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Weight Watchers Stock (wtw) Down 35% After Weak Q4 Earnings - Stocks In The News - Yahoo Finance

Keep an eye on NutriSystem (NTRI) as well. Like Weight Watchers, the company is a leading provider of weight management products and services. According to Zacks.com, NutriSystem has an average earnings surprise of almost +114%, so look out for their earnings report on March 2. Weight Watchers International, Inc closed the day Friday at $11.34, down 35.42% on the day. The company sits at a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
More: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/weight-watchers-stock-wtw-down-232611520.html

New Butter Coffee Could Help You Lose Weight

Jon Harper, a Salt Lake City attorney for the consumers, also said he could not comment beyond the language the parties had agreed to, which was that the litigation had been resolved "on terms satisfactory to the parties." In 2006, the FTC fined Basic Research $3 million and entered into an settlement in which the company agreed not to market its weight-loss products unless its claims were backed by "competent and reliable scientific evidence." Within a year, it had developed Akavar and launched a nationwide sales campaign, selling the pills in retail outlets like Walgreens, Target, CVS, Rite-Aid, Costco, WalMart and K-Mart, as well as directly over the web, according to court records. Akavar was touted as a "European Weight Loss Breakthrough" even though it was developed in Utah, lawsuits said. It was marketed by the Basic Research company called Dynakor one of a nearly a dozen companies created by Basic Research through a multi-million dollar ad campaign as a wonder pill in which the consumer could "Eat All You Want & Still Lose Weight. (And we couldn't say it in print if it wasn't true!)." Akavar "literally causes excess fat to be pulled from bulging parts of your body," the campaign said, according to court records. It sold 60 capsules for $39.99 and two bottles for $79.98 with a third one for free, and sales brought in millions of dollars, documents say. Total company annual revenues were around $50 million in 2007 and 2008.
More: http://www.sltrib.com/news/2231388-155/eat-all-you-want-and-lose

"Eat all you want and lose weight" lawsuit settled by Utah company | The Salt Lake Tribune

Perhaps vitamin D deficiency spurred weight gain, which, in turn led to diabetes? According to the Endocrine Society's 2012 scientific statement on vitamin D , people who have low levels of vitamin D are at increased risk of obesity as well as Type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and metabolic syndrome (characterized by high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels). However, more than 10 percent of people living with Type 2 diabetes aren't overweight, according to the Obesity Society. That might not seem like a huge percentage, but 10 percent of 29.1 million people is still a lot of people. So, to determine if vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of diabetes -- or if it simply causes weight gain -- a team of Spanish researchers examined the vitamin D levels, metabolic health and body-mass indexes (a measure of body fat based on height and weight) of 138 adults. The researchers classified all of the participants from two Spanish hospitals by their BMIs as well as whether they had diabetes, prediabetes or no glycemic disorders.
More: http://news.yahoo.com/common-vitamin-deficiency-may-raise-diabetes-risk-more-201937441.html

A Common Vitamin Deficiency May Raise Your Diabetes Risk More Than Obesity - Yahoo News

As dieters have turned away from low-fat/fat-free and reduced calorie types of packaged foods, they increasingly favor "regular" types of a wide range of food products, including dry mix and prepared salad dressings, mayonnaise, American cheese, cottage cheese, cream cheese, pancake syrup, margarine, non-dairy cream substitutes, ice cream, potato chips, snack cakes and puddings. Another potentially enduring shift in weight management is the shift away from weight-loss to weight-maintenance diet plans. It's true that Simmons National Consumer Study data show that over the past five years, the number of people who are 30 or more pounds overweight and on a weight loss diet grew from 16 million to nearly 18 million, while the percentage grew from 56 percent to 63 percent. However, with the exception of these significantly overweight people, Americans watching their diet are increasingly more likely to be satisfied with not gaining more weight rather than struggling to shed pounds. Between 2009 and 2014 the number of consumers watching their diet to maintain their weight grew 12.8 percent, or nearly twice as fast as the growth in the population of those seeking to lose weight.
More: http://www.gourmetretailer.com/top-story-profiles___trends-consumers_changing_weight_management_behaviors__packaged_facts-12017.html

Weight Management: U.S. Consumer Mindsets - Yahoo Finance

Dave Asprey, an American entrepreneur, came up with the idea after trekking in Tibet and drinking tea laced with yak butter. The drink gave him extra energy to venture across the mountainous terrain. After brainstorming, Asprey developed a high fat, low carbohydrate diet that he claims provides protection against lethargy, fat and disease as well as aiding in weight loss. The actual recipe involves a double espresso (made with low-mold coffee) blended to a thick froth with at least two tablespoons of unsalted butter and one Max Workouts review to two tablespoons of MCT or coconut oil. Asprey recommended that drinkers use organic coffee, grass-fed unsalted butter and organic MCT or coconut oil. Many drink the coffee mixture as a meal substitute in the morning or before exercise since it allegedly boosts stamina and performance.
More: http://www.opposingviews.com/i/health/new-butter-coffee-could-help-you-lose-weight

Consumers Changing Weight Management Behaviors: Packaged Facts - Profiles & Trends - Gourmet Retailer Magazine | Gourmet Retailers | Specialty Retail | Specialty Food News and Research

These include the Packaged Facts National Online Consumer Survey conducted in July/August 2014. These surveys reflect a panel of 2,000 U.S. adults (age 18+) that is balanced to the national population on the primary demographic measures of gender, age bracket, race/ethnicity, geographic region, marital status, presence or absence of children in the household and household income. Another source is Simmons National Consumer Study (NCS) for Winter 2014 from Experian Marketing Services, which was fielded from January 2013 through March 2014. (The report uses the Winter 2009 NCS in the case of 5-year-trend tables and figures.) On an ongoing basis, Experian Marketing Services conducts booklet-based surveys of a large and random sample of consumers (approximately 25,000 for each 12-month survey compilation) who in aggregate represent a statistically accurate cross-section of the U.S.
More: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/weight-management-u-consumer-mindsets-225300025.html

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