WeightWatchers CEO Explains Why ‘We Got It Wrong’

Long before WeightWatchers became a weight loss empire, the legacy dieting company started as a small support group in the 1960s. The company rose to popularity preaching a message of moderation and making healthy choices. But in what some call a surprising pivot, WeightWatchers is changing the way the company does business. On today’s Chasing Life, CEO Sima Sistani sits down with Dr. Sanjay Gupta to share why she’s making these big changes, namely, embracing telehealth and weight loss drugs like Wegovy.

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    I have tried WW many times and I am always frustrated that there is no support for emotional overeaters. There is almost no sharing time in the meetings anymore, and scant celebrations at the beginning of the meetings for those who lost weight that week. For some, it may be the only encouragement they ever get. For years, I have wished that there were an optional separate small group sharing/counselling meeting at WW for those of us who have eating disorders due to sexual or other trauma and continue to deal with depression/anxiety or other issues that impede following a weight loss program successfully. I would be willing to pay for this service. Maybe they just don't want the liability. Who knows. Anyway, just straight up behavioral training and sharing recipes does not work for me at all. Of course one can get counselling outside of WW, but I think it would be helpful to have a group that is also going to WW and doing the program together– more moral support!

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    I lost 40 pounds, 6 years ago and weigh the same as I did in high school. I had tried losing that 40 pounds my entire life via diets, running, etc. But I didn't use any of the normally-accepted methods such as social media apps, diet pills, etc. And I simply cannot believe that people remain oblivious to what I consider the best method of weight loss and disease prevention….Intermittent Fasting. Why does this work so well? Very simple, doing I.F. is something our bodies were originally designed for, so it's like returning to eating habits that are more natural and beneficial for our biology. Our ancestors rarely had easy access to food at all times, so eating all day long is something our bodies don't manage well = an obesity epidemic. Take 30 minutes and read some testimonials by those who have tried I.F. In nearly all cases, the results have been excellent and the weight loss sustained. The medical community and pharmaceutical companies are not benefitting from the I.F. trend, so it's difficult to gather good info regarding I.F. unless you use experts via podcasts, e.g. Also, take some time to learn about "autophagy", an important cellular process that is only achieved during times of calorie restriction. And DO NOT be deterred by the the thought of being hungry all the time. Once the body adjusts to I.F. (this takes a couple weeks, usually, and some changes to your nutritional intake), you will not be hungry during times of no food intake. I eat from 9AM to about 2PM and feel great, have excellent biomarkers, e.g., cholesterol, and plenty of energy. GL.

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    talking about weight and diabetes, and not talking about the benefits of a plant based diet is frankly a little irresponsible to public health. as far as weight watchers, i haven't used it. I've seen a number of people talk about their point system, and it seems like there is a lot of room for improvement. it seems to me like the level of research done for this video is a little disappointing. one fact that was pointed out and bears repeating, most doctors don't get enough nutrition training. I'm just disappointed.

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    These three things will do more to fix the problems at the Southern Border than anything else. Make it a felony to be in this country illegally. 2. Anyone illegally in this country is not eligible for asylum. 3. Enforce the laws on the books.

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    At last a different narrative that restores sanity. Different strokes for different folks. Not just about choice but genetics, comorbidities and more. WW didn't work for me. It couldn't I had several undiagnosed autoimmune conditions. Treating those lead to losing 1/2 my body weight without the behavioral interventions that didn't work and those ghastly WW meetings.

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    Weight watchers is a business. It survives by selling to vulnerable people.

    What works for me is staying busy. The more engaged I am with an activity the less I think about food. And I put my hamster wheel on 3.5 mph every ( ok , not every every day) day and walk for 15 mins. And even if I am overweight, at least my heart is staying healthy – my resting pulse is a steady 57 bpm.

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    CNN Racism According to UN data, 165 million children worldwide are too small for their age, or stunted, due to chronic malnutrition. Three quarters of these children live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. In sub-Saharan Africa, 40% of children are affected; in South Asia, 39%.

    3.2 million children under the age of 5 die each year in sub-Saharan Africa – that's about half of the world's deaths in this age group.

    Worldwide, nearly every second death in children under the age of five is due to malnutrition. 0:24

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    Changing habits takes a lot of practice, some people need additional means and assistance to keep weight off and to lose weight, while their needs change over the years. However, allowing food manufacturers to shove nasty additives down our throats while fresh food options are financially out of reach for many Americans should come to an end if we want lasting change. Their practices are killing us, forcing us to become dependents in our medical system. Emulsifiers added just to make things look pretty and keep from separating should be gone, we don't need that in our bodies! Meanwhile, the boards, investors and owners of the companies poisoning us are rich and healthy, probably living & eating in Europe, where they do not allow these poisons in food.

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    Good day people of the world. followers of christ or not, i goy great news. Jesus Christ is returning soon, an if you want to be rapture ready, its pretty simple. one believe that Jesus died on the cross and spilled his own blood for are sins, was buried and rose on the third day from the dead in glory. 2. admit your a sinner and your need him to save you. 3. repent your sins on him and in faith and trust and believe in him to save you. Because as Scripture say. there be people left behind to face gods wraith and face the mark of the beast. were a person will have it on there right hand or forehead. so if you stay behind dont take the mark satay in faith to Jesus for this time will be hell on earth. lucifer will force you to take it. Do not accept it choose death. i pray you and many get saved and my fellow christians spread the word. John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." He loves us all and wants us all raptured.

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    Wow!!! Weightwatchers now promoting ozempic! People do not trust this drug. You have to burn more calories than you eat to lose weight….thats the secret formula

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