Now that summer is over, it’s time to get back to business — the business of getting fit and eating right. So drop that hot dog with the works, ’cause we’re here to inform you about which of these magazines is the best at getting you back into fighting trim.

Weight Watchers

Oprah Winfrey, who sent Weight Watchers’ stock soaring last year when she bought a huge stake in the diet company — and is even helping choose a successor to the company’s recently departed chief executive — is also helping sell the New York outfit’s magazine. The queen of all media makes a small cover appearance to hawk a sweepstakes to a luxury retreat to be capped by a visit from Lady O herself. The sweepstakes is part of a “Better Together!” column, where sisters Kara and Kyle collectively lose 175 pounds. Mutual support keeps the sisters on track, especially when one hits a metaphorical wall. Elsewhere, the issue has a captivating eight-page spread, “Eat Like a New Yorker” — a mouth-watering tour of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, with stops at Little India, Little Italy and Little Saigon.

The Good Life

In Dr. Oz The Good Life, the Columbia prof and TV personality, warns readers about a recent and disturbing phenomenon: Pre-Election Stress Disorder. No, really. “This kind of stress can raise your blood pressure, wreck your sleep and your diet, and maybe even land you on my operating table,” Dr. Oz writes. Better skip tonight’s debate. The issue also cooks up a moving first-person account, “How a Food Lover Dropped 100 Pounds,” about Andrea Freitas, who went from a chubby childhood (“My parents got divorced when I was young, so that meant two households I could overeat in”) to her wedding-day peak of 275 pounds (I knew I’d feel devastated if there wasn’t a bridal gown that fit me, so I didn’t even attempt to look for one”) to later in adulthood, when she ditched soda then learned portion management. Now, at 160 pounds, she focuses on flavor and racking up metrics on her Fitbit.

Clean Eating

Clean Eating, as the monthly from Active Interest Media routinely reminds its readers, “is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation.” Yet its October issue takes a decidedly scientific turn with a special gut-health section devoted to balancing your microbiome — the bacteria, fungi, viruses and yeasts that live in your gut and on your skin. Editor-in-Chief Alicia Tyler calls it “the single most important area of health interest to you at the moment.” Okaaaay. What ever became of carb-counting?

Cooking Light

Cooking Light reminds us the holiday season’s approaching, with features on “A Make- Ahead Halloween Feast” and “Pumpkins Made Perfect.” But Editor Hunter Lewis also has news: “We’re now a part of the estimated $1.5 billion meal kit delivery market, an emerging cadre of food-in-a-box solutions engineered for these ever-accelerating times.” The Time Inc. magazine’s partner in this non-journalistic endeavor is FreshRealm, which will ship pre-chopped ingredients — in accordance with Cooking Light recipes — to subscribers’ doors. That said, the October issue remains true to Cooking Light’s mission by offering an array of seasonal food ideas — none more enticing than its “Cook the Cover!” recipe for chicken, bacon and potato soup.

New Yorker

In what looks like an undeclared bid to prod uninspired Hillary voters, the New Yorker publishes an analysis of how the presidential race will affect the next US Supreme Court. It helpfully notes, for example, that Stephen Breyer is 78, Anthony Kennedy is 80 and Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 83. Any judges that appear on Donald Trump’s list of possible nominees, which now stretches to 21, “would essentially return the court to where it was before (Antonin) Scalia’s death,” Jeffrey Toobin warns. Elsewhere, the magazine attempts to take down Frauke Petry, a rising right-wing politician in Germany whose “boring” speeches belie her extreme views not only on immigrants but also homosexuality and feminism, according to writer Thomas Meaney. However kooky Petry might seem, have Angela Merkel’s immigration policies been any less kooky? We wonder, and so do German voters.


Time tackles Europe’s rightward shift with a close-up of Austria’s own rising star, Norbert Hofer. Like so many of these media stories (see above), it can’t resist the bald juxtaposition of these burgeoning political movements with Nazism. Yes, it’s fun and provocative to assert that this is 1933 all over again. But we’d submit this emotional — and, while we’re at it, lazy and uninformative — approach to coverage is doing more to incite the emotions of the “deplorables” feared by Big Media and their presidential candidate. By contrast, the cover story on Colin Kaepernick and the national anthem protest trend he’s jumpstarted at high-school football teams nationwide strikes us as rational. Ditto for the piece on the Chelsea terror suspect: apparently, none of his Muslim neighbors were willing to hide him from the cops. Quite different from Paris, we’re happy to say.