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  3. CONSULTANT BLUES

    @prayerfulprincess I am so sorry to hear about your experience in the center! Would you please send me a personal message with your contact information? I want to make sure we take care of this for you.
  4. CONSULTANT BLUES

    At my center, there is only one consultant that does everything. She is NEVER on time, which is a HUGE problem for me because I go there from work and I need to get home so that I can get my homework done. Today, and every week, my appointment is at 1720 hours (5:20 PM). My consultant didn't see me until approximately 1745 hours (5:45 PM). Last week at my appointment my consultant started a conversation about which fast food restaurant had the best French fries and then which had the best milkshake. I told her she was making me hungry. Are you seriously having this conversation with me? She is about the size of my pinky and I asked if she had ever done Jenny Craig. Although she said she had done Jenny Craig to lose 10 pounds for a wedding, I didn't believe her. She looks like she has never had a weight problem before in her life. While we were having this conversation I noticed a Chick-Fil-A cup on her desk and I know it was not filled with water. I would like another consultant but there is only one person working in the center that I go to. This is particularly frustrating since I signed up for the long haul. I would like to get my money back and switch to a shorter program, but not sure if they will allow me to do that. Not sure I want to spend an entire year or more with someone who has no concept of time and doesn't have a clue about my struggle to lose weight. Princess
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  6. MADE IT TO WEEK FOUR

    I have lost a total of 15.8 pounds in three weeks: Week 01: 10.8 Week 02: 03.8 Week 03: 01.2 This is a marathon for me, not a sprint. I signed up for the long haul. I did forget my food on Saturday when I went to Family Day with my son at his work. I had a choice of a hot dog or hamburger. The hot dog was huge. So much so I ate nothing else for the rest of the day. I need to increase my water intake and my activity. Right now I am taking 20-minute walks, which is good considering I wasn't doing anything prior. Unfortunately, I am averaging under 5000 steps when I am used to doing a minimum of 10,000 steps just a couple of years ago. I will have to slowly work up to 10,000 steps again but it probably won't be until after I finish school at the end of August. I didn't do my 20-minute walk on Sunday because I was extremely busy with homework. Blessings to all on your weight loss journey. Princess
  7. Dominique Dickson Lost 35 lbs.* and Feels Like the Best Version of Herself

    Hi Sirisha, members following the Jenny Craig program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week.
  8. New Spring Foods Are Here!

    Tried it. Like it. However, there are a lot of chicken dishes and would have liked this even more as beef!
  9. New Spring Foods Are Here!

    Thank you for your feedback! We'll make sure to share this with our internal team.
  10. How many months did it take for Dominique to loose 35lbs?
  11. Rapid Results™ FAQs - Your Questions, Answered!

    Hello, We suggest speaking with your Consultant as what may affect weight loss is different for everyone. Thank you! Jenny Care Team
  12. New Spring Foods Are Here!

    need more vegetarian and pescatarian choices.
  13. Does Late-Night Snacking Lead to Weight Gain?

    How often do you reach for a midnight snack if you’re up late watching a movie or working? It might seem harmless enough, but regularly eating late at night can lead to a variety of problems, including weight gain and insomnia.1 We’re sharing the health effects of late-night snacking and simple ways that you can overcome your evening eating habit. The Health Implications of Eating Late at Night Many people eat late at night now and then. Sometimes our daily routines get interrupted due to work, travel, or taking care of the family and late night snacking or meals happen. But eating excessive calories or junk food late at night can lead to a handful of problems: 1. Weight Gain After a long day, it may be tempting to resort to snack foods, such as ice cream and potato chips, but these foods are high in calories and low in nutrients. It also can be easy to eat more than the recommended serving size if you’re snacking on cookies or chips straight from the container late at night when satiety is lower. We’ve all been there – you look down and half the bag is gone! Eating these types of foods consistently can lead to an overconsumption of calories and eventually weight gain. Another adverse effect of eating junk food at night is feeling the need to make up for it the next day. However, this practice can contribute to weight gain for multiple reasons. First, limiting your calorie intake the next day to try and reverse excess calorie consumption the night before can lead to a cycle of eating again at night.2 Additionally, because late night snacks and meals tend to not be as nutrient dense, your body can’t always process them as quickly which can lead to indigestion.3 2. Metabolism Issues Due to circadian rhythms, the body’s natural internal clock, our bodies are designed to consume more of our calories during the day as this is when our metabolism processes food most efficiently. When you eat well-balanced meals and healthy snacks in the daytime, you are leveraging your body’s natural circadian rhythm and optimizing your metabolism. This schedule helps keep your body functioning efficiently, and it can promote weight loss, energy, appetite control, and wellness.4 Alternatively, when you eat most of your calories at night, you can throw off this balance, which can lead to a variety of issues. Since your body isn’t primed to process heavy meals or snacks in the evening, by consuming food late at night, you’re not adequately leveraging your metabolism. Conversely, when you restrict your food intake during the day, you may find that you are hungrier at night, which may lead to overeating during evening hours.5 Leveraging your metabolism and eating more calories when your metabolism is burning the most calories based on your circadian rhythm is the science behind Jenny Craig’s Rapid Results program that can result in losing up to 16 pounds in just 4 weeks. † †First 4 weeks only. Avg. weight loss in study was 11.6 lbs for those who completed the program. 3. Sleep Issues Have you ever noticed that it’s difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep after indulging in a large meal or eating certain foods? There’s a good reason for it. When you eat a big meal, your body must work hard to digest everything. Not only can this cause you to have an upset stomach, but it can also make it more difficult to get a good night’s sleep.6 Other foods that can cause sleep disruption include beverages with caffeine, including chocolate, coffee and, energy drinks, as they may keep you awake with their energy-boosting effects.7 This lack of sleep can leave you feeling groggy the next day, which may inspire you to continue the cycle of caffeine consumption. 4. Acid Reflux & Heartburn Have you ever felt a burning sensation in your throat after eating too much or consuming a meal high in fat? If so, you’re not alone, most people have experienced acid reflux, a condition that occurs when stomach acid rises into the esophagus after eating. A common side effect of acid reflux is heartburn, a burning sensation in your lower or middle chest. Although it can be uncomfortable, occasional acid reflux symptoms aren’t unusual. However, if you experience these symptoms on an ongoing basis, it may be a sign of a chronic digestive disorder called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or other esophagus problems that can lead to more serious health issues later in life.8 When you lie down to go to sleep after eating, you are more likely to experience acid reflux and other symptoms associated with GERD.9 When you overeat, or you ingest high-fat, acidic or greasy food at night, your risk of experiencing these symptoms increase even more10 and sleeping while experiencing these symptoms can be difficult. Ways to Avoid Late-Night Snacking Breaking the midnight snacking habit is possible. With these seven tips, you’ll learn that it’s easy and worthwhile to give up that late evening bite. #1. Find Out Why If you find that you’re regularly snacking late in the evening, the first step is figuring out why. Some people end up eating late at night because they restrict their daytime food intake too much, which causes them to feel ravenous when nighttime rolls around. Eating at night may also be due to boredom, emotions, stress, or habit. Determining if you’re actually hungry is the key to weight loss regardless of when you’re eating. Learn how to tell the difference between hunger and emotions. Once you discover the reason for your nighttime snacking, you can take the appropriate action to overcome the problem. #2. Identify Challenges You might find it helpful to figure out what sparks your eating behavior once you determine what’s causing your late-night snacking. This could be a person, place or pattern of events. For example, perhaps your significant other loves a late-night dessert and you often indulge with them, or you enjoy a movie and popcorn at night. Discovering what is provoking your late-night eating is especially helpful if you find that you’re eating when you are not hungry. One of the best ways to find out what is causing your nighttime eating is to keep a food and mood journal.11 When you track your exercise and eating habits as well as your feelings you can identify patterns, which can help you take steps to stop eating late at night. If you’re a Jenny Craig member, discussing any trends you may be noticing with your consultant can help you pinpoint your challenges and help you avoid them in the future. Also, by following the Rapid Results menu plan, you can take the guesswork out of when to eat and help optimize your metabolism by leveraging your natural circadian rhythm. #3. Establish a Routine Think that a routine sounds boring? Having set times for eating and sleeping can help you distribute your food intake throughout the day so that you are not as hungry in the evening. Additionally, a routine can also help you improve your sleep, which is a critical component of weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. Lack of sleep has been linked to higher calorie intake, weight problems and chronic disease.12 By getting into a regular routine of eating and sleeping, you may find that you feel well-rested and less hungry throughout the day and night. #4. Meal Plan & Prep While you’re setting a routine for yourself, you should also consider making meal planning a part of your life. Some people think meal planning sounds daunting, but it’s often easier than you might think. Meal planning doesn’t mean that you must create elaborate menus every day. It simply means thinking about what you’re going to eat and selecting healthier options for meals and snacks. When you have a plan, you’re less likely to eat on impulse and make poor choices.13 Another benefit of meal planning is it gives you the ability to spread out when you eat during the day, which can keep you feeling satisfied during the day and prevent you from feeling famished at night. Your body will also thank you because eating at regular intervals can help stabilize blood sugar levels, which can prevent you from feeling tired.14 Wondering what is the right number of times to eat each day? Studies have found that eating more than three times per day results in lower weight and better appetite control.15 In contrast, eating less than three times per day reduces your ability to control your appetite and may encourage binge eating.16 Since it matters when you eat, meal planning and setting a routine can help you make healthier choices. As a Jenny Craig member, the Rapid Results program handles the planning for you, as it not only includes what to eat, but when to eat to optimize weight loss by using your natural circadian rhythm.17 #5. Include Protein at Each Meal To feel fuller throughout the day, you’ll want to include protein in your meals and snacks. Because protein helps manage hunger, it may help you avoid the temptation to munch late at night.18 One study found that regularly eating meals with protein reduced hunger by 60% and curbed the desire of participants to snack at night by 50%.19 Jenny Craig follows expert guidelines by including protein at each meal. #6. Limit the Junk Food If you find that fatty and sugary foods call to you at night, it may be best to remove the temptation from your home. It’s a lot more difficult to eat a lot of junk food if it isn’t readily accessible. If you’re following the Jenny Craig program, you can enjoy a slice of Triple Chocolate Cheesecake or Chocolate Lava Cake knowing it’s perfectly portioned and won’t hinder your weight loss progress. Otherwise, to fill the void, stock up your refrigerator and pantry with healthy foods that you enjoy eating, such as non-starchy vegetables and fruits (in moderate amounts). By having these healthy snacks convenient, you’ll be less likely to snack on less nutritious foods. The best part about healthy snacks, such as veggies and fruits, is that they naturally include the nutrients you need to nourish your body and fiber to feel full. Because these foods satiate your appetite, you’re less likely to overindulge in them. #7. Manage Stress Most of us have fallen victim to stress eating at some point. It turns out that stress is one of the most common reasons why people eat when they don’t feel hungry.20 However, it’s never a good idea to use food to deal with stress or other emotions. If you’re someone who often eats when you’re facing stress or anxiety, try adopting some relaxation techniques. Some examples include meditation, exercise, yoga, deep breathing, massage and spending time with friends and family. We also love these fun activities that help reduce stress. In addition to these relaxation techniques, we encourage you to talk to your Jenny Craig consultant to help you develop a plan to overcome a stressful situation. By understanding the pitfalls of late-night snacking and following these tips to cut back and stop your evening eating ritual, you’ll likely feel more satisfied and better rested while watching the numbers on the scale drop. Are you ready to try a program that can help you curb your late-night snacking habit as well as help you lose weight? Contact Jenny Craig for your free appointment. Sources: [1] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317790.php [2] https://www.livescience.com/45990-morning-meals-cut-evening-food-binges.html [3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2017-09-12-avoid-eating-just-before-your-bedtime-study-recommends/ [4] Longo, Valter D., and Satchidananda Panda. “Fasting, Circadian Rhythms, and Time-Restricted Feeding in Healthy Lifespan.” Cell Metabolism, vol. 23, no. 6, 14 June 2016, pp. 1048–1059., doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2016.06.001. [5] https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/05/22/reasons-youre-late-night-snacking-and-how-to-avoid-it_a_22102300/ [6] https://www.livestrong.com/article/524453-meal-plan-for-people-who-work-late-nights/ [7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3805807/ [8] https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/9615-long-term-complications-of-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-gerd [9] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heartburn/symptoms-causes/syc-20373223 [10] https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/26/opinion/sunday/the-dangers-of-eating-late-at-night.html [11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25225489 [12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26567190 [13] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23331770 [14] https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/food-to-balance-your-mood#1 [15] https://www.health.harvard.edu/diet-and-weight-loss/eating-frequency-and-weight-loss [16] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21123467 [17] Longo, Valter D., and Satchidananda Panda. “Fasting, Circadian Rhythms, and Time-Restricted Feeding in Healthy Lifespan.” Cell Metabolism, vol. 23, no. 6, 14 June 2016, pp. 1048–1059., doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2016.06.001. [18] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20339363 [19] Leidy, H J, et al. “The Effects of Consuming Frequent, Higher Protein Meals on Appetite and Satiety during Weight Loss in Overweight/Obese Men.” Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)., U.S. National Library of Medicine, Apr. 2011, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20847729. [20] http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2013/eating.aspx
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  15. You’ve Lost Weight, Now How Do You Keep It Off?

    You’ve reached a weight loss milestone – congrats! Now you may be wondering, how do I keep the weight off that I worked hard to lose? Read on for some helpful weight maintenance tips and inspiration to keep you on track. Whether you’ve hit a weight loss milestone or reached your goal (virtual high-five), it’s time to celebrate! But you may also be thinking about how to maintain your new, healthy lifestyle and how to incorporate the healthy habits that have gotten you to your milestone. Similar to your weight loss journey, weight maintenance requires practicing mindfulness and dedication – read on as we discuss a few tips that our Jenny Craig consultants share with their members on the maintenance program to keep them on track and motivated. Know your food Though you’ve reached your goal, it’s just as important now to pay attention to what you’re eating and the nutrients in the food you’re consuming. For example, when you grab a bottle of flavored water, two kinds may have the same flavor, but one might be loaded with added sugar, whereas the other uses natural flavoring. A helpful habit to adopt is reading the labels of the food you’re purchasing. Check the back of any packaged food, and you’ll find the Daily Values (DV) listed, such as the sodium, added sugar and portion size of an item, based on a 2,000-calorie daily intake.1 Ideally, you’ll want to continue to stock up on non-starchy, fibrous vegetables and lean proteins, while paying attention to sugar, fat and sodium. Most importantly, enjoy your food and keep your plate colorful! Try playing around with new recipes and meals for yourself and your loved ones. Dining out for a special occasion? Don’t stress. When you’re enjoying a meal out, try to determine how the food is prepared. Opt for grilled or lean cuts of meat over fried or butter-based dishes. Another tip: ask the server to remove the bread basket after you have taken a slice before it gets too tempting. Balance is key to your weight maintenance journey! Be aware of portion sizes & go in with a game plan Paying attention to not only what you eat, but how much you eat is just as important now as it was when you were losing weight. Remember that restaurants often serve double or triple the recommended portion size, so asking for a to-go container to put half of your meal in is one way you can keep your portions in check. The added bonus is you’ll have lunch already made for the next day! Even if you’re preparing food at home or going to a party, go in with a game plan. If the recipe you’re making has four servings, try portioning it out accordingly. If you’re attending a social gathering, ask the host what kind of options to expect and bring a healthy option of your own, like a veggie platter. Having a healthy snack before you attend can help curb your appetite – so you’re not as tempted to go all out on the appetizer selection and potentially overeat. Keep active While food plays a major factor in weight loss and maintenance, physical activity shouldn’t be overlooked. Getting your heart pumping is a powerful tool for helping to maintain your weight loss as it helps keep your metabolism humming and is a great way to manage stress. While 30 minutes of moderate activity a day is the standard for a healthy lifestyle, aiming for 45-60 minutes on most days of the week will help support your weight maintenance goals. Just like with your food, variety is the spice of life! Mix up your activities between cardio, like walking or bike riding, strength training and restorative activities such as gentle stretching. Manage your stress Stress is a common occurrence in our daily lives – however, how you handle it can impact your health and weight maintenance goals. By learning how to think clearly through challenges and stay calm during a stressful situation, you can start to incorporate healthy stress management tools – instead of resorting to unhealthy habits such as mindlessly snacking to cope. Try this: think about an activity that helps you unwind when you get home from a tiring day. Does a walk clear your mind? Maybe you find reading a book with a cup of tea relaxing. Finding ways to manage stress by focusing on what brings you joy allows you to stay in tune with your mind and body and can help you stay focused on your wellbeing and goals. Be positive toward yourself Maintenance may be the final destination on your weight loss journey, but just like that journey, there will inevitably be a few bumps in the road. There may be days when you wake up not feeling your best or days when you find yourself being too critical about your body and food choices; but remember, you have the tools to push through those thoughts. You’ve worked hard to achieve your goals and that work has paid off! Embrace your efforts, and find ways to celebrate and reinvigorate your body, mind and spirit when you need a little pep in your step. Are you looking for ways to maintain your weight loss? Contact Jenny Craig for your free appointment to learn more about our weight loss maintenance program. Sources: [1] https://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ucm274593.htm
  16. Benefits of A Weight Loss Buddy

    If you’re a Jenny Craig member, you already know that you’re never alone—your consultant is always by your side, ready to provide advice and encouragement every step of the way. But having someone who is actually taking the journey with you can help, too. Finding a diet buddy can help you achieve success a lot faster than trying to go at it on your own. If you are looking for a weight loss buddy, try to find someone you know who is going through a similar experience as you. Not only will this help to keep your diet plan in check, but it will also ensure your fitness accountability goals are being met. Here are just a few benefits of having a weight loss buddy who’s right there “in the trenches” with you. They Keep You Accountable You and your buddy will become invested in one another’s success. So if there’s ever a time when you’re on the brink of blowing off your workout or indulging in a sugary splurge, call or text your friend! He or she will help you remember the reasons started this journey in the first place. Weight Loss Buddies Understand You probably wouldn’t seek serious parenting advice from your childless girlfriend, right? So when it comes to sharing challenges and seeking solutions, it’s nice to have somebody on your team who’s experiencing some of the same things. Your weight loss pal understands what it’s like to hit a plateau, and what it’s like to realize it’s time to buy smaller clothes—and you can share all of it, together.A weight loss buddy system not only helps you through the challenges, but also celebrates your wins. Both components are essential factors that can lead to a successful diet and exercise plan. They Can Pick You Up When You Fall Nobody’s perfect… not you, not your buddy, not anyone. But if there’s one thing your buddy is perfect at, it’s helping you get back on track after a slip-up. There’s no point in letting a minor mistake create a major detour—and your friend will be there to help you find the path. It is a lot harder to forget or miss your goals when someone is there helping hold you accountable. Having a constant partner provides you with endless support and motivation through both your diet and physical activity needs. Be open to your weight loss buddy’s encouragement on those difficult days. They Help You Celebrate Hopefully, most of the people in your life will support your journey and join you in celebrating major milestones—like hitting your halfway mark, running your first 5K or dropping a dress size. But what about all of those little wins, like the time you controlled your portions at the gourmet restaurant or drove to the gym in a snowstorm? Those deserve recognition, too!Having someone there to celebrate your day-to-day wins can help keep you focused on both your short-term goals and long-term goals. How to Find a Weight Loss Buddy Some people join Jenny Craig with a friend, and that’s never a bad idea—but it’s definitely not the only way. Many actually prefer the anonymity of a virtual weight loss partner to a face-to-face relationship. Lots of Jenny Craig Advanced Members are willing to act as virtual weight loss accountability buddies from just about anywhere. You can start by poking around the Jenny Craig Community to find a U.S. support buddy in your area; you may find somebody who’s willing to meet up in person and become a workout buddy, too. And as with anything related to your journey, you can always ask your consultant to for help. There may be another member at your Jenny Craig center who’s looking for a weight loss friend, too! The weight loss journey has its ups and downs. Whether you are trying to lose a couple of extra pounds or you’re looking for a to improve your overall quality of health, Jenny Craig's weight loss program can help. Get started today with a free appointment to learn how we can help.
  17. Cheesy beef enchilada

    If you don't eat beef are you able to switch some of the food with beef? My JC counselor said I was only able to switch 3 items. I do not like Beef Merlot and the Homestyle Beef Pot roast. I also did not like some of the shelf stable items. If I was only able to switch 3 I was forced to buy stuff I won't eat. Any suggestions?
  18. Rapid Results™ FAQs - Your Questions, Answered!

    I have been on the Rapid Weight Loss plan for two weeks now.. I have followed it to the "T". I lost ONE pound for the first week. Now I am weighing myself every other day and I have lost nothing. What is going on. I have not wavered one morsel.
  19. Cheesy beef enchilada

    Hello, as I don’t eat beef but I am tempting to eat this dish. It looks delicious but can you bring a version in chicken. Some more variety such as baked chicken wings with plain rice. Chicken rolls baked. Chicken hot dogs with whole wheat bun.
  20. Mixed berry bar

    Thanks for bringing in some more variety in breakfast such as coffee cake and blueberry oat bar. However I strongly urge you to bring back the breakfast mixed berry bar. I extremely loved it or bring in the form of a nutrition bar. Thanks
  21. More flavours in Nutrition Bars

    Thank to Jenny Craig for bringing in more foods but I strongly urge to bring in more flavours into the bars. Please please bring in more flavours if not provide us with nutritional shakes. Thank you
  22. Cassiechp

    Highest Weight 196.4 Current Weight 166.8

     

    Started September 5, 2017

    Starting weight 196.4

    Goal weight 140

    Height 5'3"

  23. New Spring Foods Are Here!

    Stop by your local Jenny Craig center or give us a call to try our new Spring menu! With fresh flavors like our new Blueberry and Oats Bar to savory meals like our Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Bowl – you’ll enjoy every bite while achieving the results you want! Scroll through to see each new dish we're introducing this Spring. Leave us a comment below - which food are you most excited to try?
  24. My Jenny Story

    The last month has been a whirlwind for my family. We went from being on program on a path towards our weight loss goals to preparing for an unexpected addition to our family. Then once we were excited and ready for this new baby, it was gone. The words, "No heartbeat" replay in my head over and over again. I do not know why this happened, and that is the worst part. I have decided not to focus on the why's for now, because I know that it will not get me anywhere. Now, my focus returns to our Jenny journey and finishing what we've started. I am going to enter the Jenny Success story contest with my husband, but I wanted to share my story here first. This forum has played a huge role in my success on this journey, and I owe several of you credit, showing me that this journey is a difficult one, but it does work. So, thank you! @missbumble, @Yo_Momz, @SFMom, and so many others that I probably forgot (I'm sorry). What inspired you to join Jenny Craig? Our daughter was getting ready to graduate high school and we were at our local Dress Barn looking for dresses. While waiting for her to try on the dresses she found, I noticed an entry box for Jenny Craig. So, I entered. When I was notified that I had won a 3-month membership, I took it as a sign and agreed to hear more about it. During my initial consultation I was offered the unclaimed grand prize which was a year membership with $100 off the food, I gladly accepted. Next, they offered my husband the prize that I had won. I took this win as a sign, and that we needed to take full advantage of it; that is what we did. What goals did you set for yourself and how did you achieve them? Tricia: The long-term goal that I set for myself was to lose half of myself. I was starting this program at 278.4 pounds and at goal I am going to weigh 130, for a loss of 148.4 pounds. Starting the program, I knew that it was going to be a long road, so I set several smaller goals to help me along the way. The first one being, to follow the program without exception. I could achieve the small goals that I have set for myself along the way due to the incredible amount of support that I had from my husband, my consultant, and my new friends in the Jenny forums. While I have not yet met my final goal for this program I am happily able to report that I am currently at 158.8 for a current loss of 119.6 leaving 18.8 pounds remaining until my goal has been met. Nicholas: I started this program at 265 pounds and the weight loss goal that I set for myself was to reach 180 pounds for a loss of 85 pounds. While the weight loss was the main reason for joining this program, I started this program with the goal of being here for my wife, she needed this and asked for my support and that was my real goal, being there for her on this journey. Doing this program as a team, the support that we offer each other along with the support of Janie has been a large reason for my ability to succeed on this journey. I am currently at 184 pounds leaving me just 4 pounds away from my goal, so I would identify that as a success. What health benefits have you experienced? Tricia: I have hypothyroidism and when I started this program, my levels were unstable, I was having to recheck every 6 weeks and change medications each time. Since starting this program, my levels have decreased allowing a lower dose of medication as well as no medication changes. The best thing that I have seen is my ability to exercise, I am able to do things that I could never do before. My husband and I go to the gym five nights a week and I have been able to jog a mile, something that I have never been able to do. Nicholas: I saw my doctor for my yearly physical and for the first time since starting this journey and the look of shock on his face made my day. My physical went great, and I couldn’t be happier. Before starting this journey, I would keep Tricia up late at night due to sleep apnea and snoring, but that is gone. I no longer snore and keep her up. I not only look better but I feel better. I think that we can both agree that our son Aaron is our biggest health benefit that we have seen since starting the Jenny program. He is not on the program or eating the meals, but I am feeding him using what Jenny is teaching me. When we started this program, he weighed 133 pounds he is now sitting at 103 pounds (this was his goal weight). His confidence has grown tremendously, and you can see how incredibly happy he is by his smile. Jenny Craig has given our family a new beginning, created a new path for our family and we will always be grateful for this opportunity. How did your consultant support you along your journey? Tricia and Nick: Janie Long, was the first consultant that I met and she encouraged me to join the program, letting me know that I was worth it. I left that consultation with her with a sense of belief in myself that I didn’t have in a long time. For a while, I had a different consultant that was great, but she left Jenny. Even with her full case load, Janie did not hesitate to take Nick and I under her wings and become our consultant. She has had been our cheerleader, encouraging us every step of the way. She has been more than our consultant, she has been our friend. I know that I can call her at any time and that she will be there for me when I need it. She listens when we need her to listen, which is the kind of support that is needed on this journey. Another group played a huge role in my success on this journey and that is the women in the forums at JennyCraig.com. It is a great place for support, and they welcomed me from day one and encouraged me every step of the way, never judging or discouraging me. The amount of support that is offered on this program has played a large role in my success, having others to share my success with and to offer encouragement to, is rewarding. I feel as though my group of family and friends grew when I joined this program and I thank you all for everything you have done for me and my family. *I am working on my photos for this submission. Will post when available.*
  25. Stop Stressing, It May Be Making You Gain Weight

    Stress: it’s the looming work deadline, the overdue bill, juggling friends, family and you-time – the list seems endless. So, it may not shock you to learn that stress can have a dramatic impact on your weight. What may come as a surprise though is the fascinating science behind stress-induced weight gain. We’re exploring what’s really going on inside your brain and body when you’re experiencing stress, along with a few helpful tips to get both your mind and eating habits back on track. The Stress Hormone: Cortisol In order to understand the mechanisms of stress-induced weight gain, one only has to follow the so-called chemical trail—and it all leads back to cortisol. This essential hormone is produced by the adrenal glands and released into the bloodstream at the first sign of perceived danger. As our “fight or flight” hormone, cortisol helps to suppress inflammation, regulate blood pressure, maintain glucose levels and provide your body with the instant energy boost it needs to navigate sudden emergencies.1 This mechanism was incredibly useful for our cave-dwelling ancestors, whose emergencies tended to be life-threatening events like fending off wolves; it continues to aid today’s society in situations of extreme physical duress—like escaping a house fire. Unfortunately, the complexity of modern life can be a little confusing for our ancient body chemistry. Though today’s stressors are often emotional, they still trigger the same physiological response—one that is now believed to cause weight gain. A British study published in the American journal Obesity found that high cortisol levels associated with chronic stress are also linked to high BMI and obesity.2 How Cortisol Works If cortisol is basically a “punch” in the adrenals, why isn’t it supercharging your metabolism? (Wouldn’t that be nice!) What actually happens when cortisol enters the bloodstream is the opposite: it’s telling your body that resources are scarce, which automatically slows your metabolic rate to survive the period of perceived famine. Cortisol also has the ability to convert itself to glucose, triggering a spike in blood sugar that’s likely to go unused and be stored as fat.3 A Complex Mixture The stress response is a complex mixture of chemical reactions, physiological triggers and emotional responses—and like you, your individual response is 100% unique. For some of us, stress causes mindless eating—which studies back up4—and why reaching for a bag of chips or sugary snack might seem more tempting when you’re frazzled. By contrast, stress might make others accidentally skip a meal; however, this can set you up for eating more later in the day when you realize you’re famished and can result in overeating or late-night snacking. What’s worse, the stress cycle can also be a frustrating, vicious circle. Worrying about a stressful event or situation can cause you to lose sleep, which is an essential part of maintaining a healthy weight. When you’re tired, you may be more likely to skip your workout or make emotional food choices at a restaurant or grocery store. And when you’re overtired and overworked, both of which can lead to additional stress, you’re more likely to rely on caffeine to get you through the day. A recent study4 linked insulin spikes and weight gain to excess coffee consumption, which researchers defined as 5–6 cups per day. Breaking the Cycle So how can you break the stress cycle? As it turns out, there are lots of simple habits that are scientifically proven to help us deactivate stress before it wreaks havoc on our sensitive systems. Here are our top five: 1. Walk it Off. Walking, especially in nature, can put your body in a peaceful, meditative state. Studies have shown aerobic exercise can reduce levels of cortisol and adrenaline.5 2. Take a Breath. Deep breathing exercises can help lower blood pressure and calm the nervous system.6 3. Turn it Up. Playing music you love instantly floods your brain with happiness-inducing neurochemicals7 – so crank up the tunes! 4. Tell a Friend. Studies suggest8 spending time with close friends actually reduces cortisol production. 5. Have a Laugh. Just anticipating a good laugh spikes endorphins by nearly 30%9...so giggle it up! For more information on how Jenny Craig can help you with your weight loss journey and stress coping skills, contact your local neighborhood Jenny Craig center. Sources: [1] https://www.hormone.org/hormones-and-health/hormones/cortisol [2] https://www.cnn.com/2017/02/23/health/stress-weight-gain-study/index.html [3] http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/111609p38.shtml [4] https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf400920x?prevSearch=Kevin%2BCroft&searchHistoryKey= [5] https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/exercising-to-relax [6] http://www.hsj.gr/medicine/stress-management-techniques-evidencebased-procedures-that-reduce-stress-and-promote-health.php?aid=3429 [7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3734071/ [8] http://psycnet.apa.org/record/2011-19550-001 [9] https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-04/aps-jte033006.php
  26. If you’re trying to lose weight, you’re likely not a stranger to thinking about what you eat during the day, but are you thinking about when you eat? A common pitfall during weight loss is to start off the day motivated, thinking that a small breakfast and salad for lunch will put you on the right track. The trouble happens when the hunger pangs start mid-afternoon and then the motivation wanes. Succumbing to the hunger, a large dinner and unhealthy snacking in the evening may be the way the day ends, which offsets all of the effort you put into the beginning of the day. Sound familiar? There may be a solution for this; try eating more, earlier in the day. Read on to discover how frontloading your calories could aid in your weight loss efforts with helpful tips that you can start implementing today. Research Supports Eating Early Research has shown that people have a better chance of losing weight if they eat earlier in the day.1 Why? Because eating earlier can help you feel more satiated in the evening, which can prevent overeating at night. Since your body is primed to burn more calories in the morning than at night, by eating earlier in the day, you’re working with your metabolism and leveraging your natural fat burning abilities. One study followed 420 overweight and obese individuals over a 20-week period. Some of the individuals were early eaters, which meant that they ate lunch before 3 p.m., and others were late eaters, eating lunch after 3 p.m. The study found that the late eaters lost less weight than the early eaters (17 versus 22 pounds on average).2 Additionally, the evening eaters lost weight more slowly than their earlier counterparts. What made these findings telling? Both groups ate the same number of calories, carbohydrates, fat and protein. Another study followed 1,400 overweight women with metabolic syndrome (a group of conditions that occur together such as increased blood pressure, excess body fat and abnormal cholesterol levels which increase your risk for heart disease among other diseases3) for 12 weeks. They all followed identical diets, with one fundamental difference. One group had a 700-calorie breakfast and a 200-calorie dinner, while the other had a 200-calorie breakfast and a 700-calorie dinner. The women who ate more in the morning lost two and a half times more weight than the group who ate most of their calories at night.4 But weight loss wasn’t the only benefit the early eaters experienced: they also lost more inches around their waist, saw a 33% drop in triglyceride levels (which is an indicator of heart disease) and saw a more significant decrease in fasting glucose, insulin and insulin resistance scores – all of which, when are at elevated levels, may contribute to the development of diabetes.5 The Science of Your Circadian Rhythm These studies are a part of a growing body of research that suggests when you eat is as important as what you eat. This relates to the science of your body’s circadian rhythm, or natural internal clock, which is the physical, behavioral and mental changes that occur in response to light and darkness during a 24-hour cycle.6 Due to circadian rhythm, your body experiences variations in hormone, enzyme and glucose levels throughout the day.7 These changes can affect how you process calories, fat and carbohydrates. Following your circadian rhythm, your body burns more calories in the morning from digesting and absorbing the nutrients in your food than it does later in the day.8 Jenny Craig’s newest program, Rapid Results, leverages your natural circadian rhythm in conjunction with a nutritionally sound meal plan which can lead to accelerated weight loss. Members can lose up to 16 pounds in just 4 weeks. First 4 weeks only. Average weight loss in study was 11.6 lbs. for those who completed the program. Additionally, research demonstrates that there are additional health benefits of following your body’s circadian rhythm and taking a break from digestion (which includes sleep time9-10), such as improvements in immune function and mood, management of appetite and hunger11, preservation of muscle mass12 and potentially decreased risk of dementia.13 Additionally, there is evidence to suggest that the reduction in belly fat that comes from taking a digestion break also decreases the risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes.14 4 Easy Tips for Eating with Your Circadian Rhythm Eating in sync with your circadian rhythm can lead to weight loss success, but what’s the best way to do it? Follow these four tips to eat when your metabolism is working most efficiently: #1. Don’t Skip Breakfast Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. For maximum impact, pick a breakfast that is at least 300 calories and includes fiber, carbohydrates and protein. Need some help with breakfast planning? Try a cup of oatmeal with low-fat milk and a handful of nuts or a two-egg veggie omelet with fruit and a slice of whole-wheat toast on the side. If you’re following the Rapid Results program, our Egg, Cheese, & Turkey Sausage Burrito is a delicious and easy option. #2. Include a Substantial, Balanced Lunch Just like breakfast, eating lunch is important to keep you satisfied during the day, so don’t settle for only a small salad. Try filling half of your plate with non-starchy veggies, a fourth with lean protein such as grilled chicken and the remaining fourth with substantial carbs such as rice or legumes. If you love salads, try adding chicken and including a side such as a broth-based soup. If you’re a sandwich fan, pair one with soup or veggies with hummus. The goal is to create a healthy, filling and well-balanced meal. If you’re following the Rapid Results program, try our delicious Classic Cheeseburger or Turkey and Wild Rice with a side salad and Jenny Craig dressing. #3. Remember Snacks Keep your metabolism working with a nutritious snack. Spacing a couple of snacks throughout your day – mid-morning and afternoon – is a great way to keep your metabolism humming. Try to pick a snack that is around 200 calories and contains fiber and protein. A few examples include an apple with 1 ½ teaspoons of nut butter, a hard-boiled egg, or low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt with fruit. If you’re on the Jenny Craig program, try the Anytime Bars and Chocolate Dream Shakes. #4. Review Your Dinner Choices As your metabolism starts winding down from the afternoon into the night, it is important to keep your evening meals light and healthy. A couple ideas are fish and cooked vegetables or a turkey burger with a salad and light dressing. Don’t forget to eat dinner early, if you want to stay aligned with your metabolism! If you’re following the Rapid Results program, you can enjoy favorites such as Chicken Fettuccine or Loaded Baked Potato with a side salad. When you keep your meals in sync with your circadian rhythm, you’ll find that your weight loss and health goals may become more attainable. By using these tips, you’ll be working with your metabolism by eating food when your body is burning calories with more efficiency. Try taking the first step by planning your meals and snacks within a 12-hour period to align with your circadian rhythm. You may find additional health benefits beyond just weight loss! Do you need help on your weight loss journey? Jenny Craig’s award-winning program is based on scientific research and great results. Contact us today for your free appointment. Sources: Longo, Valter D., and Satchidananda Panda. “Fasting, Circadian Rhythms, and Time-Restricted Feeding in Healthy Lifespan.” Cell Metabolism, vol. 23, no. 6, 14 June 2016, pp. 1048–1059., doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2016.06.001. [1] https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/health/weight-loss-circadian-rhythms-drayer/index.html [2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23357955 [3] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/metabolic-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20351916 [4] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.20460/abstract [5] https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/what-is-diabetes/prediabetes-insulin-resistance [6] https://www.nigms.nih.gov/education/pages/Factsheet_CircadianRhythms.aspx [7] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5372003/ [8] https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/10/389596946/circadian-surprise-how-our-body-clocks-help-shape-our-waistlines [9] Vyazovskiy, Vladyslav. “Sleep, recovery, and metaregulation: explaining the benefits of sleep.” Nature and Science of Sleep, 17 Dec. 2015, p. 171-184., doi:10.2147/nss.s54036. [10] Cirelli, Chiara, and Giulio Tononi. “Is Sleep Essential?” PLoS Biology, vol. 6, no. 8, 2008, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060216. [11] Peterson, C. Pennington Biomedical Research Center. “Time-Restricted Feeding Increases Fat Oxidation and Reduces Swings in Appetite Levels in Humans.” Oral abstract presentation at: The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at ObesityWeekSM 2016; October 31 – November 4, 2016. www.obesityweek.com. [12] Moro, Tatiana, et al. “Effects of eight weeks of time-Restricted feeding (16/8) on basal metabolism, maximal strength, body composition, inflammation, and cardiovascular risk factors in resistance-Trained males.” Journal of Translational Medicine, vol. 14, no. 1, 2016, doi:10.1186/s12967-016-1044-0. [13] Peterson, C. Pennington Biomedical Research Center. “Time-Restricted Feeding Increases Fat Oxidation and Reduces Swings in Appetite Levels in Humans.” Oral abstract presentation at: The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at ObesityWeekSM 2016; October 31 – November 4, 2016. www.obesityweek.com. [14] Chaix, Amandine, et al. “Time-Restricted Feeding Is a Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention against Diverse Nutritional Challenges.” Cell Metabolism, vol. 20, no. 6, 2 Dec. 2014, pp. 991–1005., doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2014.11.001.
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