Is Weight Watchers ‘getting crushed by keto’?
According to CNN, Weight Watchers is “getting crushed by keto”.
A surprisingly poor quarter led Weight Watchers’ CEO Mindy Grossman to mention a “keto surge” as one of the company’s challenges in her call with Wall Street analysts.
In the aftermath of reporting poor earnings and sales, the weight-loss company’s stock plunged more than 33 percent on Wednesday. In less than a year, the stock has lost more than 80 percent of its value.
CNN Business: Weight Watchers is getting crushed by keto
CNN reports that a “rival weight-loss service” called Diet Doctor is a challenging competitor to Weight Watchers:
JPMorgan analyst Christina Brathwaite downgraded the stock to “underperform” last week and slashed her price target. One of the reasons? She was worried about competition from rival weight-loss service Diet Doctor, which is a proponent of keto.
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That said, we’re still encouraged by the fact that our service and website – despite zero paid advertising – is rapidly catching up to Weight Watcher’s in traffic.1 We see this as the result of the scientifically proven effectiveness of a keto diet to help reverse type 2 diabetes, improve metabolic health, and enable many people to lose meaningful amounts of weight without hunger.2
Results matter, and people vote with their feet. We are grateful to be in a position to make low-carb and keto diets simple to understand and sustain, and to be able to provide everything that people need for free.3
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Scientific studies now prove that compared to other diets, low carb or keto diets are often more effective for weight loss, and for improving certain health markers:
PLOS ONE 2015: Dietary intervention for overweight and obese adults: comparison of low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets. A meta-analysis [strong evidence]
Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2018: Effect of dietary carbohydrate restriction on glycemic control in adults with diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis [strong evidence]
BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care 2017: Systematic review and meta-analysis of dietary carbohydrate restriction in patients with type 2 diabetes [strong evidence] ↩
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