Guess who's slimming down? It's Weight Watchers
Want to know why? Just ask Subway's Jared or the Atkins anti-carbs dieters or those lining up to buy a copy of the South Beach Diet. While Weight Watchers lives by its weekly meetings and its meals, more and more people are embracing more flexible dieting methods.
Even fast food chains like Wendy's
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Before things get worse, here is a suggested three-step program to get Weight Watchers back into fiscal shape.
Step One: Find Jared. Feed him candy. Have him wash it down with sugar water. He's not looking that buff anyway, so plump him up until Subway loses its credibility.
Step Two: Hang out at Wendy's and tease the kids who order a fruit cup instead of fries. If you get caught, just tell them that Jenny Craig sent you.
Step Three: Dr. Atkins. Dr. Agatston. It can't be a coincidence that the trendy diets are written by doctors who rank high alphabetically. Beat them to the punch by dragging Willie Aames out of child-star retirement and have him pen "The Weight Watchers Way."
If that doesn't work, try a balanced diet of celery sticks and some exercise.
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