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Jenny Craig Weight Loss Consultants Reveal Their Top Tips

No matter if you’re embarking on a weight loss journey for the first time or you’ve tried countless other programs without success, finding the right plan to help you lose weight in a healthy and sustainable way can be challenging. With so much misinformation about weight loss and trendy new fads, it can be hard to sift through what’s fact or fiction. Our personal weight loss consultants are one of the cornerstones of our successful program. Not only do they provide unparalleled support, but they’re always there to answer any questions you may have along your journey.   We tapped three of our personal weight loss consultants: Amber, Belen and Renee, to give you their top tips on weight loss, Jenny Craig and why they love helping change people’s lives. What makes a consultant so important in a weight loss journey? What do you think is the biggest dieting myth out there? What are your members most surprised about on the Jenny Craig program? What is the best part of your job? What question do you get most from your members, and what advice do you provide?   What inspired you to become a weight loss consultant?   Fill in the blank: Jenny Craig is…       If you’re ready to start focusing on your health, our personal consultants are ready to help! Book a free appointment to discuss your goals with one of our consultants.  
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Melani F. Lost 35 lbs.* and Improved Her Self-image and Confidence

*Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.     As a young married couple, my husband and I did not have the best eating habits.  Going out for dinner and cocktails was our preferred weekend pastime. During the weeknights, we would watch our favorite television shows while eating fast food. I also had a sweet tooth and more than once a week, I would eat a whole quart of ice cream in one sitting.  When I was pregnant with my daughter, I continued eating the same way.  Not only were my eating habits unhealthy, but I also never exercised a day in my life.  After my daughter was born, I continued to pack on the pounds.  It wasn’t until the birth of my second child, while looking at some old photos of myself, did I realize how overweight I had become. I decided it was time to lose weight and feel better for myself and my kids.  My mom recommended Jenny Craig because it had worked well for her, so I decided to give it a try. <br>                         #wistia_chrome_27 #wistia_grid_34_wrapper .w-css-reset{font-size:14px;} #wistia_chrome_27 #wistia_grid_34_wrapper div.w-css-reset{box-sizing:inherit;box-shadow:none;color:inherit;display:block;float:none;font:inherit;font-family:inherit;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;font-size:inherit;letter-spacing:0;line-height:inherit;margin:0;max-height:none;max-width:none;min-height:none;min-width:none;padding:0;position:static;text-decoration:none;text-transform:none;text-shadow:none;transition:none;word-wrap:normal;-webkit-tap-highlight-color:rgba(0,0,0,0);-webkit-user-select:none;-webkit-font-smoothing:antialiased} #wistia_chrome_27 #wistia_grid_34_wrapper 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The menu was tailored to my needs and kept me on track from breakfast to my last snack in the evening. I followed the plan exactly, which made it super easy for me. I love the food, and there was plenty of variety to satisfy my cravings. The support from my Jenny Craig consultant along with the meal plan made this program better than any other that I’ve tried.  My consultant Rene is awesome.  She helped me stay motivated throughout my entire journey. Weighing in with her each week kept me accountable and aware of my progress.  Rene educated me about the weight loss process and provided tips to help me with challenges along the way.  A couple of weight loss tips that worked for me are to never give up!  Set your goal and when it gets hard, take it one day at a time. Mentally prepare yourself by thinking positive and encouraging thoughts.  I would ask myself, “is that donut worth more than getting healthier, stronger & feeling better about myself?  My answer would always be a resounding NO!     I lost 35 lbs.* on the Jenny Craig Program, and I feel great inside and out.  It has been an amazing experience that has changed my life.  My self-image and confidence improved significantly.  I also have more energy and feel happier. I started doing more activities with my family and friends, such as dancing with my husband and visiting Disneyland where we walk between the parks instead of taking a tram. As soon as I met my goal weight, I went shopping, which I used to dread.  Now I have a whole new wardrobe and a permanent smile on my face. Not only do I have healthy eating habits now, but I also do cardio kickboxing classes 2-4 times a week. It’s given me muscles and definition in my body that I never had before. Joining Jenny Craig has been a life changing experience! I would confidently recommend this program to anyone wanting to lose weight and improve their life!
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5 Motivation Tips When the Couch is Calling Your Name

It’s Friday afternoon—you just got home from work after a long and stressful week. You had plans to hit the park for a walk and make a healthy dinner at home but, instead, you find yourself on the couch in your pajamas, watching your favorite television series—take-out box in-hand. And just like that, your weight loss motivation seems to have vanished. Sound familiar?   Weight loss is a journey: we all have days when our motivation to eat right and exercise is sky high—and other days when we can’t seem to get off the couch. Instead of criticizing yourself when days like these happen, try to realize that weight loss is a process. By shifting your focus to finding ways to restore your motivation, you may help your weight loss success overall.   Here are five motivation tips that can help you get back on track. With these simple suggestions, hopefully you can restore your excitement about reaching your weight loss goals. 1. Think about Why You Want to Lose Weight One of the best motivation tips for losing weight is to write down all the reasons why you want to drop the extra pounds. Maybe you want to have more energy to do what you love during the day—or perhaps you want to lose weight to improve your health. We all have our reasons, and knowing yours can serve as an excellent catalyst for change. Once you’ve written your reasons down, try to read them once a week, or enough to keep them top of mind. By reminding yourself of the reasons why you decided to adopt a new, healthier lifestyle, it may make it less likely that you will stray from your healthy eating and exercise plans. Research shows that people are more likely to be successful with their weight loss efforts when the desire to change their lifestyle comes from within.1 2. Focus on S.M.A.R.T. Weight Loss Goals If your main focus is to reach your end goal of losing a certain amount of weight, you aren’t alone. Many people only think about reaching their outcome goal, which often involves getting to their target weight. An outcome goal can feel distant and overwhelming —and researchers have discovered that this type of focus can derail your weight loss efforts.2   Instead, think about your process goals, or actions you need to take to reach your overarching goal. Doing so makes it much less likely that you will deviate from your weight loss program.3   To set strong goals, make them S.M.A.R.T.4 which means making them specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based. Some great examples include striving to eat three servings of vegetables a day or planning to walk for 30-minutes, five days a week.   This type of goal setting ensures that you are staying realistic while setting yourself up for success—which may keep you from feeling discouraged and giving up if your aspirations are too lofty. Studies have shown that when people set unrealistic expectations, such as trying to lose a significant amount of weight very quickly, they may be more likely to abandon their efforts to change their diet and exercise habits.5 3. Seek Out Support Research has found that a weight loss program with support is more likely to help you achieve your goals than trying to go at it alone.6 By having a support system in place, you can lean on someone to listen and give you some extra motivation and advice, especially on those harder days.    Another idea: find a fitness buddy that enjoys getting active regularly. Not only can they help encourage you to go for a walk or a bike ride when you may not be in the mood, but they are also a great accountability partner. You’ll find that it’s much harder to bail on a workout when you know someone is counting on you to be there. 4. Find an Activity That You Love Exercise has benefits beyond burning calories and building muscle—it can also improve your mood and feelings of well-being.7 But finding an activity that you love may be the key to sustainability and avoiding burnout.8   While not all of us are fitness aficionados, there’s likely an activity that you find enjoyable. Still not sure what that is? Take some time to try different options and choose what interests you. A few things to consider: think about whether you like to exercise inside or outside, in a gym or at home, and in a group or solo. Narrowing down your interests may help you hone in on the best kind of exercise for you.   Another motivation tactic: music. Research shows that it could not only boost your desire to workout, but it could also help you work up a sweat for a little longer.9 Keep in mind exercise doesn’t have to be intimidating. It could be as simple as a 30-minute daily walk around the neighborhood (or you can use these easy ways to sneak in exercise at work or home!) 5. Celebrate Your Wins As you embark on a weight loss journey, it’s important to celebrate the successes along the way, no matter how big or small they may be. Being proud of yourself can serve as an inspiration to keep making progress. Give yourself a non-food reward for hitting your goals so you’ll continue striving to reach them. For example, treat yourself to a spa day or get that new outfit you’ve been eyeing.   Are you ready to change your life and improve your health with a science-based weight loss program? Contact Jenny Craig for a free appointment to get started. Sources: [1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312817/ [2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21852063 [3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21852063 [4] https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss/art-20048224  [5] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16339128 [6] https://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(00)00494-0/abstract [7] http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/12/exercise.aspx [8] https://health.gov/news/blog-bayw/2018/01/5-factors-help-people-stick-new-exercise-habit/ [9] http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1356336x08095670  
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Melody S. lost 20 lbs.* and Changed Her Lifestyle for the Better

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To make matters worse, I continued my poor eating habits after my son was born, and six months later, I still had over 25 lbs. of post-pregnancy weight to lose. I’d gained so much weight that my wedding ring no longer fit.  I remember feeling so discouraged, that I contemplated giving up and getting my wedding ring resized to fit my larger finger. Instead, I tried exercising to burn the excess pounds away. However, exercise alone was not the solution for me.  I realized that my weight gain began in the kitchen and that was where I needed to lose it.  Going at it alone was not working.  I knew I needed help, so I called Jenny Craig.     When I started the program, I was extremely skeptical about my success.  I remember my consultant asking me about my goal and I shyly gave her my pre-pregnancy weight.  I knew that I had a long way to go to reach that number, and I honestly did not think it was a real possibility. Fueled by the encouragement and reassurance from Shirley, my Jenny Craig consultant, I jumped right into the program.  At the end of my first week on the program, I lost five pounds!* I was so pleased with my success and felt motivated to continue my weight loss journey. During the following weeks, as the number on the scale dropped, my confidence and ability to say no to unhealthy food and drinks rose!      The Jenny Craig Program not only changed my eating habits, but it also changed my lifestyle.  I began to go on daily walks with my young son, drank more water, and planned more things with my friends and family that were not focused around food.  On the program, I felt satiated after every meal and I felt healthier than I ‘d ever been!  Using the Jenny Craig Program, I was able to achieve my goal weight and feel better in the process.  I was so confident about the program, and felt so supported by my consultant, that I used it to lose my pregnancy weight after my next three children!  Shirley would jokingly say, “Keep up the good work! See you after your next baby!” The Jenny Craig Program helped me make a lasting, positive change in my life and for that, I am so grateful.
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How to Stay Positive on Your Weight Loss Journey

Throughout your weight loss journey, you’re likely to experience a full range of emotions, from excitement as you start to see your body change, to discouragement if you hit a plateau, to plain old impatience as you experience those temporary lapses in commitment. This is common—nearly everyone has been there when trying to lose weight.   Yet it is important to learn how to stay positive during weight loss, not only for your state of mind, but for the ability to successfully reach your goals. Research1 has shown that having confidence in your ability to lose weight makes it more likely that you will improve your eating habits—and drop weight.   In other words, when you believe in yourself, you’ll find encouragement to take the action necessary to achieve your goals.   Reframing your thoughts to maintain an optimistic outlook during your weight loss journey is an important element of success, but it’s not the only one. Learn how to stay positive and happy and on the road to weight loss success, with these tips and tools. 1. Embrace the Power of Positive Thinking Positivity should become part of your self-talk. After all, when you think the same thoughts repeatedly, your mind may start to believe they are true—and these beliefs could influence how you act. For example, if you constantly tell yourself that you can’t lose weight, you may internalize those thoughts and inadvertently not take action to change your eating habits or exercise routine. On the flip side, if you continually think about how determined you are to reach your weight loss goal—you may find yourself embracing behaviors that drive you closer to accomplishing it.   The first step to changing your thinking is to identify whether your self-talk is positive or negative. Take time to listen to that voice in your head—is it encouraging you to move forward to reach your goals? Or is it pessimistic and discouraging you?   If you find that your inner voice is negative, you can take steps to change it. The key is to reframe your thoughts and retrain your mind to think in a more positive light while you’re losing weight.   For instance, maybe you find yourself thinking you won’t reach your weight loss goals because you haven’t lost any weight this week. Instead, focus on measurements other than the scale. Maybe your clothes fit a little differently—that’s a success! Also, try shifting your negative thinking with positive weight loss quotes to help you regain your motivation. This type of reframing can apply to any negative thoughts you may have about weight loss—or any other situation in your life.   In addition, try keeping a journal to track your successes and goals. Not only is this a great tool for keeping you on track, but it can also help you remember all the successes you’ve experienced so far. When you need an extra boost of motivation, use your journal to remind yourself how you felt when you accomplished a small goal. Your Jenny Craig weight loss consultant is also your go-to motivator and can help you see from a different perspective.   Need even more motivation? Keep your eye on the ultimate prize: better health. Losing weight can bring huge benefits, from reducing your risk for Type 2 diabetes, to lowering your blood pressure, to decreasing your risk for heart disease, stroke and cancer, among others.2   Finally, remember that although you may not have lost weight this week, you will again—you just need to keep making small changes to your diet and exercise routine. 2. Pay Attention to How You Feel Maybe the numbers on the scale aren’t dropping as quickly as you would like, but you’re seeing and feeling the benefits of weight loss in other ways. Take time to celebrate these positive changes in your life!   As you lose weight, you’ll probably notice specific ways your physical performance has improved. Do you need to take fewer breaks when you exercise? Are you able to walk farther? Can you keep up with your children or grandchildren more easily? These are all important milestones and measurements beyond the scale that are worth celebrating. Take credit for them, and allow them to serve as inspiration to continue with your new healthy lifestyle. 3. Take a Look at Your Clothes Sometimes your weight loss progress can be measured in inches rather than pounds. The best part? You don’t even have to get out the measuring tape to see the results!   One of the easiest ways to see the changes in your body is to look at your clothes. Are your tops feeling looser? Have you gone down a belt notch? If so, it might be time to update your wardrobe. Even if it’s not a necessity yet, shopping for a new top or pants is a great way to reward yourself for your weight loss progress.   Although these can be subtle changes, they can make a big difference in how you look and feel about yourself. Celebrate them! 4. Notice Other Physical Changes Losing weight can not only help you feel better in your clothes, but it may also improve your appearance in other ways. For instance, you may notice that eating a healthier diet has improved the appearance of your hair, skin and nails.3   Many people forget to look for these changes, especially if they feel discouraged because they’ve hit a plateau. One of the best ways to keep track of all the changes in your body is to take photos during your weight loss journey. This is a great motivator, as it’s easy to forget how far you’ve come, especially during a plateau.   If you didn’t take a photo before you started your weight loss journey, try to find a picture from around the time you changed your diet and exercise habits. Then continue to take pictures occasionally as you continue your weight loss journey and compare them to your older ones. The photos will highlight changes in your body and skin that you may have missed by focusing exclusively on the scale. 5. Be Proud of Your Diet and Exercise Changes Take some time to praise yourself for making changes to your diet. Maybe you’ve given up a daily sugary soda for water, or you’ve swapped out chips for some crunchy veggies. All dietary changes, both big and small, mark a victory for you and can help you stay positive.   As for exercise, it’s not always easy to incorporate more physical activity when you first start on your weight loss journey. And there will be some days when it’s difficult to motivate yourself to go to the gym or take a walk. A weight loss buddy can be a great motivator on these days and help you maintain your positive outlook. He or she can celebrate your wins with you and help you overcome challenges. 6. Think About Your Behavior Losing weight can change your body and your behavior.2 When you take action to make your body healthier, it can improve how you feel and behave. What changes have you noticed in yourself since you’ve started eating more healthfully and exercising? You may find that you’re more outgoing or that you have more confidence, or that you simply feel better.     One of the best ways to stay positive is to reflect on these changes and your newfound self-confidence. Use your journal to capture how you feel and serve as a reminder for the future. Applaud yourself for the positive changes that have already occurred. Then use your confidence and ambition to motivate you to stick to your diet and exercise plan.     As you continue on your weight loss journey, use these tools to counteract the negative thoughts that can crop up and lead to self-defeating behaviors—most likely, your positive thinking will increase your energy levels and motivation, propelling you on a path to success.   Above all, remember that when you embarked on your weight loss journey, you made a lifestyle change to improve your life for the better. At every stage of weight loss, remember why you chose to make this change.   Have you not started your weight loss journey but are ready now? Learn how Jenny Craig can help you reach your goals and how your own weight loss consultant can help you stay on track. Contact Jenny Craig today for a free appointment to get started!               Sources: [1] https://jandonline.org/article/S0002-8223(03)01072-1/abstract [2] https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/weight-management/health-risks-overweight [3] https://mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/get-radiant-hair-skin-and-nails-naturally [4] https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diet-nutrition/changing-habits-better-health
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Erin S. – Lost 25 lbs.*and Gained a Whole New Level of Confidence

*Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week                           My name is Erin and I am a 21-year old college graduate with a music degree in vocal performance.  Yes, I am a millennial, who’s all about hipster fads and natural remedies, but two years ago, I was not feeling so healthy. I had been overweight as far back as I can remember.  Growing up overweight eroded my self-confidence and left me feeling depressed. In high school, I played a lot of tennis with the hopes that the added activity would help me lose weight, but it didn’t.  Looking back, I realize that I was engaging in mindless eating without any portion control.  Before losing weight, I often woke up feeling sad and telling myself, “today I will start losing weight,” but it never seemed to happen.      Not only was my weight affecting my mood and health, but it was also impacting my future career in vocal performance.  I love singing, but If you aren’t comfortable with your image, performing is a nightmare. Confidence is key. The reason I knew I had special talent was by participating in Texas All-State auditions. These auditions are held with the singer behind a screen and the judges on the other side. You are judged solely on your voice. I would win with my voice but was not confident that I could win with my image.  In musicals, I always played the mother, evil stepmother or comedic mayor.  Image says a lot when performing in front of others, and I felt my image told the story of a young woman who was unhealthy, not confident and not a leading lady.   I talked with my older sister who is also my best friend. She could tell how miserable I was. She had lost weight on Jenny Craig and recommended that I give the program a try. I trust her more than anyone, so when I told her that I had enough of being overweight and would start on Jenny Craig in January, she said, “Start tomorrow!” – and I did.     When I signed up for Jenny Craig Anywhere, I was asked what kind of consultant would work best for me.  I let them know I wanted someone that would hold me accountable to my goals.  Amber was that consultant, and during our weekly consultations over the phone, we would celebrate my wins and talk about the upcoming week and any challenges that I might face.     One week I told her I was going on a date, a first for me since starting college. It was a dinner date and she told me this happy occasion did not have to be a reason to go off my plan.  She suggested that I choose the restaurant and decide beforehand what I was going to eat. The date went well and I learned that I could still stay on track while balancing a social life.     I found school was easier with my consultant Amber at my side.  My meals were prepped, the food was delicious, and people started to notice my weight loss!  The Jenny Craig program provided me with a perfectly balanced meal plan for a healthy lifestyle. The menu taught me when to eat, how much to eat, and how I should feel after a meal, satisfied but not stuffed.  I loved not having to cook a single thing, except for veggies, which I eat a ton of.  As the weeks went by, the weight came off! <br>     I lost 25 lbs.* on Jenny Craig while in a new relationship and taking 21 hours of coursework in school.  I gained the confidence I should have always had.  My life was a fresh start after losing weight on Jenny Craig.  I stopped worrying about what others were seeing or thinking, and most importantly, I stopped comparing myself to others.  I left for class every day feeling comfortable in my own skin and this showed in my life.   I became more active, more outgoing and a better leader within the music school. I didn’t say “no” to opportunities anymore. I took classes at the college gym without embarrassment, made healthy choices on a menu, and when asked, helped colleagues with advice about losing weight in a healthy way. I would be lying if I said it was easy, but I realize my life would not have turned out the way it did if I had not lost weight and learned new, healthy habits.    I credit Jenny Craig for helping me make my dreams a reality.  Losing weight made me the best version of myself.  One piece of advice I would give to someone wanting to lose weight is to do it for yourself.  Losing weight to impress the cute guy you work with does not work. Believe in yourself and lose weight for you.     I wanted to share my story because I know that there are thousands of girls out there just like me. I want them to know that their life can change. It’s possible to change the way you think about yourself, just by gaining some knowledge on healthy eating. Food is a life source, not an emotional crutch. Thank you, Jenny Craig, for giving me a new start.   *Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week
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