Menu Labeling – Do You Want To Know?

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Dave Kirchoff (CEO of Weight Watchers) presents the argument to label calorie counts in restaurants as part of Obamacare. I did not know this component existed in the new law. Personally I would welcome the information. When I go out, I am guessing at the choices I make. Who knows what the calorie count or in my case point value of a selection is? This information will make us smarter consumers.

There are many people who won’t be influenced by the information. These are the same people who don’t read food package labeling. They blindly eat what they want, consequences be damned. More power to them. There are a lot of people who do read package labels and make sound food choices based on that information. Shouldn’t that information be made available in the area where Americans go so far off course of eating healthy?

There is a city ordinance in New York City requiring restaurants to provide this information and I say it’s about time. What may seem like an innocuous selection could be disastrous to your daily calorie intake. Smart people want information. Smart people make informed choices.

What do you think? Do you want restaurants to label the calorie count of their food?

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Book Review: Weight Loss Boss by Dave Kirchhoff

Written from a man’s perspective, Weight Loss Boss is Dave Kirchhoff’s story of weight loss and maintenance as well as his career with Weight Watchers as their CEO and lifetime member. He describes his struggles with food and exercise and the battle he had losing his weight. I think it interesting that Weight Watchers hired him when he was overweight. I have to admit, I like a man who is in touch with his emotional side and is self- aware. Kirchhoff writes about his reasons for eating as well as telling the story of how he has been a lifetime “sneaker” of food.

Since I am in the battle myself, I thought I could use the encouragement from the book. I have to say, it is encouraging. Once you get past the resume that he expounds upon, the book is informative and easy to follow. He lists nerdy facts and research that you know an organization like Weight Watchers is privy to, (WW doesn’t spout all the technical stuff at you, preferring to keep the approach user friendly and simple)so I may not be one for statistics and research, it was heartening to know that the program is backed by science.

I wanted to experience a man’s perspective on WW, and I think he did a good job representing his gender.  While none of the WW information was news to me, I’ve learned most of it from the online program and by the forums, I still derived information from the book. For me, it’s the exercise that is posing the biggest challenge, and he shows you how much he programs into his busy schedule, something for me to strive towards.

I would say get the book if you are in WW or are interested in WW.  If you are looking for diet tips, not so much as there aren’t a lot of chapters devoted to tips. There are other ways of getting that information. Since men are the minority in WW, it is nice to see a quality publication be available that may bring more men to the fold. His blog http:/ManMeetsScale.com  is great to follow, very informative. It is important to note that the profits of this book are going to charity.

If you read it, come back and give your opinion…I’d love to hear what you think.