Few people achieve success in acting and music at the same time, Jennifer is one of those few people. Throughout her career, Hudson has won a lot of awards and nominations. Some of them are two Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award.
However, music and acting are not the only platforms where Jennifer has achieved success. Quite recently, the American actress has achieved a big deal in the health industry as well. Hudson has lost 80 pounds! Of course, this big thing was bound to go noticed.
And noticed did it go. When fans saw Jennifer’s new photos on social media, they got shocked. Nobody was expecting this sudden change in Hudson’s appearance. She took everyone by surprise. The question that came to everyone’s mind was how did she do it.
Well, it’s probably in your mind right now as well. And that’s why we are here. So, without wasting any time let’s dive into Jennifer’s weight loss journey and see how did she do it.
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Jennifer Hudson’s Weight Loss Journey
Whenever you are about to start a journey, the first thing you need is a map. The same goes for the weight loss journey. So first of all, Jennifer needed a map, a guide to help her out. And what better guide is there than WW (formerly Weight Watchers)?
Hudson took WW’s help in planning out her diet and workout routine. She also set some rules that she decided to live by in order to live a healthy and happy life. Along with those rules, Hudson follows WW’s instructions. Here’s the full guide of Jennifer’s weight loss journey:
1. Stay Away from Unhealthy Stuff
One of Jennifer’s rules says “stay away from all kinds of foods that can make you fat”. Hudson got rid of all kinds of processed and junk food after embarking on the weight loss journey. She emptied her fridge of foods that were oily or high in sugar.
“I don’t like too much junk in my dressing room because I have to watch what I eat, so I put everything else out of the room”, Hudson told the interviewer, Lorrain Kelly. By doing this, Hudson has limited her being exposed to unhealthy food.
This has been quite helpful given Hudson’s old habits, being exposed to fast food or cake could trigger old eating habits and could jeopardize her hard work. Instead of junk food, Jennifer now keeps her fridge full of healthy food such as salad, yogurt, and fruits. This reminds her every day that she is on the journey to live a healthier life.
2. Be Aware of Where You Eat
This rule may sound strange but it is not. A lot of us have a habit of eating in front of the TV or using our phones while eating. This is not only a bad manner but also an unhealthy manner. In this way, we consume a lot of food without even knowing it.
Jennifer realized this reality and made a rule to always eat at a table, away from the TV or any distractions. In this way, she not only keeps herself from overeating but also connects with the food she eats. Hudson enjoys the meal like our ancestors did.
Jennifer not only keeps the track of where she eats but how often and how much she eats as well. Talking about her habit of knowing what she eats, Hudson said, “I’m very conscious of what I put in my body. I’ll be out and think, ‘no it’s too early to eat right now’“.
3. Don’t be too Hard on Yourself – Because It’s Unrealistic
Jennifer is against putting too much pressure on yourself than you can take it. A lot of people think about weight loss as some kind of prison. They put a lot of pressure on themselves promising that they wouldn’t eat pizza for the next ten years or they would never taste sugar.
Eventually, they give up, as expected, and not only end up ordering a large pizza but also give up on the whole weight loss journey. So, if you make promises with yourself, make realistic ones. Such as, I will only eat pizza once a week or I will stop drinking for a month.
Jennifer says that “It’s a lifestyle, not a diet”, she has to live with it. It is not like some kind of internet challenge. However, in the past, Hudson used to do the same. She made big commitments and failed.
Describing the past, she said, “I used to deprive myself, thinking that was healthy. I didn’t eat pasta, fried food, red meat. If you are on a strict diet then your body will not function the way that it should”.
4. Award Yourself Now and Then
Jennifer’s fourth rule says that if you are making good progress then you deserve a reward. Like eating outside one night or ordering a pizza or having a drink. Hudson’s treat to herself is chocolate. “I always have to have chocolate around. It’s my cigarette. I don’t smoke but it calms me so well”, she told the interviewer.
Of course, the trick is to not fall for it. Make a milestone, have some fun and then on the other day, get back to your daily routine. Because that’s where your true freedom lies. Freedom from heart diseases, freedom from all kinds of limits that overweight imposes on you. Freedom from Obesity!
5. Move Around!
Yes, eating healthy and everything is good for your health but not if you sit the whole day at home. Jennifer’s last but not least rule says that get involved in the exercise. Well, who said that exercise is only about sweating in the gym while lifting weights.
It can be anything. Here is what Hudson said about working out. “I don’t like workouts in the gym. But I do love Basketball. It’s fun, you don’t even realize you’re working out“. In this way, Hudson not only keeps her heart rate up but also burns a lot of calories.
Before & After Weight Loss
Living by her set of rules has proved to be very beneficial for Hudson. After losing 80 pounds, Jennifer’s current weight is 140 pounds as compared to her old weight of 220 pounds.
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Jennifer Hudson’s weight loss journey is nothing short of an inspirational story. If you want to lose weight or want to live a healthy life just like Hudson, then following her rules would be a very great thing to do.