Imagine it’s the day you’ve been dreaming of—where you glance down at the scale and have finally reached your goal weight! Celebration is in order. But, if you’re on Jenny Craig, which supplies pretty much all of the food its dieters eat, the thought of learning to maintain your weight while making your own meals may make you anxious.
Don’t worry. Jenny Craig’s chief nutritionist, Lisa Talamini, is here to help you feel more confident about the transition.
According to Talamini, you already have the tools you need for success. Here’s why:
- On the plan, members learn to make healthy choices by adding grocery foods to their weekly planned menus. So, even though you’ve been eating packaged meals you’ve also been planning your eating schedule and supplementing with veggies and other purchased foods. You’ll keep doing the same thing, only with more cooking and less zapping!
In his early twenties, Mark Ryan was a fit competitor who participated in rigorous sports including hockey. Ultimately, the activity that kept him in such good shape, would ultimately lead to his weight gain. After receiving multiple injuries, Mark slowly gave up competitive sports. Over the next decade, his physical activity waned, but his eating habits remained the same, leading to significant weight gain and depression.
Today, thanks to the weight loss program, Jenny Craig, Mark feels better than he ever has, and even took up biking, which allowed him to raise $1,000 for Multiple Sclerosis when he participated in the MS: City to Shore Ride.
This is Mark’s 100 POUND true weight loss story –
Diet giant Jenny Craig built its brand by offering pre-packaged meals with calorie counts low enough to spur weight loss. But if this description brings to mind diet fare that tastes like rabbit food or comes in a teensy-weensy spa-sized serving, think again. Jenny Craig has always been known for tasty, filling food—made for both women and men—and its latest and greatest menu highlights include everything from comfort food favorites to popular restaurant offerings. (Including red velvet cupcakes!) Plus, with the Jenny Craig at Home program you don’t even have to leave the house.
Here are 25 delicious Jenny Craig meals and snacks that will make your diet feel like anything but:
- Blueberry Pancakes and Veggie Sausage
- Cranberry Almond Cereal
- Ranchero Breakfast Skillet
- Cinnamon French Toast
- Florentine Breakfast Pizzas
Nestle is selling its diet business Jenny Craig, and is said to be in talks with a small group of potential buyers. Last week, top executives from the Swiss food company announced they were looking to trim some of its underperforming businesses. According to sources familiar with the matter, Jenny Craig is on that list.
Sloane Maymon of Branford, Connecticut, had good reason to lose weight: At the age of 45 her father had a massive heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery, and her mother also suffered from heart disease. This family history caused concern for her own heart health, which left Sloane not wanting to follow in her parents’ footsteps.
Though weight didn’t become an issue until later in life, Sloane’s struggles with eating had seemingly always been present. “I’ve never had a healthy relationship with food. Even as a child and young adult I misused food and was never taught the value of nutrition.”
Shortly after getting married at the age of 25, Sloane starting gaining a few pounds here and there. After her first child at the age of 29, she found found it difficult to lose the baby weight. “I assumed it was normal now that I was a mom to carry a few extra pounds. With each passing year and then another baby, I just kept putting on more and more weight.” (more…)
This week Jenny Craig announced a unique addition to their popular weight loss program. They are calling it “MyDays.” The new plan allows for users to have a few days a week where they do not eat the program food, rather learn to eat on their own.
The Jenny Craig website describes the “MyDays” program as a new weight loss option that is intended to fit people’s real lives. The days allow for users to attend family dinners or even a night out at a restaurant while still remaining on the weight loss plan. Simply put, those on the program eat for five days of Jenny Craig foods and then they have two days to make their own choices.
Obviously the plan doesn’t allow for total free reign on the “MyDays” schedule. Consultants will work with clients to teach them how to make healthy, real-world choices that will work all through their life, not just while they’re on the program. The intention is to allow for flexibility that will inevitably lead to long term weight maintenance. (more…)
Consumer Reports just released their top diets of 2012. They reached out to 9,000 of their subscribers to get honest, real-life feedback about some of the most popular diets on the market. This comes a couple of weeks after we compiled our fifth annual Most Popular Diets of the Year list, featuring 25 brands and products that our readers favored most in 2012. There are some strong similarities and also some big differences between the two lists.
When it comes to commercial diets, Weight Watchers ranks number one on both lists. It seems, according to the Consumer Reports feedback, that users like that there’s no specific food that has to be purchased, it’s just a matter of counting those PointsPlus values. Another diet high on both of our lists is Medifast. Those who replied to the Consumer Reports survey (of 9,000 readers) noted that they lost the most weight with Medifast than with any of the other diets. A few of the big names were ranked lower in the report; for instance, Nutrisystem, which ranked six on our list, and Jenny Craig, which did not rank for us, were not seen as fan favorites in this survey. It seems many are not big fans of the foods in these programs. (more…)
Dr. Oz interviewed Valerie Bertinelli on his October 22 show as she opened up about divorce, drugs, and losing weight, as well as her new cookbook, One Dish at a Time, which features healthy Italian recipes.
Bertinelli, a longtime television star, lost 40 pounds with the help of Jenny Craig, becoming their spokesperson in 2007. She wrote a book about her weight loss experience called Losing It – And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time. She tells Dr. Oz she has never kept her weight loss off for this long and that her weight gain occurred during a low point in her life in which she was “eating her misery away.”
The star answers fan questions as well. She says she stays motivated to exercise by saying mantras such as “I am healthy” and thanking God for the life she’s been blessed with as soon as she wakes up every morning. She’s asked what favorite foods she has had to cut back on, and says it’s her brother’s delicious gumbo recipe. She used to eat three bowls at a time, but now only has one cup, which is just as good. Her final question is about weight loss support systems, and she says that Jenny Craig was tremendously helpful for her, as well as her friends and family. If you don’t have these, she recommends searching people out from the gym, websites, or wherever you can. (more…)
On September 17, Kirstie Alley joins Dr. Oz to talk about her weight gain and dieting struggles. Hollywood’s most infamous dieter answers questions about her life, healthy changes she has made, and whether or not her weight loss is for good this time.
The actress, who rose to stardom on the television show Cheers, was a Jenny Craig spokesperson from 2005 to 2007, when she started regaining the estimated 75 pounds she had lost while on the program.
In 2010 she launched her own weight loss program, Organic Liaison, claiming she lost 100 pounds through it. However, Alley is being sued for that claim, as she appeared on Dancing With the Stars the same month and may have lost the weight as a result of her intense dance workouts. (more…)
For those looking to lose weight with a potential diet food program, taste is very important.
Finding a meal program that offers good food can be the difference in sticking with the plan or giving up in a very short period of time. But now you can take a first-hand look at how everyday consumers rated the most popular diet food programs when it comes to taste.
NextAdvisor.com conducted a blind taste test to answer questions about how some of the most popular diet foods taste. They conducted their first test in October 2010 and have since completed another to have the most up-to-date results possible since diet companies constantly update their menus and inventory, according to lifestyle editor Polina Polishchuk.
The taste test included eight different companies which were rated in the categories of breakfast, lunch and dinner. The meal plans for each program were ordered anonymously and included between 1,200 and 1,350 calories per day. The participants included males and females of varying ages. And to keep the results unbiased, the test was “completely independent with no input from the diet food companies and no visible branding to sway our testers’ opinions,” said Polishchuk. (more…)