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.
If you’ve dreamed up a way to make your Jenny Craig meal even more delectable, we want you to share your creation! Read on for tips to submit your recipe for a chance to win $2,500* plus other Jenny Craig goodies and potentially have your dish shared in our Simple Inspirations Recipe Book!
We’re excited to announce the fourth anniversary of our Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where you can choose from more than a hundred Jenny Craig menu items and add some flare with Fresh & Free Additions or Limited Foods to craft a new recipe that falls within your meal plan.
Think you’re our next culinary master? Before you enter the contest, read these tips to get ahead of the game and submit your best piece of work. Bon Appétit!
1. Do a Creative Brainstorm.
Do you have an idea to transform your Turkey Burger with unique fixings? Talk to your consultant to confirm your recipe’s ingredients fit into your menu plan.
For example, what kind of burger toppings are you including in your recipe? If you’re making veggies from our Fresh and Free Additions list—the more, the better! (Make sure they’re grilled or baked)
And just ensure your added foods are Jenny Craig-friendly!
2. Choose Your Category.
Is your dish best served in the morning or later in the day? There are four categories to choose from:
Snacks and Desserts
Fresh & Free Additions – (Jenny Craig Meal Not Required)
You don’t need to include a Jenny Craig food in your recipe, but you do need to use foods from the list of Limited Free Foods and Fresh and Free Additions.
3. Photograph Your Food from its Best Side.
Capture the quality—and appeal—of your recipe by taking advantage of natural light when snapping a pic.
A few photos tips:
Take multiple shots at different angles—the more, the better! Take shots from above and from the side.
Use natural lighting as much as possible and avoid using a flash.
Don’t worry too much about the background—your food is the star!
Try to use clean and simple dishware to showcase your delicious creation.
4. Record Every Ingredient & Every Step.
Start by listing out each ingredient used in your recipe (even your Jenny Craig menu item) along with the specific measurement. Then, outline your cooking instructions, including cook times.
5. Monitor your measurements.
Measure all your ingredients with standardized cups and measuring spoons. Be exact, especially with seasonings—there’s a big difference between 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) and ¼ teaspoon of cayenne powder! Also, note pinches, dashes and “to taste” notes for finishing the dish, such as for salt and pepper.
6. Be specific about the type of ingredients.
Did you use a non-stick cooking spray or olive oil in your recipe? Did you use yellow mustard or Dijon? The taste and calories of your dish depend on your specifications.
7. Note how ingredients are prepared – for instance, fresh, frozen or canned.
Did you use fresh spinach leaves or frozen spinach, fresh tomatoes or a can of diced tomatoes?
8. When documenting preparation steps, be clear on how you cut ingredients.
With each ingredient, did you chop, slice or dice? Want the quick tour on each term? We love this simple guide to different cooking terms.
9. Outline your steps in order.
Is there a method to your madness? Let us know each prep and cooking step in chronological order so we can follow along!
Pro tip: be specific when in doubt. Record any and every step you take to ensure we can recreate your dish perfectly!
10. Have fun naming your creation!
Make it as appealing and fun to say as it is to eat!
Examples we love from our 2017 contest include: Very Berry Barscotti Parfait, Shake It Up S’More, Chicken “Zoodle” Soup.
Here’s an example recipe submission:
Very Berry Barscotti Parfait
Submitted by Jamie B. from Knoxville, Tennessee
Jenny Craig Cranberry Almond Barscotti, crushed
½ cup frozen cherry berry fruit blend
6 oz. nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
Non-stick cooking spray
Turn stove on medium-low heat and spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray.
Cook frozen fruit over medium-low heat, until fruit softens and releases their juice, about 15 minutes— or to desired thickness.
Remove skillet from heat and let cool.
Layer crushed Barscotti bar in bottom of bowl, reserving 2 Tbsp of bar mixture for top of parfait.
Spread vanilla yogurt evenly over Barscotti crumbs.
Top yogurt with cooked fruit mixture and reserved Barscotti crumbs.
When filling out your submission, remember to:
11. Add each ingredient in separate lines.
List the ingredients in the same order as you name them in the preparation steps. If your recipe has more than seven steps, include further numbered steps in the “Additional Steps or Comments” field.
12. Include recipe prep time and cook time.
Prep time is the period you spend cutting and preparing all the ingredients. Cook time is when everything is transferred to the oven, microwave, or stovetops.
13. Specify heat levels.
Did you sauté, simmer, boil, bake at 350°, roast at 450° or broil at 500°? Name a prep time, plus a descriptor, for example: “Sauté onions for 10 minutes or until golden brown”.
Looking for inspiration? Check out one of last year’s winning recipes. We can’t wait to taste your creation — good luck!
*Open to legal residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec), 21 + who are members with a non-expired Jenny Craig program as of 7/9/18. Contest open 7:00 a.m. PT on 7/9/18 to 11:59 p.m. PT on 7/27/18. Void where prohibited. Prizes awarded on or before 10/31/18: 8 Winners receive $2,500 USD check or gift card, and Jenny Craig Goodies (ARV: $2,050 USD ea.) Sponsored by JC USA. See Official Rules (by which all entrants are bound) for online voting information and complete details at http://www.jennycraig.com/simpleinspirations or http://bit.ly/SimpleInspirationsContestRules
If you’ve achieved weight loss success with Jenny Craig, we want you to share your story to help inspire others and celebrate your accomplishment – you could even be our next star!
Enter Jenny Craig’s Success Story Contest for a chance to appear in our National Advertising Campaign & win up to $10,000 in fabulous prizes*, including:
All-expense paid trip to LA
Potential appearance in our TV commercial
Photoshoot with a celebrity photographer
$7,000 Cash †
Here’s how to enter:
1. Visit: JennyCraig.com/MyStory
2. Follow the prompts and enter your basic information
3. Upload a before and after photo (read our tips below!)
4. Tell us your Jenny Craig Success Story
5. Include your program start weight and your current weight
6. Submit your information for your chance to win!*
When telling us about your success, consider all the benefits you’ve gained since joining the Jenny Craig family – have you noticed you’ve been sleeping better at night? Do you have more energy than you did before starting the program? We hope you’re feeling amazing inside and out!
Tips and Tricks for Taking a Before and After Photo
Ready to show us how far you’ve come? Read these simple tips on how to take a stellar photo to show off your success!
Include a Full Body Shot. Make sure to capture your entire body in the shot – from head to toe! Whether you take the picture in front of a mirror or have a friend snap it – make sure to include an image that shows off all your success!
Shoot Vertically. To ensure you capture your full body, we recommend taking your photo vertically on your phone or camera. If you’re photographing yourself, make sure to hold your camera at an angle that doesn’t block your face in the mirror.
Lighting is key! If someone else is taking your photo, try to shoot in natural light either outside or near a window, rather than using a flash. If you’re taking the shot in front of a mirror, make sure you have adequate lighting so the image isn’t too dark.
Attire: Wear clothes that show off your results! Avoid wearing baggy clothing.
Take a Few Different Shots. Don’t be afraid to take a few different shots to ensure you get the best one that shows off your weight loss. Remember, pictures can always be deleted afterwards, but it’s great to have options from different angles.
Keep it simple. You’re the star of this photo – by keeping the background simple, your results will shine through!
Ready to become our next star?
*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest open to legal residents of the US, Canada (excluding Quebec) age 21+. Essay and photo submission required to win. 8 Grand Prize Winners receive $7,000 cash + Jenny Craig food + gift pack + photo shoot and travel (ERV of $10,000). Entries accepted 4/16/2018-6/1/2018. Sponsored by JC USA. Contest is subject to official rules, visithttp://bit.ly/SuccessStoryContestRules
When you’re striving to lose weight, a planned menu with Jenny Craig works in helping you reach that goal. Why? In addition to the support from your consultant, it comes down to portion control and eating the right foods.
On the Jenny Craig program, members meet with a personal consultant and get a menu starting from 1200 calories or more, depending on their current weight. The menu has delicious pre-selected foods, which can be paired with non-starchy vegetables and flavor enhancers from our Fresh & Free Additions list to create even more variety. Each day presents different meals, so you won’t be eating the same dish back-to-back or two days in a row.
Along with calorie reduction, there are many other surprising and helpful benefits:
1. Creates order in your eating style.
You start feeling in-control right away with your foods.
2. Reduces the stress of decision making.
Makes your healthy options even easier to enjoy.
3. Enables you to stay focused.
You can tune out distractions and tune into your goals.
4. Allows you to safely indulge in your favorites.
No need to eliminate any foods, all is possible with moderation!
Doug Battista, Jenny Craig’s Vice President of North American Operations, emphasizes that it comes back to energy balance, saying that, “When you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight. Our Planned Menus are designed to yield a calorie deficit of approximately of 750 calories per day. This daily calorie deficit sets up a member for a 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week.”
Meeting your weight loss goals while still eating delicious food is possible. You may discover a whole new style of eating along the way! To find out more about our Jenny Craig Menu and how it can help you meet your weight loss goals, visit one of our 500 locations in local neighborhoods near you or contact us for your free appointment.
It’s no secret that the Jenny Craig food is pretty amazing—with tons of delicious meals, snacks and extras to keep members satisfied, it’s one of the main reasons we get so many word-of-mouth referrals. But if you’ve ever tried to lose weight on your own (and most of us have), you know that sometimes the food alone just isn’t enough. That’s why Jenny Craig combines great food with the compassionate support of a personal consultant… and why our members lose 3x more weight than people dieting on their own.*
And did you know: you don’t even have to come into a center to reap the rewards of the member-consultant relationship? Thanks to Jenny Craig Anywhere, you can take your consultant’s helpful advice, cooking tips, weight loss expertise, coping strategies and all-around awesomeness anywhere you can take your phone. Here’s a quick overview of the program and all it offers.
Virtually yours <br>
As with a regular in-center program, you’ll be connected with a Jenny Craig consultant—a single point of contact who will be your personal guide throughout your weight loss journey. Many of our consultants are former Jenny Craig members who were so inspired by their own success with the program, they came to work with us! Whether you prefer a simple phone call or a video chat, you’ll connect virtually every week with somebody who really understands what you’re going through… and who is carefully trained to aid and inspire you every step of the way.
Flex your way to fabulous <br>
Once you’ve gotten acquainted with your consultant, you’ll agree upon a time for your weekly consultation. With extended hours seven days a week, it’s easy to find a time that works. During your first conversation, you’ll talk a little bit about your goals: what inspired your weight loss journey, and how much weight you’d like to lose. On average, Jenny Craig members lose 1–2 lbs. per week, so you’ll be able to get a rough idea of how long it might take you to reach your goal—and start setting some expectations around that.
A lifestyle you’ll love <br>
Jenny Craig isn’t just a diet -- it’s a lifestyle! So, in addition to helping you plan your menus for the following week, your Jenny Craig Anywhere consultant will help you develop healthier behaviors around eating and exercise. You’ll learn to eat LESS food MORE often, master the basics of portion control, develop strategies for dining out, and how to maximize your meals and snacks with what we call “free foods.”
Your menus, your way <br>
Jenny Craig menus are designed to be ultra-flexible—enabling you to lose weight gradually, and still enjoy the foods you love! Some members love the convenience of our pre-planned menus, while others want the freedom to hand-select every meal. All Jenny Craig meals are nutritionally balanced; your consultant can help you make sure you stay within your daily calorie limit. And with Jenny Craig Anywhere, you can pick up your food at a center near you, or have it delivered right to your doorstep!