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Eating Habits & Triggers - Why & When You Eat

Are you a Uniformed Eater, an Emotional Eater, an Unconscious Eater, or a Social Eater? If you’re getting started on the program, find out what category you may fit in and how to handle it. Uninformed Eater: Exploring More Nutritious Choices With Jenny Craig, you are learning how to eat from expert nutrition recommendations. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines advise a dietary pattern that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein sources and heart healthy fats, while limiting saturated fat, sodium and added sugars. Maximize the value of your meal Each week, vary your fruit and vegetable choices to ensure you receive a spectrum of vitamins and minerals. See your Menu Planner to identify Jenny Craig entrées that contain whole grains such as whole wheat, brown rice, corn, barley and oats. Notice the lean protein sources that are a part of your menu, such as chicken/turkey, lean beef, tuna/shellfish and legumes – these are all low in saturated fat, helping to reduce LDL “bad” cholesterol and increase HDL “good” cholesterol in the blood. Experiment with a variety of healthy fat options – nuts, nut butters, vegetable oils, avocados, seeds and olives for the heart healthy fats listed on your menu. Add new flavors and satisfaction to your menu with the Simple Inspirations listed on your Jenny Craig entrées. Emotional Eater: Responding to Emotions Without Food Know the difference between emotional and physical hunger, identify your triggers for emotional eating and respond with healthy alternatives to food. By getting in touch with your “stomach” vs. “head” hunger signals this will help you identify if you truly are hungry. Remember To “H.A.L.T.” Beware of getting too Hungry, Angry/anxious, Lonely/sad or Tired/bored – all common triggers for unplanned eating. Pay attention to your physical and emotional cues and respond with self-care strategies. Eat regular meals and snacks, get adequate rest and relaxation and connect with others. “S.T.O.P.” To Make The Best Choice Practice this technique to avoid getting swept away by your emotions with the urge to eat. Stop – put on the brakes before going into “automatic pilot” eating. Think – listen for your hunger cues vs. emotional distress. Overview – ask yourself what you really need in the moment and decide if it’s food or a healthy alternative. Pick – make a conscious choice and feel empowered by it.   Ideas for Healthy Alternatives to Eating Take a quick nap Call your Consultant Call/text a friend Go for a quick walk Write in a journal Enjoy a bath/shower Listen to music Confront a situation Go online to Jenny Craig Forums Unconscious Eater: Eating More Mindfully Change not just what, but how you eat. Make small adjustments to control external cues and practice eating in a more conscious, enjoyable way. Rearrange Your Environment Choose a designated eating place at home and work. Avoid eating at your desk or computer, over the sink, in the car or in front of the TV. Serve meals on individual plates instead of family style to control portions; keep serving dishes in the kitchen to avoid having seconds. Use smaller (salad) plates to make portions appear larger. Keep lower calorie foods like non-starchy veggies and fruits, front and center in the refrigerator. Manage Mindless Eating Triggers While watching TV, do things that can’t be done while eating: polish your nails, sew or lift small weights – especially during commercials when you’re more likely to be exposed to food cues! While cooking for others, chew sugarless gum to reduce the temptation to taste during food preparation. Take Time To Savor The Flavor Practice mindful eating habits such as slowly eating and stopping when you feel satisfied. Notice how the habit of mindful eating impacts your desire to eat unplanned foods. Social Eater: Managing People, Places and Events There’s no need to avoid social situations when you prepare in advance. Pre-Plan Events Make a plan with your Consultant or using your Jenny Craig Menu grocery foods. Check ahead with your host on the menu - offer to bring a salad, veggie or fruit plate. Plan ahead by enjoying your Jenny Craig meal beforehand Be A Social Butterfly Focus on the social aspects of the party: offer to greet guests, set up games and take pictures. Weigh The “Pros And Pros” Of Food And Drink Offers What are the pros (or benefits) of accepting the offer? (I will please my host, enjoy the food and feel a part of the party.) What are the pros (or benefits) of declining the offer? (I will control calories, decrease my risk of overeating, be more likely to lose weight and feel proud for following my plan.) Based on your weight loss goals, decide which choice is more valuable to you. Practice “PRP” When Declining An Offer Practice saying “No” nicely and stay on track with your weekly action plan. Polite Response: “Thanks, your cake looks delicious!” Reason for Refusing: “Dinner was perfect and I couldn’t imagine eating another bite.” Polite Response: “I’ll have to try it next time.” Travel With Confidence Pack shelf-stable Jenny Craig meals/snacks. At the airport, burn extra calories by walking the terminal. On the road, stop to get out of the car for 10 minute activity breaks.   You can discuss your eating styles with a consultant by scheduling a consultation at any of our 500+ locations, or meet via phone or video chat!    
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Here’s What to Do When You Have a Lapse

Because weight loss is a journey, there may be some bumps in the road. One of those bumps can come in the form of lapsing on your food plan—a glass of wine, a bag of chips with queso dip or a few slices of pizza. “The biggest challenge is that lapses turn into relapses. The sort of ‘oh, what the heck’ effect where someone has a slip and throws away the day or even the week,” said a weight loss consultant. “A lapse is just an event where you get out of touch with your goals and the why behind your goal.  If you don’t get caught up in the shame and guilt game, it can be a positive learning experience.” Here’s what to do when you have a lapse: Forgive yourself. There were a lot of steps and choices that got you to the point where you were, and there are a lot of steps and choices that have brought you to where you are now. One slip will not affect your weight loss journey, so make sure to forgive yourself so you can clear your mind of any guilt and get back on track. Remember, it’s about progress, not perfection. It’s what you learn from the experience that matters. Analyze the situation/your typical response. After the lapse, think about where you were, who you were with, what the situation was, what your action was and how it made you feel. Were you at a party with friends and everyone was enjoying the appetizers? Did you get caught up in the moment and think, “Well, I’ve been good all week, so I deserve a treat?” <br> Asking yourself these questions and recognizing how you were feeling before your actions will help you recognize what this situation was, and help you plan for next time. That being said… Plan your strategy for next time. There’s another party next week. What will you do to plan for success? If it’s a potluck, bring a veggie plate with you and a bottle of sparkling water so you can enjoy those instead.  Or, enjoy your Jenny Craig entrée before you go so you feel full and satisfied and won’t be tempted to snack on items not on your free foods list. Allow yourself to feel proud of where you are in the moment, as you’ve already taken so many steps to get to where you are today. And remember, you make your own choices, so going in with a plan can help you stay on track toward success! Summarize and rehearse your plan. Having your plan and repeating it with someone can help you feel more prepared. It can be a friend who is going to the event with you who can keep you accountable, but you can also rehearse your plan with a Jenny Craig consultant, too. Many consultants have been former members, so they understand the journey and can discuss strategies that they used in similar situations.   You can discuss your plans with a consultant by scheduling a consultation at any of our 500+ locations, or meet via phone or video chat!
Eat Well ·

If Jenny Craig Nutrition Experts Were One Food, What Would It Be?

We all have our favorite foods. However, if you were a food what would you be and why? We asked a few Jenny Craig nutrition experts to share the one versatile and delicious food they would be and what they love about it. Spinach “This gorgeous green leaf is nutritious, but also delicious.  It is low in calories and high in nutrients. Spinach tastes great crunchy— think baked veggie chips, or soft such as a warm spinach and mushroom salad.  Spinach works with any meal occasion; check out our Jenny Craig Florentine Breakfast Pizzas. Spinach is fantastic!” -Darcie Anderson Soup “The word nutrition comes from the Latin word “nutrir” which means to “nourish”. As a nutritionist, I empower people to nourish their health and well-being. I think of one the most body and soul-nourishing foods is soup. A bowl of soup is built on a warm base of mineral-rich broth, brimming with a seasonal array of vitamin-packed vegetables and liberally seasoned with a mix of fresh herbs and flavorful spices that are long-known for their health-promoting properties.” -Lisa Talamini Apple “Living up to the ‘keep the doctor away’ reputation, I would be an apple. Apples come in beautiful shades of red, pink, green and even golden yellow.  They are a good source of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamin C and fiber. One medium apple contains about 4 grams of filling fiber, which is a great thing! High-fiber foods are, by nature, just plain satisfying. They’re hearty and filling and since they’re metabolized more slowly than low-fiber foods, they tend to help us feel full longer.”   Apples are the ideal on-the-go low-calorie snack.  If you have more time, try this healthy pie-like treat: 1.       Chop up a medium apple 2.       Sprinkle with allspice and cinnamon 3.       Pop it in the microwave for 1 and a 1/2 minutes 4.       If you like it even sweeter, top it with a drizzle of Jenny Craig’s Breakfast Syrup.   -Monica Ropar    
Live Life ·

The One Thing to Change to Shut Down Your Inner Negativity

It’s that little voice inside of your head and it’s causing you to be a downer. Your inner negativity says you can’t, even though you know you can. It can get the best of you, weaken your resolve to eat right, and derail your weight loss journey. But rather than get discouraged, ignore it, or block it, you can easily change it. So what’s the one thing you can do to shut down your inner negativity? It’s simple–greet it and move on.   “Greet it, like an old friend,” says Lisa Talamini, Jenny Craig’s Senior Director, Science and Behavioral Interventions.   “Welcome, Habit.” Talamini explains that inner negativity is nothing more than habit, a well-worn pattern of thinking in your brain that you can retrain by adding new, positive thoughts. “When you hear yourself say, ‘I’ll never get my eating under control,’ say, ‘Welcome, Habit. Lapses happen. I can learn from this one and move on,’” she said.   If you can start observing your habit of negative thinking, that’s the first step to begin training your brain to think in more positive ways. You acknowledge a thought with self-compassion and then begin to transform it. Build new positive pathways by recognizing your successes, and turn sabotaging thoughts into helpful, motivating thoughts. Every day, say it out loud, write it down in a journal, or even tell a close friend. “Each healthy bite, every step I take, brings me closer to my goal,” Talamini said.     Soak it in Part of rewiring your brain to loosening your grip on negativity so you can mentally soak in the good, positive thoughts in addition to saying it aloud. Talamini recommends visualizing your wins at the end of the week after following your plan. This can be done while you’re brushing your teeth in the morning, before you go to bed at night, or while you’re sipping a cup of tea and getting some much needed “me-time.”   “Close your eyes, visualize all your positive choices,” she said. “Literally breathe it in for 10 seconds–long enough for the brain to ‘rewire’ and retain it.”   Set attainable goals Of course, your inner negativity will get the best of you if you’re setting unrealistic goals for yourself, like an unsustainable low-calorie diet or an unattainable weekly weight loss number. Instead, set manageable goals that you can celebrate at the end of the week and that can overshadow any lapses or possible setbacks. Chat with your Jenny Craig consultant on creating attainable goals that empower you to make positive choices, so you can feel triumphant at the end of each week and bolster your positive thinking.   
Live Life ·

Managing Type 2 Diabetes With Diet & Jenny Craig

Your body does an amazing job of keeping your blood sugar in a steady, healthy range, unless you have type 2 diabetes. Then the job falls to you, and there’s a lot to do. Blood glucose levels sugar rise and drop throughout the day depending on your pancreatic function, the amount of insulin your body produces, your level of insulin sensitivity, as well as what you eat, when you eat, how active you are, and what medications you are taking. Learning how to manage Type 2 diabetes with diet is one of the first steps after a diabetes diagnosis.   Luckily, there are plenty of resources to help you with the task—your doctor, diabetes educator, registered dietitian, and Type 2 support groups. In addition, Jenny Craig has a special diabetic weight loss program which helps you easily adjust your diet. In addition, it can help you accomplish five of the seven diabetes management objectives recommended by American Association of Diabetes Educators.1 About Jenny Craig for Type 2 Diabetes Learning how to control Type 2 diabetes with a diet is made simple with our Jenny Craig Type 2 program. Jenny Craig for Type 2 supports you with healthy eating, weight management, and physical activity. Plus, your personal consultant meets with you every week to review your goals, strategies, and offer encouragement. As your personal weight loss coach, they will also help you find solutions to any challenges you may encounter as you implement and follow through with the lifestyle changes that not only help you with managing Type 2 diabetes, but lower your risk for diabetes-related complications. Here’s the Proof: A Clinically Proven Approach to Managing Type 2 Diabetes with Diet A recent study involving 227 overweight adults with type 2 diabetes compared the weight loss and diabetes control results of the weekly support of the Jenny Craig for type 2 program with usual care for diabetes, in which individuals receive a 1-hour counseling session with a dietitian who offers recommendations and materials for diet and exercise and provides monthly check-ins via email or phone.   At the end of a year, those who followed the lower carbohydrate Jenny Craig menu lost 9% percent of their initial weight compared with a 2.5 percent drop for individuals who followed usual care. In addition, the Jenny Craig participants saw greater improvements in the control of their blood sugar than the usual care group.2 Jenny Craig’s Program - The Best Diet for Type 2 Diabetes What makes Jenny Craig for Type 2 diabetes so effective? It’s a comprehensive approach that focuses on healthy eating, physical activity, and portion control. Take a look Here are just a few reasons why Jenny Craig is one of the best diets for Type 2 diabetics to lose weight.   Easy meal planning. One of the keys to keeping blood sugar—and hunger—levels even throughout the day is consistent meals and snacks. Jenny Craig for Type 2 provides you with calorie-controlled, pre-portioned breakfast, lunch, dinner and three snacks (mid-morning, afternoon and evening) for each day of the week. Our diet for Type 2 diabetes and weight loss is not only easy to follow, but it’s also delicious! Plus, you can still enjoy your favorite foods.   The right mix of nutrients. As part of the study, two diets were tested: a higher carb (60 percent) and low-carbohydrate (45 percent) diet. The low-carb plan produced better results and became the model for Jenny Craig for Type 2 diabetes. The program takes the guesswork out to provide you with a fully balanced daily meal plan with the optimal proportion of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.   Personalized Support Another distinguishing feature of our program is the one-on-one consulting every week! Your personal consultant will partner with you to help you learn how to manage Type 2 diabetes with diet, set eating and activity goals,solve challenges and practice making healthy changes that positively impact both your weight and your diabetes control. Your consultant is an extension of your healthcare team. While she is not a physician/diabetes educator and cannot address the medical aspects of your condition, your consultant can reinforce the lifestyle strategies (like self-monitoring of your food, activity and blood glucose levels) that will help you both lose weight and improve your diabetes control.   Our diabetes management plan is created by nutritionists and clinically proven to provide our members with the best diabetic weight loss support and plan. With Jenny Craig, controlling Type 2 diabetes with your diet is a whole lot easier. Learn why Jenny Craig’s meal plan program is one of the best diets for Type 2 diabetes. Book your free appointment today!         Sources: [1] <br> [2] Weight Loss, Glycemic Control, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Response to Differential Diet Composition in a Weight Loss Program in Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial  
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Simple Exercises To Do at Home Anyone Can Do

Between work, keeping the house clean, and dealing with your family’s busy schedule, sometimes it’s difficult to find the time to visit the treadmill or get to your favorite group exercise class at the gym. Instead of skipping a day of exercise, complete your workout in the comfort of your own home. We all know what it's like to have a busy schedule. Instead of skipping your workout, try one or a few of these exercises you can do at home and without equipment. Once you get into the routine of working out in your living room, you will be able to find time to squeeze in a few reps no matter how busy your schedule may be. #1. Take the Stairs Turn on your favorite song and walk or jog up and down your home’s stairs. Raise your heart rate and continue this exercise for the duration of the song. #2. Commercial Break Wall Sits While watching your favorite TV show, squeeze in exercise during the commercial breaks. Instead of sitting on the couch, sit against your wall! With a 90-degree bend in your knees, keep your back straight and flat against the wall during commercials. You’ll start to feel your thighs burn! #3. At-home Circuit Training Complete several repetitions of your favorite calisthenics. Easy at-home exercises for a circuit include squats, push-ups, lunges, crunches, and planks. Build on several reps of each exercise for a complete circuit. #4. Chair Dips Are you wanting to tone your arms without hitting the weight-lifting machines at the gym? Try chair dips to target your triceps. Keeping your feet flat on the floor, place your hands on the edge of the chair and bend your elbows 90 degrees to lower yourself toward the ground. Push yourself back up, being careful not to lock your elbows when straightening your arms. Do several reps to sculpt your arms into shape. #5. Morning Stretches Just as you get out of bed in the morning, take 15 minutes to breathe deeply, stretch and perform simple yoga poses. Positions like the downward facing dog, the pigeon pose and the tree pose improve balance and strengthen your muscles. You’ll also relieve some stress before the day begins. #6. Jump Rope Dust off your jump rope for a super cardio exercise you can do at home or in your garage. Can’t remember any of your old, favorite jump-rope rhymes? You can blast a mix of heart-pumping workout songs and get jumping for a fun workout. #7. Ab Work - Ride a Bike or Climb a Mountain You probably don’t have room to ride your bike around your house, or a mountain to climb indoors, but you can still do both at home and work your abs. Mountain climbers target your core and can be done anywhere in your home. While in plank position, bring one knee up to your chest and then switch legs, as if you were running up the side of a mountain. Bicycle crunches also tone your core. Lying flat on your back, bring each knee up in a bicycle pedaling motion. Alternate touching your elbow to the opposite knee, crunching and twisting your abdominal muscles. Repeat these exercises for a solid core workout. #8. Skip The Car If you're close enough, consider walking or biking when you can, whether you're headed to work, the grocery store, a friend's house, or to dinner. When you’re out running errands with multiple stores to hit, park at one end and walk from there to the others. There’s no need to jump into the car for a two-minute drive.   #9. Game Night Did you know that technology can help us get fit? The trend is called exergaming, short for exercise games. It's opening the world of video games up to a larger audience, young and old. With activities like Kung Fu, boxing, biking, and dance software, the goal of many of today's popular video games is to get you off the couch and on the way to a workout. Turn exercise into a party by inviting friends over to play exergames with you. It will get everyone moving and make for a fun, calorie-torching evening.   If you are looking for some easy exercises to lose weight at home, try doing these options above. Don't let a busy schedule stop you from reaching your weight loss goals. By creating an at home workout routine, you will be able to stay on track and continue working towards a healthier you.   Learn how you can Jenny Craig's weight loss program with prepared meals delivered to your door can help you get even more time back and reach your weight loss goals!      
Inspiration ·

Rebuilding Your Wardrobe After Weight Loss

You’ve been working hard to exercise and eat right—and it shows!  The thought of a different, smaller wardrobe might have been part of your motivation to lose weight. After hitting the gym and eating right, you’re beginning to notice that your pants can’t possibly be cinched with a belt anymore or your tops are hanging off of your shoulders. You’re finally beginning to see the healthy weight loss results you’ve been working so hard to achieve, and it’s time to go shopping! Reward yourself with a shopping spree to replace your baggy, over-sized wardrobe. Here are some helpful tips for shopping for smaller clothes that won't break the bank as you continue your weight loss journey.    1. Form a plan Start by taking a long, hard look at the clothing in that’s in your closet now. Weed out anything that’s too big, or oversized in a way that’s no longer fashionable—these, you can donate! Now select anything that’s more than a full size too small, and stash these in a spare bedroom for the future. The items that are left are your foundation, so lay them out on your bed to determine which new pieces will help you complete various outfits. Look through fashion blogs and magazines for ideas on what to buy and make a list of essential pieces, like jeans, blouses, and pencil skirts, that you need to replace.   2. Get a bra fitting <br> Make sure your undergarments fit first before you try on any new clothes. As the base of any outfit, a poorly fitting bra can make any new top look unflattering. Go to a specialty boutique to get a bra fitting and purchase a well-fitting bra.   3. Pick out pants <br> When shopping for smaller clothes, focus on closet staples. You’ll most likely need a new pair of jeans, dress pants, and shorts. Because your body shape has likely changed, don’t be afraid to try on different types of fits. Maybe those skinny fit jeans will look fabulous compared to those baggy boot cut jeans you had been wearing!   4. Try fitted tops <br> Avoid anything over-sized and baggy. You’ve worked hard to get in shape, so avoid shirts and blouses that look three sizes too big. You may be surprised by the size you can now wear! Like pants, be sure to pick up great basics, like t-shirts and button-down blouses, in various colors to replace the larger-sized pieces in your wardrobe. To make your new clothing budget stretch, purchase a belt to accentuate your slimmer waist on any shirts and dresses left in your closet that are a little too large.   5. Add the final touches <br> Scarves and fun necklaces add style and sparkle to complement your new wardrobe. Are you noticing that your cute peep-toe heels are sliding off of your feet when you walk? In addition to cute accessories, you might need new shoes, too. As you watch the pounds drop on the scale, your feet may also shrink. Pick up a couple new pairs of shoes to complete your new look.   6. Stretch is your friend <br> When you’re building a transitional wardrobe, you’re dressing both for the body you have now, as well as the body you’ll have in a few months. Knit fabrics with some stretch to them will be forgiving to your figure today AND shrink with you a bit as you continue to slim down. Look for styles that are not excessively clingy, which have figure-flattering details like draping or ruching—this will help the fabric skim over any problem areas. <br> You already know you’ll likely have to go shopping again in a few months—so now is not the time to look for investment pieces or designer brands. Stick with reasonably-priced mall retailers or boutiques, and look for basic pieces that work as part of more than one outfit. You may also need to adjust your mindset with regard to where you can shop. If you’re dramatically smaller, you may have “shrunk out” of a larger size. Yay you!   7. Find some structure <br> If you were self-conscious about your weight in the past, you may have relied on loose-fitting clothes or oversized styles to hide it. Well, those days are in the past—it’s time to show off your new figure! To complement your stretchy knit basics, look for a handful of structured pieces that will highlight your assets. This might mean a tailored blazer or an A-line skirt with a nipped-in waist. You may be surprised at how many styles flatter you now.   8. New-to-you is A-okay <br> You’re already making a trip to your local second-hand store to drop off all that stuff you’re never going to wear again—you never know what you’ll find! Your transitional wardrobe isn’t forever, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be fun and fashionable!    
Eat Well ·

‘Don’t be Blue’ April Mocktail

Ingredients: -          ½ cup blueberries -          15-20 mint leaves -          2 tsp fresh lime juice -          1 slice of lime -          2/3 cup sparkling water -          ½ cup ice   Exchange: ½ fruit exchange   Directions: 1.       Gather all needed materials: 1 cup, and 1 shaker 2.       Muddle the blueberries in a cup, then pour into shaker. 3.       Muddle the mint leaves in a cup, then pour into shaker with the blueberries. 4.       Add lime juice, sparkling water, and ice into the shaker. 5.       Shake it up! 6.       Pour through sifter at top of shaker into your cup. 7.       Garnish with lime slice, blueberries, and mint leaves, as you please.    
Inspiration ·

How Alexandra Lost 36 lbs* and Became Happier and Healthier

By Alexandra Y.  I have always struggled with weight loss for as long as I could remember. Growing up, I was the funny fat friend who often made fun of herself just to cope with what was really going on inside my head. I lived 22 years of my life feeling extremely uncomfortable in my own skin every day.    No matter where I was, I felt as if I was being judged and this created severe anxiety for me. The heavier I was, the more anxiety I felt. I would often feel sick. This anxiety would continue to burden me for years. I didn't put myself out there or do fun things with friends. I limited my life because of this sickness I was feeling.   About a year ago, I decided I needed help to lose the weight that was making me miserable. It was out of my control at this point. I had tried every diet, every trick, every little thing and it wasn't working. I looked into Jenny Craig that morning and was at the center that same day.    The structure Jenny Craig gave me was amazing. I felt in control, a feeling I had NEVER felt with my relationship to food. I even started to move more – such as taking a quick walk.    Yes, the weight started to come off, but I didn't realize how happy I was until I stopped having panic attacks, stopped feeling sick all the time. I actually felt okay. I felt ‘normal.’ I stopped taking my anxiety medication and started running instead. I found a love for exercise and activity. I went outdoors and did fun things with friends. I pushed myself to try new things that I wouldn't even dream of in the past. I felt happy. The physical results from losing weight are awesome and that is what everyone wants in the end, I get that. I love how I look now, but the real "success" in this story for me is the mental success. I have a healthier body, but more importantly a healthier mind. I feel like myself, I feel like this is the person I was meant to be.    Being 23 years old, people ask me if I am embarrassed to say I do a weight loss program. I tell them this is what worked for me. In my mind, this is the ONLY weight loss program for me. Having help does not make you a failure, it makes you stronger for reaching out to achieve your goals. I could have never started this on my own, but Jenny Craig has given me the tools to continue this journey for a lifetime.   *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. <br>     Check out other inspiring weight loss success stories from Jenny Craig members.     
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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.      

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