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Jennifer Hudson Discusses Dramatic Weight Loss on 'Today': "I Feel Empowered"

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Jan. 9 2012, Published 5:09 a.m. ET

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For anyone who's trying to get motivated to work on their New Year's resolution to lose weight, Jennifer Hudson is the perfect inspiration. The American Idol star and Oscar-winner lost 80 pounds and is sharing her experience to help motivate others.

Jennifer stopped by the Today show this morning to promote her new book, I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down, and chatted with Ann Curry about her dramatic weight loss.

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"I feel amazing. I feel empowered, I really do," Jennifer explained.

The mother of one says it took her pregnancy to allow her to realize that she can control her body.

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"Being pregnant, you're invaded, you're sharing your body and so you lose that control," Jennifer said. "That experience let me know that, wow, this is my body and I can do what I want to do with it and it can be whatever I want it to be."

And Jennifer says she really wanted to "set an example" for her son, so she worked hard to avoid the "hostile reception" that can come with dramatic weight loss.

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