Update 3/4/12: After reading about Jennifer Hudson's weight loss habits (we both don't eat very well to lose weight), I gave Weight Watchers a shot. I thought it seemed dumb to join before considering I've been a vegetarian for eight years, but I was gaining weight and couldn't figure out why, especially after finding out that my health was "amazing and excellent," according to my doctor. So I joined. In a little over a month, I lost 11.5 lbs., so I have to admit that the program REALLY does work. I was actually surprised because I didn't expect to budge. If not for her book, I seriously doubt I'd have ever joined. I like the program so much that even when I get to my goal weight, I'll probably still hang around.
Original review: When I first heard about this book, I thought it was going to be an in-depth book on health and fitness. I'm all right with that and enjoy reading about health, but I wasn't sure I wanted to read a book this long on the topic. However, to my surprise, it's much more. I'll admit it. I wasn't a Jennifer Hudson voter on "American Idol." She had a habit of scream-singing that bothered me, but when she put out her first CD and sang "Spotlight," I went, "Okay, maybe I was too quick to judge." This book talked about Weight Watchers, but she also talked about all of the behind-the-scenes stuff with "American Idol" (and why she truly was happy that she was voted off; not sure if I believe it though considering her competitive nature during competitions like losing weight).
I'd assumed that the size J-Hud was on "American Idol" was her regular size, but the book gives details on all of her bad dieting decisions and how she stayed at a size 10 (the wrong way). Interesting because I also made mistakes like that in my college days so I could relate. The book also gave tips on what it was like to meet celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Whitney Houston, working with power producers and record labels, interesting anecdotes about her family's bond and the struggles she went through with different singing groups before striking out on her own. She even made fun of her own fashion "freestyle" as a kid.
What really caught my attention was her comments about those who are mad at her for losing weight. For the life of me, I don't understand this logic. The only people I know who are mad about her weight loss are the same people who want to lose weight. True story: One person I know of who felt her Weight Watchers commercial (before and after) was tacky tweeted how fat she felt. Sometimes you have to wonder, "Are you mad at Jennifer for losing weight or mad at yourself for not taking that kind of initiative?" Jennifer also stated that she gets more encouragement from men than women, but I'm here to tell her, "This woman gives any woman (or man) the thumbs up for being conscious of his/her health."
She talked about different family members who joined her in her Weight Watchers journey; some did great and others struggled, which makes those stories appeal to any audience. I thought the book was going to be cool, but this is one that's worthy of buying for your bookshelf.