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Weight Loss Boss: How to Finally Win at Losing--and Take Charge in an Out-of-Control Food World

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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
ebook, 220 pages
Published 2012 by Rodale
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Lynne Spreen
UPDATE July 11, 2015. Recently, I gave this book a poor review due to what I believed to be sloppy ghostwriting. However, I was wrong. The author, David Kirchhoff, just clued me in. The excerpt, which I believed was used in both this book and . I am sorry for my mistake, and am giving the book the rating I believe it deserves.

Here is my original review:

Here is my original review:
David Kirchhoff is a crackup! He's the CEO of Weight Watchers, and this book is about his journey to lose weight and m
Sep 04, 2012 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a weight loss advice book, it's probably better than most I have read, in that it gets to the heart of the problems and talks about what it takes to change habits for life to achieve sustainable weight loss. Fundamental lesson: Form new habits that make good behavior automatic. That squares with my experience in having lost 60 lbs myself and maintained that for several years. It's not about going on a diet or depriving yourself for a short time to lose weight - it's about learning ways to liv ...more
Maria Barci
Aug 25, 2012 Maria Barci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a great book! I was so impressed. This was one of the best weight loss books I have read, and I have them all. Regardless of whether or not you participate in the Weight Watchers Program or not, or even ever have any intent to it does not matter. If you are weight conscious person READ THIS BOOK. Period! It is basically a common sense approach to living a healthy lifestyle and teaches healthy habits. Plus it's an easy/fun to read format and his writing is actually interested, humorous, ...more
I'm not a big self-help or weight loss book reader, generally. Occasionally I will pick something up but often I get bored by it. However, I will say that, in my experience, this is probably one of the best books on weight issues b/c Kirchhoff focuses on maintenance and why people tend to gain back weight they have lost. He uses humor and the Weight Watchers program to illustrate obstacles and pitfalls to keeping weight off and to demonstrate how to get and maintain a healthy lifestyle. I think ...more
Libbie Counselman
Apr 01, 2014 Libbie Counselman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, health
Kirchoff is the CEO of Weight Watchers, and while I have mixed feelings about Weight Watchers (mainly because it is for-profit, and therefore promotes some things for profit which sabotage health and weight loss, thus creating a conflict-of-interest), I loved Kirchoff's irreverent sense of humor, and his personal advice and plans are helpful, and something that anyone with weight issues can relate to.
Mar 19, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Kirchoff, the former CEO of Weight Watchers International has written a practical and funny book about the challenges of losing weight. He uses specific examples from his own struggle and, while he supports the Weight Watchers plan, he acknowledges that there are other methods and programs that may also work. He's not just a "suit" endorsing Weight Watchers, he is a real-life guy who sneaks ice cream and can eat giant bowls of peanuts before he realizes what he's done. He tells amusing sto ...more
Pat Baratta
Mar 15, 2013 Pat Baratta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kirchhoff has a unique, witty writing style that makes this book easy reading. His journey to goal weight was a long, hard, funny experience. I really enjoyed the book.
This was a good book and easy to read.
Jul 23, 2012 Ericka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just want everyone to know that I did not just buy this book because I am a Weight Watchers member I also bought the book because all of the proceeds of the sell of this book go to Share Our Strength which has the goal of ending childhood hunger in our country by 2015. Also, if you have been trying to lose weight or have thought about it and have thought about Weight Watchers this will give you just enough information that will help you decide to go to a meeting or join on-line. Weight Watcher ...more
Ruminating Merlin
It's been a while since I've read a self-help book as I burned myself out on them about a decade ago. However, I joined Weight Watchers recently and discovered David Kirchhoff's blog. The blog posts were informative, inspiring and humorous so I decided to read his book and I'm glad I picked it up.

The book details Mr. Kirchhoff's personal weight loss and maintenance journey. The skeptic in me kept wanting to think he was only writing the book to publicize Weight Watchers since he's the company's
Feb 09, 2013 Traci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weight Loss Boss is written by a guy that's living the lifestyle. David is the CEO of Weight Watchers and he learned how to best conquer his weight issues. Weight Loss Boss is his way of trying to help others achieve the healthy lifestyle that he's managed to find.

Kirchoff's writing style is laid back and honest. He's funny, down to earth and he put's his own faults out there for everyone to see. If you ever struggled with weight, you can find a friend in David. Not only does he show you how lon
Jan 06, 2013 Emmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book! I think everyone who has ever wanted to lose weight, is trying to lose, or is maintaining can relate to something in this book. That said, I do think Weight Watchers members will get the most out of it because we already know the lingo (he does give a little breakdown of that though). This book works because it is real. He may be the CEO and have access to every WW tool their is, but he is still a former fat guy battling his demons on a daily basis. He is brutally honest about t ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Riki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently utilizing the Weight Watchers program and having some success, so I decided I’d read the book written by the CEO of Weight Watchers, David Kirchoff. The book is well-written and full of valuable information, even if you don’t follow the program formally. Kirchoff has a knack for making his personal anecdotes funny and relatable without being preachy and I found myself nodding in recognition many times. The background information about how Weight Watchers was founded was interestin ...more
May 05, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
Full disclosure: I am a Weight Watchers employee who has drunk the kool-aid, and for many of us on staff, Kirchhoff is somewhat of a rockstar.

I like Kirchhoff's writing style as it is (from the blog Man Meets Scale). His sense of humor, his ability to throw it all out there and look a little weird. This book is really more of the same.

In terms of weight loss advice, he does a good job of showing how he has managed to build and sustain healthy behaviors (making them effortless is a big theme), ma
Jun 24, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book. He has a unique perspective. He's a man (obviously)and a CEO so by nature, he's a problem solver. His main advice is to stop relying on willpower since that's impossible to do in today's food market. Temptation is everywhere. Rely instead on healthy habits that are second nature and don't require thought or decision and clean up your food environment. Don't stock things in your pantry that you can't resist. Don't tell yourself you'll only eat one serving of chips if chips a ...more
May 21, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't rate this book highly enough! No information is new but the knowledge that even the CEO of Weight Watchers struggles to control his own weight and that it took him almost 10 years to get to goal, the book is refreshing in it's honesty and humour. Of course I've been a fan of David's 'Man Meets Scale' blog for quite a while, so maybe I'm biased, but I now look at my own food habits a bit differently (and even looking for the ones I'm not even aware of). Unlike other diet books, the majority ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read many books and articles about weight loss, some helpful, others not so much. I can honestly say that I found this one helpful in that Kirchhoff confronts the reader with the need to develop new habits, given the fact that fundamental lifestyle changes are necessary to any long-term weight loss. Diets, even when they lead to weight loss in the shorter term, cannot work unless habits are changed for the long term. Maintenance of weight loss is actually more difficult than losing in the ...more
Gina Davie
I enjoyed gaining insight into the man running the organization that changes so many lives and where his heart is at.
Cindy Knapp
Jun 24, 2015 Cindy Knapp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book. Real life stuff. You'll love this even if you're not a Weight Watchers fan.
Phyllis Jones
May 22, 2014 Phyllis Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He's funny and tells the story as it is. Tremendous support for anyone whether or not a WW member.
Jul 19, 2014 Kathi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent advice and inspirational! Great companion to WW program.
Funny, easy to read, relatable with good tips.
Jan 25, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
David Kirchhoff is the CEO of Weight Watchers as well as a Lifetime Member. This is not a book about dieting, but rather a bit of memoir about his own weight loss and a lot of practical advice for anyone, man or woman, who has lost weight or wants to lose weight. Kirchhoff is funny, insightful, smart, and well-informed. He mixes his personal discoveries with the current research on health and obesity and short essays by men and women who have successfully lost weight. I also recommend watching h ...more
May 22, 2012 Julie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: healthy-living
I was just not a fan of the book. It completely restated the obvious weight loss maxims that I've heard 80,032 times before without giving any new insight into our collective health and obesity problems. Contrary to his repeated claims that his experience was typical of the average American ("If I can do it, so can you!"), David Kirchhoff has more motivation and access to resources as the CEO of Weight Watchers than any other person on the planet. Whatever message he's selling, I clearly didn't ...more
Mar 27, 2013 Eleanor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid, practical advice about the challenges of our food-centric society. Even if you aren't a Weight Watchers member, there are lots of great tips and ideas. I appreciate Mr. Kirchhoff telling his story and how it was (and can still be) a struggle for him. It boiled down to lifestyle changes and hard work. Perhaps not the message the reader wants to hear, but he speaks from his experience and learnings. He uses humor throughout the book which makes a challenging subject very entertaining!
Dana Wolverton
Oct 15, 2013 Dana Wolverton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good book for anyone navigating through weight loss or maintenance. David Kirchhoff takes the reader down the path of his background and what led to his desire to lose weight. He explains the program very well and provides a number of ideas and tips that he has found helpful (all highlighted in my Kindle for future reference, i.e., how to make it through those hellish weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years).

Here's hoping I am as successful as Mr. Kirchhoff.
Sep 19, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this had an excellent perspective on real weight loss challenges. It left me feeling like, "Yeah it's tough to lose weight and keep it off for good, but it is possible ... not easy, but possible." The reality is harsh, but true. I classify myself as a yo-yo dieter. I can lose weight easily, but it always seems to creep back on. This book was good for me because David talked about maintenance challenges and how to face them. And he really made me laugh too.
Oct 22, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am a Weight Watchers member and I found this book not only inspiring but so familiar in how I've felt over the years about my health, weight and self image. To boot, I found myself laughing out loud to some parts of the book. There are some really good tips, tricks and inspiring (there's that word again!) words. The author's self deprecating humor makes this topic not feel so shameful and makes the reader not feel so alone. Thank you for this book!!!!
On of the better books about establishing healthy life habits and losing weight that I have read. Even though he is the CEO of Weight Watchers, what he really talks abut is how he developed habits that supported his weight loss and healthy life style, and he doesn't talk much about the WW program. There are some "success stories" that talk about WW, and I found those actually felt like filler material. I skipped them after awhile. Quick easy read and inspiring.
Joanna Cabot
Great book! Kirchhoff worked his way up to the top job at Weight Watchers, and along the way, followed its program to lose his own extra pounds. He has a light, self-deprecating tone that made this a breezy and endearing read. Nothing he presents here is revolutionary, but it's a fun journey and a good motivational read for those (like me) engaged in this endless battle.

A few typos here and there in the Kindle edition, but nothing serious. Overall, recommended.
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