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.
Jenny Craig offers over 100 delicious items for your Menu Plan, but have you ever wondered what some of our favorites are? We asked 6 Jenny Craig employees, including President and CEO of Jenny Craig, Monty Sharma, what foods they love and why.
Monty Sharma President and CEO of Jenny Craig
“One of my favorites is the Philly Cheesesteak. The steak, sourdough bread, delicious cheese, topped with peppers and onions creates an awesome taste, keeps me full and always has me coming back for more."
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<br>Doug Battista, President, North America Field Operations <br>
“I have an Anytime Bar every day for a mid-morning snack. I switch between the Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Crunch Bars. The bars are delicious, satisfying and provide me with good nutrition.”
Norma Chaves, Weight Loss Consultant
“Who can resist the Triple Chocolate Cheesecake? Rich, creamy, it’s a pure slice of heaven. I’ve served it to guests without them ever being the wiser. It just goes to show you never have to sacrifice taste and still be healthy, too!”
Darcie Andersen, Senior Nutritionist
“The Turkey Burger is tasty—really tasty. My favorite way to eat this plump, juicy burger is to add golden and caramelized roasted mushrooms and onions. Then, I pile on several leaves of fresh spinach and Dijon mustard to taste—so good! Also, this savory sandwich is extremely convenient—it turns out this is very important to me as I am a busy and ‘get as much as I can out of my day’ type of woman. Lastly, but not the least important, Jenny Craig’s Turkey Burger is a nutritious choice that leaves me satisfied all afternoon.”
Amber Collins, Weight Loss Consultant
“Hands down, I love the Egg, Cheese and Turkey Sausage Burrito. Not only does it taste incredible, but it’s incredibly convenient to eat on the go. I feel like having that burrito is a real treat. I could eat one every day! But I also love the Chocolate Lava Cake—it’s incredibly comforting. You heat it up and it’s so gooey and hot. Add a dab of sugar-free whip cream, and it’s as though you put a little bit of ice cream on top to melt all over the cake.”
Amy Ferrel, Social Media Engagement Expert
“The Stuffed Pizza Bites are the perfect meal to heat up and take on the go. They’re better than a lot of the other pizza pockets I’ve tried, and they feel like a delicious indulgence.”
Did we mention your favorites? You can discuss these mouth-watering options with your Jenny Craig consultant, or feel free to tell us your favorites via our Community Forum.
We love to hear about your experience with the Jenny Craig program. Here are a few bloggers who recently tried our program and not only lost weight, but also loved the experience*. Here’s what they had to say:
Tove from Mama in the Now
“I am blown away at the service I received and how incredibly awesome I feel I am so proud to have been a part of this. THANK YOU again— the lessons our kids learned were so powerful too. I was proud to teach them about Jenny Craig and why I chose to join the program.”
Jenn from From Comeback Momma
“Really enjoyed this program. Had no idea how successful the program would be for me. Thanks, Jenny Craig!!”
Kaysha from Style Weekender
“Loved the ease of getting meals. The staff, especially my consultant, were exceptionally supportive and that made my experience such a delight.”
Rachel from Rachel Teodoro
“I had so many great discussions about this program with friends and family. My first blog post even encouraged a friend of mine to join our local Jenny Craig. I didn't know it until I ran into her in the office for my last consult!”
*Bloggers received promotional consideration
We’re delighted to announce the third anniversary of our Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where you can take one of the over 100 menu items provided by Jenny Craig and add some flare with Fresh & Free Additions to craft a new recipe that falls within your meal plan. So roll up your sleeves and remix your dish in a creative way.
Here are some tips to follow to help you effectively design a recipe to enter our Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where, if selected, you can win $3,000 and have your recipe included in our Simple Inspirations recipe book*
Before crafting your recipe, consider the following to help your success:
1. Do a Creative Brainstorm. Talk to your consultant to confirm your recipe’s ingredients fit into your menu plan.
2. Think about the category where your recipe would best fit. There are 5 categories to choose from:
Lunch and Dinner
Shakes and Sides
Desserts & Shakes
Fresh & Free Additions (If you’re entering the Fresh & Free category, you don’t need to include a Jenny Craig food in your recipe, but you do need food from the list of Limited Free Foods.) <br>
3. Shoot high quality images or have a good camera. Capture the quality—and appeal—of your recipe by taking advantage of natural light when shooting.
3. Document every ingredient and preparation step as you create the dish. This way, you’ll be listing everything in the right order and won’t forget anything.
4. Be creative with your recipe name. Make it as appealing and fun to say as it is to eat.
Now that you’re ready to document your recipe, make sure to:
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. <br>
6. Be specific about the type of ingredients.
Did you use a non-stick cooking spray or olive oil in your recipe – taste, calories and food groups will vary, depending on your choice.
7. Note how ingredients are prepared – for instance, fresh, frozen or canned. Did you use fresh spinach leaves or frozen chopped spinach, fresh tomatoes or a can of diced tomatoes?
8. When documenting preparation steps, be clear on how you cut ingredients. With each one, did you chop, slice or dice?
When filling out the forms, remember to:
9. 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 7 steps, include further numbered steps in the “Additional Steps or Comments” field.
10. 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.
11. 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 till golden brown”.
Additional prizes can include $1,500 toward a high-end digital camera, $1,000 of gourmet cookware, Jenny Craig swag and so much more!*
Looking for inspiration? Check out last year’s winning recipe, then get cooking. Good luck!
The Simple Inspirations Contest will be taking submission from July 17, 2017 – August 13, 2017. A voting period of the semi-finalists will be between August 28, 2017-September 10, 2017. A winner will be chosen in each category on October 23, 2017 and, if selected, will receive $3,000 and have their recipe included in our new Simple Inspirations recipe book, which will be available beginning in 2018!
*To be eligible for the Member Category, you must: (a) be a legal resident of the 50 United States, DC, Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec and Arizona) and (b) 21 years of age or older at time of entry and (c) have a non-expired Jenny Craig program; program renewal or purchase may be required to participate. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT on 8/13/17. Void where prohibited. Prizes: (5) Member Prizes - a $3,000 USD check or gift card, and Jenny Craig Goodies (ARV: $3,050 USD ea.); (2) Employee Prizes - a $2,000 USD check or gift card and Jenny Craig Goodies (ARV: $2,050 USD ea.); (1) Bonus Prize - a $1,000 USD check or gift card, and gourmet cooking/baking goodie bag to include pans, pots, and other kitchen and baking utensils to be awarded as a gift card or actual items (ARV: $2,000 USD); (1) Bonus Prize - a $1,000 USD check or gift card, and $1,500 to purchase a high-end digital camera and lenses to be awarded as a gift card or actual items (ARV: $2,500 USD). 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.
Jenny Craig's New Rapid Results™ Program - Lose More Weight† and Improve Your Health
by Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM
Chair, Jenny Craig Science Advisory Board
Jenny Craig has been committed to a science-based weight loss program for 34 years. We are constantly evolving our program to incorporate new research to improve your weight loss and health management. For instance, researchers have made a revolutionary discovery that may affect not just weight, but also your health, wellness and quality of life. Scientists have discovered that one of the secrets to sustainable health lies in paying special attention to your body clock. Most people don’t realize that the human body and every one of its 37 trillion cells possess 24-hour clocks that follow a unique daily pattern, called a circadian rhythm. Recently, three American scientists were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Medicine for identifying the circadian rhythm gene that coordinates the body clock cellular activities. These body clocks become dysfunctional when we live the typical chaotic 24/7 grab-and-go lifestyle. The cell’s body clocks prefer you follow a more natural circadian rhythm of light and dark, being awake and sleeping. When your clocks are working in harmony, optimal weight management and metabolism are more likely to happen.1-5
So, how can you use your body clock to improve your overall health as well as shed excess pounds? Well, end the chaos and slip into your natural body clock genes on the New Rapid Results Program by Jenny Craig. The program shows you how to “nourish” for 12 hours, and then “rejuvenate” for the remaining 12 hours. During the nourishing 12 hours, you’ll eat healthfully while staying physically active. During the rejuvenating 12 hours, when you’re finished eating, extraordinary things are taking place throughout your body. The rejuvenation 12-hour window is a critical period when your body regroups, resets and regenerates after a busy day metabolizing your food and then using it to fuel your daily activities. One remarkable consequence of allowing your body this 12-hour rejuvenation time is that your body fat, especially belly fat, decreases.7 This is good news, as excess belly fat is associated with obesity and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.8
And it’s not just weight that’s improved. Scientists have also found that sticking to the 24-hour nourish-rejuvenation cycle not only preserves your muscle mass, but, with physical activity, may increase it. You’ll also activate fat burning and reduce swings in appetite.9 Sleep quality and energy may also be enhanced.
The 24-hour nourish-rejuvenation plan which is integrated into the Rapid Results Program is also associated with a decrease in the risk for dementia, along with enhanced mental alertness and mood.10 All of this is what happens when your body clocks work together as a well-coordinated team. The Rapid Results plan works with your natural body clocks to provide a time period of nourishment when you need it and can burn the food fuel most effectively, and then a period of rejuvenation during which your body can rest and regroup.
Starting your nourish-rejuvenation cycle provides a golden opportunity for studying how you live now, and what you can do to improve your environment and lifestyle. Reset your lifestyle by spending your newly increased energy, endurance and time away from eating to now fulfilling your dreams. Enjoy hikes and bike rides with family and friends. Plan vacations that challenge mind and body. Embrace a more mindful approach to “me” time by prioritizing your personal nutrition and physical fitness. And don’t forget your sleep! As you sleep, the cells throughout your body, such as your immune system, are hard at work undergoing critical regeneration.11,12 During deep sleep, your hormonal systems regroup. This includes hormones that control appetite and hunger to help you rein in cravings and stay on track. Finally, sleep is a time of holistic mind-body rejuvenation and recovery from the challenges of our busy days.
The most natural 12-hour eating cycle begins in the morning and ends no later than 8PM. So 8AM to 8PM is one example. The earlier you finish your dinner time, the better (7AM-7PM). By adhering to this kind of schedule, you’ll want to reorganize your evening hours. Instead of spending late night hours watching TV and mindlessly snacking, how about making sure you focus on getting your optimal 7-8 hours of sleep? Take a walk after dinner. Read or listen to a great book. Call a friend or family member and catch up. Take a bath and listen to music. Meditate or update your personal journal. Finish that puzzle. If you end dinner by 7PM, plan on going to bed no later than 11PM, then after 8 hours of sleep you’ve hit your 12-hours of rejuvenation time and it’s time for your first delicious meal of the day.
Isn’t it time for you to improve your health and wellness, and achieve your best mind and body? Learn more about how Rapid Results by Jenny Craig incorporates all this and more to help you reach your goals.
† First 4 weeks only. Average weight loss in study was 11.6 pounds for those who completed the program.
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9 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.
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11 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.
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