The dawn of a new year has prompted millions of Americans to resolve to get in better shape. Nevertheless, many of those who make fitness resolutions find it a challenge to stick with weight loss plans or long-term health goals. And getting off-track with slimming ambitions happens to the best—even celebrities.
Award-winning actress Kirstie Alley lost an astounding 75 lbs. when she was a spokesperson for Jenny Craig from 2004 to 2007, but then subsequently fell off the weight loss wagon. Now, however, she's back on the nutrition program, and has achieved a remarkable 50lb weight loss since rejoining.
Alley "has ups and downs like everyone does. People think celebrities have trainers, chefs and that might be true for some but none of that guarantees success," said Monty Sharma, Jenny Craig's CEO, in an interview.
"At Jenny Craig we help thousands of members lose weight over time," he said. "And we recognize that on occasion life gets in the way and you have personal challenges. But when that happens we are standing by to get you get on track."
Sharma leads the weight loss program and the global exercise franchise Curves that has 6,000 locations in over 80 countries. When Jenny Craig and Curves merged in 2014, the transaction created a new company initiative that offers both fitness and wellness brands under one roof.
"Although these two brands continue to operate independently they have great synergies," said Sharma.