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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
About 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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. I'm so vain, I probably think this book is about me..."
I'm a Lifetime member, but even though I probably lost the least weight of anybody with the right to claim that title (20 pounds), it's a constant struggle. I worry about regaining it, so this book helped me feel stronger. I am much happier at this lower weight, and I want to keep it off. The cool thing about WW is that they treat it like a lifetime deal, an interesting and empowering area of self-study, like learning mindfulness, say, or meditation. There's no judgement, just a recognition that, as Kirchhoff says, "I feel better physically and mentally when I eat right and don't stuff myself, and when I am getting regular exercise." It's as simple and as hard as that.
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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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Some lone loaned me this book and I liked it so much I had to buy it. I gave it 4 not five stars because I lost interest towards the end. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Pres rev
It was inteesting to read that were not all alone. All of us have our set backs!!Published 3 months ago by Janice Wasmund
Great book, great tips and I love weight watchers so it was helpful thank you.Published 4 months ago by Darla Shaddock
I love this book! It is very honest and David has a very good sense of humor. I think everyone who is considering weight loss and definitely if you are a member of Weight Watchers... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Suzanne L Deloy
This was not what I expected. It is a rah rah you can do it book, rather than diet advice.Published 7 months ago by Meliss Appel