These Are The Tips That Helped Jennifer Hudson And Jessica Simpson Finally Lose Weight
No one knows weight loss success stories like Liz Josefsberg. One of her earliest jobs was collecting and reporting on them for Weight Watchers, and all those happy endings taught the wellness expert a thing or two about shedding pounds and keeping them off. It’s brain candy she’s since passed on to tons of high-profile clients. If you can think of a mind-blowing Hollywood slim-down, there’s a decent chance Josefsberg was the woman behind it. Think: Jennifer Hudson’s 80-pound loss. Jessica Simpson post-baby body (two times over!). Katie Couric’s age-defying shape.
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Just before the launch of her new book, Target 100, Josefsberg sat down with us to share her celebrity-worthy tips.
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Pack a bag
One of the first things Josefsberg noticed about Jennifer Hudson — then a new mom — was that the singer favored big bags. She reasoned this: “We carry a diaper bag around for our kids, but we don’t carry anything for ourselves. We started to think of her purse as her own survival bag.” Josefsberg made sure Hudson always had the essentials for someone on the go: water, healthy snacks like mini packets of almond butter and Babybel cheese and gum so she wouldn’t be tempted in an airport. “You have to think of it like you’re building a moat around the castle,” Josefsberg said.
Have a support system
It’s easier to stick to a weight loss plan when you’re held accountable. That’s why Weight Watchers‘ famous meetings are so, well, famous. “I held a meeting for Jessica Simpson and 14 of her friends every week, and it was incredibly helpful,” Josefsberg said. Her Target 100 program — which Josefsberg practiced but hadn’t written about yet — stresses movement in addition to strenuous exercise, so Simpson’s trainer gave the entire group pedometers to track their steps. “She got really competitive about it,” Josefsberg laughed. “It really encouraged her to make changes.”
Make many small changes
It’s true what they say: You benefit from new routines. “Every five to seven years, your body needs a switch,” Josefsberg said. So when Katie Couric, a notoriously healthy and active person, came to her for help, she looked at the granular details of her life. Couric was working out, but only yoga a few times a week. SoulCycle shocked her body enough to see a difference. She was eating the right foods, too — just a little bit too much of them. Josefsberg likes to analyze things like this when crafting plans for people: If you mindlessly eat by the television, move the side table so your chips don’t have a perch. If you can’t resist the donut shop outside of your office, go through the side entrance every day.