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Since losing 80 pounds on Weight Watchers, Jennifer Hudson's life has changed in some unexpected ways. One is that she no longer has to weed through her clothes in the morning to find something that fits. Another is the fact that her son, 2-year-old David Otunga Jr., will look at photos or videos of his mommy from a couple years ago -- and not recognize her!
"What's funny is that he's never known me overweight," Hudson, 30, says in a new interview with Good Housekeeping. "If he sees a clip of the old Jennifer from Dreamgirls, he doesn't know who it is."
David Jr. was actually Hudson's motivation to get serious about health and fitness. In her new memoir I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, she reveals that she was on an endless cycle of yo-yo dieting before becoming a mom.
"Motherhood brought tremendous responsibilities -- but none greater than the obligation I felt to get healthy and be there for my son. David deserved to have a mama who could run after him without getting winded or getting tired, to have a role model who could teach him to make healthy food choices," she tells the magazine.
The Oscar winner says that she already sees her healthier choices rubbing off on her son. When he asks for treats like cookies, he now knows "that he's going to get two, and not the whole box." He's even eating green vegetables, which Hudson calls "the cutest thing."
One thing that David won't learn from his talented mama, however, is dieting to extremes. Hudson says she gets angry at weight-loss shows on TV, because of the unnatural way that contestants are pushed to their limits.
"People are throwing up, falling down, about to die. How is that supposed to help them? Forget it," she exclaims. "(When I see that,) I'd rather be at home, overweight. I'm not knocking trainers, but that's not what an everyday person wants to do."
Instead of pushing herself, Hudson has developed tricks to eat more healthfully and get herself to the gym four times a week.
"There would be times I would be sitting on the couch, like, Man, I really don't feel like working out," she admits with a laugh. "So I'd force myself to just get up and run -- literally run -- out the door. Because if you sit there and think about it, you're going to talk yourself out of it."