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Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager Just Weighed Themselves on Live TV

Nicol Natale
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From Prevention

One of America's least favorite activities? Stepping on the scale. Now, imagine stepping on a scale on live TV, and then letting the entire world see how much you weigh in real time. Talk about terrifying!

On Monday, Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager did exactly that on Today with Hoda & Jenna. "We're stressing out," Hoda said moments beforehand. Hoda, who opened up in September about going up a size while on maternity leave, said the co-hosts were embarking on a weight loss journey via intermittent fasting. While practicing IF, you can essentially eat whatever you want—but only during certain time periods.

"We're doing it to be healthy," Jenna said of the popular diet. But in order to track their progress, they had to note their starting weight.

"I haven't done this in a long time," Jenna said before stepping on her scale. Remember, she just gave birth to her son Henry "Hal" Hager in August and only recently returned to Today.

"Don't look down!" Hoda said in the instant their scales started flashing numbers, while Jenna screamed, "whoa!" upon seeing 171 pounds on the screen. "I weigh 20 pounds more than you!" Jenna said, as Hoda's scale read 158 pounds.

"I don't think these are right," Hoda said. "Is that true? I don't believe it. I'm going to do it again. You get on mine, and I'll get on yours," she said to Jenna. But the numbers remained the same. "I probably weigh more than my boyfriend in high school!" Jenna joked.

"Fine!" Hoda said, accepting her starting weight. "This is why I don't weigh myself!" Jenna said. "I think I weigh twice as much as my sister. Like two Barbaras can fit in me!" she joked.

"Y'all know what is plugged into my Fitbit for real?" Jenna said. "130 pounds. I weigh 40 more pounds than I tell everybody I do!"

"You just had a baby," Hoda said. She and Jenna will attempt to fast from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. Intermittent fasting has been shown to help with weight loss, but side effects include fatigue, irritability, and more.

Whether they lose weight or not, can we just talk about how brave that was for Jenna and Hoda to weigh themselves on live TV?! The Today with Hoda & Jenna Instagram account shared a photo of the two co-hosts as they stepped on the scales, and fans flooded the post with support.

"You both look great - please don’t put yourselves down because of numbers," one fan wrote, while another commented, "You can do it. My friend, Tami, and I are starting today!!"

"You are very brave!!! Not a chance would I get on a scale on national TV," another Today fan said. "You ladies are so brave ! Jenna you look great who cares what the scale says!" We couldn't agree more.

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