If Jennifer Hudson‘s award-winning voice didn’t catch people’s attention over the last two years, then her dramatic weight-loss of 80 pounds last year probably did. The 30-year-old is now out with a new book, I Got This, How I Changed My Ways And Lost What Weighed Me Down, and on the Today show this morning, she shared some of the best weight-loss advice we have ever heard.
Sitting down with Ann Curry, Hudson talked about the pressure in Hollywood to conform to a certain image and how some people will judge you harshly if you don’t fit their ideals of what a celebrity “should” look like. But the Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Oscar-winner says losing those 80 pounds was not only life-changing, it helped her to realize more about herself and what was really important:
I feel amazing. I feel empowered. So many times we say, ‘I want to do this or I want to change that,’ and we never do it. But to know that I accomplished it and I did it, and it’s like wow. And for it to still be so fresh in my mind, you know, of when I started or even when I made up my mind of what I wanted to do, and then to look back and say, look how far I’ve come and look how much I’ve achieved.
Feeling empowered is certainly an awesome thing. We applaud her for that. We also give her props for giving this weight-loss advice, despite all of the societal pressures today:
…whenever people ask me how they can lose weight too, the first thing I tell them is that they have to make up their mind that they really want to do it and do it for themselves.
She went on to talk about how she wanted her body back after her pregnancy and wanted to feel in control of it again. And then, probably best of all, she her approach to losing weight was all about her and what she wanted–not what Hollywood wanted:
This is my body, and I can do what I want to do with it. And it can be whatever I want it to be.
That is such a positive and healthy attitude. We wish more celebrities would stand up and say the same thing, instead of feeling like they have to lose weight because that’s what they’re told to do or think they have to do in order to remain popular in the public eye. Congratulations, Jennifer, on opening a door of healthy attitudes that hopefully more people will walk through.