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Phases of Weight loss & What to Expect

By Jenny Craig

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.




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!


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.


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.




Important Milestones 


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.


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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 get into your skinny 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 reward 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.



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