February 10th, 2011
11:44 AM ET
On Thursday, singer Jennifer Hudson was absolutely bursting to tell Oprah Winfrey and her studio audience how much weight she has lost on Weight Watchers.
Her Weight Watchers leader Liz, however, was less enthusiastic. It seems she didn't want people to get caught up on the number of pounds as much as the need to change bad habits.
But after some discussion – and Hudson bouncing in her seat and saying "I want to tell it!" – she revealed the magic number.
"I've lost 80 pounds," she told Winfrey before the talk show host and some members of the audience gave her a standing ovation.
Resplendent in a gray dress and heels, Hudson told Winfrey she is still adjusting to her new body.
"It's like a brand new me," she said. "Sometimes I don't even recognize myself."
Hudson said she made the decision to lose the weight while she was pregnant with her now 2-year-old son, and she eventually went from a size 16 to a size 6.
The singer, who told Winfrey that she prepares all of her own food, allowed the show's cameras to follow her to a gym where she played basketball with a cousin, jumped double dutch and ran on the treadmill as part of her workout.
Dozens of Hudson's family and friends in Chicago, Indiana and Mississippi joined her on her weight loss journey, and Winfrey revealed that collectively the group had lost 1,935 pounds.
Hudson also spoke tearfully a bit about the tragedy that occurred more than two years ago when her mother, brother and young nephew were murdered. She said she was able to survive that loss with the help of "my family, my baby and God."
"The only thing I can do to honor their memory is to make them proud," Hudson said.
More tears flowed when Winfrey brought out fashion guru Tim Gunn to give three of Hudson's cousins who have also lost weight on Weight Watchers a makeover. (Gunn is a fashion consultant for the weight loss organization.)
And since it wouldn't be an "Oprah" show without a free giveaway, Winfrey announced that every audience member would receive three, free one-year memberships to Weight Watchers - one for the audience member and two for friends of their choice.
Hudson also performed her new single, "Where You At," from her forthcoming album.
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