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The Most Common Questions Jenny Craig Consultants Get (But Love Answering!)


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From ‘Does Jenny Craig work?’ to ‘Is the food bland?’ Consultants hear a lot of the same questions about the program. While your dedicated consultant is always happy to help navigate these useful questions, we want to pull back the curtain on some commonly asked questions and provide some additional insight! 


Will Jenny Craig work for me?
As you know by now, there’s no magic pill for weight loss. We keep things simple and effective by supplying you with a delicious variety of food and providing guidance and support along the way. Independent research has shown that members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Our members lose 3X more weight than dieting on their own!* We’ll also support you to get more active, which has both health and weight maintenance benefits. We are here for every member through every step of the weight loss journey – no judgment.


Does your food taste like diet food?
No! We have delicious foods ranging from Chocolate Lava Cake to Turkey Burgers and was ranked “Best Tasting Diet Food Programs” by NextAdvisor. We recognize that eating delicious food definitely makes the Jenny Craig plan more sustainable and enjoyable for you. That’s why we have more than 40 professional chefs who have a hand at crafting the entrees. 


Jenny Craig isn’t sustainable for weight loss.
We wish all our members hit their goal and never put the weight back on, but life frequently gets in the way. Jenny Craig has research-proven strategies not just to lose the weight, but we’ll teach you many healthy habits that can last a lifetime.  Weight loss is a journey, not a destination, we always want to be here to support anyone who wants to lose weight.


Can I drink wine?
While it’s best to go light or avoid alcohol to stay on track with your weight loss, your consultant can give you a range of options or alternatives to meet your needs.


Does the food have a lot of sodium?
Our planned menus have approximately 2200-2400mg of sodium per day.  We use the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans that recommends reducing dietary sodium to 2300mg per day. If you have a reason to reduce sodium further than the recommendations, please work with your consultant to use the Personalized menu and select the foods lowest in sodium.


Are there any new foods coming out?
We are always working on expanding our menu so our members have a wide variety of delicious foods to choose from. We currently have more than 100 delicious menu items. We always share this news via email or social media so please continue to follow us to stay updated on new foods!  

 

Can I do the program if I am breastfeeding?
Absolutely. Nursing mothers will be advised to follow a modified calorie level based on the child's age and frequency of breastfeeding.  All breastfeeding mothers will need to wait until their baby is 6 weeks old to enroll. When you join or restart the program, your consultant will ensure that you are on an appropriate calorie level so that you and your baby receive the proper nutrition you both need during this special time.  

 

Overall, we’re committed to your health and weight loss goal. Comment below for any additional questions or visit our FAQ page.

 

*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.

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Where can I find suggestions of the healthy fats I'm supposed to be eating for dinner?  Or how to prepare the vegetables?  Or a list of acceptable fruit?

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Monica - Jenny Craig

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Hi @AllisonFMiller,

Welcome to the community!  You can find most of this information in the Getting Started Guide which you should have received during your first consultation or in your first shipment.  If you did not get one, please ask your consultant for one right away.  The Grocery List which is in the back of the guide (on pages 38-47) lists each food group and the choices/serving sizes.  In case you do not have this guide yet, you can see the Grocery List here.

 

You can find examples of Fruits and Healthy Fats there.  An example of a healthy fat is 6 almonds.  You do not have to have it at dinner either just because it is listed there.  You can move the foods/snacks around in your day to what best fits your hunger and schedule so you could have the almonds as a snack or with your lunch if you want.

 

Any fruit is fine, just stick with the serving size that is listed in this guide. For example, if you menu says 1/2 Fruit, you will see in the Fruit list that 2 small tangerines counts as ONE Fruit choice so you would want to have 1 tangerine which = 1/2 Fruit.  Your consultant can help you navigate and understand your menu.  As for preparing vegetables, the community members here have great ideas that they share- look in the Food section.  We advise roasting, steaming and cooking with any herbs/spices of your choice and you can use nonstick cooking spray or if you have 1 Fat from your menu to use you can use 1 tsp oil to saute or roast them in.

 

Best Wishes!

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I love cutting up my fresh carrots  and steaming them till they are very soft.  I add spray butter, a little cinnamon,  and a dash  of sugar substitute. Mash till soft. Delicious.

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HOW do I determine and measure what an pot of anything is that is a solid...like meat for example. Wow that is SUCH a small amount hardly worth the effort!

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9 minutes ago, Guest sandlee7th said:

HOW do I determine and measure what an pot of anything is that is a solid...like meat for example. Wow that is SUCH a small amount hardly worth the effort!

Hi,

The easiest ways to measure solid foods is with a food scale.  You don't have to get anything fancy, just a basic food scale will tell you how many ounces a food like meat, chicken, fish, etc is. You can weigh it after it is cooked since some water cooks out.

 

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