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Jennifer Hudson to spill weight-loss secrets in new book

June 7, 2011 | 10:04 am

Jenniferhudson_may2011 Jennifer Hudson, the Oscar-winning actress and Grammy-winning singer who got her start as a finalist on "American Idol," will publish a book revealing her weight-loss secrets.

USA Today reports that the book, which will be published in 2012 by Dutton, will outline Hudson's youth in an environment that didn't encourage healthy eating, and how that changed as she embarked on her career and became a parent.

From the publisher's news release:

The book ... will chronicle Hudson's experience growing up in an environment where healthy living was not a priority, to dealing with talk of her weight as she competed on American Idol and won her first Oscar, to her eventual decision to get healthy after the birth of her son, and her success losing weight with the help of Weight Watchers. Now, 80 pounds lighter, Hudson wants to inspire anyone coping with weight issues, share some of her own best tips for losing and maintaining weight loss, fitting in exercise and keeping it fun and much more.

The book will be a memoir focused on going from size 16 to size six, not her family history. In May, Hudson took aim at a gossip website that claimed publishers were not interested in her weight-loss story but might be if she added details of her family's tragedy -- which she did not, in fact, have to include. Hudson's mother, brother and nephew were killed in 2009; earlier this year she told Oprah Winfrey that she had a hard time syncing that with her reality. She added, "I try to do everything to say, 'Will my mother like this? Will she be pleased? Will she be proud of that?' ... I don't think I could ever come close to be the kind of mother that my mother was to me, but I try to use that as an example and be there for [my son] the way she was there for me."

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: A svelte Jennifer Hudson at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit on May 2. Credit: Mike Segar / Reuters

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