Your weight loss journey is a physical and emotional experience, and it’s natural to have questions along the way. In more than 35 years of helping people live healthier lives, Jenny Craig consultants have fielded just about every question you can imagine! As a company and as individuals, we pride ourselves on not just providing knowledge, but also delivering compassionate support—often working one-on-one to brainstorm individualized solutions for each client. Here are four of the most common questions we hear in our centers, along with our answers. Have a question not covered here? Ask your consultant. We’re always here for you.
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.
How can I be on the program when I have to cook for my family?
A: This is also a common concern with new clients who haven’t yet realized how easy it is to follow a Jenny Craig weight loss program. Fact: most meals take about 5–10 minutes to prepare, including salads and free foods—so if you can give yourself those few extra minutes to prepare your meal along with the family meal, you’ll be in good shape. If hunger is a problem for you while cooking, try drinking 16 ounces of water and eating a small salad prior to preparing your family’s meal. Then you can eat your entrée with your family! Your consultant will teach you how to enjoy a meal on your own as well as visual portion cues and other Jenny Craig tricks, so you’ll be able to start enjoying the many family-friendly meals in our Online Recipe Library. Your family won’t even know they’re eating healthy!
What happens after I reach my goal weight?
A: First, you celebrate a job well done! Your consultant will help you transition to weight loss maintenance. Some clients choose to transition to a Jenny Craig maintenance menu, continuing to meet with their consultant and enjoy the ease of preparing Jenny Craig meals. Others choose to apply the principles they’ve learned during their weight loss journey—visual portion cues, carb and protein balances, free foods, and more—to self-prepared meals. When the time comes, talk with your consultant about which approach feels right for you.
What happens if I reach a plateau?
A: Although plateaus don’t happen to everyone, they’re common occurrences for anyone trying to lose weight—and your consultant has lots of strategies to help break through a weight loss plateau. Since a plateau can be caused by a number of factors. Your consultant will work closely with you to determine what might be causing your weight loss to stall. Then you’ll work together to adjust your menu or behaviors…and get you headed in the right direction.
How can I make the program work within my tight budget?
A: Discuss your budget limits with your consultant right away. This is a VERY common question, and there is absolutely no need to be embarrassed about it! Together, you and your consultant can create a customized menu that works for you. Not only will this approach help you save money during your weight loss journey, it will teach you how to eat healthy for life.
*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.