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A frank, funny, and groundbreaking guide to surviving and thriving in an obesogenic world, from the CEO of Weight Watchers International.

We live in a dangerous food world, full of temptation and instant gratification. No wonder obesity among Americans has tripled since the 1960s—and that those prone to weight gain fail over and over to maintain their hard-won goals. Simply put, our brains and environments are stacked against us. ...

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Overview

 

A frank, funny, and groundbreaking guide to surviving and thriving in an obesogenic world, from the CEO of Weight Watchers International.

We live in a dangerous food world, full of temptation and instant gratification. No wonder obesity among Americans has tripled since the 1960s—and that those prone to weight gain fail over and over to maintain their hard-won goals. Simply put, our brains and environments are stacked against us. Simplistic willpower-based and food-focused diets will never bring lasting change.

But a solution is within reach—one that will help readers live better, longer, and more happily.

In fact, David Kirchhoff isn’t just the President and CEO of Weight Watchers—he’s also one of its biggest success stories. In his pursuit of a trim physique, Kirchhoff divulges his slide into full-fledged obesity, his struggles to manage his relationship with food, and to find an exercise regimen that sticks. Drawing on the latest scientific research and numerous other inspiring personal stories, he makes the case that the only recipe for long-term success is to radically shift our mindset when thinking about obesity and adopting a healthy lifestyle that stays with us for good. This requires incorporating positive habits that become second nature, and rigorously managing one’s food environment—as well as embracing practical behavior-change tools and other sustainable maintenance strategies. In the light of a new, healthier lifestyle that helps readers look good and feel good, change isn’t a burden—it’s a release.

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"A refreshing, authentic look at the struggle of losing weight and maintaining it by the head of one of the most successful weight loss brands in the world . . . Kirchhoff’s advice and tips are realistic, relatable, practical for everyone, and they pave the way for a sustainable, healthy lifestyle."—Jennifer Cohen, FORBES.com

"In his inspiring new book, Weight Loss Boss, Weight Watchers’ charismatic leader tells his own story and offers a myriad of tips for weight-challenged readers."—TIME.com

 

"A breezy read" … "The book paints him as likably [sic] neurotic and vulnerable, someone for whom merely opening up a carton of ice cream can prompt a ‘kind of narcotic effect.’" Simon Houpt "The Skinny on Weight Watchers"—The Globe and Mail

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609619015
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,444,904
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kirchhoff is the President and CEO of Weight Watchers International, which reaches 1.5 million people through its meetings each week. He lives in Fairfield County, CT.

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Table of Contents

Foreword x

Acknowledgments xii

Introduction: Staying Healthy in an Unhealthy World 1

Obesity is the great tectonic plate moving across the dinner table toward you and me-crushing our health (and our national economy). Defeat isn't inevitable! Here, my five rules for taking off-and keeping off-the weight for life.

Part I From thin to heavy and back again a weight loss odyssey

Chapter 1 Paging Dr. Freud-Early Influences and Food Attitudes 21

A look back at my too skinny youth, how genetics affect everything from fat distribution to cravings, and how yesterday's habits and sneaky behaviors affect how I lose it around food today.

Weight Watchers Profile Jennifer Hudson 36

"When I sing 'Feeling Good,' that's for real!"

Chapter 2 Letting Loose in an Obesogenic Environment 39

How a sudden change of environment (and the foods that pollute it) can bring on weight gain of epic proportions.

Weight Watchers Profile Derrick Deaton 48

"You can do this! I know you can!"

Chapter 3 Man Meets Scale 51

A wake-up call from my doctor (and his scale), my first Weight Watchers meeting, and how I finally reached my goal weight. What do I know now that I wish I knew then? The six stages of change and the two most common at-tributes of successful weight losers.

Weight Watchers Profile Edwin Hood 76

"Now I eat to live, I don't live to eat."

Part II Be The Boss of Your Own Weight Loss: Food, Tools, and Strategies to Take Charge for Life

Chapter 4 How to Make Food Your Friend 81

Introducing the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans-yes, finally, the government's making sense! Loving foods that love you back, what your new plate should look like, and how to steer clear of trigger foods.

Weight Watchers Profile Erin Meyer 102

"Live like you were dying."

Chapter 5 Rely on Habits, Not Willpower 105

The hard part of losing weight and keeping it off isn't knowing what to do. The hard part is making it happen in your life-for the rest of your life. But success is less a factor of discipline than simple repetition of good actions.

Weight Watchers Profile Carri Reiss 120

"I've become a master at substitutions."

Chapter 6 Sweat-At Love Story 123

How to make exercise a staple in your life by finding a routine to stick with (while trying out new things, too).

Weight Watchers Profile Ann Farrankop 140

"If I plan to be successful, I will be successful."

Chapter 7 The Change-Your-Lifestyle Tool Kit 143

The key tools I reach for in my superhero belt: a tracking system, my scale, the Weight Watchers meeting calendar, and new incentives.

Weight Watchers Profile Susan Brilla 162

"I love myself. I never did before."

Chapter 8 Manage Your Environment 165

We're hardwired for food lust. Can't fight it? Short-circuit it. At work and at home, learning to rewire our environment to avoid temptation in the first place.

Weight Watchers Profile Melanie Kann 184

"I'm setting goals … and surprising myself."

Chapter 9 Maintenance: How to Dance Down the Long Road Ahead 187

Now for the hard part-keeping it off by Really changing your life. Learning to stay focused, accountable, and relentless-without driving everyone around you insane.

Weight Watchers Profile Mary Dalton 204

"Arming myself-and my kitchen-put me in control again."

Chapter 10 Navigating Trouble Spots 207

How to handle those inevitable quagmires, speed bumps and detours-restaurants, holidays, and the perils of travel and vacation

Weight Watchers Profile Elizabeth Josefsberg 218

"Now I do only the things I love."

Chapter 11 Men and Weight Loss 221

Men are notorious weight deniers, but maybe Mars isn't quite as far from Venus as we thought.

Weight Watchers Profile Charles Barkley 236

"I don't feel like I'm on a diet because I'm never hungry."

Chapter 12 Nobody Eats Alone 239

Is obesity contagious? If the answer is yes, perhaps the opposite is also true-maybe fitness can also be contagious. As you change your ways, think of how you can create your own ripple effect.

Weight Watchers Profile Debbie Hugo 250

"It's not about what you do. It's about what you choose to do next."

Chapter 13 Is It Over Yet? Am I Cured? 253

There is no clear "cure" for obesity: Our bodies and minds have evolved over thousands of years to protect our fat stores. But you can get the upper hand. Here, my final key pieces of advice for losing weight and keeping it off.

Index 263

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

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    Excellent!

    So, I just got this book yesterday and I am already half way through it. It is one of those books that makes sense and is an easy read, but is informative enough to capture your attention. No, it is not another one of those weight loss books that gives you "blah, blah, blah, do this, don't do that and here are some recipes thrown in." This is more of a weight loss story that everyone can identify with. It is not all about Weight Watchers. Anyone can read it and get something out of it. I highly recommend it - man or woman, Weight Watchers or not.

    22 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2012

    This is a must read for anyone who wants to lose weight

    A pratical, funny and self-depricating view of weight loss! This book discusses the science behind weight loss as well as the root of the issue for a lot of us, the overabundance of food in today's society. In adddition, he talks about how our past habits can and do influence our present ones. For most of us, we realize at some point this is a lifelong process and one that has to be actively managed.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2012

    I could not wait for the book to be released. From the time I re

    I could not wait for the book to be released. From the time I received it to the time I was reading the last word, was all in one weekend. It was such an inspirational, humerous, fast read. I love it that the book is not exclusively for a Weight Watcher's members, and on the other hand as a member I felt like I was in the club. It is also interesting to read a "diet" book that was written by a man. I didn't want the book to end!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Great advice.....

    As a member of Weight Watchers I was curious to read about his struggles with his weight. I found out that he has the same struggles as I do. His writing style is so easy to read and very funny......I loved it, I would recommend this book to anyone, man or woman that wants a healthier lifestyle......

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Wonderful book.

    Trying again to post. This book feels like it was written directly to me. His feelings decribe me to a "t". It is insightful, humorous and just everything to inspire a person. Recommend to all.



    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2012

    Loved this book! So honest. Many helpful tips

    Loved this book! So honest. Many helpful tips

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    this is a great book!

    this is a great book!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    David Kirchhoff presents all the problems, anxieties, disappointments, achievements,happiness when body shrinks, etc with such a wonderful sense of humor. A must read for anyone on a weight loss program of any kind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Great book

    Good book for a weight watcher drop out. Teaches you all you need to do to keep on trying to loose weight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Great Read!

    You now have a look into the CEO of WW. He shows that even he can struggle when not following a perfectly place plan. This book is informative and he is downright funny.
    Well worth the money. A great book...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    A fun read!

    It gave me the kick start that I needed to get back on track to make better food choices. The author made me laugh along with him, at his ups and downs of healthy weight loss . He presented a very down to earth approach to life long changes for making healthy changes to his/our eating habits!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Good book to read while you transition to weight loss!

    I bought this book not really thinking I would enjoy a book about losing weight, but I was surprised that it was relevant AND interesting and told in a manner that helps rather than preaches good habits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2013

    Very Encouraging

    I have been on maintenance for a couple of years. Dave's book encouraged me and let me know I'm not alone in my continued pursuit of weight maintenance and let me know the ups and downs are normal . He was funny and encouraging and reminded me why I started the pursuit in the first place. If you've been on a weight loss plan, the book will encourage you to stay the path.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Lots of food for thought and action

    I enjoyed this book. Lots of practical advice. Some very interesting statistics but not so many you get bored. Wish the bio's on the losers had a bit more story.

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