Jennifer Hudson, who managed to mastermind both her singing career and an 80-pound weight loss, seems to have it all. But despite her personal and professional triumphs, Jennifer still has to cope with criticism about her size, she said in a Feb. 4 interview with Black Entertainment Television (BET).
"People are never going to be satisfied with you either way. Skinny or heavy, someone is always going to have something to say, so it’s best to be how you want to be," she declares assertively.
"People say, "Oh, you were better heavy," or "I like you better thick," and I say, it’s not about you," Jennifer noted.
In addition to coping with the comments from the public, Jennifer feels that her weight loss has impacted her career opportunities.
"In every way, shape and form. Good and bad. Even though it’s just your physical appearance, to the world it’s being a whole other person," she explained.
I have people in my life who are different towards me because I’m smaller. But I’m like, it’s just me, it's still Jennifer. I find myself saying that so often. I feel like it has opened the door to new characters, but there are still people who tell me, “I don’t like you 'cause you ain’t fat anymore!” So whatever!
What Jennifer is enjoying: Experimenting with her newly slim look, from head to toe.
"Between the weight loss transition, then the short hair cut, the newness of it all makes you want to experiment with yourself. Before, being a plus-size girl, there was not much out there for us to choose from. Now, being on the slimmer side, it gives you room to experiment," she said
Jennifer still takes pride in her success in losing weight, sharing her tips in a recent interview with the Huffington Post.
"I'm a real girl -- I love to eat and indulge in the things I love to have," she said. After trying a week on Weight Watchers, Jennifer became a believer.
"It taught me how to eat, how to measure my portions, and know what I was putting in my body," she said of the program that helped her lose 80 pounds.
One of the biggest challenges for many dieters isn't losing the weight: It's keeping it off. Jennifer has maintained her weight loss for three years, and says that the key to her success is mind over matter.
"It's about making the smartest decision and the right decision," she said. "Outsmart food, don't let it outsmart you."
Portion control in particular, points out Jennifer, is critical.
"Anything can be good for you and anything can be bad for you," she said, whether it's a bathtub full of baby carrots or a sliver of chocolate cake.
Jennifer's also authored a book about her weight loss journal and life: "I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down."