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Sam Smith weight loss: Singer shows off even slimmer figure at event in London

The singer was previously spotted during the Manchester One Love concert when he appeared in a video for the event.

In the video, he was one of the many famous stars to partake in the concert, saying: “Hi, I’m Sam and I stand with Manchester.” 

The video was part of the One Love concert organised by Ariana Grande after the terrorist attack in Manchester.

It went on to raise over £10 million for the families affected.

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Wall Street rallies behind Oprah Winfrey as Weight Watchers’ stock soars after earnings beat

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Call it the Oprah Winfrey effect.

Shares of Weight Watchers were climbing more than 15 percent in premarket trading Friday, after the New York-based company reported earnings that topped Wall Street expectations and raised its outlook for the full year.

Ever since Winfrey associated herself with the brand back in 2015, Weight Watchers has been going up and up, following years of declines.

“There’s no doubt that the Weight Watchers’ long-term collaboration with Oprah Winfrey has certainly accelerated the company’s progress since October 2015 with high awareness of her success and happiness with the program sparking interest and excitement,” CEO Mindy Grossman said on Thursday’s earnings conference call.

“I’m personally looking forward to partnering with her as we transform the brand and business.”

The diet program’s subscribers climbed 20 percent in the second quarter, helping drive sales 12 percent higher, to $342 million, from a year ago.

Earnings came in at 67 cents per share, adjusted, topping analysts’ estimates of 51 cents, according to Thomson Reuters. And Weight Watchers now anticipates earnings per share to fall within $1.57 to $1.67 for the full year, “reflecting continued momentum.”

Grossman just began leading the company in July, coming over from an 11-year stint at shopping network HSN. On Thursday, she told analysts and investors that more and more of Weight Watchers’ customers are viewing the company as a “lifestyle-oriented, more modern and relevant brand.”

Notably, Grossman has experience working with other big-name brands Nike, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.

Now Weight Watchers’ biggest cheerleader, Winfrey bought a 10 percent stake in the diet company back in 2015, when the stock was trading around $6 apiece. Shares closed Thursday at $33.08.

As of Thursday’s close, shares of Weight Watchers have climbed a whopping 189 percent since the start of the year. The stock is up about 51 percent over the past three months.

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On Thursday, Grossman said the company’s better performance of late has been fueled by improved digital offerings and freshening the Weight Watchers meetings experience. CFO Nicholas Hotchkin added that the business is focused on growing both its online and meetings segments in coming quarters.

“Based on our business momentum, we now expect full-year 2017 revenue to approach $1.3 billion, a double-digit increase over the prior year, reflecting improvements in all geographic markets versus our prior expectations,” Hotchkin said Thursday.

With Winfrey still on board and boasting her more-than-40-pound weight loss via Weight Watchers on TV advertisements, the diet program doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon.



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Q&A: Ex-QB Jared Lorenzen breaks down his quest to lose weight, be healthy and inspire others

It’s been nearly a week since a trailer for The Jared Lorenzen Project was posted on Facebook, and former Kentucky and New York Giants quarterback Jared Lorenzen can count on one hand the number of negative responses he’s received among the thousands of comments he’s gotten.

Actually, it’s just one finger.

That’s how much people — family, friends he hasn’t heard from in a while, and fans — have thrown their support behind the man known for being one of the bigger quarterbacks ever to suit up in the NFL as he tries to lose weight and live a healthier life.

Lorenzen spoke to For The Win on Thursday afternoon in an edited and condensed interview to break down his attempt to lose weight after reaching over 500 pounds, what his goals are, and how he’s going on a nationwide tour to help others combat obesity.

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How are you feeling about the reaction to the trailer dropping?

It’s been much better than I thought. Some people with social media, they can hide and be anonymous, but it’s actually been comforting, seeing the three to four thousand responses and I can name one that was negative. A lot of my friends, a lot of people I haven’t talked to in a long time, a lot of people I never met are getting behind this and behind me.

How did this all begin in the first place?

Antoine Walker had a documentary made about him. And I met Anthony Holt there and he said, “Hey I want to do a project with you.” I knew how Hollywood is, and I said, “Sure, sure, yeah.” Then Walker and I went into the [University of Kentucky] Hall of Fame together and Anthony was there saying, “I want to do something!” It started there. Then we started talking more and more and then he got Gunnar Peterson and Dr. Philip Goglia on board and it started to take shape. The past two years have been crazy. I can’t imagine what this one will be like.

Have you heard from overweight people who are already inspired by you?

I have always been someone I think bigger people reach out to. Kids come up to me and say, “I get to try out at quarterback now because of how big you were, they think, you never know, I could be a quarterback.” And I think it’s neat that they get the opportunity because I was big and they can’t count that out now. My Twitter and Facebook are full of, “Hey I weight 400 pounds, I want to do this with you.” Or “Hey, I lost 118 pounds in 18 months, just stay with it, you can do it.” The response has been something I never believed could happen on social media. No matter how good something is, there are always people out there cut it down, but this hasn’t has that.

I read that when you were cut by the Colts in 2008, you were 285 pounds and hadn’t stepped on a scale again until 2016. What happened between then and now to where you’re at on the video?

I lived on a scale for 10 years of my life, worrying about 0.2 and 0.4 pounds all of the time. When you’re getting bigger, you buy yourself a bigger shirt or a bigger pair of pants, you don’t think much of it. Then I jumped on a scale and saw that. “Oh no, I didn’t realize it was that bad.” I thought, something needs to be done. I’m at doctors appointments, I’m making sure my blood pressure is better. I’ve always made jokes — and I always will — but it’s not funny when you’re 36. When you’re 25 or 30, ha ha, whatever, but at 36, it’s like, as I said in the trailer, if I die tonight, they wouldn’t say, “Oh what a tragic loss.” It’d be, “Well look how big he was.”

You’re someone on social media who jokes about your weight and puts your nicknames on t-shirts. Is that in a different light now that you have this project to get healthy?

I’m still me. The process itself is not going to change. What will change is nutrition and helping kids. What it won’t change is … how can I put it? I’m a smartass! Some of the stuff on Twitter is me just being a smart aleck and having fun with fans. I could weight 110 pounds and I am still going to give Louisville as much grief as I can because that’s our rival. Some of the stuff won’t change. What you’ll see, especially on my Facebook side, is more of what I’m doing, where people can meet up with me, the kids I’m helping. The Twitter side? You’ll see some of that, but I’ll still be me.

What’s your day-to-day now with the project?

I’ll quote Anthony: It’s OTAs right now. Right now, we’re getting all geared up. I have to continue to walk around and start the minor process of changing. West Coast Customs is sending over a mobile gym, a trailer with a gymnasium in it. That’s when the workouts will start taking place and we can really start ramping up.

It’s not like this is the first time you’re ever working out.

You work out during the offseason and season when you’re playing. But people will notice this. There are some deep, dark times you go through when what you loved and what you did was gone. Mine was football. Once football’s gone, you go through some spots and it was something I had to learn to deal with. I was done with working out, there was nobody there to tell me I couldn’t do anything. Now, it’s so sick, but I miss being sore. I miss sweated through t-shirts. I’m excited to get it going.

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Have you lost weight so far or noticed anything different?

I noticed that I feel a thousand times better than I have the last two years, especially now that this has been out.

But have you noticed any weight loss?

I am waiting for the gym to get out here and then the reveal. It’s not about the weight loss. That’s the thing. It’s not about, “Jared’s gonna lose 200 pounds.” It’s about finding the weight I can live at healthy and stay there. It could be 450 pounds. Well, if that’s where I am where I don’t need blood pressure medication, then great. But it’s whatever it is. We’re just going to get to it and find it.

What’s the charity side to this?

Now Let’s Get Fit is a non-profit focused on childhood obesity. It’s about fitness and nutrition. We’re going to be taking the mobile gym with Gunnar and myself and tour across the country. And we’ll work with schools and speak to the kids about making healthier choices, including after school. That was always the problem for me, I’d eat whatever at school and come home and eat cookies.

With what’s happening now, do you ever feel that this was your calling?

You could call it a calling, but I just think it’s what’s natural to do. I’m a guy who loves to give back anyway. I consider myself a 36-year-old kid, I coach football, so I love being around kids and I think it’s what people need to do. Someone needs to be out there telling them: This is good, this is bad. Not every parent can be in the household at all times, so they need to make good choices on their own.

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Weight Watchers Surges After Oprah’s Magic Touch Brings More Growth

Weight Watchers International Inc. soared after adding subscribers for another quarter, the latest sign that its Oprah Winfrey-fueled marketing and updated diet program are resonating with customers.

The shares gained as much as 23 percent in extended trading after second-quarter results handily beat estimates and the New York-based company delivered a rosy forecast. The jump extends an eye-popping rally for a stock that previously slumped for five straight years. The shares have now more than tripled in 2017.


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The optimism gives a boost to new Chief Executive Officer Mindy Grossman, who took over at the company in July after years of running the shopping network HSN Inc. Weight Watchers has been mounting a turnaround since Winfrey bought a stake in the company in 2015 and agreed to pitch the brand. An initial stock rally that year was short-lived, but the shares have come roaring back in 2017.

Ads touting Winfrey’s 40-pound weight loss have helped fuel sales and profit gains — and emboldened investors. The shares climbed as high as $40.84 in late trading on Thursday.

The company now expects earnings of $1.57 to $1.67 a share this year. Two analysts tracked by Bloomberg predicted $1.27 on average.

Profit rose to 67 cents a share in the second quarter, topping the 51-cent estimate. Subscribers climbed 20 percent, helping fuel $341.7 million in revenue.

An updated diet program and a better digital platform contributed to the growth, Grossman said in a statement. The company also has revamped Weight Watchers meetings, which long served as a key part of the five-decade-old system.

“By leveraging technology, innovation and the power of community, Weight Watchers will be able to realize the full growth potential of the business,” she said.

Emma Thompson dropped from size 14 to 10 in six weeks thanks to …

In less than flattering terms, she once described herself as having a ‘great big zonking bottom’.

But it appears that Emma Thompson’s behind is, well, very much behind her the double Oscar-winning actress dropped two dress sizes in six weeks thanks to Kate Middleton’s personal trainer.

The 57-year-old thespian has embarked on an ‘anti-diet diet’ – involving no fad foods such as chia seeds, kale and gluten free items – with the help of the Duchess of Cambridge’s dietitian, Louise Parker.

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Downsizing: Emma Thompson, pictured last May, has dropped two dress sizes in six weeks 

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Costing £4,500 for a six week intensive course, which sees clients training six times a week for 90 minutes at a time, Miss Thompson lost around 8kg, going from a size 14 (US 10) to 10 (US 6).

Unlike many clean eating regimes du jour, the petite mother-of-three trainer’s method includes bacon sandwiches, cheese, steak burgers and – in the particular case of her Hollywood devotee – even the odd glass of picpoul de pinet.

In the foreword to her healthy eating tome, The Louise Parker Method: Lean For Life: The Cookbook, the Love Actually star writes: ‘Louise is the only one out there I trust – she’s not holier than thou, yet somehow miraculously gets my reluctant arse into gear and sometimes even keeps it there.

‘I love that her method is NOT a diet – and is genuinely sustainable – so I can have my glass of wine and manage to avoid spending the rest of the week eating cheesy Wotsits. 

Success story: The Duchess of Cambridge, pictured last August, worked with Miss Parker after the birth of Prince George in 2013

‘She toughens me up without driving me round the bend with kale juice and the more depressing style of sprout. She just gets it. We all use her, because she’s discreet and funny and that’s really important.’

In addition to daily resistance workouts – alternating weights with more graceful, balletic moves – Miss Parker, who worked with the Duchess of Cambridge following the birth of Prince George in 2013, prescribed a bespoke nutritional dietary plan for the actress.

She was also weighed weekly using bioelectrical impedance scales which measure body fat and muscle.

Under four key ‘pillars’ – well-being and sleep, diet, intelligent exercise and mental positivity – the fitness guru, who goes by the moniker the ‘fitness magician’, is on call around-the-clock for her VIP devotees.

Slimline: Thompson showed off her slender physique in a slim-fitting pantsuit at the Bridget Jones’s Baby premiere in September

Through a calorie controlled diet, Miss Thompson was instructed to have three meals a day all containing protein, low GI (glycaemic index) carbohydrates and a small amount of healthy fat, plus two snacks. The pair spoke daily, and Miss Parker was on-tap for any dietary advice when her famous client attended all alcohol-rife showbusiness events.

As a backlash against today’s clean-eating obsessed self-professed health gurus, the diet, called The Method, is entirely fad-free.

Miss Parker says: ‘Basically I’m on a mission to top people being organically overweight; that is, eating gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly, chia seed-this and cacao-that things, thinking they’re doing all the right things. Instead, they’re simply getting fatter, and it’s madness.

Working at it:  The star wrote about how she maintains her stunning figure

‘Sleep is a crucial element of The Method, as is a digital detox at night. Kindles and mobiles are out, and instead we encourage people to read good, old-fashioned books in bed. It’s all boringly simple really, but very do-able.

‘Emma is fabulous, really brilliant and great fun.

‘She’s a poster girl for The Method, really, because she works damn hard and is consistent and committed. But she also has a life, and is hilarious.’

Speaking about her own body issues, in 2009 Miss Thompson spoke of her ‘great big zonking bottom’, adding; ‘I [run] almost every day, partly because I want to drink wine and eat what I bloody well want, but, because around 40, everything changes.’ 

Daily routine: The actress says she runs daily as ‘everything changes’ when you turn 40′

 

Weight Watchers fattens up on profits

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Oprah Winfrey’s halo effect on Weight Watchers is disappearing fast.
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Weight Watchers’ losing streak faded further into the rear view mirror Thursday, as the company reported another profitable quarter. 

The diet company posted a $45.2 million profit in the second quarter, or 67 cents in earnings per share, a 48.1% leap over that period the previous year. 

“Weight Watchers’ strong performance is due to the broad-based improvements the company has implemented, including updating the program, enhancing the digital offerings, and refreshing the meetings experience,” Mindy Grossman, Weight Watcher’s CEO said in a statement.

The weight loss program significantly raised its profile in October, 2015, when billionaire mogul Oprah Winfrey, purchased a major stake in the company and also became a prominent endorser. Winfrey has been able to propel the company’s stock price simply by talking about her own weight loss on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

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But at a time when dieters can choose among an array of calorie counting apps and fitness trackers to help them shed pounds, Weight Watchers has struggled.  The company posted a $10.8 million loss in the first quarter of 2016, and in September, the company’s then CEO James Chambers stepped down. Grossman, the former CEO of the Home Shopping Network,  took the company’s reins in July.

With the company now posting a profit in consecutive quarters, Grossman said the financial momentum signaled that the company’s effort to shift from being a somewhat dated diet program to a global lifestyle brand is paying off. And the connection to Winfrey is one of the keys to that success. 

“There’s no doubt that  Weight Watchers’ longtime collaboration with Oprah has certainly accelerated the company’s progress,” Grossman said in an earnings call with investors. “We are shifting consumers’ perception of what it means to join Weight Watchers.”

The company is blending the old with the new. It is continuing to invest in its app and growing its online community. But however users choose to connect, subscriptions remain the business’s bread and butter. In the second quarter, it saw a 20% uptick in the number of subscribers as compared to that period a year ago, boosting overall membership to 3.5 million.

The company increased its full year financial guidance to between $1.57 and $1.67 in earnings per share. It’s previous forecast was $1.40 to $1.50 in earnings per share. 

Weight Watchers stock was up 14.94% to $38 a share in after hours trading.  


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