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The Jenny Craig Weight Loss Program

I was starving the entire 10 weeks and gave it up. Now I eat lean meat,vegetables ad some fruits with unsweetened ice tea,lost 10 pounds per week. The only way to lose weight is to give up the sweets and salt because these two stimulate food intake.

I actually think sodium is an apetite stimulator. The chocolate cake made me feel sick and tired. My councelor was pushing low fat which does NOT help you lose weight.

I have been on the Jenny Craig program before, and it worked okay for a bit. I lost about 10 or 15 pounds in 4 months, which kinda sucked. I lost hope and gave up, eating what I wanted, and gained back everything and more. My couselor was very kind though and I miss her. This is a good diet for some people. It seriously just depends on who you are. I was on Jenny Craig about 2 years ago. Like other people have mentioned here, the counselors are not certified nutritionists or health practitioners.

They are nice, but they are little more than glorified sales people. When I was about to go on the Maintenance Program, my counselor who was 20 yrs old mind you could NOT tell me how to go about successfully keeping the weight off while not eating Jenny Craig foods.

Well, my counselor did nothing more than encourage me to keep eating the Jenny food. I could no longer afford it nor could I continue to keep eating the same foods day in and out for more than a year so I stopped. I have since gained back all the weight. I think the same goes for any of those pre-packaged meal plans.

My food was so out of control that having someone hand me the food I had to eat sounded like a good idea, and its worked. Regarding some of the comments, the diet is not high sodium. It has less sodium than grocery store foods like Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice. Regarding the gas, I have a lot of gas, guess what, this is a high fiber diet. High fiber can cause gas — its a known fact. This is a much healthier diet.

Take Beeno before you eat. Most importantly, the plan teaches you about balance and portion control. As for the quality of the consultants and their level of knowledge, I guess it depends on who you get. I bug her with tons of questions all the time and she answers everything. For what she does not know, she actually researches for me. This is a great plan for someone like me — clueless and in need of serious weight loss.

The food is decent but it is high in sodium. But there are ways around it. That has generally kept my sodium intake in check. I was reading this and acually felt sorry for you amy but if you really think about if you grandma was really that healthy why would she be going on a diet any way….. Most of the food tastes great. Jenny Craig is one of the only weight loss programs that IS actually proven to work.

Real people, celebrities, you name it—Jenny Craig gets proven results with its nutritionally sound program and support from a consultant. Jenny Craig encourages lifestyle changes, rather than a diet, that its users can live with for greater health.

I agree with the above statements. I was on this for about 9 months and lost 7 lbs. I do not think the counselors are informed and certainly not dieticians.

In my openion a waste of money!! I agree with the previous comment. I went to Jenny Craig after giving birth to my daughter. At the time I was a stay at home mom and after seeing one of their ads on T. I rushed in to check it out. After sensing my hesitation the counselor then suggested I buy only two main meals from them and then include one of my own.

With a new baby and formula, diapers, etc. So I had to send a letter in order to get out of my contract! I was on this diet and questioned the high sodium content—up to 4 grams a day, of the food that was on the plan. I also found out that the center was supposed to give me an information sheet to show my doctor to get an ok to go on the diet.

I was never given the sheet. The conselors are not very knowledgeable and are just glorified sales people. And, besides the sodium content, the food has a lot of refined simple sugars in it—nothing about the glycemic index.

I am insulin resistant which most overweight people are —so their food does not help that problem. Save your money—it is a very expensive way to lose maybe one lb.

I lost 5 pounds in the first week. After eating the food that was very tasty I might add. I began to suffer from excessive gas. I found the counselors to be uninteresting. They just want call you and tell you what the next step is and to read your literature for the next phone call.

Jenny Craig Diet Jenny Craig is not so much a diet, but a franchised weight loss center with packaged food. Jenny Craig Diet Basics The foundation of the Jenny Craig program is its prepackaged meals , the majority of which are frozen.

There are two Jenny Craig programs. One is built around physical Jenny Craig centers. The company counts over centers in the U. For those who find it hard to get to a center, the at-home Jenny Direct program offers information by telephone and mail. Advising Jenny Craig is a medical advisory board with certified professionals in medicine, psychology, and nutrition. The keystone to the Jenny Craig diet is its prepackaged meals. For the most part, these are frozen breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and even desserts.

Clients supplement these meals with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and reduced-fat dairy products. In general, non-starchy vegetables are unlimited. While these meals are what come to mind when most people think of Jenny Craig, they are not the be-all and end-all of the program. In fact, says Lisa Waltman, call center manager for Jenny Direct, the goal is eventually to wean clients from the prepared meals. No food is taboo. The focus is on moderation, a balanced diet, and getting enough exercise.

But built into the program are occasional splurges that allow dieters to indulge themselves a little. And we teach about other foods, that of course you need to take in moderation when trying to lose weight and beyond.

If you want cake, we want you to understand what you are doing if you have a piece -- not to deny you what you want. That being said, the Jenny Craig method is calorie based. The menus a client develops with his or her counselor are based on an individual's weight, height, and goals. How the Jenny Craig Program Works. Checking the company's web site is a good place to start, as one often can find special offers. There are several levels of membership with different price tags.

The idea is not to keep individuals in the program forever, but to move them successfully through the program so that they develop long-term strategies for a healthy lifestyle.

The program has three elements. The idea here is to teach clients how to eat sensible portions, how to plan and prepare healthy menus, and how to avoid pitfalls when eating at restaurants or when having the occasional splurge. Are they totally inactive? Do they just walk from car to office? Or are they someone who is really on their way, exercising a few times a week? We help them get up to a place that will provide not only weight loss but also long-term maintenance.

We look at barriers like being really busy, or not wanting to take away from family time. We work on strategies to develop physically active lifestyles. We help people keep in touch with their goals and provide support every inch of the way. And we allow them to get support from other clients. We talk about nurturing yourself -- not necessarily with food. She provides nutrition consultation to athletes at the professional, college, and high school level, including the Pittsburgh Panthers and Steelers and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre company.

Bonci has no financial connection to Jenny Craig. Bonci praises Jenny Craig for teaching portion control. But she questions the value of learning portion control from pre-packaged foods. And most people say whatever one of those packaged meals you buy tastes all the same.

It is like going camping. Everything you eat is out of the box, and you don't have that stimulatory enjoyment. And that can be a problem. It's important to have people enjoy eating over the long term. The crucial question is how to help someone back to a semblance of normal eating.

That is where the program doesn't hold up as well. WebMD staff taste-tested a week's worth of Jenny Craig food items provided free of charge by the company.

Most of the items, the staff found, were comparable in taste to similar frozen-food entrees. One or two were much tastier than average, and one or two weren't appetizing to those who tried them. Most of the staff -- who were not on diets -- said they were hungry again soon after eating. Supplementing the meals with a piece of fresh fruit, as Jenny Craig recommends, provided a more satisfying experience.

This does not give you as much ability to customize to individual preferences. And the support staff are not trained nutritionists. If you want to lose some weight fairly quickly, Jenny Craig can get you on the right path in a short period of time.

To take full advantage of the Jenny Craig method, you must make full use of the counseling support the company offers as you make the transition from packaged food to your own healthy menu planning and meal preparation. Those who are ready to commit to the kind of lifestyle change Jenny Craig offers are most likely to get full value for their diet dollar. There are many reasons for sudden weight gain when there are no changes in diet or exercise.