America fell in love with Jennifer Hudson on “American Idol,” but this beautiful woman has come a long way since those early days of fame. Hudson has established herself as a successful singer, actress and mother. And she shows no signs of slowing down. Wonderwall got the chance to talk to Hudson about losing weight, teaming up with Alicia Keys and why she’s supporting the Lose for Good Campaign.
Why don’t we get started by you telling us a little bit about your involvement with Weight Watchers’ new program Lose for Good?
Jennifer Hudson: Oh Lose for Good. When we lose at Weight Watchers, then another child is fed. So it’s our loss but their gain. I’m so motivated about it and happy and excited to just be a part of something that is feeding children. And just helping people altogether.
Has becoming a mother inspired you to raise money and awareness about kids going hungry?
JH: Oh my God, yes! This is such a great thing to me because I have a child of my own. I can never imagine, or want to imagine, my child being hungry or unfed. And so to be a part of something like this and to know that these children are being taken care of when we lose weight.
Congratulations on losing weight but still looking healthy. How did you do it? How do you maintain your weight now that you are done losing it?
JH: Wow. You know, it’s just a matter of finding that place that you’ll want to be at, which I’ll get [to] eventually. But it’s just Weight Watchers [that got me] got to this point. And I’m so glad to be teamed up with them and to find that control and to be able to do this and achieve a goal that so many still want to achieve — with something as great as Weight Watchers.
Do you have any advice for people trying to lose weight in a healthy manner?
JH: I feel that the biggest misconception that people have and the thing that hinders them from losing weight is that they think it’s so extreme. Like being in this position now, I have so many people coming to me and will spill out their whole plan about what they’re going to do to lose weight. And I’m like, “OK, who’s really going to do that?” It doesn’t have to be that drastic. And no it’s not that drastic. It’s a matter of just eating in moderation and learning the proper tools and how to do it. And being consistent with it and dedicated to it. And yes, make sure you get some kind of workout in, but it’s not always to the extreme. You can still achieve the same goal by just taking the proper steps and getting that control and losing weight.
Is there any celebrity you admire who champions causes selflessly?
JH: I love Alicia Keys’ Keep a Child Alive. Definitely. I’ve been watching that and was also a part of that as well. But again, I love to see people looking after the children. And just people in general. When people are helping people, I’m all for it.
Would you ever want to team up with another celebrity for a cause?
JH: Oh yeah. I just feel like the more we come together the more we can make awareness for whatever the cause. And again, it’s just the matter of helping your fellow man, helping your friend, helping your neighbor. And not just this country but around the world. We’re all brothers and sisters, so it’s all about the love and spreading the love. No matter who you are, whether you’re a celebrity or not, we should come together.