We’re so excited to be kicking off the New Year with some new and tantalizing entrees for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Here’s the scoop on these delicious chef-crafted foods and why you’re going to love them.
New York Sesame Bagel
Made in the heart of New York! Kickstart your morning with a multi-grain bagel topped with sesame seeds, making it an energizing meal to start the day.
“The best bagels are made in the heart of New York, and ours is too,” says Director of Brand and Product, Lindsay Ostenson. “On busy days, you can top it with cream cheese as you run out the door with your coffee. On weekends, I like to toast it and top it with some avocado, tomatoes, arugula and cracked black pepper for a delicious avocado toast.”
Ham & Swiss Baguette
A warm baguette roll filled with sliced Black Forest ham, melted Swiss cheese and balanced with a creamy spread.
“If I have one weakness, it’s fresh French bread and that’s why I love our new baguette sandwich,” Ostenson said. “Fresh French bread with thinly sliced ham and a cheesy spread. I add cucumbers and sprouts to mine and imagine I’m strolling through the streets of Paris!” <br>
Pork Carnitas Burrito Bowl
Savory shredded pork carnitas are served over brown rice and topped with a salsa blend of diced tomato, onions and roasted poblano pepper. This bowl is a delicious medley of southwest style flavor with a mild kick!
“South of the border carnitas is popping up on menus everywhere,” Ostenson said. “Our new carnitas bowl captures that authentic taste with poblanos, tomatoes and onions atop brown rice. I like to add extra sautéed peppers, pico de gallo and a jalapeno for some spice!” <br>
Whether you have already signed up or are thinking about starting Jenny Craig’s new Rapid ResultsTM program, you probably have some questions. We tapped Janet Nash, RD from our team to help answer those FAQs. She shares the “how” and the “why” behind Jenny Craig’s new program, which leverages Nobel Prize-winning science involving the body clock’s circadian rhythm, to help accelerate weight loss.
What is the Rapid Results program?
It is an innovative science-based program that leverages the body clock’s natural circadian rhythm to help optimize metabolism and accelerate weight loss.
Recent studies have shown that each cell of our body contains biological clocks that follow a unique daily 24-hour cycle, called a circadian rhythm. The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was recently awarded to three American scientists who discovered the circadian rhythm gene. From this research, we have learned that our internal network of body clocks dictates when to sleep, awaken and eat. The Rapid Results program was designed with this science in mind, taking advantage of our natural metabolism and ability to burn calories when it’s most effective. Members who completed the Rapid Results program lost up to 16 pounds in the first four weeks. The average weight loss in the study was 11.6 pounds for those who completed the program.
Who can participate in the Rapid Results program?
You can sign up for Rapid Results if you are 18 years and older. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have diabetes, then Rapid Results is not right for you. Adolescents and mothers who are breastfeeding may do the Jenny Craig Classic Program. Those with diabetes can sign up with the Jenny Craig Type 2 Program.
How Does Rapid Results work?
The Rapid Results program incorporates our 24-hour biological clock that is in sync with daylight and darkness. Every system in the body has its own unique clock and the digestive system is no different – all the processes of digestion, absorption and metabolism of food are well orchestrated and they do their job best during the daytime. But at night when the sun is down and while we are sleeping, this system is tasked with other vital functions – repairing and regenerating from a long day’s work. When we eat in accordance with our natural clock, we harness the best results in weight loss. In addition to improved weight loss and appetite control, research also demonstrates other benefits to following this natural daily cycle, including increased belly fat loss and improvements in immune and mental functions. 1-6
How Is Rapid Results different from the Classic Jenny Craig program?
The Jenny Craig plan is known for and has been praised by weight loss experts for its commitment to providing perfect-portioned, balanced and delicious menus with the support of a weight loss consultant to address the what and the how much to eat. Now, Rapid Results incorporates when to eat. A rejuvenation break has been integrated into the program based on research that demonstrates the numerous health benefits of allowing your body to regroup and regenerate after a busy day of metabolizing your food. Here’s the breakdown:
Rapid Results divides the day into two segments, a nourishment period and a rejuvenation period. During the nourishment period, members eat six times and choose from chef-crafted and nutritionist-designed meals. There is no counting, cooking, or meal prep and the daily menu is based upon appropriate nutrition for healthy weight loss. Throughout the nourishment period, Rapid Results provides more calories when your metabolism is burning the most calories.
The rejuvenation break plays a critical role in the weight-loss plan as a reset time. Research demonstrates that the rejuvenation period, which includes sleep time, allows the body’s cells to rejuvenate and regenerate, boosts the immune system, manages appetite and hunger, helps preserve muscle mass, decreases the risk for dementia, as well as enhances mental alertness and mood.1-4 A key benefit of the rejuvenation period is that body fat, especially belly fat, decreases while muscle mass is maintained. 5,6 This reduction in belly fat decreases obesity as well as the risk of type 2 diabetes.7
While on Rapid Results, Jenny Craig members will continue to receive the same support with a personal consultant, who is undergoing new enhanced comprehensive training to deliver excellent weight loss guidance. Members on the study who followed the Rapid Results program lost 30% more weight in their first four weeks when compared to the Classic Program. †
What is the price difference between Rapid Results and the Classic Jenny Craig Program?
There is no price difference. The Trial, Premium and Super Premium program options will remain the same. Regardless of program type, including Jenny Craig Anywhere, you can choose to do Rapid Results or the Jenny Craig Classic program.
How does eating more calories during the day help me lose more weight?
From dawn until mid-afternoon, our metabolism is optimal and the body is most efficient at burning calories as fuel. So it makes sense for us to prioritize consuming most of our calories earlier in the day when our metabolism is optimal and avoid eating large meals in the evening, when the body is winding down and getting ready for bed. The Rapid Results menu is balanced with a higher number of calories in the morning/afternoon and fewer calories in the evening to work with these natural peaks and valleys of metabolism.
What if I am not hungry in the morning or during the day?
Like changing any habit, commit to taking that first step. One effective way is to map out your meals and snacks throughout the 12-hour nourishment period, then set an alarm on your phone as a reminder to eat. As you follow through with your plan day by day, you are creating a new pattern that, over time, will become your new norm. You will discover the feeling of hunger and look forward to your first meal in the morning.
Can I have beverages during the 12-hour Rejuvenation Period?
Yes! You can hydrate with calorie-free beverages like water, plain tea, black coffee or any zero calorie flavored drinks. You do not want to consume beverages that contain sugar or any calories because that will require your body’s attention to process them and not allow it to rest fully.
Is it okay if the start and stop times for the Nourishment Period and Rejuvenation Period change during the week?
Schedules tend to change day-to-day and especially between weekdays to weekends so it may be necessary to shift your schedule by a couple of hours. Some days, the time you start your nourishment period could be from 7am to 7pm or 8am to 8pm. As long as you stick to around a 12-hour block for your body to rest and recharge during the rejuvenation break, you can reap the benefits.
I work a night shift. Can I still do the Rapid ResultsTM program?
Yes! Though the most recent science has shown that because our bodies are affected by the daily 24-hour light-dark cycle, human beings metabolize calories at slower rates during the nighttime. Therefore, weight loss may take a bit more time. But here are some suggestions which may help:
• Try to take your rejuvenation break from consuming calories for around 10-12 hours.
• Get at least 7 hours of sleep.
• Try to get in most of your calories during daylight.
Want to learn more? Schedule a free appointment to see if Rapid Results is right for you.
†Members following the Rapid Results program for 28 days lost, on average, 36% more weight than those on the standard Jenny Craig program for the same time period.
1 Peterson, C. Pennington Biomedical Research Center. “Time-Restricted Feeding Increases Fat Oxidation and Reduces Swings in Appetite Levels in Humans.” Oral abstract presentation at: The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at ObesityWeekSM 2016; October 31 – November 4, 2016. www.obesityweek.com. <br> <br>2 Moro, Tatiana, et al. “Effects of eight weeks of time-Restricted feeding (16/8) on basal metabolism, maximal strength, body composition, inflammation, and cardiovascular risk factors in resistance-Trained males.” Journal of Translational Medicine, vol. 14, no. 1, 2016, doi:10.1186/s12967-016-1044-0. <br> <br>3 Vyazovskiy, Vladyslav. “Sleep, recovery, and metaregulation: explaining the benefits of sleep.” Nature and Science of Sleep, 17 Dec. 2015, p. 171-184., doi:10.2147/nss.s54036. <br> <br>4 Cirelli, Chiara, and Giulio Tononi. “Is Sleep Essential?” PLoS Biology, vol. 6, no. 8, 2008, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060216. <br> <br>5 Varady, K. A. “Intermittent versus daily calorie restriction: which diet regimen is more effective for weight loss?” Obesity Reviews, vol. 12, no. 7, 2011, pp. 593–601., doi:10.1111/j.1467-789x.2011.00873.x. <br> <br>6 Mattson, Mark P., et al. “Meal frequency and timing in health and disease.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 111, no. 47, 17 Nov. 2014, pp. 16647–16653., doi:10.1073/pnas.1413965111.
7 Chaix, Amandine, et al. “Time-Restricted Feeding Is a Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention against Diverse Nutritional Challenges.” Cell Metabolism, vol. 20, no. 6, 2 Dec. 2014, pp. 991–1005., doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2014.11.001.
Committing to getting healthy and losing weight can be no easy task, and we’re glad you’re here to do it with us. Jenny Craig is proven to be an effective weight loss program, and we know our combination of dedicated, personal support and nutritious (and delicious) full meals can help you reach your goal.
What you Can Expect
When you walk into a Jenny Craig center for the first time, you’re walking into a warm, comfortable, judgment-free place. First, your consultant will explain the program and answer all of your questions while getting to know you. Jenny Craig isn’t a one-size-fits-all program, so you’ll work with your consultant to customize a plan for success! Together, you’ll develop a two-sided commitment that keeps you and your consultant accountable to each other. You’ll then complete your profile by recording your height and weight. You and your consultant will review the Jenny Craig menu and discover all the delicious food you get to eat. No foods are off-limits. Your consultant will keep track of your success with weekly support, weigh-ins and teach you how to self-monitor.
<br>Eat your favorite foods
Being serious about losing weight doesn’t mean you have to give up enjoying the foods you love. <br>
At Jenny Craig, we’ve always known that the better the food, the more satisfied you’ll feel. That’s why we work with over 40 professional chefs to create a menu that will never leave you feeling like you’re missing out. Our chefs demand quality ingredients and use state of the art cooking techniques to bring you home-style classics you’ll love, as well as exciting dishes from around the world.
<br>Why it Matters
As a member of Jenny Craig, you’re gaining access to personal one-on-one support. We’ll help you navigate challenges and celebrate your weight loss wins with your very own dedicated consultant who is devoted to encouraging you every step of the way. Because many of our 2,000+ trained professionals are former members, they understand what you’re going through, be it holiday treat temptations, busy back-to-school schedules, or a temporary weight loss plateau. Together, you’ll discover ways to stay on track and help you reach your health goals.
Plus, we make it convenient to connect. You can visit one of over 500 Jenny Craig centers nationwide, or if you don’t live near a center, you can cozy up on the couch to make a weekly weight loss plan with your personal consultant via phone or video chat.
Feel like your best self
Success takes effort, but it’s worth it. You’re worth it. As a member of Jenny Craig, you’ll not just lose weight, but create a healthy relationship with food, build an active lifestyle and create a more balanced, healthy approach to life. The reward is sweet, because you’ll finally feel like your best self.
Starting something new is exciting. Whether it’s a new job, hobby or skill you want to integrate into your life, you want to ease yourself into the new thing you are learning and try to prepare yourself for what’s ahead.
When embarking on a weight loss journey, you have to learn new habits that impact your lifestyle, which can be a huge change. Luckily, Jenny Craig makes sure you are well prepared for the journey ahead. Discover what you get, what you’ll do and how the Jenny Craig program works to help you with your weight loss goals.
What do you get?
When you join Jenny Craig, you’ll get a full week’s worth of delicious chef-crafted meals such as Roasted Turkey Medallions, Pepperoni Pizza and Chocolate Lava Cake. Our members love the food and we can’t blame them! We believe that weight loss shouldn’t be about cutting out certain foods. Your body needs a balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fat to receive the nutrients it needs to thrive and keep you energized throughout the day.
You’ll also get the support and guidance of a dedicated personal consultant who will help you on your journey and stay accountable to your weight loss goals.
In addition to your week of food and a personal consultant, you also receive a grocery list that highlights Fresh & Free Additions, which are vegetables that are low in starch but high in fiber and water content, which can help you stay fuller longer. This list also contains a section of limited foods, like low-sugar or sugar-free sweets, condiments and other Jenny Craig items that you can have up to 3 servings a day.
What do you do?
Once you become more acquainted with your consultant, they’ll help you establish your goals and what meal plan will work best for you. Afterwards, you’ll receive your Jenny Craig menu items. You’ll eat 6 times a day—breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/dessert. Our meals include the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats so that you can feel satisfied while slimming down along with learning new eating habits. You can also add variety to and bulk up your meals with our suggested pairings, like a salad at lunch or nonfat Greek yogurt at breakfast, so you can feel fuller longer.
Following your menu plan allows you to control your cravings and have the support you need to stay on track. That being said, there may be an occasion where you have a lapse, encounter a situation where you may not have any menu items available or you’re already anticipating a family gathering where your favorite cake is always served. This is why we have you meet with your consultant once a week so you can check in, prepare and create a plan for these scenarios that will empower yourself to make healthy choices and stay focused on your goals.
Does it work?
The short answer is YES! Members following the program can expect to lose 1-2lbs per week. Our combination of dedicated support via a personal consultant and delicious food has earned us recognition by the Annals of Internal Medicine as being one of the most effective weight loss programs*. Just look at our members, who have shared their Success Stories with us and describe how our program has helped them achieve not only their weight loss goals, but a new mindset and lifestyle that helps them feel confident for anything coming their way.
*Gudzune KA, Doshi RS, Mehta AK, Chaudhry ZW, Jacobs DK, Vakil RM, et al. Efficacy of Commercial Weight-Loss Programs: An Updated Systematic Review. Ann Intern Med. 2015;162:501-512. doi:10.7326/M14-2238
*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
Eden lost 107* lbs. on the Jenny Craig program and is featured in PEOPLE Magazine’s Half Their Size Issue, on newsstands now!
Eden's Jenny Craig story in her own words:
I had been a ballet dancer since I was 3 years old, dancing up to about 5 days a week in my youth. I hadn’t struggled with my weight until I was 11 years old when I broke my ankle after my first performance as ‘Clara’ in the Nutcracker, the lead role. I was so upset that I had to give up dancing until it was healed. My parents also started going through a divorce around that time, so I spent a lot of time being a teenager and hanging out with my friends, eating junk food. My favorite go-to snacks were chips and cookies. I had no portion control, which was my downfall. If I opened a box of these snacks, I’d finish the whole package in one sitting.
My parents were always healthy eaters; my dad is a nutritionist and my mom is in the medical field, so I grew up learning healthy eating habits. But when I became a teenager and gave up dance, coupled with my parents’ divorce, I just gave into my cravings and junk food eating habits. However, I missed dance, so I decided to go back and lost some of the weight I had put on when I quit dance.
When I went to college, I was a typical stressed student short on time and gave up ballet again. I picked up a job as an assistant at a gym and worked my way up to become a personal trainer. Even though I was in such a healthy environment and telling my clients how to eat healthy and increase their activity, I was gaining weight, and a lot of it. I was stressed by the workload of going to college full-time, working part-time and was just not living a healthy lifestyle. I was making poor choices with food, friendships, relationships and was drinking and eating more than I should to help cope with the stress.
When I was 26, I had a pulmonary embolism. My doctor told me that I needed to take medication and change my eating and lifestyle habits. I was supposed to give up drinking alcohol and smoking was off-limits, but I didn’t listen to the doctor’s orders. I was also a big fan of BBQ and loved to barbecue meat. During this point, for lunch, I’d be able to eat two, foot-long sandwiches, with all of fixings and a large regular soda, with alcohol mixed in. All against doctor’s orders. At that time, I was around 255 lbs.
After 3 years of not taking my medication and continuing to make poor eating choices, I had a massive stroke. I tried to get dressed one day and had forgotten how to do it. I was 29. When my family brought me to the hospital, I couldn’t write my name, remember my colors or remember how to touch my nose. I couldn’t talk. When I checked into the hospital, I weighed 275 lbs.
My doctor told me that my life was going to be different than it was before and it would be a long road back. I had to learn how to speak again. Being young helped my recovery, but I knew that I needed to take my health back into my own hands. I had been given another chance to get it right. I went home and while I was working on my recovery, my mom recommended I try Jenny Craig to help get my eating and portions on track.
In May 2015, I joined Jenny Craig and had my first consultation. Being in ballet and constantly in pursuit of losing weight, I had been on various diets and had tried almost everything. Nothing worked for me because it didn’t help me with how I should be eating healthy portions, the right foods to eat and the support to help make those decisions. Jenny Craig finally taught me how to do that. And I really clicked with my consultant, Nicole. She and I are like the same person and I cannot thank her enough for all that she helped me get through.
I had no idea what a proper portion was before Jenny Craig. I would eat 3-4 times beyond the recommended amount and was drinking so many calories. I thought that the only way to lose weight was to not eat. I slowly learned how to eat 6 times a day, throughout the day. I would have a Jenny Craig meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then would add in 3 snacks with fruit, vegetables and dairy throughout the day. I started going to the gym with my dad as well. I started slowly on the elliptical bike because I couldn’t run. Now, I can run up to 10 miles! I followed the Jenny Craig plan and lost 107 lbs.*! I still eat all the time without being hungry, I’m just eating the right things in the right amounts.
At my last doctor’s visit, he was thrilled with my results. My cardiologist reduced my medications and took me off one of them completely because my heart is doing so well and my numbers are looking so good. I still can’t believe I had a stroke in my 20’s. I felt like I lost some of my youth. But I am so blessed and thankful for everything that I have in my life and the progress that I’ve made. I’ve been lucky to have such good speech pathologists and of course my Jenny Craig consultant, Nicole, to help me regain my health. I feel like a new person with a second chance at life. My new goals are to get my master’s degree and pursue a career in rehabilitative therapy.
If I could give one piece of advice to anyone embarking on their journey, it would be to not take your youth and health for granted. Do what you can to protect it now.
*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.