Internet killed the dieting star: Why Weight Watchers is floundering.
That all sounds good, right? Another reason why dieting works in a healthy lifestyle is it makes you pay attention to what you’re putting in your body. By understanding the building blocks of nutrition, like how much protein and fiber you should be getting, and realizing how your body responds to certain foods. Reading labels is important in making not only sticking to your calorie count, but that you are getting the protein, fiber, or other nutrients that you need. OK, but is dieting good for you? It depends.
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Weight loss and dieting: To successfully lose weight you need to have and use a bathroom scale
Now you go buy a new digital scale, hop on and it says 171.6 lbs. Your are outraged! You havent eaten anything, you have drunk anything, youre wearing the same clothes — How is it possible you gained 1.6 lbs. You call the manufacturer and complain. The customer service agent says, Im sorry, but 1.6 lbs is within the accuracy range of the scale. Which means, 1.6 lbs is within plus or minus 1% of your weight. To find out what 1% of your weight is, just divide you weight by 100.
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Earnings took a tumble in 2008, since weight loss programs are the first thing to go when economic hardship sets in. But they bounced right back, because Weight Watchers offers something most other diet programs dont: Weekly meetings with a community of people who provide encouragement and support, like Alcoholics Anonymous for overeaters. You pay to attend and get weighed on a weekly basis, and once you attain your weight goal, you dont have to pay again unless you gain it back. And thats where Weight Watchers is taking a hit. The next generation of diet programs, like the FitBit and MyFitnessPal.com , have a social aspect built into themyou can build a community around your weight loss project without ever having to go to a meeting. What weve seen is a deteriorating trend in recruitments, particularly on our online business and we feel that some of that is driven by the continued sudden explosion of interest in free apps and activity monitors, said chief financial officer Nicholas Hotchkin, on the companys earnings call last week.
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Dieting gets you nowhere
Now note next to each if their weight has changed significantly during the time you have known them, as far as you can tell. For instance, Hillary Clinton was always on the slender side, and although Oprah changed her weight quite drastically over the years, she is about the same shape now as she was a decade or two ago. Indeed, you will probably find that about eight out of 10 people on your list seem to weigh about the same as they did years ago. As one observer put it, some are greyhounds and some are bulldogs. As one observer put it, some are greyhounds and some are bulldogs. –Amitai Etzioni How can I tell?
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