8 pounds, so I tweeted that I was through with it. And when I woke up from my nap I had tons of messages saying, ‘Don’t give up.’ And more than that, they said, ‘I appreciate knowing that you’re real and that you go through difficult times.”
Talk about an accomplishment! We’re glad to see Mandisa healthy and happy!
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