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Weight Watchers’ Profits Plummet as More People Embrace Ketogenic Diet

Posted by M. C. on March 12, 2019

I don’t advocate medical advice but I find this interesting.

Historically, the generous amounts of food most of us eat simply were not accessible throughout the entire year, let alone 24/7, and evidence shows your body simply isn’t designed to run optimally when continuously fed.

Unfortunately, research by Satchidananda Panda suggests 90 percent of people eat across a span of 12 hours a day, and many across even longer timespans. This is a prescription for metabolic disaster, and will radically increase your risk for obesity and chronic degenerative disease over time.

Part of the problem is that when you eat throughout the day your body adapts to burning sugar as its primary fuel, which down-regulates enzymes that utilize and burn your stored fat. If you struggle to lose weight, this may well be a significant part of the problem — your body has simply lost the metabolic flexibility to burn fat for fuel.


Weight Watchers, one of the world’s largest diet companies, is struggling yet again as shares dwindle amid “competition” from ketogenic diets. In 2011, the company gave up on calorie counting, admitting it was “unhelpful.” Now, CNN Business reports people are increasingly turning away from carbs — and diets that promote them.

“CEO Mindy Grossman attributed the problem to the keto diet, a popular eating regimen that makes bread and other carbs taboo. She said during a call with analysts … that keto is ‘becoming a cultural mean’ and she even called it a ‘keto surge,’” CNN writes.1

As a result of rapidly shifting consumer behavior, Weight Watchers’ stock value has dropped by more than 80 percent since its high in July 2018.2 Weight Watchers won’t be changing its diet strategy though, Grossman says.

Nutritional Ketosis Is a Natural State

While Weight Watchers appears to view the ketogenic diet as another fad destined to eventually fade, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest nutritional ketosis is a most natural way of eating for health and weight management. The same clearly cannot be said for the Weight Watchers program.

As noted in a 2014 article on, “Newborn infants are in ketosis. This is their normal state.”3The article makes a compelling argument for ketogenic metabolism being “normal and desirable” because babies are in ketosis when born, and breast milk is ketogenic, so they remain in ketosis for as long as they’re breastfeeding.

Ketones — water-soluble fats your liver produces when converting fats into energy — appear to be particularly crucial during brain development.4 The article also presents the hypothesis that:…

Be seeing you

Babs eats


One Response to “Weight Watchers’ Profits Plummet as More People Embrace Ketogenic Diet”

  1. Kenneth T. said

    Reblogged this on PliscaPlace and commented:
    Sorry (not sorry) Weight Watchers, Keto works for both my wife and I.

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