Google Helpouts Are Live, And Lots Of “Experts” Are Giving Out Free Advice

Google Helpouts Are Live, And Lots Of “Experts” Are Giving Out Free Advice

In August, Google announced the creation of Google Helpouts, a live chat service that lets semi-vetted, self-declared experts in any number of fields make themselves available for help, guidance, and tutorials for a price. The service is finally live, and in some categories, there are plenty of people willing to give their advice away for free, along with a number of retailers hoping you’ll come to them for help. [More]

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Weight Watchers Sheds Pounds, CEO, And Customers

Weight Watchers has changed a lot over the 50 years it’s been in business, but remains the top brand in paying someone to help you lose weight. Right now, the company is having some trouble. They recently ditched their CEO, and like many industries are struggling to stay relevant in a world where customers can get the same or better service online cheaper or for free. [More]

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Study: Weight Loss Programs Are Just As Good As Relying On Doc’s Advice To Shed Pounds

As parents are fond of noting, maybe you shouldn’t jump off a cliff just because all of your friends are doing so, but if you have pals that are seeing results from joining a weight loss program, you might want to join them. Not in the cliff-jumping, Weight Watchers or something like it. A new study says people in such programs are often just as successful or more so than people who only rely on medical advice from a doctor to lose weight. [More]

Weight Watchers Makes It Hard To Track Progress, Deletes My Info

Weight Watchers Makes It Hard To Track Progress, Deletes My Info

It’s hard work to lose weight, and for many, tracking that process online with Weight Watchers is a big benefit in the battle to shed pounds. So you can imagine one Consumerist reader is pretty ticked that her two years of info has been erased. [More]

Smart Ones Frozen Meals: Not All That Smart, Actually

Smart Ones Frozen Meals: Not All That Smart, Actually

Jenna sat down to eat her Smart Ones frozen entree, a vegetable-loaded lasagna, when she found that she’d just been served a big, steaming bowl of confusion. Eating frozen dinners is supposed to simplify meal planning when you’re trying to lose weight, but the package manages to contradict itself regarding the meal’s nutritional content. A simple enough graphic design error, sure, but it indicates a worrisome lack of attention to detail. [More]

Jenny Craig Beats Out Weight Watchers For Top Spot In Consumer Reports Health Ratings

Jenny Craig Beats Out Weight Watchers For Top Spot In Consumer Reports Health Ratings

Our more body-conscious colleagues over at Consumer Reports Health have just released their ratings for a variety of diet programs and have rated Jenny Craig the highest, far ahead of runner-up Weight Watchers. [More]

Watch Your Weight By Gorging On Chicken Nuggets

Watch Your Weight By Gorging On Chicken Nuggets

For every ounce of common sense inside of you that knows the last thing you should eat when trying to watch your weight is a deep-fried, battered piece of processed chicken “meat.” But don’t tell that to the folks at Weight Watchers who have actually given their seal of approval to three separate meals available at McDonald’s in New Zealand and Australia. [More]

This Weight Watchers Meal Includes A Free Frozen Frog

This Weight Watchers Meal Includes A Free Frozen Frog

Noreen tells Consumerist that she made an exciting discovery yesterday. Her Weight Watchers Smart Ones frozen meal, a fettucine alfredo dish that is supposed to be meatless, included a free protein-rich side dish. A tiny frog! [More]

Sorry, You Are Too Tall For Weight Watchers!

Sorry, You Are Too Tall For Weight Watchers!

This is kinda sad. JJ is 6’10” and wants to lose a little weight. Trouble is, 6’10” is too tall for Weight Watchers Online.

Can't Cancel Weight Watchers Online Membership? Here's Help

Can't Cancel Weight Watchers Online Membership? Here's Help

Are you having trouble canceling your online Weight Watchers membership? If the normal online cancellation channels don’t work, try this number. Remember, like all contact information provided on this site, it is to be used for good, not evil, and only when all other options don’t work.

Domino’s Press Release: “a Good Choice for a Healthy Diet”

    Resolving to lose weight in the New Year? Don’t skip your Domino’s pizza. In the January issue of Glamour magazine, in an article titled “What to eat to stay slim” two slices of Domino’s 12″ classic hand-tossed Vegi Pizza Feast(R) and a side salad were named as a healthy meal choice.

Consumerist Ask Metafilter Round-Up

Consumerist Ask Metafilter Round-Up

• In Edinburgh for a few months, what’s the best mobile phone to use to make international calls to US (amongst other places) from Scotland? [Link]