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Jennifer Hudson’s weight-loss wisdom

To change your body, you first need to change your mindset. Jennifer shares 6 of her secrets on setting goals and staying motivated.

Art Streiber

Want to know the secret to Jennifer Hudson’s amazing 37kg weight loss? We’re revealing 30 of them! Here, in Jennifer’s own words, are the motivation tips that helped her take off the weight. And as an added bonus, Elizabeth Josefsberg, the certified personal trainer who helped lead Jennifer through the Weight Watchers programme, gives expert advice on how to make Jennifer’s tips work for you too. During this month we’ll also share Jennifer’s diet and health tips.



1. Jennifer Says: 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 them…. If you can’t take responsibility for your own wellbeing, you will never take control of it.

What You Can Do: Get in touch with your innermost motivation: make a list of 10 very specific and personal reasons you want to lose the weight. Keep it somewhere that you can revisit easily when motivation wanes.


2. Jennifer Says: If you want to meet your goals, you have to make it about you. You have to make it work for you and do it in a way that works for you. Anything less is a setup for failure.

What You Can Do: Be sure that you set goals that make sense to you. It might be to stay on a programme for one year, or to drop two clothing sizes.


3. Jennifer Says: Even though many experts will tell you not to weigh yourself daily, it’s now the first thing I do every morning. I weigh myself completely naked so there is nothing that can mysteriously add an unexpected kilo here or there other than my food intake. This routine helps me to control my fluctuations in weight. If I see a small gain, I know I can do something about it that day.

What You Can Do: Find out what works for you. Some people respond negatively to the daily fluctuations of the scale, whereas others find them motivating and informative. Every person must do what will work best for them.


4. Jennifer Says: The only way you can sustain a permanent change is to create a new way of thinking, acting and being.

What You Can Do: Behaviour change is a key component to weight loss. Take time each week to analyse your behaviour around food. Do you have certain habits that stand in the way of your weight loss? If so, aim to change them. For example, do you mindlessly eat in front of the television? Try brushing your teeth before sitting down for your nightly TV fix.


5. Jennifer Says: Permanent weight loss doesn’t come with an on and off switch. It is not something you do for a little while and think it is going to change your body. My schedule is as jam-packed as one can get, and I still found the time to make the programme work. You have to want weight-loss success so badly that no mountain, river or ocean could keep you from reaching your goals. If you have that drive, passion and commitment, there is no way you won’t get there.

What You Can Do: Consistency and perseverance are more important than perfection. It will be the most important lesson you learn in the weight-loss process. Those who lose weight and keep it off learn that a mistake or small weight gain does not signal the end of the road – it is simply a bump in it and they push through it. Simply refuse to quit.


6. Jennifer Says: Allowing myself to be overweight and unhealthy is a habit I’ve gladly left in my past. I’ve got more energy, stamina and drive than I’ve ever had.

What You Can Do: It is easy to connect to how difficult or challenging it is to lose weight. Instead, force yourself to focus on all the payoffs and benefits that accompany the weight loss. Notice how your confidence, energy and happiness rise. Feel the difference in the simple daily tasks such as climbing the stairs, how clothing is more comfortable, how you have more energy for your loved ones. Our brains tend to focus on how ‘hard’ it is to lose weight in order to keep us buried in our old ways and stand in the way of change. Refuse to allow negativity and negative thoughts to bring you down or throw you off.


Five readers will win a copy of Jennifer Hudson’s inspirational book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways And Lost What Weighed Me Down.

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