Two and a half years ago, an email landed in my inbox with the subject line, “Cover story?” At the time, I was a freelance journalist and those two words made me drool like none other. But as I read the email, my face sunk—Good Housekeeping wanted me to write a feature where I’d interview five woman who’d lost 100 pounds each. Normally, I would have rolled my eyes—I fancied myself a “serious journalist” and stayed away from weight loss stories at all costs. But this was the beginning of the recession and I needed money. I felt pained as I wrote back and begrudgingly accepted the assignment.
I felt defeated for the next few days as I tracked down women to interview. Really, was this the state my career was in? Weren’t there more important stories I could be working on? I thought.
My first interview was with a woman named Janice, a stay-at-home mom who’d lost 75 pounds doing Weight Watchers and had gone on to become a counselor herself. We spent more than an hour on the phone as I asked her a zillion questions about how she’d gained the weight, how she’d changed her eating habits, and how life was different as a thin person. Near the end of our conversation, she asked me a simple question:
“How do you feel about your body?”
It landed like a slap against my jaw. Keep reading »
“I never thought I was overweight. I thought my old look was pretty normal. That was how all the girls looked growing up in Chicago. I didn’t have any problem with it. It makes me smile to think back to myself when I did ‘Dreamgirls’ with Beyonce. I did see all these women in Hollywood, all very slim and I thought, ‘Wow, these ladies are very into themselves.’ I loved that I stood out in a room. You knew when you saw this woman it was Jennifer Hudson.”
—Jennifer Hudson on her body image before her dramatic weight loss. I love that she said this. I think that’s a sign of true self-esteem if you can approve of yourself at every size and shape. She does look fantastic, but I’m wondering if she’s implying that she’s really into herself now that she’s one of those slim Hollywood ladies or if she no longer feels like she stands out in a room. [Hello Beautiful] Keep reading »
With the pounds she’s dropped over the seasons on “The Millionaire Matchmaker” and her pokes at women on the show to lose weight and ditch the “frumpty-dumpty,” it was only a matter of time before Patti Stanger
was tapped as a spokeswoman for a weight loss company. After all, it’ll take someone pretty convincing to compete with Jennifer Hudson
for Weight Watchers. Behold, here is an ad Patti shot for Sensa, which she calls “Hollywood’s best kept secret.” With this ad, she joins the proud pantheon of famous folks who have pushed diet products
, from Kirstie Alley to the Kardashians. What do you think—has Patti sold out? Maybe she should go with the Jimmy K Miracle Diet
. Keep reading »
It’s January, which officially means weight loss reality TV season is in full swing. I’ve been so busy watching shows about dieting that I’ve barely had time to binge on cookies. I guess that’s the point. There’s “The Biggest Loser,” “Shedding for the Wedding,” “Ruby,” “One Big Happy Family,” “Heavy,” “I Used to be Fat,” and “Dance Your A** Off” to name a few. It’s a huge decision to choose the right one to help me confront my emotional eating issues. Chips and guacamole, how you haunt me. Now that I’ve watched them all, here’s the breakdown of the weight loss shows I would shun, shag, or marry. Find out after the jump. Keep reading »
“I thought I looked fabulous before and nobody else did. So, whatever … Actually, now I wear bigger clothes because I don’t like the way people stare at me. I liked it before. Now, you’re just looking at me for the wrong reasons. Before, you were actually looking at me for a real reason.”
– Raven-Symoné on her major weight loss. I’ve never heard a person sound so bitter after a weight loss. If she is uncomfortable with her new body, just gain the weight back? [People] Keep reading »
’Tis the season for peace, joy and weight gain. After Christmas and New Year’s, we will all jiggle a bit more. Women will feel like kicking themselves for their weight gain and will suffer from self-loathing that lasts long past the chocolate free-for-all of Easter.
What women don’t know is that many men get Yule logs in their pants when they see extra curves on the ladies. Read more … Keep reading »
Some would argue that the slogan “Nothing feels as good as skinny feels” promotes anorexia. But ask a Weight Watchers member, and she might say this mantra, which I’ve heard repeated in meetings, kept her on track to healthy weight loss. I can see both sides of the debate, especially since decorator Jonathan Adler, who created this pillow for Kirna Zabête, is known for his cheeky designs. So does this pillow offend you? [Racked] Keep reading »
According to an essay in today’s Daily Mail, my desire to drop 5 to 10 pounds is about as common as a winter cold. Seven pounds, it seems is the magic number — the “holy grail” of weight loss. It’s an amount significant enough that, no matter what one’s starting weight, clothes will fit differently (for a lot of us, that means “better”). It’s also, as essayist Jenny Dickinson, says: “a loss [that] is physically noticeable on most women, so it’s in the region that will gain us recognition for our efforts.” And a seven pound weight loss is also relatively easy to achieve for most people. Keep reading »
It’s day 22 of the 30-Day Cellulite Challenge, which means there’s only about a week left, and things are looking good. I’ve been using Karin Herzog‘s Dynamic Duo Anti-Cellulite Kit for about three weeks, and it seems to be working. By the way, at the end of my experiment, we’ll be offering a deal on the Herzog products, so you can try them yourself.
Now, though, there’s another issue. Keep reading »