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Jennifer Hudson dishes secrets for 80-lb weight loss, backs anti-obesity program

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Singer Jennifer Hudson has successfully maintained her 80-pound weight loss for over four years, and now wants to help the city of Baltimore tackle its obesity problem, Fox News reported.

Hudson, the mayor of Baltimore, and Weight Watchers announced the "B’More Fit for Healthy Babies" program to help underprivileged men, women and children lose weight and get healthy.

Jennifer, who slimmed down from a size 16 to a four, said she wants to help curb obesity in Baltimore, where over 36% of people are obese.

"I myself thought Weight Watchers was crazy when they came to me [but I did it]," said Hudson. “You can do it."

Jennifer had been heavy all her life but decided to lose weight after giving birth to her son David Otunga Jr. in October 2009.

Hudson lost 80 pounds in nine months by eating small portions of healthy foods and working out up to six days a week doing an hour of cardio and another hour of resistance training.

Jennifer, who shot to fame after finishing third in "American Idol" in 2004, had never exercised until after she had her son. She began working out slowly, by walking 30 minutes a day, and gradually worked her way up to longer workouts that included running and strength-training.

Hudson, who's now in the weight-loss maintenance phase, is less strict with her diet and workouts, and said the key to staying skinny is portion control. “You have what you’re craving [in in small portions],” she said. “I still have chocolate every day.”

Jennifer detailed her weight-loss, diet and workout secrets in her memoir, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down.

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