“I’m prouder of my weight loss than my Oscar!” Hudson admits. With the help of Weight Watchers and exercise she managed to drop 80 pounds and went from a size 16 to 6.
“I didn’t even know I was considered plus-sized until I came to Hollywood,” she tells the magazine. “I thought I was the perfect size!”
The 2004 American Idol contestant says her perception changed on the red carpet when “an interviewer asked, ‘How does it feel to be plus-sized in Hollywood ?’ I looked around, like, Who is she talking to? Oh, me? I’m plus-sized? In the neighborhood I’m from in Chicago, a 16 is normal. But in Hollywood , everyone looks exactly the same, so I stood out.”
Hudson, who is the mother of 2-year-old David, admitted that she decided to lose weight after nobody noticed her baby bump.
“I thought, hold on – why doesn’t anybody know I’m pregnant?” she says. “And I wanted to set a good example for my son.”
“I had to break my diet mentality,” she recounts. “I used to deprive myself, thinking that was healthy. I didn’t eat pasta, fried food, red meat.”
“If you’re on a strict diet that says you shouldn’t have any carbs or this or that, your body won’t function the way it should. I know now that I can eat anything I want and still lose or maintain my weight. It’s about portions and balance.”