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Weight Loss Boss: How to Finally Win at Losing--and Take Charge in an Out-of-Control Food World Hardcover – May 8, 2012

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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, WW's 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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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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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609619013
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609619015
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #594,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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119 of 127 people found the following review helpful By BJ Fogg on May 30, 2012
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This book will make you laughing out loud. But that's not what I like most.

Best of all: it's practical and accurate.

On page after page, Kirchhoff explains human nature and how behavior change works. You will find many nuggets that will enhance your life.

As a behavior psychologist who teaches at Stanford University, I get frustrated when authors perpetuate myths about human behavior. But Kirchhoff gets it right. And that's why I like this book.
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78 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Marla G. Norris on May 14, 2012
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Dave's book is brutally honest and gets to the heart of the issues some of us struggle with regarding weight loss. He gives specific advice backed by research and a lot of his personal knowledge after working for Weight Watchers for many years. This book has given me hope and practical advice on how I can not only lose the weight I have struggled to lose for years but also honesty about how it is a life-long journey and not a diet. It is entertaining to read and is peppered with success stories from other people who have lost weight and kept it off.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By cfwells on May 29, 2012
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I've joined Weight Watchers twice - once in 2005, and again in 2012. After losing 50 lbs by 2006, I felt like I knew the program and could do it on my own. Unfortunately, knowing the program isn't the only key, as Mr. Kirchhoff states in this book - it's changing your mind and your behavior. I didn't change those things, and the weight stopped coming off. I re-joined this year to shed the remaining weight FOR GOOD. David Kirchhoff is a huge encouragement, in that he's been there, a few times, AND he's the CEO of Weight Watchers. He didn't do it perfectly from day one, and readily admits it and explains why. He's the real deal!! Thanks to Mr. Kirchhoff for being transparent, and for spurring us on to achieve our goals!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lynne Spreen on June 8, 2012
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UPDATE: Lazy ghostwriter alert! I am disgusted to tell you that both Weight Loss Boss “by” David Kirchhoff, CEO of Weight Watchers, and I Got This “by” Jennifer Hudson, contain identical statements about their personal dietary strategies. I understand that WW might promote certain meals for health’s sake, but to put those choices in the mouths of their spokespeople in quotes is dishonest. I am changing my rating now to one star, for fakery. Here are David and Jennifer’s exact “quotes.” I do not know if there are other instances of this. Both “said”:

“If I want orange sherbet, I’ll reach for an orange instead of the ice cream. It’s the flavor I’m going for, so why not eat something that has fiber and nutrients over something that is full of chemicals and artificial flavors?”

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“While I don’t have a set weekly menu, I do have some favorites that have helped me get to my goal A typical breafast for me became one of three meals: grilled chicken breast fajitas with brown rice, an egg-white omelet with smoked salmon, or a chicken and vegetable omelet.”

Here is my original review:
David Kirchhoff is the CEO of Weight Watchers, and this book is about his journey to lose weight and maintain the loss. He's very down-to-earth, his writing voice is entertaining, and the book includes lots of helpful tips and motivating anecdotes and strategies. For example, I used his idea to move the ice cream out to the garage freezer, and then I buried it under a ton of stuff. If I go get it, I'll have time to think about what I'm doing as I dig it out.

Kirchhoff is funny. As he lists the rewards of eating right and exercising regularly, he says, "Truthfully, I look better as a fit guy than as my heavier self. There, I said it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By frank on May 10, 2013
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I have done so much research on dieting over the past five years. I have been on countless diets that work in the short term but something stupid will make me give up on the diet, I go back to the way of eating that made me fat to begin with, and I gain all the weight back. I am sure that sounds familiar to a lot of people. This book seems to have changed that. This book made me realize a few things that no other book has ever made me realize:

1) There is no end game when it comes to weight loss. Once the weight is lost maintaining the weight loss takes just as much effort. As soon as you go back to your old ways of eating you will gain the weight back and probably more. You can never give up.

2) Just because you have a bad day for eating, or even a bad week or month, it is not going to kill you. You just need to get back on the horse and keep going. Basically never give up. Once you give up, you lose.

Not only did I find this book extremely profound, but I also found it entertaining. It is written by the CEO of weight watchers, and he does talk about weight watchers a decent amount, but he certainly does not push the program on you. He even says that there are lots of ways to lose weight that are effective and weight watchers isn't necessary. That was a big plus for me as I am not really a huge fan of weight watchers.

But really, the big difference about this book, was that it was written by someone that seems to struggle with their eating every day as they just maintain weight. Every other dieting book seems to focus on the weight loss part of it without really touching on how to maintain that weight loss. He talks about how he still will binge on things when he isn't supposed to, but he never gives up. This book honestly changed my life. I can't recommend it enough.
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