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March 21, 2014 | By James S. Fell
In regard to weight, Jennifer Hudson's biggest concern these days might be finding a shelf sturdy enough to bear the weight of her numerous awards. Her Oscar and Grammy wins represent but a small portion of the recognition she has received. But body weight has been a concern for her in the past. And it was Weight Watchers, for which she appears in ads, and developing a sense of play about physical activity that helped her lose 80 pounds and keep it off. Were you heavy as a child, or did the weight come on later?
December 28, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
When we diet, most of us eat more fruits and vegetables, many choose an established weight loss program, and one in four of us gets some help from a smartphone app. Those are some of the results from a recent survey of 3,201 subscribers who shared their experiences about becoming more healthy. With a few days left until you begin your new year's resolutions to lose weight, get in shape and feel good in 2012, perhaps some of these enlightening tidbits will help steer you in the right direction.
It was Queen Victoria--royally pained in 1900 by a courtier's impersonation of her prim voice and puffy cheeks--who noted that we were not amused. With such aloof precedence, we must presume today's royals are unamusedly bashing their heads against Buckingham Palace at word that Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, will appear in TV commercials and throw her rank around for Weight Watchers.
January 2, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
If only our collective memories worked a little better, we might recall that facing the new year with a little extra weight is what we did a year ago. And the year before that. Were those extra helpings of whatever it was - can you even remember? - worth it? No matter, diet season is here for many of us. Maybe your 2013 resolve is not to be at the same threshold in 2014. But for now, you might be thinking about which diet will work best, fast and with the least pain. Are you willing to spend money?
June 25, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Jessica Simpson is strutting her post-baby stuff, and all we can think is: She looks like a million bucks. Or $3 million. Or maybe even $4 million, depending on who you believe. "Just taking a walk around the block... Street legal???," Simpson said Friday on Twitter as she posted a photo of herself, above left, flashing massive amounts of mama cleavage. Compare that to her look from "The Dukes of Hazzard," above right, circa 2005. The difference now is that Simpson is under contract with Weight Watchers, CNNMoney reported a while back, and millions are riding on her ability to take her 5-foot-3 shape from a reported high of 210 pounds while pregnant down to a goal weight of 130. Simpson and fiance Eric Johnson welcomed daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson on May 1. Maxwell was delivered by C-section, meaning Jessica had to do some healing before hitting the gym. Back in 2005, a 25-year-old Simpson, then married to Nick Lachey, got in shape for those Daisy Duke short-shorts with a low-carb, high-protein diet and two hours a day, six days a week of running, squats, lunges and weight-resistance exercises, under the guidance of trainer Michael Alexander.  Now it'll be Points Plus for the new mom, who turns 32 next month, and workouts with trainer Haley Pasternak, according to InTouch, which reported that the fashionista recently hit the gym five times over 14 days.
May 11, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
For those looking to shed a few pounds, Jenny Craig may be a good bet — the plan got top honors in a Consumer Reports ranking of popular diets. But not all dieters would agree. After all, as Booster Shots blogger Eryn Brown pointed out yesterday: Jenny Craig is fairly expensive. And each diet has its fans. Consumer Reports offers an overview of its seven-diet comparison (you must have a subscription to see the rankings), but it has this to say about Jenny Craig specifically: “What gave it the edge over the other big names we assessed — stalwarts such as Atkins, Ornish, and Weight Watchers — was a 332-person, two-year study of the program published in the Oct. 27, 2010, Journal of the American Medical Association.
January 9, 2013 | Melissa Healy
After all those well-intentioned New Year's resolutions have yielded to the force of habit, many of the nation's 79 million obese adults will have a day of reckoning with their primary care physicians. Lose weight and get active, the doctor will order, or risk developing diabetes. Then the MD will scribble a prescription. For most patients, the prescribed treatment will not be a pill. It will be a 12-week program aimed at preventing Type 2 diabetes by getting obese adults to shed as little as 10 pounds and exercise for a little more than 20 minutes a day. That regimen -- the Diabetes Prevention Program -- may soon become the blockbuster prescription medicine you've never heard of. In 2013, it is poised to become the envy of pharmaceutical companies, a new rival to programs such as Weight Watchers, and a target of opportunity for healthcare entrepreneurs.
Anyone who's ever tried to lose weight will take issue with two new advertising campaigns that suggest dieting is as simple as ABC or one, two, three. But analysts say that campaigns unveiled last month by Weight Watchers International Inc. and Jenny Craig Inc. could lead to increased market share for the industry leaders now that two popular diet drugs have been linked to heart valve problems and pulled from the market.
Some travelers think of Paris and picture young lovers, fashions to die for, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Versailles. Not my friends. They think of food. John recommended the heavenly steak and divine French fries at L'Entrecote, the Parisian steakhouse. Sergio reminisced about the perfect duck--and the exorbitant bill--at Tour D'Argent, the fancy penthouse restaurant overlooking Notre Dame and the Seine.
April 5, 1999 | ROCHELLE O'GORMAN
STOP STUFFING YOURSELF Simon & Schuster Audio. Abridged nonfiction. One cassette. Length: 90 minutes. $12. Read by Jenna Stern. Available in bookstores. * An official Weight Watchers publication, this is a motivational tool to start you on your weight-loss plan. The focus is not on what you eat, but on how you eat. Behavior modification and the triggers that cause you to overeat are addressed in a straightforward manner. Worry, stress and boredom are discussed as possible factors for overeating.
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