Have you heard about professional football players taking ballet classes? It’s true! Stretching and flexibility are two of the reasons why. Stretching enhances flexibility, increases range of motion, prevents injury and can rejuvenate the spirit. This is beneficial on the football field and in everyday life for you and me. In addition, many find stretching an effective stress management tool. It’s amazing how just a few minutes can make such a difference in your day!
What’s does it mean for weight loss?
There’s a direct connection between stretching and weight loss. In general, there isn't a big calorie burn from stretching, but there are benefits that link the two:
Weight loss and wellbeing go hand-in-hand. When you are feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, you are less likely to turn to food for comfort or use food to distract from sadness or frustration.
Stretching can improve flexibility and prevent injury. When you are agile and injury-free, you are able to push yourself a little (or a lot) harder in your workout routine and burn more calories.
High stress can often lead to poor sleeping and eating habits. Lowering your stress levels with stretching could help you sleep and eat better.
Be careful to stretch the right way at the right times to avoid injuring yourself.
Stretch your muscles only when they are “warm”. Never start your workout with a stretch. It’s best to stretch at the end of your workout.
Hold the stretch to the point of mild tension for 15-30 seconds.
Avoid bouncing or jerking movements.
Focus on your breath to optimize the movement. Take one long breath in, then let it out slowly as your perform the stretch.
Allow yourself to relax and experience the mind-body connection.
What about yoga?
Yoga is an ancient practice that offers many modern benefits. Translated from Sanskrit, it means “yoke” or union, and symbolizes the link between body and mind. Consisting of gentle stretching, balance and strengthening exercises, yoga is performed slowly with a focus on the breath. Woven together as a combination of postures, yoga can be both energizing and relaxing.
Start out with gentle yoga; and overtime, if you wish, you can progress to more vigorous types of yoga that elevate the heart rate for longer and lead to a greater calorie burn. No matter the type of yoga you practice, you can benefit from the physical activity (even when light), stretching and relaxation, and mind-body awareness.
Flexibility is one of the three aspects of physical fitness. If you focus only on cardio and resistance training, you’ll miss the third component. A three-legged stool doesn’t function well with one missing leg. This is how you should think about flexibility. Include stretching in your fitness routine for optimal health and wellness.
Nearly 30 million Americans are living with diabetes. With medical care costs for diabetics running more than twice of those without, there’s more reason than ever to take preventive measures.1 Nearly 95% of diabetes cases in the U.S. are Type 2: although someone's body can produce insulin, they are either not producing enough, or their body isn’t using it effectively.2 While there is evidence that heredity plays a part, lifestyle is also a key contributor. With this in mind, a healthy diet and exercise are two of the most important Type 2 diabetes prevention strategies.
Weight loss & Type 2 diabetes prevention
Obesity is one of the most common causes for developing diabetes, and losing weight is one of is one of the best ways to help prevent this disease. Smart eating is a key factor in weight loss, and if you’re already in the midst of your Jenny Craig weight loss journey, you’re already taking steps to help prevent Type 2 diabetes! Better still, the foods that may support healthy weight loss are also foods that may help reduce your risk for Type 2 diabetes.
Ways to prevent diabetes
Make healthy food choices & stick to a weight loss plan
If your doctor has recently advised that you are on the verge of developing Type 2 diabetes or it runs in your family, you may want to consider making changes to your diet and eating habits. In fact, John Hopkins Medicine found that you can significantly lower your risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent if you reduce your body weight by 5-10 percent.3
In addition, a recent study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that healthy eating can reduce diabetes risk in women from 32-55%, depending on their background.4 The study concluded that for every 1,000 women, these dietary changes may prevent Type 2 diabetes in 5-8 women.
If you are diabetic, losing weight is equally important to manage your diabetes. If you’re a Jenny Craig member, our clinically proven diabetic weight loss plan is specifically tailored to help you manage your diabetes and lose weight.
Pay attention to portion sizes
To help support your weight loss, monitor your portion sizes. This is one of the easiest ways to cut back on caloric intake. When it comes to a healthier diet, try to stay away from food items that are high in fat and sugar. These two culprits may increase your risk of heart disease and diabetes. Instead of choosing a candy bar or sugary beverage, try substituting it for more wholesome and nutritious options like nuts, a piece of fruit or sparkling water. Not only will this keep your body’s blood glucose levels in check, but it may help you feel more full and satisfied for a longer period of time.
Exercise to prevent diabetes
Exercise is one of the most effective ways to prevent Type 2 diabetes and the lack of physical activity is a risk factor for this disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity to help maintain weight loss.5 With so many different types of exercises, find the one you enjoy doing the most. Whether it’s walking, strength and resistance exercise, high-intensity interval training, or dancing, all you need is to break a sweat a few times a week.
Aside from its weight loss benefits, exercising may increase your body’s sensitivity to insulin if you have insulin resistance.6 Daily physical activity may also help lower your glucose levels, cholesterol, and blood pressure.7
“Skeletal muscle [the muscles of movement] is your body’s biggest consumer of blood sugar,” says Timothy Church, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor of Preventive Medicine at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University. “The immediate effect of exercise is to help control blood sugar for 24 to 48 hours post-workout as muscle cells pull glucose from your blood to replenish spent stores.”
As you continue to exercise regularly, adds Church, your muscle cells become more sensitive to insulin, meaning less insulin is required to usher glucose into those cells. In addition, research has found that during exercise, your muscles take glucose out of your blood through a second pathway that does not require insulin. And, if that’s still not enough, being active has also proven to improve your mood and energy!
Ready to get started?
Consult your physician first. It’s essential to have their approval before you begin an exercise program, but you also need to talk about strategies to prevent low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, during exercise, especially if you are taking insulin or medications that increase insulin secretion. Remember, physical activity burns glucose and lowers blood sugar. Most likely, your doctor will suggest an approach that includes monitoring your glucose levels and timing your exercise and eating to keep blood sugar levels within a steady range. They may also suggest carrying a snack with you during exercise sessions in case you begin to have symptoms of low blood sugar.
Exercise and weight-loss may improve your body’s sensitivity to insulin and its ability to manage glucose, so if you see your blood sugar levels dropping over time, as you begin to increase your physical activity and/or lose more weight, meet with your doctor to discuss whether your medication needs to be reduced.
In addition to learning how to help prevent Type 2 diabetes with a healthy diet and exercise routine, it’s important to know the symptoms and risk factors to spot the warning signs early. Call us today to learn more about reducing your risk of diabetes and heart disease with a Jenny Craig meal plan. Book your free appointment today!
 http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/ <br>
 https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/digestive_weight_loss_center/conditions/diabetes.html <br>
 https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/healthy-diet-associated-with-lower-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-in-minority-women/ <br>
 https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/physical_activity/index.html <br>
 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4625541/ <br>
Indulge your sweet side with parfait perfection. Layer on crumbles of your Chocolate Muffin with nonfat yogurt, fresh raspberries and cinnamon for an irresistible sweet with a hint of spice.
Jenny Craig Chocolate Muffin
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne
6 oz plain nonfat yogurt
¼ tsp non-calorie sweetener
1. Defrost your Chocolate Muffin and microwave 15 seconds.
2. In a bowl, crumble muffin into small pieces and mix in cinnamon and cayenne.
3. In a separate bowl, mash raspberries with the back of a spoon and mix in sweetener.
4. Layer into a bowl or small cup. Muffin first, then yogurt and finally raspberries.
5. Repeat until you have used up all ingredients.
Chocolate Muffin (1 ½ Starch, 1 ½ Fat)
3 Free Food
Recipe submitted by Kelsey M. from Brooklyn, New York
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All eyes will be on you on your wedding day. It takes a lot of planning and organization (flowers, venue, guest lists, you name it), and one of those plans may be to lose weight so you can confidently walk down the aisle while feeling—and looking—your best.
For all those grooms- and brides-to-be, Jenny Craig would like to offer a few tips on losing weight before your wedding.
Speak with a Jenny Craig Consultant
A dedicated personal consultant understands that you want to look your very best on your important day. They can help you identify your unique challenges that may be slowing down your goals and work with you to create strategies and techniques to help you overcome those hurdles. Think of them as your motivator and constant resource throughout your journey!
Easy ways to get moving
Planning for a wedding adds another to-do into your day, so find opportunities to step away from the traditional planning table and get moving! You and your partner can discuss plans while going on a weekend hike or romantic sunset stroll. Plan exercise dates with your friends – grab those bridesmaids or groomsmen - that will make it more fun for you and allows you to multitask. You can also take a moment with these 10-minute exercises, which makes it even easier to get moving on a busy day.
That phrase may be hard for you to hear, but stress can impact weight loss. Stress impacts your quality of sleep and your mood, which are important factors to your overall well-being. It can even cause stress eating! Be mindful of your eating habits during this time and find ways to de-stress, such as exercise, deep breathing, conversations with loved ones or massages, will allow you to step away from whatever is causing you to stress and allows you to re-evaluate it with a fresh mind.
Sleep can easily be overlooked, but it impacts the quality of your day and can impact your weight loss. Aim for 7-9 hours per night to allow your body and mind to reset.
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When losing weight, making healthy choices for nutrient-dense food and paying attention to portion size is key. Luckily, Jenny Craig takes care of all of that work for you, with over 100 menu options that cover breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks and dessert. We work with more than 40 professional chefs who use high-quality ingredients to help you eat deliciously while losing weight. Plus, you can add Fresh & Free Additions to your meals to help you stay fuller longer as you plan your special day.
Planning Your Wardrobe
When you have weight loss in mind, one of the biggest questions is when you should get your dress or tuxedo. The answer depends on your goals and desires for your special day. If a custom gown or specific gown is what you’re envisioning, make sure to begin fittings right away, since gowns take time to arrive to your store and have alterations done. If you want to wait until the last minute for a gown, expect to buy off the rack one month before your wedding. For men, tuxedos should also be considered as soon as possible, but you can wait up to two months prior to the ceremony.
For more information on how Jenny Craig can help you with losing weight before your wedding, schedule a consultation at a Jenny Craig center near you or call 866-706-4042. We would be thrilled to join you on your journey to your special day!
We want to help you become the healthiest and happiest version of yourself. Here’s a snapshot of what to expect on the Jenny Craig Program.
PHASE 1: THE BIG DROP <br>
Typically, the biggest weight loss you’ll see is in the first week. By reducing calories, carbohydrates and sodium, your body will typically respond with a 1 to 4 pound weight loss. It’s mostly water weight, but it’s a great start!
PHASE 2: THE LITTLE DROP <br>
By the second week, your body starts losing less water and burning more fat. The drop in weight this week will be a little smaller but will represent more actual loss of weight, because you’re losing fat, not water. Enjoy your win - one of many you’ll experience on your weight loss journey.
PHASE 3: THE SLOW AND STEADY <br>
By week three, aim for an average weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week*, or 1% of your body weight. If you lose weight more rapidly, you’re likely losing more muscle, which isn’t healthy.
Taking your measurements monthly also allows you to see the loss of inches.
5% and 10%:
By losing as little as 5% to 10% of your body weight, it’s possible to reduce your risk for weight-related diseases such as diabetes 2. You’re starting to get healthier.
When you’re halfway to your goal, you may be ready to learn how to eat on your own by starting with one day a week. Of course, your consultant will be there for continued support throughout your journey.
Congrats, you’ve done it! After celebrating your achievement, your consultant will introduce you to the maintenance phase of your program. Here, you’ll learn unique skills to help you keep your weight off and help sustain your healthy lifestyle. And you’ll see – Jenny Craig is committed to your success.
Emotions Along Your Weight Loss Journey
When you’re discouraged—seek support.
No matter how closely you’re following your program, you’re bound to have “down” days. You might feel as if your goal is a long way off…frustrated that you can’t fit into your favorite pants, or anxious that you won’t be able to beat your plateau. All of these emotions are normal. When you feel your good attitude flagging, reach out to the people who understand better than anyone: your Jenny Craig community. There are unique forums dedicated to specific cities and towns, age groups and lifestyles, how far along you are in your weight loss journey—and even one called “Hang In There” just for those who are struggling! No matter what you’re going through, you’ll find a safe and supportive environment populated by people whose advice can be invaluable in your time of need.
When you’re stressed—take some “you” time.
If food has historically been an emotional crutch for you (and who isn’t in this group?), conflict in the workplace or home can send you running for the nearest salty snack. When this happens to you, first remember this: strong food cravings are usually not hunger, and will pass within 15 minutes if you don’t indulge them. Have a glass of water and a serving of your favorite free food—or even take a walk around the block—to unlatch your mind from its food focus. If stress-related cravings are cropping up every day, that’s a good sign that you could use a bit of you-time! Set aside at least 30 minutes every day to do something that makes you feel relaxed…it’s a very healthy habit.
When you’re thrilled—share it!
There’s a reason Jenny Craig has been one of the world’s most respected weight loss programs for 30+ years: it really works. In fact, studies show that Jenny Craig clients lose up to 3x more weight than people dieting on their own!† So when you experience the wonderful feeling of watching the number on your scale get smaller and smaller, you may feel like you want the whole world to share it with you—and you should! Your success didn’t come from luck or genetics; it came from your hard work and healthy choices. Once your weight loss becomes really noticeable, you can look forward to getting compliments on a more regular basis; these are often rewarding enough! But for those days when you really want to celebrate your victories, pick a reward that’s not food related (like a spa day or a special purchase) and enjoy it with someone close to you. After all, you’ve earned it.
† Rock CL, Flatt SW, Karanja N, et al. Effect of a Free Prepared Meal and Incentivized Weight Loss Program on Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance in Obese and Overweight Women—A Randomized Controlled Trial. JAMA. 2010;304(16): 1803-1811.
*Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.
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.
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!
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:
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?”
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!
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.
“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!”
“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.”
“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.
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.
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.
The body is pretty amazing. It houses multiple systems that are constantly at work from digesting the food we eat to contracting different muscles to perform physical exercise. However, various diseases can harm your natural body functions. Read on as we look at how to manage Type 2 Diabetes with proper nutrition — and how Jenny Craig can help.
How Type 2 Diabetes Affects Your Body
Your body naturally keeps your blood sugar in a steady, healthy range, unless you have Type 2 diabetes. With Type 2 diabetes your body is not using insulin properly to process glucose. Blood glucose levels rise and drop throughout the day depending on a variety of things like, but not limited to, what and 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’s Type 2 weight loss program can help you adjust your diet and accomplish most of the diabetes management objectives recommended by the American Association of Diabetes Educators which include eating healthy, being active, problem-solving, potentially reducing risks for other health problems and healthy coping.1
Jenny Craig for Type 2 Diabetes
Learning how to control Type 2 diabetes with your diet is made simple with the Jenny Craig Type 2 program. The program supports you with healthy eating, weight management, and physical activity guidance. Plus, your consultant meets with you every week to review your goals, strategies, and offer encouragement. As your personal weight loss coach, they will help you find solutions to any challenges you may encounter as you implement lifestyle changes that not only can help you with managing Type 2 diabetes, but also lower your risk for diabetes-related complications.
A clinically proven approach to managing Type 2 diabetes with diet
A recent one year study comprised of 227 overweight adults with Type 2 diabetes compared the weight loss and diabetes control results of the Jenny Craig for Type 2 program with usual care for diabetes.2 Individuals on the Jenny Craig program received weight loss counseling with trained program staff who offered recommendations on diet and exercise and provided 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. In comparison, individuals who followed usual care only saw a 2.5 percent decrease in their weight. Additionally, the Jenny Craig participants saw a more significant improvement in the control of their blood sugar levels than the usual care group.2
Jenny Craig’s Program - The Best Diet for Type 2 Diabetes
What makes Jenny Craig’s Type 2 program for diabetes so effective? It’s a comprehensive approach that focuses on healthy eating, physical activity, and portion control. Here are a few reasons why Jenny Craig is one of the best weight loss programs if you are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Easy meal planning. One of the keys to keeping blood sugar — and hunger — levels even throughout the day is consistent meals and snacks. The Jenny Craig menu provides you with well-balanced, pre-portioned meals and snacks, so you'll enjoy eating six times a day. Not only is the Jenny Craig meal plan for Type 2 diabetes and weight loss easy to follow, but it’s also delicious — without cutting out any of your favorite foods.
The right mix of nutrients. Studies have indicated3 that a lower carbohydrate diet may benefit Type 2 diabetes patients by lowering blood glucose levels, which is why Jenny Craig bases its Type 2 program off these findings. The Jenny Craig program takes the guesswork out of meal planning. With the program, you receive a fully balanced daily menu with the optimal proportion of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
Personalized support. Another distinguishing feature of the Jenny Craig program is the one-on-one consultation appointment you receive every week. Your personal consultant is your partner to help you learn how to manage Type 2 diabetes with your diet, set eating and activity goals, solve challenges and practice making healthy changes that positively impact both your weight and your diabetes. While your consultant cannot address the medical aspects of your condition, she can reinforce your lifestyle strategies (like the self-monitoring of your food, activity and blood glucose levels) to support your weight loss and management of diabetes.
Our diabetes management plan is created by nutritionists and clinically supported to provide our members with one of the best diabetic weight loss plans. With Jenny Craig, helping to control Type 2 diabetes with your diet can be 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!
 https://www.diabeteseducator.org/patient-resources/aade7-self-care-behaviors <br>
 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