Jacket Copy

Books, authors and all things bookish

« Previous | Jacket Copy Home | Next»

Jennifer Hudson to spill weight-loss secrets in new book

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

Comments () | Archives (5)

The comments to this entry are closed.

How about keeping the weight off for more than a five years and then write about it...? Instead of losing weight because you have money and a trainer just in a year and then trying to tell the "common" folk how you did it successfully. I wish her well, but losing weight in one year doesn't make her the expert and doesn't deem her successful. In other words, she hasn’t “arrived” or won the weight loss battle in my eyes. She hasn't proven that she has longevity in weight loss. She is on a high, and I know how that feels so she wants to shout it to the roof top. Because she has lost so much weight thanks to weight watchers and her personal trainers…oh and access to the most healthiest foods she can lose weight quickly. It’s easy to then turn around and write a book about it because she is on a high from it. I know how easy it is to turnaround and gain that weight back after being so successful at losing the weight. She is trying to cash in on her weight loss and I don’t blame her, but what she is selling I ain’t buying.

Enough of this fakery already! She lost the weight with the help of a bariatric surgeon!

I am a member of Weight Watchers and have been a few times. If either of the two people commenting (Sabiduria and Mimi) had any knowledge about Weight Watchers they would know that the encouragement there is always as follows: It is a journey and if you slip on one meal then go right back on and get back on track. This woman has successfully lost her weight and is very proud of it. Weight Watchers certainly has no beef with her shouting it from the roof tops. If she should slip and later need to return that IS the journey. It is right to support her and encourage her. It only looks like sour grapes when you have nothing good to say about what she has accomplished. I have a trainer too that I looked for a long time. You don't have to be rich to find one or classes are as a rule a little cheaper

Wouldn't a tome about the great tragedy that befell her family be much more interesting than yet another weight loss book? And was she not one of those actresses who swore she loved herself just as she was when she was a size 16? This is one book I won't bother reading.

I agree with Daniele, and I'm not trying to hear what Diana is trying to say. Nobody is raining on Jen's parade. I am happy for her but I don't think she should be writing a book on weight loss after losing a bunch of weight outside of a year. She has not even reached the plateau stage..she is still losing and things change when you plateau. She has not sustained weight loss over a period of time so why tell us how you did it and kept it off??
We know how she did it...Weight Watchers, personal trainer, nutritionist, etc...We DON"T know how she kept it off...that remains to be seen. So, just like Daniele says she needs to write a book about family loss and coping with that instead of writing about weight loss. It's a million books on the subject. You are stupid to buy her book when three years from now she is back at 300lbs...she ain't the expert until she becomes lives it out over a long period of time.


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


Explore Bestsellers Lists





Tweets and retweets from L.A. Times staff writers.