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    For the eighth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Jenny Craig in their Best Diets rankings! Read on to find out what we have planned for 2018.
    For the eighth year in a row, the U.S. News & World Report has named Jenny Craig in their 2018 Best Diets rankings. U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and rankings, ranked Jenny Craig as a Best Commercial Diet Plan (#2), a Best Weight-Loss Diet (#3), a Best Fast Weight-Loss Diet (#7), an Easiest Diet to Follow (#7) and a Best Diet for Diabetes (#8).
    Jenny Craig supports their members by considering all aspects of wellness. Whether it’s through sharing Success Stories from our members, offering around 100  crave-worthy foods that appear on our menus, discussing the latest food trends or offering inspiring quotes and anecdotes through our Perfect Portion blog, we’re delighted to offer many ways to keep you inspired and help you make healthy choices that can benefit you for the rest of your life. We also keep our noses in our books, meaning our team is dedicated to learning as much as we can about the science of weight loss. The Jenny Craig program, which focuses on providing nutritionally sound and delicious meals as well as one-on-one support, has been proven to promote healthy weight loss.
    Heading into 2018, we announced Rapid Results. Rapid Results is a science-based innovation to the Jenny Craig program and an expansion of the current program you know and love. Rapid Results is based on nutrition research (2017 Nobel Prize-winning science!) that says it’s not just about what and how much you eat, but when you eat, that plays an important factor in achieving your weight loss goal. We’ve created a new menu that matches the best times of day to consume your calories. Members who completed Rapid Results lost up to 16 pounds in the first four weeks of the program!  The average weight loss in the study was 11.6 pounds for those who completed the program (first four weeks only).
    “It’s a real validation of our science and consumer focused program,” said Monty Sharma, CEO and President, Jenny Craig. “At a time when there is so much noise in the weight loss industry, we are proud to be acknowledged as a ‘best diet’ across several categories for the eighth year in a row by this reputable panel. We work tirelessly to utilize the latest research in nutritional science to provide programs to our members that helps give them the tools they need to lose weight and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle.”
    For more information on how you can get started with Jenny Craig, call 866.706.4042 or visit any of our 500 locations in local neighborhoods near you!

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    *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
    Eden lost 107* lbs. on the Jenny Craig program and is featured in PEOPLE Magazine’s Half Their Size Issue, on newsstands now!
    Eden's Jenny Craig story in her own words: 
    I had been a ballet dancer since I was 3 years old, dancing up to about 5 days a week in my youth. I hadn’t struggled with my weight until I was 11 years old when I broke my ankle after my first performance as ‘Clara’ in the Nutcracker, the lead role. I was so upset that I had to give up dancing until it was healed. My parents also started going through a divorce around that time, so I spent a lot of time being a teenager and hanging out with my friends, eating junk food. My favorite go-to snacks were chips and cookies. I had no portion control, which was my downfall. If I opened a box of these snacks, I’d finish the whole package in one sitting.
    My parents were always healthy eaters; my dad is a nutritionist and my mom is in the medical field, so I grew up learning healthy eating habits. But when I became a teenager and gave up dance, coupled with my parents’ divorce, I just gave into my cravings and junk food eating habits. However, I missed dance, so I decided to go back and lost some of the weight I had put on when I quit dance.
    When I went to college, I was a typical stressed student short on time and gave up ballet again. I picked up a job as an assistant at a gym and worked my way up to become a personal trainer. Even though I was in such a healthy environment and telling my clients how to eat healthy and increase their activity, I was gaining weight, and a lot of it. I was stressed by the workload of going to college full-time, working part-time and was just not living a healthy lifestyle. I was making poor choices with food, friendships, relationships and was drinking and eating more than I should to help cope with the stress.
    My Moment:
    When I was 26, I had a pulmonary embolism. My doctor told me that I needed to take medication and change my eating and lifestyle habits. I was supposed to give up drinking alcohol and smoking was off-limits, but I didn’t listen to the doctor’s orders. I was also a big fan of BBQ and loved to barbecue meat. During this point, for lunch, I’d be able to eat two, foot-long sandwiches, with all of fixings and a large regular soda, with alcohol mixed in. All against doctor’s orders. At that time, I was around 255 lbs.
    After 3 years of not taking my medication and continuing to make poor eating choices, I had a massive stroke. I tried to get dressed one day and had forgotten how to do it. I was 29.  When my family brought me to the hospital, I couldn’t write my name, remember my colors or remember how to touch my nose. I couldn’t talk. When I checked into the hospital, I weighed 275 lbs.
    My doctor told me that my life was going to be different than it was before and it would be a long road back. I had to learn how to speak again. Being young helped my recovery, but I knew that I needed to take my health back into my own hands. I had been given another chance to get it right. I went home and while I was working on my recovery, my mom recommended I try Jenny Craig to help get my eating and portions on track.
    My Transformation:

    In May 2015, I joined Jenny Craig and had my first consultation. Being in ballet and constantly in pursuit of losing weight, I had been on various diets and had tried almost everything. Nothing worked for me because it didn’t help me with how I should be eating healthy portions, the right foods to eat and the support to help make those decisions. Jenny Craig finally taught me how to do that. And I really clicked with my consultant, Nicole. She and I are like the same person and I cannot thank her enough for all that she helped me get through.
    I had no idea what a proper portion was before Jenny Craig. I would eat 3-4 times beyond the recommended amount and was drinking so many calories. I thought that the only way to lose weight was to not eat. I slowly learned how to eat 6 times a day, throughout the day. I would have a Jenny Craig meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then would add in 3 snacks with fruit, vegetables and dairy throughout the day. I started going to the gym with my dad as well. I started slowly on the elliptical bike because I couldn’t run. Now, I can run up to 10 miles! I followed the Jenny Craig plan and lost 107 lbs.*! I still eat all the time without being hungry, I’m just eating the right things in the right amounts.
    At my last doctor’s visit, he was thrilled with my results. My cardiologist reduced my medications and took me off one of them completely because my heart is doing so well and my numbers are looking so good. I still can’t believe I had a stroke in my 20’s. I felt like I lost some of my youth. But I am so blessed and thankful for everything that I have in my life and the progress that I’ve made. I’ve been lucky to have such good speech pathologists and of course my Jenny Craig consultant, Nicole, to help me regain my health. I feel like a new person with a second chance at life. My new goals are to get my master’s degree and pursue a career in rehabilitative therapy.
    If I could give one piece of advice to anyone embarking on their journey, it would be to not take your youth and health for granted. Do what you can to protect it now.
    *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.

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    Most of you probably feel overwhelmed by the constant barrage of new news about weight loss. At Jenny Craig, we use cutting edge nutrition research to cut through the confusion and help guide you to optimal weight loss and management.
    This is why we’re excited to announce Rapid Results by Jenny Craig where you can lose up to 16 pounds in your first 4 weeks**. Average weight loss in the study was 11. 6 pounds for those who completed the program. Rapid Results is based on nutrition research that says it’s not just about what and how much you eat, but when you eat, that plays a factor in achieving your weight loss goal. Let’s take a look at the science behind Rapid Results and see why it’s so revolutionary for weight loss.
    What Is Rapid Results?
    Rapid Results is a science-based innovation to the Jenny Craig program and an expansion of the program you know and love. Members who completed Rapid Results lost up to 16 pounds in the first 4 weeks of the program!** We’ve created a new menu for you that matches the best times of day to consume your calories. Your metabolism follows a daily pattern, and because of this, from morning up to mid-afternoon is the most effective time to burn food calories. With Rapid Results, every member still receives comprehensive support from a weight loss consultant as well as the delicious Jenny Craig food.
    **Average weight loss in study was 11.6 pounds for those who completed the program.
    How Does It Work?
    Recent studies have shown that each cell of our body contains biological clocks that follow a unique daily pattern, called a circadian rhythm. The 2017 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine was recently awarded to three American scientists who discovered the circadian rhythm gene. From this research, we’ve learned that our internal network of body clocks dictates when to sleep, awaken and eat. By following this natural daily rhythm, we can take advantage of our metabolism and ability to burn calories when it’s most effective.
    The Rapid Results plan works with your natural body clocks to provide a time period of nourishment when you need it and can burn the food fuel most effectively, and then a period of rejuvenation during which your body can rest and regroup. When your body goes into rejuvenation mode, your body’s cells aren’t distracted by metabolizing food. They instead get a break to “clean house” and regenerate and repair themselves. Research demonstrates various benefits to following this natural daily cycle, including improvements in immune and metabolic functions as well as reduction of belly fat, which is associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes.1-3
    How Is Rapid Results Different from the classic Jenny Craig program?
    The two main changes are prioritizing when you:
    NOURISH: throughout the day when you can burn calories most effectively. REJUVENATE: once your daily nourishment period is complete, your body’s cells then take time to reset, regenerate and then regroup in preparation for the next day.  
    You still eat six times per day, and check in with your consultant every 7 days who is undergoing new enhanced comprehensive training to deliver excellent weight loss guidance.
    We’re excited to offer this enhanced program, which is available now. If you’d like to see how Rapid Results can help you with your weight loss goals, discuss the plan with your consultant or visit us at one of the 500 locations in local neighborhoods near you.
    **First 4 weeks only. Average weight loss in study was 11.6 pounds for those who completed the program.
    1 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.
    2 Manoogian, Emily N.c., and Satchidananda Panda. “Circadian rhythms, time-Restricted feeding, and healthy aging.” Ageing Research Reviews, vol. 39, 2017, pp. 59–67., doi:10.1016/j.arr.2016.12.006
    3 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.

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    Staying Healthy at Work

    By Jenny Craig, in Live Life,

    Five days a week, work is your home away from home, and it can be tough to remain healthy with all of those tasty snacks coworkers bring to share, the long days at the desk, and, of course, the close proximity to everyone’s germs. But by sipping on water, stepping outside for a walk, and keeping your desk area clean, you can stay happy and healthy while on the job. Here are 8 tips for staying healthy at work.
    Drink more H2O
    You’ve heard the popular rule to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day to stay hydrated, so bring a water bottle and keep it at your desk to sip on throughout the day, refilling as needed. Not only will you be less tempted by the break room vending machine, but water helps you feel full and stay more alert.
    Step outside
    Do you often find yourself daydreaming while staring out of your office window? Then it’s time to take a few minutes to breathe fresh air and bask in the sunshine. Try to make it a daily habit to go for a quick walk or eat your lunch outside on a bench. Rather than focusing on deadlines and unread emails, notice the way the leaves are rustling in the breeze, the chirping of the birds and the sunlight filtering through the clouds. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle the remainder of your day after a little extra vitamin D from the sun.
    Workout while working
    You may be stuck at your desk for the majority of the day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t burn a few extra calories while responding to emails. Periodic stretching will keep you awake and focused. Improve your posture by sitting on an exercise ball, which is easily kept under your desk when not in use. Instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs to get your heart pumping, lowering your risk for heart disease.
    Stand up
    Sitting all day increases your risk for diabetes, heart disease and more. The good news is you can decrease your chances for all of the above, reduce your back pain, and boost your mood and energy with a sit-stand desk.
    Walk and talk
    You’ve got several meetings in a day, and they are all scheduled for the office meeting room. Instead of sitting down with your coworker to brainstorm for the latest project, ask if they’d like a change of scenery and go for a walking meeting. You’ll both feel better by sneaking in a brisk walk and your new surroundings may lend fresh inspiration.
    Brown bag it
    The catered lunches, home-baked goods from coworkers, and the vending machines are all tempting and can easily derail your diet. Bring your own lunches and snacks to stay on track. Plan lunches, like a mason jar salads, for the week on Sunday to avoid rushing on weekday mornings. If you do partake in an office lunch outing, eat smart and stick to light lunch menu items.
    Sanitize everything
    The office may feel like a petri dish for the cold and flu, but you can stay healthy, especially during winter months when it seems like everyone is sick, by washing your hands often and keeping hand sanitizer at your desk. Your mouse, phone and keyboard also harbor thousands of germs that survive on hard surfaces for days, so disinfect regularly.
    Take a break
    Your company grants you vacation time for a reason–they want you to use it! After all, you know what they say about all work and no play: work stress can take its toll on your body, leaving your immune system weak and open to illness. Take a break from work for vacation time, even if it’s one day of “me-time” to recharge, de-stress, and do whatever you like to do.

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    How Amanda F. Lost 40 Lbs.*

    By Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,

    *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.  Member received promotional consideration.
    “I’ve finally unlocked the secret to healthy eating thanks to the Jenny Craig Program.”
    “I remember looking at photos of my son’s first birthday party and not recognizing myself.”
     After three years of being pregnant and nursing my two children, my weight was out of control.  The pounds had piled on and I realized that I’d completely lost my sense of self since becoming a mother.  The photos taken at my son’s first birthday party helped me realize that I needed to make myself a priority to regain my self-esteem and feel whole and happy again.
    “I chose Jenny Craig to help me regain my health, self-confidence, wardrobe and most of all my self- love.”
     I’ve used Jenny Craig in the past to lose weight, but this time felt different. It was the first time I was motivated to lose weight truly for myself and I made my success a priority. Learning from past mistakes of setting goals that were totally unrealistic, my goal this time was to lose 30 lbs. I built a great relationship with my wonderful Jenny Craig consultant, Connie, who provided me with support and guidance during our weekly appointments. I never missed our consultations, which were important to me as they helped me stay accountable throughout my amazing and successful weight loss journey. The food is yummy and my personalized menu plan was easy to follow, which I loved.
    “I tell everyone about Jenny Craig and I love that it’s working for me.”
    I lost 40 lbs.* on the Jenny Craig Program exceeding my original goal! It's unbelievable, but setting realistic goals and having on-going support worked so well for me. I am proud of my commitment and motivation to lose weight and I continue to embrace and practice the new healthy lifestyle that I learned at Jenny Craig. The principles of the program and wonderful people I’ve met have truly changed my life forever. I am no longer afraid of food— it doesn’t control my life. I control what and how much I eat. I am a better mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend because of the Jenny Craig program. I have more energy now to enjoy my children and family!  Going to the center each week to check-in with Connie is still a highlight for me.  It's my ‘me time’ that so many of us new moms don't take for ourselves. I've finally unlocked the secret to healthy eating thanks to the Jenny Craig Program and I feel great!
    *Results not typical.  Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.  Member received promotional consideration.

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    New Savory Foods for 2018

    By Jenny Craig, in Jenny Craig News,

    We’re so excited to be kicking off the New Year with some new and tantalizing entrees for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Here’s the scoop on these delicious chef-crafted foods and why you’re going to love them. 
    New York Sesame Bagel

    Made in the heart of New York! Kickstart your morning with a multi-grain bagel topped with sesame seeds, making it an energizing meal to start the day.
    “The best bagels are made in the heart of New York, and ours is too,” says Director of Brand and Product, Lindsay Ostenson. “On busy days, you can top it with cream cheese as you run out the door with your coffee. On weekends, I like to toast it and top it with some avocado, tomatoes, arugula and cracked black pepper for a delicious avocado toast.”
    Ham & Swiss Baguette

    A warm baguette roll filled with sliced Black Forest ham, melted Swiss cheese and balanced with a creamy spread.
    “If I have one weakness, it’s fresh French bread and that’s why I love our new baguette sandwich,” Ostenson said. “Fresh French bread with thinly sliced ham and a cheesy spread. I add cucumbers and sprouts to mine and imagine I’m strolling through the streets of Paris!”
    Pork Carnitas Burrito Bowl    

    Savory shredded pork carnitas are served over brown rice and topped with a salsa blend of diced tomato, onions and roasted poblano pepper. This bowl is a delicious medley of southwest style flavor with a mild kick!
    “South of the border carnitas is popping up on menus everywhere,” Ostenson said. “Our new carnitas bowl captures that authentic taste with poblanos, tomatoes and onions atop brown rice. I like to add extra sautéed peppers, pico de gallo and a jalapeno for some spice!”

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    *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week

    *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week
    In her own words:
    My name is Karen and I am a 45-year-old single mom, former professional athlete and current business owner of an indoor training center. I have battled my weight for years trying different diets and workout programs. My knowledge of nutrition and exercise is vast; however I still struggled to maintain a healthy weight. In November of 2015, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and placed on medication. This medication increased my struggle to lose weight.  When I reached an all-time high of around 224 lbs., I decided that enough was enough. I had tried diets consisting of powdered foods, prepping my own meals, doing intense exercise, and counting points, but I was never able to reach my goals or felt that maintaining a healthy lifestyle was possible.  
    The journey: My mom and I made a pact to get healthy, so we signed up for Jenny Craig. Since my mom retired, she had gained weight and was pre-diabetic so it was equally important for her to change her lifestyle. Joining together helped us stay motivated, accountable, and brought us closer together. This journey has been fun and surprisingly easy! The variety and taste of the food is amazing. The structure of the program, the weekly consultations, having a personal consultant, and planning ahead, set us up for success. I never felt deprived or that I was missing out. We would plan our food around our life including travel, holidays and family parties. It was great to be paired with a consultant who helped us every step of the way.  My consultant, Belen, has impacted my journey through encouragement, accountability and proactive planning. She encourages me by celebrating my milestones when I reached my goals. Her enthusiasm and structure help me focus on maintaining healthy behaviors. Our weekly consultations keep me accountable by tracking the previous week and planning for the upcoming week. I’ve avoided pitfalls by using this strategy for life events such as family parties, weddings and travel. She is a huge part of my success on this journey!
    Transformation: I'm a better role model to my daughter, showing her how to make wise choices for herself by making better choices for her when I prepare her meals. My mom and I reached our original goal weights, which we set high, not believing at the time that we could do it. This program proved us wrong and now we have the confidence to achieve new goals we set for ourselves.
    My 50 lb.* weight loss has impacted my life for the better. Currently, I am no longer on the arthritis medication and move around during the day with less pain in my joints. My energy level has increased and my overall desire to be active is greater than I can ever remember! My self-esteem and confidence has increased. I no longer stress about trying to find clothes that fit or hide my body. I was even motivated to become a Jenny Craig consultant to inspire and motivate others in their weight loss journey, and was just featured in the December 2017 issue of Health Magazine for my weight loss success!*  I now have a renewed peace of mind and feel this program has completely altered my approach to food and exercise.
    *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.

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    While the holidays are full of celebrating the present moment and spending quality time with friends and family, many people embrace the opportunity that comes with a new year approaching: A chance to set goals to accomplish throughout the year.
    Not sure which goals to set in the new year? Good New Year’s resolutions are those that really speak to you and are achievable. Here are some great New Year’s resolution ideas to help you win the year!
    Walk every day. One of the top New Year’s resolutions is to exercise more, which means gyms are typically packed for the first few months of the year. You can start your “move more” resolution by walking every day. Whether it’s a walk around the block with your family, a hike over the weekends or making your work break a lap around your building complex, you can work it into your schedule without worrying about the crowds.
    Stop procrastinating. This applies to so many things: Work, errands, getting together with a friend, cleaning out the garage—the list goes on and on! It’s easy to get caught up with social media and your favorite television marathon, but you are missing out on getting your goals accomplished to not have as much stress around you. Take a few moments to write out your plans for the day or week, then commit to accomplishing your tasks.
    Show yourself some love. When one says they want to “get healthy,” it typically focuses on physical health. There has been a surge in doing things that are good for your mental and emotional health, and it’s important to remember that your overall health is impacted by your emotions and mentality. When you have a positive mindset, it helps keep you motivated in all areas of your life.

    You can find ways to reward yourself tha also feeds into taking care of yourself. Finished a huge project at work? Get a massage! Donated some old clothes you don’t fit into anymore? Buy some new clothes! Reached a weight loss milestone? Plan a field trip for yourself! Some of these things may even be on your list of New Year’s resolutions list already, which counts as double-accountability as you take care of yourself throughout the year.
    Invest in your hobby. Investing in something doesn’t always mean monetarily—time is an investment, too! If you love to read, create a specific time where you read or join a book club. If you want to learn how to meal prep, look up an exciting new recipe or take a cooking class. The possibilities are endless once you decide to focus more attention on what you already love to do.
    Get more sleep. This is one New Year’s resolution idea that your body and mind will thank you for committing to. So much happens throughout the day, and yet it seems like there is not enough time to get everything in. Your body needs to rest in order to recharge and recover from the day’s events, and denying yourself moments of rest only adds to stress. Some ways you can get more sleep is to become aware of when you drink caffeinated beverages and have your room become a place where you can rest—no TV, no computer or bringing work into your bed. Sleep most likely helps with weight loss if that is one of your goals, too.
    Lose 10 pounds. Weight loss is perhaps the most common goal for everyone’s New Year’s resolutions list. Weight loss may seem like a bigger challenge when there is more than 10 pounds to lose, but you can make it manageable by focusing on the first (or last) 10 pounds. Regardless of whether it’s 10 pounds or 100, you’ll be facing many of the same frustrations and challenges.

    It’s the beginning of the new year and focusing on the 10 pounds in front of you allows you to find out what works for you. It’s an opportunity to look at your habits and change them without becoming overwhelmed. By making small changes, such as focusing on eating healthier or finding activities you love, you can begin your weight loss journey. Just remember that having a support system is important, too, as it can help you stay motivated, keep you accountable and help you strategize for when you hit a plateau.
    We hope our list of New Year’s resolution ideas helps you come up with a few of your own!

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    New Year's Resolution Weight Loss Tips

    By Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,

    Jenny Craig is here to help. Schedule a free appointment with one of our weight loss consultants today!
    We can all agree that losing weight is one of the most popular resolutions to make for the New Year! And this is the year you’re ready and committed to making changes every month, not just in January (and we couldn’t be more excited for you!).
    But after you’ve clinked glasses, cleaned up the gold and silver confetti, it’s time to get down to business. Having a weight loss resolution for the new year is a great start, but breaking your resolution down into mini-resolutions will help you meet your year-end goal–to be the best version of you! Here’s how:
    Make measurable goals
    With pen and dedicated notebook in hand, brainstorm and write down a list of measurable goals that will actually help your weight loss journey and help you conquer that weight loss resolution! The more specific the goal, the more attainable it is. Here are some healthy ideas to get you started:
    ●     Commit to taking the stairs wherever possible
    ●     Sign up for a 5K in your city even just walk
    ●     Commit to a 30-minute fitness class at least twice a week
    ●     Rid the pantry of chips, cookies or any unhealthy snacks
    ●     Commit to a weight loss program meal plan with Jenny Craig and stick with a low-calorie diet to help you hit your long-term weight loss goal.
    ●     Support a healthy metabolism by getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night and waking up at the same time each day.
    ●     Ditch the office break room at lunch and go for a 30-minute walk to get your body moving.
    ●     Watch your media content on a stationary bike instead of your couch
    ●     Trade in your soda (which has unnecessary calories) for tea, sparkling water or water with a slice of cucumber or lemon.
    If you can give yourself a gold star after accomplishing a goal just as you might have done as a kid, then you'll know it's measurable. And using a chart to track each goal with an accompanying gold star sticker pack isn't such a bad idea!
    Take it week-to-week
    That long list of goals seems just as overwhelming as the resolution to “lose weight,” doesn’t it? Don’t worry–you don’t have to start doing everything tomorrow. Instead of fretting about changing bad habits to good ones overnight, spread your mini-resolutions throughout the year.
    For each week, assign a few goals, and by the time the next week rolls around, you'll be ready to add a new goal, such as trying a new, non-starchy vegetable, testing out a new spice on your meal, or engaging in physical activity at least twice a week. Because you took baby steps and reached smaller, specific goals through the year, not only will you likely lose weight, but you will look and feel your very best!
    Treat yourself
    Because your mini-resolutions are measurable, it’s time to treat yourself. With all of those gold stars you’ve collected, set a non-food reward for the end of each month. Get a manicure in March, pick up new warm-weather workout gear in May, and splurge on a new pair of jeans in October, since we know you’ll be needing a smaller size!
    Additional New Year's Resolution Weight-Loss Tips
    ●     Stick with your routine and stay motivated. If this means marking off each day on a calendar to show your progress than go for it! Find a way that works for you to keep yourself motivated toward your weight loss goal.
    ●     Avoid eating out as much. While eating out, you'll most likely be faced with larger portions and unhealthier options. By cooking for yourself, you can monitor your portion size and know the exact ingredients you are consuming.
    ●     Get moving and keep moving. This doesn't have to be a structured gym session or class. Whether it is a walk around the neighborhood or a bike ride, all that matters is you keep your body moving. It is recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week.
    ●     Find a group or a buddy who is working towards the same goal as you. Having support from peers is one of the keys to long-term weight loss success.

    So now when mid-January rolls around, instead of giving up on your New Year's weight loss resolution, keep going and make it to the finish line. The next time you think you can't do it, think again. You can do it and the above tips can help you reach your goal and keep the weight gain at bay. We hope that these weight loss resolution tips will help you to build a foundation for a healthy, happy, and successful new year!

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    Benefits of Frozen Fruit & Veggies

    By Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,

    Think fresh is always best? Not necessarily! When foods are picked at their peak and flash frozen, their freshness and nutrients are preserved. Find out how frozen foods can be just as beneficial as their fresh counterparts and how they may even retain more vitamins.

    Fresh vs. Frozen
    The main question between fresh and frozen comes from the common argument that “fresh is best” not just for taste, but for nutritional value. This has been debunked, thanks to a study1 conducted by Dr. Ali Bouzari at the University of California, Davis, where his team evaluated the vitamin content between frozen and fresh foods such as carrots, broccoli, strawberries and more. Dr. Bouzari and his team found no significant differences between fresh and frozen2 and noted that the amount of fiber and minerals like zinc, magnesium, iron and calcium stayed the same.
    And while more studies need to be conducted, Dr. Bouzari noted that his studies showed frozen broccoli had more riboflavin and frozen blueberries had more vitamin C! Some of this comes down to how their fresh counterparts sit on the shelf (berries tend to be most potent when freshly picked, but when sitting on the shelf lose nutrients quickly), so it comes down to a matter of timing and how the food has been frozen—and when. 
    Double Check Your Labels
    You’ll also want to be mindful about the freezing process. Frozen fruit and veggies are typically picked at their peak, and flash frozen, or individually quick frozen3, to preserve their freshness. This process also helps to avoid those pesky ice crystals that form when your freezer fluctuates in temperature (again, be mindful of how active your freezer is).
    At Jenny Craig, we work with over 40 professional chefs who demand quality ingredients, meaning they are able to capture the fresh tastes you love in a convenient, ready-for-you meal whenever you need it. We also encourage our members to add Fresh & Free Additions, an assortment of non-starchy vegetables, so that they can explore the fresh tastes of the season that can perfectly complement their meal, too!
    For more information about our over 100 delicious frozen and pantry ready options, and to learn more about Jenny Craig, contact us for your free appointment.
    1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25526594
    2 https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/are-frozen-fruits-and-vegetables-as-nutritious-as-fresh/
    3 https://www.thespruce.com/what-does-iqf-mean-995719

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    How to Lose Holiday Weight Gain

    By Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,

    Jenny Craig is here to help. Schedule a free appointment with one of our weight-loss consultants today!
    The holidays are full of food, and it can feel like you have to pile your plate high to help your host (or yourself) with leftovers! However holidays can go on for days, and before you know it, you’ve gained some holiday weight.
    If you have put on a bit of weight after the holidays, that’s okay! Here are some holiday weight loss tips to act as your guide for how to lose holiday weight gain.
    Move more.
    Now is the time to move a bit more, and take advantage of the chilly weather wherever you are. A brisk walk during your break allows you to feel refreshed. If you’re in an area with snow, make a snowman with your kids or spend some time shoveling your driveway.

    You can also make small changes in your movement opportunities, like parking farther away from the grocery store or taking the stairs instead of the escalator. When you find small opportunities throughout the day to move, you are moving one step closer to holiday weight loss.

    Don’t skip meals.
    You may think that the extra calories you ate during the holidays can be diminished by skipping a meal, but that sets you up for failure. Since you’re denying your body food, you’ll lose energy and potentially binge on treats or make rash decisions about your next meal.
    Cook at home.
    Oftentimes, the meals we get at restaurants are much larger portions, and are often cooked in fattier preparations. Take vegetable side dishes, which are typically sautéed in butter. When you cook at home, you control everything—from the ingredients to the oil to the cooking method, it’s all in your hands to make the healthiest choices possible.
    Control your portions.
    Portion control may have gone out the window when the holidays were around, but it needs to come back into play to reverse holiday weight gain. One way to retrain yourself in regards to portions is to use a smaller plate so that you can focus on portioning out your meal.
    Be picky about what’s on your plate.
    You don’t have to eat every side with every meal. Fill your plate with protein and vegetables first to ensure you’re filling up on nutrient-dense options that will help you stay fuller longer, then go for the sides that are more calorie-dense, like dinner rolls, mashed potatoes, stuffing, etc.
    Have snacks on hand.
    You may have gotten used to that stuffed feeling, but now that you’re focusing on healthier options and portion control, you may get hungry sooner. This is why it’s a great idea to have snacks on hand to encourage positive decision-making versus going to the vending machine or being lured by the leftover candy in the break room. Keep some veggie sticks on hand to pair with Classic Hummus & Wheat Crackers, and look for pre-portioned snack bags like our Ranch Snaps and Cheddar Cheese Crisps that allow you to satisfy your snack craving without going overboard.
    Holiday weight loss is possible, especially when you have a strong sense of motivation. And if you’re looking for support and other pieces of advice for weight loss, look no further than Jenny Craig—our Perfect Portion blog considers everything from inspiration to strategies to help you find success, and you can join your local neighborhood Jenny Craig center to talk with a Jenny Craig consultant and create personalized strategies for weight loss throughout the year! 

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    Most Sugary Foods & How to Cut Down on Sugar

    By Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,

    By Monica Ropar, Jenny Craig Corporate Nutritionist 
    Lately, there has been a lot of not so sweet news that despite years of knowing sugar isn’t healthy, people are consuming more and more of it. The typical American diet is loaded with excessive amounts of added sugars and you can find them in just about anything on the grocery store shelves. On the road to healthy eating habits, one notable indulgence to drop is eating empty calorie foods, which are foods typically very high in sugar and lacking nutritional value, such as sweetened drinks, donuts, candies and more. When consumed in excess, empty calories can be attributed to weight gain.
    There are two types of sugars, naturally occurring or added sugars. Naturally occurring sugars can be found in fruits and milks, while added sugars are found in packaged foods and are one of the biggest culprits of empty calories. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advised limiting added sugars to less than 10% of total calories. The good news is that the Jenny Craig Menu has been designed to align to this limit so if you are following any of our planned menus, you can feel rest assured that you are not consuming too many added sugars.
    Here are some of the most common sugary items to avoid and our suggestions for what you can easily add to your meal plan and not your waistline.
    Avoid These: Cereals & Sweetened Yogurts
    Despite sounding healthy, many cereals, flavored instant oatmeal, breakfast bars and flavored yogurts can contain as much sugar as a cookie. We all know that starting the day off with a sugary breakfast does not provide us with the fuel our bodies need and crave to have a healthy day.
    Enjoy These: Unsweetened versions of cereals, oatmeal and yogurt. Sweeten them with a dash of honey, or best yet, fresh fruit and spices. You’d be surprised how delicious a diced apple sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom pairs with plain yogurt or oatmeal.

    Avoid These: Energy Bars
    If you’re not making an educated selection, you could just be eating a ‘glorified’ candy bar. Some options on the market can contain as many calories and added sugars as a typical candy bar, but they are marketed as ‘healthy’ claiming they can ‘give you energy’. Don’t be fooled because they contain healthy ingredients like oats, nuts and grains. You must look at all of the added ingredients.
    Enjoy These:  Get natural energy from whole foods. Healthy fats, whole grains, proteins and fruits make great snacks. Eat snacks like string cheese and a fruit; or a piece of whole-grain toast with mashed avocado. You can also make deviled eggs out of one hard-boiled egg and use a little mashed avocado or Dijon mustard with the yolk instead of mayonnaise. Top it with smoked paprika for a satisfying snack.
    If you’re on our program, Jenny Craig Anytime Bars contain less than half the amount of sugar and calories compared to some popular energy or protein bars.
    Avoid These: Specialty coffee drinks & Smoothies
    If you want to reduce your sugar intake, your morning routine is the first place to start. Many specialty dessert-sounding coffee drinks can contain as much sugar as a slice of cake or a bowl of ice cream.
    Enjoy These:  Create a specialty drink yourself! Pre-make flavored ice by throwing cooled coffee into ice cube trays. Combine 3-4 coffee ice cubes into a blender with a half-frozen banana, one scoop of protein powder (experiment with assorted flavors, my favorite is salted caramel) and about a ½ cup milk or plain yogurt. If using alternative milks, such as almond milk, be sure to use unsweetened versions. Make it more decadent by adding a teaspoon of cacao powder or instant espresso powder.

    If you want more of a fruit flavor, just replace the banana with 1 cup of frozen fruit of your choice, protein powder, milk and ice.  Top it off with a splash of coconut water and blend. Just be sure to measure the fruit since typical fruit smoothies can contain over the recommended 2 fruit servings a day.  Remember, 1 cup fresh/frozen fruit counts as 1 fruit choice.
     Even quicker: Our Ready-to-Drink Shakes. They contain perfectly portable protein, fiber and essential vitamins and minerals and nearly half the amount of sugar and calories of a typical shake or smoothie.
    Avoid These: Cookies, Cakes & Candies
    This seems like a no-brainer, however the food industry has gotten smart and has tried to market many of these sugar-laden treats as healthy by using terms like ‘gluten free’ or ‘all-natural’.
    Enjoy These:  Enjoy a single-serving of sugar-free pudding or a small piece of angel food cake with fruit coulis.  Make your own fruit coulis sauce by blending 1 ½ cups unsweetened fruit of your choice, ½ tsp orange liqueur (or orange juice) and a pinch of sugar substitute. Store for up to a week in the fridge and use as a topping for pancakes, plain yogurt or anything you want to make a little sweeter. Jenny Craig’s Breakfast Syrup is a sweet topping alternative to get your pancake or waffle fix.
    Avoid This: Sugar-sweetened beverages
    It’s not just regular soda. Sugar-sweetened bottled ice teas, sports drinks and even the now popular coconut waters can contain an entire days’ worth of sugar.
    Enjoy These:  Reach for seltzer with a splash of no-sugar added juice. Try infusing your own water by adding cucumber and crushed mint, lemon and chopped basil, and slices of mixed citrus.

    Avoid This: Margaritas & mimosas
    Margaritas and mimosas—typical happy hour and brunch drinks. Many of these drinks include sugary-mixes on top of the empty calories that alcohol already provides.
    Enjoy This:  Order a ‘skinny’ margarita that is made with just tequila, fresh lime juice, soda water and a splash of agave or fresh orange juice. If you like it spicy ask for a jalapeño-infused one, which will make you sip it even more slowly. Avoid pre-mixed mimosas, which are typically half champagne and half orange juice. Ask for plain champagne or a wine spritzer with a small glass of fruit juice on the side so you can control how much juice you add.  A tablespoon should be enough and top it off with ice if you like it very chilled. Be smart about your beverage selections and always consume in moderation. Cheers!
    You don’t have to eliminate sweets entirely, but see where you can cut down or cut out sweetness in your day.  If you can get down to 1 or 2 items daily, you’re on the right path!
    Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015, 8th Edition. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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    7 Facts About Diabetes You Need To Know

    By Sarah S – Jenny Craig, in Live Life,

    More than 100 million U.S. adults are now living with diabetes or prediabetes, according to a recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, these statistics of people with diabetes could change in a positive direction. It all starts with understanding diabetes and making positive steps toward a healthy living. And knowledge is power. Boost your power with these 7 facts about diabetes.
    The most common type of diabetes is type 2. Type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes, develops when your body's ability to use insulin becomes impaired. Insulin is the hormone that helps move glucose (sugar) from your bloodstream into your cells where it's used to produce energy. When those cells become insulin resistant-meaning they don't respond to insulin as they should, it causes glucose to build up in your bloodstream.   Your body is producing too much of a good thing. Glucose is a good thing. It's your body's primary source of energy, but when you have high blood glucose levels there's too much in your bloodstream, it can damage blood vessels, nerves and organs and over time, can lead to serious complications such as kidney disease.1 This is why you want to identify the symptoms, especially of undiagnosed diabetes early and take care of it immediately before your blood glucose levels get out of control. According to The American Heart Association, people with diabetes are at a higher risk for developing heart disease.2  Lifestyle is often the root cause. Being overweight and sedentary can be significant risk factors in the development of Type 2 diabetes. A lack of physical activity and excess weight, can lead to an insulin resistance. You can help prevent diabetes by maintaining a healthy weight with a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly. It is important to find an activity you enjoy and that fits easily into your schedule so that you'll keep doing it and incorporate it into your lifestyle. If you need to drop extra pounds, a weight loss plan like Jenny Craig helps you manage portion control, good nutrition and plenty of produce intake. You can reduce your risk of developing diabetes by getting moving and healthy eating.  Metabolic syndrome can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome is a constellation of symptoms common among people who are insulin resistant. These include higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, a large waist measurement due to excess abdominal fat, high blood pressure, and abnormal levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. If you have metabolic syndrome, you should be working closely with your primary care physician to treat these issues. More than 84 million people in the United States have prediabetes.3 Prediabetes is defined as having high blood sugar, but not at the level that meets the diagnosis for diabetes. If the prediabetes is left untreated, individuals will likely develop type 2 diabetes within 5 years. The CDC website offers a 7-question quiz to help you assess your risk. If you know you have high blood sugar, take steps to start living a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise to decrease your risk of developing diabetes. You can reverse prediabetes. A large study known as the Diabetes Prevention Program, involving more than 3,000 people with prediabetes, found that those who dropped their weight by 7 percent and got 150 minutes of physical activity each week reduced their risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent. Weight loss and exercise can even bring blood sugar levels back to normal without medication. If you have diabetes, you can keep it under control. There isn't a cure for diabetes, but you can take the steps necessary to manage this disease and prevent its complications. Once you've been diagnosed, you'll work with your doctor, diabetes educator, a dietitian, pharmacist and possibly other specialists as needed to develop the best treatment plan for you. You and your team will focus on controlling your blood glucose levels as well as maintaining healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels to prevent further complications of cardiovascular disease. Weight loss with diabetes is critical to minimizing and potentially reversing the impacts. Stay committed to your plan-to taking your medications as prescribed, eating healthfully, getting physical activity regularly and losing weight. You are the most important person in your diabetes care. Control your diabetes and you can control the quality of your life. Diabetic Meal Plans by Jenny Craig
    Jenny Craig has a special program for type 2 diabetes that has been clinically proven to result in weight loss and improved diabetes control†. We have a customized meal plan which helps you manage blood glucose levels and can help guide you to make a long-term lifestyle change. Learn more about the Jenny Craig Diabetes Program. We are here to help you on your journey to health!
    †Diabetes Care 2014;37:1573-80. Doi:10.2337/dc13-2900