Queen Latifah Excited About Weight Loss Achievement

Queen Latifah is excited about achieving her first weight loss goal after signing on as a Jenny Craig spokeswoman in January this week. “My jeans are looser, I feel more energetic,” she said of shedding the weight. According to People, Latifah, who is known for embracing her curves, said her weight loss goal wasn’t “about getting skinny.” “My intention was to lose five to 10 percent of my body weight because it makes a difference with health related issues, and I achieved that goal in a couple of months,” she told PEOPLE at the first annual National Awards & Recognition Luncheon for The League recently. The Queen has been following a strict fitness program which includes hitting the gym seven days a week, watching what she eats, and switching between the treadmill or elliptical machine for an hour. “People dig it. They come up to me and say ‘I’m glad you’re talking about the health side of it.’ People get that message, which is important too.” Even though she’s slimmer, Latifah said her fans know she’s still one of them. “They see that I’m doing this for the health reasons but also say, ‘She’s still representing for the big girls. She hasn’t abandoned us!’ ” Latifah said. “This is me doing something for me, but if I am going to be a role model I hope people can catch on.”

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