Like most people, Janet Jackson has struggled with weight loss, but that all hanged when she joined the Nutrisystem program in late 2011. In fact, she weighted 180 pounds before she went on the diet, but the hardest part now is keeping the weight off.
“People can relate to me because I have lived it. I truly understand what it’s like to have a problem with weight loss, losing too much weight or gaining more than you desire,” Jackson, 45, tells Us Weekly. “It’s about keeping it off. We can all lose weight, but learning how to keep it off — maintaining it — is what’s difficult. Nutrisystem teaches you how to do that.”
Jackson doesn’t have a goal weight in mind, though “there was a time in my life where I did live by the scale,” she admits after revealing a newly trimmed and toned figure.
In a video for the Nutrisystem campaign, a slender-looking Jackson wears a form-fitting white blouse, black pants and a black belt that highlights her waist. She holds out her arms, smiles and says: “This is what success looks like.”
And in a striking photo, Jackson wears an orange dress and high, platform pumps. The 45-year-old appears slim and shapely. She has admitted that even when she was in top shape, she felt insecurity about her body.
“If it isn’t our arms, it’s our thighs, it’s our butt, it’s our stomach,” she said in a December 2011 interview with ABC News’ Juju Chang. “I could easily pick myself apart. That’s what I would do, that’s what I did.”
The singer said she had been teased by her older brother, late pop legend Michael Jackson, and said producers asked her to lose weight when she appeared on the hit 1970s sitcom “Good Times.”
As her career skyrocketed, she turned to snack food for comfort and her weight ballooned. At her heaviest, Jackson, who stands 5 feet, 4 inches tall, weighed 180 pounds.
Jackson isn’t the only celebrity to take her weight-loss battle public. Singer Mariah Carey is a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, and Jennifer Hudson, a Weight Watchers spokeswoman, has undergone a dramatic transformation.