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  3. Stephanie E - Jenny Craig

    5 “Healthy” Weight Loss Mistakes You Might Be Making

    Stop us if any of this sounds familiar: you’ve read all the weight loss tips in magazines. You’ve made changes to your diet, and bumped up your exercise regimen. You feel like you’re living a pretty healthy lifestyle. But you still find yourself wondering, “Why can’t I lose weight?” As it turns out, there are a handful of sneaky weight loss mistakes that are incredibly common — they’re habits that might seem healthy, but may derail your weight loss journey. If you’re having problems losing weight, you might be accidentally sabotaging your goals. Check out these common weight loss mistakes and use our quick tips to help get back on track. 1. Skipping breakfast Even if you’re not hungry first thing in the morning, skipping breakfast could be one of the reasons you’re having problems losing weight. While it might seem like you’re simply eliminating the calories you’d consume during your morning meal, studies suggest1 that eating earlier in the day can potentially help you make healthier choices throughout the day. Fuel up with a protein-rich breakfast that includes fiber and carbohydrates (like whole grains or a small fruit). These good-for-you foods will help you feel satisfied and less likely to overeat during lunch and dinner. 2. You’re only focusing on exercise Should exercise be part of your weight loss journey? While strenuous daily workouts aren’t necessary to lose weight, adding physical activity to your day may help you to shed pounds, avoid plateaus and stay healthy and strong for the long run. But if “sweat equity” is the only focus of your weight loss strategy, you may be setting yourself up for frustration. Why? Weight loss experts have found that slim-down success is approximately 80 percent diet and a mere 20 percent exercise – also known as the “80/20 rule.”2 One part of healthy, gradual weight loss is consuming fewer calories than you burn. And ultimately, it comes down to physical efficiency: it’s much easier to thoughtfully portion your meals than to try working them off by running 10 miles. Not sure where to start? Check out our beginner’s guide for helpful tips on adding activity into your routine. 3. “Saving” calories If you’re considering swapping out a balanced meal for an unhealthy treat — perhaps thinking they have similar calorie counts — you’re only cheating yourself. Balanced meals will help nourish your body, keep you feeling satisfied and fuel you for the day ahead. Your body will convert a nutritious meal of lean proteins, non-starchy veggies and whole grains to energy you can use (and feel!), while a bowl of ice cream will likely have you feeling sluggish and hungry again only a couple hours after consuming it. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, there are usually healthier ways to indulge. Check out these sweet treat alternatives that will leave you feeling satisfied and keep you on track with your weight loss goals. 4. “Free” falling If your pantry is full of foods labeled “gluten-free,” “fat-free,” or “sugar-free,” you may be in a “free-fall”: the misconception that you’re making healthy choices, when you’re really being persuaded by clever buzzwords. However, there are many foods that naturally fall into these “free” categories, such as non-starchy fruits and vegetables. For example, zoodles (zucchini noodles) are free of gluten, fat and sugar. Top them with a homemade marinara sauce, and you’ve got a nutritious weeknight dinner. 5. Denying yourself It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the most pervasive weight loss mistakes is completely cutting out the foods you love. In moderation, many foods can fit into your weight loss journey without hurting your progress. Instead of swearing off entire food categories like dairy or pasta, look for healthier ways to enjoy your meals. So, in place of eating cookies straight from the pack, try a delicious, calorie-smart treat like Jenny Craig’s Chocolate Lava Cake. If you’re looking for more healthy ideas, along with easy ways to dress up your Jenny Craig entrées, make sure to check out the recipe section on our blog. Don’t worry if you’ve made any of these common weight loss mistakes; you can easily get back on the right track. If you’re ready to start your weight loss journey, Jenny Craig offers delicious, balanced meals and the personalized support you need. Book your free appointment to get started today. Sources: [1] https://www.cnn.com/2017/05/19/health/weight-loss-circadian-rhythms-drayer/index.html [2] https://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/a19982520/weight-loss-80-percent-diet-20-percent-exercise/
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  5. *Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Katrina received promotional consideration. Jenny Craig member Katrina R. was featured in PEOPLE magazine’s annual “Half their Size” issue! She shares her incredible weight loss story, as told to PEOPLE: As an emergency medicine physicians assistant, Katrina R. typically worked long hours which left her little time to meal prep and too exhausted to frequent the gym. Instead, she would turn to food to deal with stress. After leaning down to help a patient, she fainted, and knew that it was time for her to make a change. Knowing she could no longer let her weight affect her career and life, Katrina immediately ordered a starter kit from Jenny Craig. The program was convenient for Katrina’s hectic schedule, as the Jenny Craig food was sent to her home. She didn’t have to meal plan or cook, and would bring her food to work. Click here to read her story on PEOPLE.com and learn how Katrina lost 178 lbs.* and transformed her mindset with Jenny Craig. *Members following the program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. a week. Feeling inspired by Katrina’s story? We’re here to help you take the first step. Start your journey toward better health today by booking your free appointment with a personal weight loss consultant.
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  7. Stephanie E - Jenny Craig

    Simply Inspired Chilaquiles

    A delicious and easy way to enjoy your Jenny Craig Blue Corn Tortilla Chips. 1 cup per serving, makes 2 cups. Ingredients: 1 bag Jenny Craig Blue Corn Tortilla Chips ½ cup of your favorite salsa verde Cilantro, chopped 1 tablespoon fat-free queso fresco or fat-free sour cream* Instructions: Bring salsa to a boil in small pan. Add in Jenny Craig Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and stir until consistency reaches the desired softness. Top with queso fresco/sour cream and cilantro. Enjoy! If you are on the Jenny Craig program, use the guide below when considering your other meals for the day. Check with your consultant before making any swaps or changes to your plan to ensure you stay on track! Jenny Craig Blue Corn Tortilla Chips (1 starch, 1.5 fat) Salsa verde (Fresh & Free Addition) Cilantro (Fresh & Free Addition) Fat-free queso fresco or fat-free sour cream* (1 limited food) *Limited Items available on Classic Program.
  8. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Breakfast?

    How much do you know about the most important meal of the day? Take our quiz and find out!
  9. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    Rapid Results™ FAQs - Your Questions, Answered!

    Hi @KimG17 I'm sorry that happened. Yes, you may substitute a milk serving such as 6oz of Greek Yogurt or 8oz of fat free milk.
  10. KimG17

    Rapid Results™ FAQs - Your Questions, Answered!

    I just left my meeting and they forgot to give me my essential nutrition bars. The center is closed now and all day tomorrow. Is there a recommended substitution?
  11. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    Rapid Results™ FAQs - Your Questions, Answered!

    Yes, you can have coffee with a splash of milk or creamer during your nourishment period.
  12. Ever wonder what it’s like to join Jenny Craig? Explore a day in the life of actual Jenny Craig members and read their inspiring stories as we highlight different journeys throughout the year. In their own words, they’ll share their favorite foods, activities and creative tips that help them develop healthier habits and reach their weight loss goals. Meet Kellie, a yoga enthusiast and savvy real estate agent! She’s serious about staying on track with her healthy lifestyle, but definitely has fun with it. Kellie lost 33 lbs.† on Jenny Craig and maintains her weight loss by balancing a busy work schedule with fitness classes and eating delicious Jenny Craig meals. See how Kellie spends a typical day: 6:30 - 10:00 a.m. The best way to start the day – exercise followed by a satisfying breakfast! I wake up early at 6:30 a.m. to attend my favorite yoga/fitness class at 7:15 a.m. I’ll wait until after class to have breakfast, since it’s too early in the morning for me to eat. This class always challenges me and after I’m finished, I feel more energized and alert (and I sleep much more soundly at night!). After class, I eat my Jenny Craig breakfast with my morning coffee and an orange around 9:30. My favorites include Jenny Craig Cinnamon Rolls , Egg, Cheese, & Turkey Sausage Burrito and the New York Sesame Bagel. 10:30 - 1:00 p.m. Time for work. As a real estate agent, my work days can be very long and hectic. I’m constantly on the road and have to eat on the go, which is why Jenny Craig is perfect for me. I don’t have to plan my meals ahead of time or meal prep! With Jenny Craig, I get nutritious food that’s ready to eat in minutes and tastes delicious. Plus, there’s a large variety of menu items so I’m never bored. 1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunchtime. I eat my lunch either at my desk or in my car while I’m traveling for work. I find the Ham & Swiss Baguette especially convenient on busy days when I have back-to-back open house showings. It’s easy to stash in my bag and eat on-the-go! 2:00 - 9:00 p.m. Healthy snacks keep me going at work! My work day during the week usually runs pretty late. To keep me going in between meals, I choose a snack or two: apples, carrot sticks, a Jenny Craig Essential Nutrition Bar or the Blue Corn Tortilla Chips ! They’re a perfectly portioned choice when I want something salty and crunchy. I also make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, tea or sparkling water. 9:30 - 10:00 p.m. Dinnertime. I usually arrive home around 9 p.m. and eat dinner shortly after. Once dinner is finished, my favorite dessert is either the Cookies & Cream Cake or the Chocolate Lava Cake. 10:30 p.m. Goodnight! I make an effort to get to bed by 10:30 p.m. to ensure I get at least eight hours of sleep. On days when I’m really tired or am able to eat dinner early, I try to tuck in earlier. I’m so glad I could share my day with you – thanks for following along! Sweet dreams! Feeling inspired by Kellie’s story? Book your free appointment with a Jenny Craig consultant to start your own weight loss journey today! *Weight lost on Classic program. Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Kellie received promotional consideration.
  13. Guest

    Rapid Results™ FAQs - Your Questions, Answered!

    Can I drink a cup of coffee with cream with the breakfast? I just started the RR program
  14. 2dhopsticks

    My latest sweater I am making

    Hello Miss Bumble, I am a knitter as well. What colours are you making?
  15. Have you heard the news? For nine years straight, U.S. News & World Report has named Jenny Craig one of the top weight-loss programs in the country. A panel of more than 20 physicians and other specialists in nutrition, weight loss, heart health, diabetes and human behavior examined a total of 41 weight-loss programs for safety, effectiveness and ease of use, among other factors. We’re proud to announce that Jenny Craig ranked #2 as a best commercial diet plan and #3 as a best weight-loss diet! But that’s not all — the nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and rankings also placed Jenny Craig in the top 10 for three additional categories including Best Diabetes Diets, Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets and Easiest Diets to Follow. “We are proud to be recognized as one of the best weight-loss programs for the ninth consecutive year by the reputable panel at U.S. News & World Report,” says Monty Sharma, president and CEO of Jenny Craig. “At a time when millions of Americans are struggling with weight loss at unprecedented levels, we pride ourselves on developing science-backed programs that help individuals achieve real results on their journey to better health. Our program is based on a formula that works; one-on-one support, personalized plans and premium, chef-crafted food with no artificial ingredients.” Read on for some of the features that make Jenny Craig a top-rated weight-loss plan among renowned medical, health and wellness experts, along with information you can use to help determine whether any plan you follow is scientifically sound, safe and effective. 1. Support Is Key to the Program According to research,1 having social support can be instrumental in your weight-loss efforts, whether it’s somebody to hold you accountable, to problem-solve with or to help you adopt healthy behaviors that can lead to sustainable weight loss. Jenny Craig’s personal weight-loss consultants deliver just this type of support through weekly one-on-one consultations, whether in person, over the phone or via video chat. 2. Healthy Eating Is Emphasized Fad diets can be ineffective, unsustainable or even unsafe. But a well-balanced, healthy eating plan that limits calories moderately is the safest way to go, experts say.2 To promote health and weight loss, the CDC recommends the following strategies, all of which the Jenny Craig program incorporates:3 Eat plenty of fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Include lean meats in your diet, including beans, eggs, fish, nuts and poultry. Keep your diet low in added sugars, cholesterol, saturated fats, sodium and trans fats. 3. Convenient Meals that Don’t Deprive Many people want or need convenience in a weight-loss program, but not at the expense of taste. Not only does Jenny Craig’s ready-to-go meals remove the guesswork out of meal prep, but they’re chef-crafted, free of artificial ingredients and are designed by nutritionists … so they’re healthy and delicious! If you’re on the Jenny Craig program, you’ll have more than 100 nutritious items to choose from, augmented with five servings daily of fresh fruits and vegetables that you supply on your own. 4. The Program Is Effective — and Backed by Research While it’s always inspiring to read success stories and reviews of a weight-loss program by people who have done it, it’s especially reassuring to know that a program has been studied for effectiveness. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the Jenny Craig program. A 2015 review of 45 different studies that compared several commercial weight-loss plans, published in Annals of Internal Medicine,4 found that those on the Jenny Craig program lost more weight over 12 months than the other programs. And a 2013 study in the Journal of the American Heart Association5 found that after two years, overweight and obese women on the Jenny Craig plan significantly reduced their weight and waist circumference while improving their cardiometabolic risk factors. 5. It's Safe for People with Diabetes According to the CDC, as of 2015, more than 100 million adults in the U.S. — had diabetes or its precursor, prediabetes.6 More troubling, the disease is on the rise, even among children and teens.7 The disease can have lasting health ramifications, as it can damage many vital body systems over time, including your blood vessels, eyes, heart, kidneys and nerves.8 Having prediabetes or diabetes often means that weight loss is recommended and that changes should be made to your diet.9 The American Diabetes Association, for instance, recommends that the majority of your carbohydrate intake should come from vegetables, whole grains, fruits, legumes and dairy products. Trans and saturated fats should be limited or avoided, while good fats (found in foods such as olive oil and nuts) can be enjoyed in small amounts. In addition, added sugars should be limited, and your sodium intake should fall under 2,300 milligrams per day.10 All of Jenny Craig’s menus, including Jenny Craig’s Type 2 diabetes menu, follow these guidelines and are also suitable for those with Type 1 diabetes and prediabetes. And they’re effective not only for weight loss, research shows, but also for improving important markers related to diabetes. A review of 10 commercial weight-loss programs by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, published in 2016, found that after 12 months, people with Type 2 diabetes who were following the Jenny Craig program reduced their hemoglobin A1c levels — a three-month average of blood-sugar concentrations — more than those who received weight-loss counseling alone.11 And another study, this one from 2014, found that people with Type 2 diabetes who were on the Jenny Craig program experienced greater weight loss and improved glycemic control compared with those who were on a traditional program that included two weight-loss counseling sessions and monthly contacts.12 6. The Program Incorporates the Latest Research Researchers worldwide are continually studying the science behind obesity and weight loss, and any good program should regularly assess and take steps to incorporate the latest proven research. The experts at Jenny Craig began analyzing the preponderance of research into the body’s circadian rhythm — the natural 24-hour cycle of light and darkness that guides many body processes — and its role in weight loss and overall health.13-15 As a result, in 2018, Jenny Craig became the first major weight-loss company to integrate the science of circadian rhythm into its program. This plan, called Rapid Results, incorporates a daylight nutrition strategy (also known as Time-Restricted Feeding) to help you live your life in accordance with your body’s natural internal clock — and, in the process, help you lose weight and find additional health benefits. Rapid Results leverages findings from 2017 Nobel Prize-winning research on circadian rhythm — and is based off science that indicates it’s not just about what you eat, but when, that can play an important role in helping you achieve your weight-loss goal.16 The program involves focusing on an eating time frame earlier in the day for 12 hours, then taking a digestion break during the 12 hours of evening/night (most of which is time spent sleeping). During this rest period, your body has time to rejuvenate and “clean house” so the cells of your body have a chance to repair and regenerate themselves, which helps your body function optimally the next day.17-18 But that’s not all — following this type of eating pattern can also help your body burn more of its own fat as fuel, according to Dr. Pamela Peeke, M.D., MPH, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chairwoman of the Jenny Craig Science Advisory Board. “If you don’t eat for an extended period of time, say eight to 12 hours, you enter a fasted state, your insulin levels are low, and your body starts to use fat as its source of energy,” she explains. Peeke continues, “When your body clocks are working in harmony, optimal weight management and metabolism are more likely to happen.” The Results Speak for Themselves Jenny Craig is an effective and easy to follow weight-loss program — and the expert panelists at U.S. News & World Report agree. We hope these tips prove helpful in your search for better health and weight loss. Ready to experience the Jenny Craig difference? Contact us for a free appointment and get started on the path to better health and wellness today.
  16. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    How to Eat Healthy on a Budget: Infographic

    Wondering if eating out is cheaper than preparing healthy meals at home or having nutritious ready-made meals on hand? Find out the truth and ways you can still eat healthy on a budget!
  17. missbumble

    Jenny Love 2019 Renewal

    Hey Guys - Wanted to post a picture of me at a lower weight when I started dating 6 months ago. I was still a little high for my maintenance but not where I am today. So as I embark on Jenny now - with the goal to get back down to my lower goal I wanted to see what I am shooting for. Net-net I am proud of how I look today - and of the weight loss. Sure I want to get back down to have wiggle room and fit into my smaller clothes. But seeing this picture - and I know I am not a size 24W and at Lane Bryant (Bless their hearts - they really have a fantastic store for me back in the day so I am grateful they are in business). But I am grateful I only have 10-15 lbs to lose now and sooo happy I know how and know we can do this Thank you all for your support! This forum is a ton helpful for me. So I do apologize for a keeping it real and personal and being long-winded. But hey we used to spend a lot of time eating... now we can read and write. Here's the picture of me yesterday (In shorts) at my JCC Center). This is my before shot for this go-around at about 155 .... and the picture of me in Black is at about 145-147 back from the date where Greg and I got to know each other in San Antonio and Austin. Let's do this. I am looking forward to a fantastic after shot in a couple of months or even before I start my job in 2 weeks - maybe a progress shot? OK so here's the updated progress week 2.. seems crazy that so much stuff fits better - it's officially on jenny scale 3.6lbs but I feel better,. No dating or happy hours. No alcohol, no job right now (i start Monday) and only 1 party where I had club soda and not too much food. Anyway, this morning scale said 150.5 which is what it said the ay I weighed in at Jenny - so same as Wednesday, I guess now it will move slow maybe. But also I'm using new muscles in my gold lessons and practice.. so I feel better, Check out my Before and After if you want inspiration was I am sure my small weight loss is not that inspiring. But the real deal was when I went from 207 to 137 starting in August of 2016.. Now I have luxury problems - but for a lifelong compulsive overeater it's super important to get back to having a better relationship with food and not gaining,! Here's the July 2018 shot where I am trying to get back to... or even before that when my weight was at the low end of my goal... for wiggle room
  18. missbumble

    Date #2 Playa del Carmen

    OK well was about to write a blog entry and just saw this. Well, I did have fun on our date... But alas broke up with Greg 6 months later (a day or so ago). Though I loved out outings in theory - a lot of times I was just not that into him. I so wanted to be. I wanted to be giving and loving - and make him smile -which I guess I could and did do, but the reverse was not true. Try as he might - he just wasn't for me. Anyhow - I never ever would have had this adventure when I was 246.25 or 210 (Pre-Jenny) weight. So I am grateful to be on Jenny (I Sort of continue off and on since I hit maintenance) and am grateful to be able to not worry so much about how I look - and just say yes to running around in a bathing suit. That was a huge plus for Greg - I did not feel self-conscious about my cellulite and stuff - he was accepting. ) OK, moving on....
  19. Elisa - Jenny Craig

    New Breakfast Foods Are Here!

    Rise and shine; it's breakfast time! Check out our new egg-cellent breakfast foods!
  20. Annamarie H - Jenny Craig

    Rapid Results™ FAQs - Your Questions, Answered!

    Hi Missy! We're excited to help you meet your goals. The program is 12 weeks however, that does not mean you are required to purchase food the entire 12 weeks if you meet your goal sooner. Give us a call at 1-866-706-4042, we'd be happy to give you more details on Rapid Results and get you started.
  21. Guest

    Rapid Results™ FAQs - Your Questions, Answered!

    Can someone sign up for your 4 week Rapid Results Program by itself? I only need to lose ~ 8-10# and don't need a full 3 month program.
  22. *Weight loss on Classic Program. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Member received promotional consideration. I grew up being overweight. I would try various ways to lose weight, but nothing seemed to work. It was a doctor’s appointment that both scared me and made me realize that my youth did not protect me from illnesses that I thought were for much older adults. At that visit, I weighed nearly 200 lbs. and my doctor ran a battery of tests on me. After getting the test results, my doctor told me I was pre-diabetic, and if I did not get myself into a healthy weight range, I would end up having diabetes and other serious health issues. His warning hit me hard, and I knew then that I needed to lose weight for myself, my health and my future. 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One of my favorite things was the great-tasting food that was nutritionally balanced and served in a portion size that filled me up and still allowed me to lose weight. I did not feel deprived because I could eat six times a day and was able to have a decadent dessert or a savory snack every day as part of my daily menu. I could still enjoy my favorite foods if I ate them in the right portions. I also learned to pay attention to when and why I was eating and became more mindful of what I needed instead of using food for comfort. Having my own weight loss consultant to meet with once a week was such a valuable part of the program. She was a constant source of support, encouragement and information which helped me successfully lose weight and form new eating habits that have allowed me to stay at a healthy weight. I also started cooking more vegetables and trying new things, so now I know how to fill up with the right foods to make meals more satisfying. I also enjoy exercising now and found that it relieves stress which helps me resist temptation. After exercise, my body craves healthy nutrients to refuel and I experience fewer cravings for unhealthy foods. I lost 25 lbs.* on Jenny Craig and I am truly the person that I’ve always wanted to be. Losing this weight has done so much more than change my body. It has given me the initiative and drive to know that I can do anything I set my mind to. Now that I’ve gained confidence from losing the weight, I have completely transformed my outlook on food, health, and pretty much every aspect of my life. I am all around a happier person. My advice to other people who want to lose weight is to make small achievable goals that can lead to big changes in your lifestyle. Doing a little something each day, such as eating more vegetables or adding more steps in your day, brings you further away from unhealthy habits and closer to your goal of a healthier and happier you. *Weight loss on Classic Program. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week. Member received promotional consideration. Feeling inspired by Jessica’s story? Book your free appointment today to meet with a personal weight loss consultant and take the first step toward a healthier and happier you!
  23. Carole Anderson Lucia

    8 Tips to Set Realistic Goals and Crush Them in 2019

    It’s officially January 2019 — the start of a new year — the beginning of endless possibilities. For many, it also marks a time to start focusing on better health, weight loss and working toward sustainable lifestyle changes (because why not start off the new year right?). But before you declare to hit the gym every morning, or shun carbs entirely (please, don’t!), take a few minutes to set yourself up for real-life success. By setting realistic goals and creating a plan to achieve them, you’ll make 2019 one year to remember. If you’ve set a goal for the new year — there are ways to make it happen. Here’s how: How to Set Goals and Achieve Them If you’re thinking about setting goals for the new year, losing weight is likely at the top of your list. A survey of more than 600 Americans, conducted on behalf of Jenny Craig, found that more than half of Americans cite the desire to improve their overall health, with one-third naming losing weight as their 2019 resolution, closely following eating healthier and exercising more. These are all worthy goals — and codifying them may help you succeed in your efforts, research has found. One study conducted at The University of Scranton1 found you’re ten times more likely to change a behavior simply by making a New Year’s resolution to do so. Once you identify a goal you’d like to achieve — weight loss, for instance — follow these steps to help ensure your success. 1. Be Specific with Your Goal Instead of simply aiming to lose weight, be very clear about what you want to achieve. For instance, after assessing your body mass index, you might decide to set a goal of losing 15 pounds. Or you might resolve to get your blood pressure into a healthy range, or to be able to walk a mile in a certain amount of time. The more specific you are, the more able you’ll be to assess your progress as you move toward your goal. 2. Set a Realistic Weight Loss Goal It’s important to be realistic about your expectations. For instance, if your focus is weight loss and your goal is to reach your high school weight, take a look at whether that weight is achievable through healthy weight loss and if it’s sustainable. By losing a modest amount of weight — 5 percent to 10 percent of your body weight — you can still bring significant improvements to your health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.2 Research has found that people who want to lose weight often have unrealistically high weight-loss goals. Several studies, for instance, found that patients receiving weight-loss treatment ideally wanted to lose approximately 33 percent of their body weight within one year.3 Having overly aggressive weight loss goals such as these might not be advisable, experts say,4 as it can lead to disappointment — and, possibly, failure. Setting realistic goals, on the other hand, may make it more likely that you’ll reach your New Year’s resolution. 3. Come Up With a Realistic Timeframe to Reach Your Goal Set a date by which you aim to lose the weight. Although you may initially see a large drop on the scale when you begin a weight loss program, your progress will likely even out as you continue your new, healthy lifestyle. After a month of weight loss, aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week as experts recommend.3 4. Set Both Long- and Short-Term Goals — and Write Them Down To help keep yourself motivated toward meeting your ultimate goal, set mini-goals you can reach within a month or so. Perhaps you’d like to lose 5 pounds, or tighten your belt by a notch — think about the little things in addition to the big ones, then write them down. A study conducted at Dominican University of California5 showed that more than 70 percent of people who wrote down their goals (and in this case, shared them with someone else) were successful in achieving those goals, compared with a 35 percent success rate among those who didn’t commit to their goals in writing. 5. Create Action Steps Figure out exactly what will help you reach your goal — and in doing so, think back to any time when you tried to lose weight but weren’t as successful as you’d hoped. What kept you from succeeding? What were your missteps? For instance, you might decide that you need to modify your behavior at home or work by doing the following:6 Eating more mindfully — avoid watching TV, reading, talking on the phone or working on the computer during a meal Keeping healthy snacks on-hand: fruit, non-starchy vegetables, nonfat Greek yogurt or one of your favorite Jenny Craig snacks Drinking a glass of water before eating Avoiding high-calorie add-ons such as butter, mayonnaise and sugary creamers Swapping soda for a glass of sparkling water with lemon Going for a walk during your work breaks 6. Don’t Rely on Willpower Alone According to the American Psychological Association (APA),7 expecting to lose weight through willpower alone could be a mistake. Sure, you might have loads of resolve at the beginning of your weight-loss journey, but with time, that resolve can falter. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the APA, respondents cited not having enough willpower — which the organization defines as “the ability to delay gratification, resisting short-term temptations in order to meet long-term goals”— as the top reason they were unable to make healthy lifestyle changes. Likening willpower to a muscle that gets fatigued from overuse, experts say that relying on your internal strength to resist temptation can take a mental toll over time; you need tools and strategies to support your resolve. In addition to summoning — and maintaining — as much willpower as you can, the APA recommends the following to help you achieve your goals: Get support. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, discovered that individuals following structured weight loss programs with support were more likely to lose weight and more likely to keep off the weight, than those who did not.8 If you’re looking for a plan that offers dedicated support — Jenny Craig provides personal weight loss consultants for every member. Focus on one behavior at a time. Instead of coming up with a long list of behaviors you will institute (or change) all at once, focus on one clear tactic at the outset; then add on from there. Doing so, experts say, will allow you to focus your willpower in one area — and, once you’ve mastered that one, you’ll have more willpower to tackle the next one on your list. So, for example, you might decide that you want to eat fewer sweets — you should master that behavior before adding another tactic of, say, exercising daily. Succeeding at modifying each successive behavior will boost your confidence — and your willpower. Monitor your behavior in regard to your plan. If your target behavior is to eat fewer sweets, make a plan of how you will achieve that, whether it’s substituting fruit or non-fat yogurt for dessert, doing some meditation after dinner instead of reaching for a bowl of ice cream, or ridding your pantry of candy. Keep track of your progress and stumbles: If you were able to resist those temptations for a full day, write it down (and celebrate it!) — along with any tactics you used to steer clear of the sweets. And if you do experience a slip-up, don’t let it take you off track. And show yourself some self-compassion: Brush yourself off, try to figure out what contributed to the stumble, write it down and learn from your mistake. Then recommit — daily, if necessary — to your goal. 7. Reward Yourself Along the Way You’re working hard — you deserve to reward yourself! Not all of your achievements need to be weight-related, though, so if you’ve shunned dessert for an entire week, treat yourself to a movie. Hit the gym four days this week? That calls for flowers! 8. Envision Your End-Result Picture how you will look at your goal weight, how it will feel to fit back into your favorite pair of jeans, the triumph you’ll feel as you run up a flight of stairs without becoming winded. Then write down how that feels. Having a clear picture of where you want to go, as well as the emotions involved once you get there, will help you stay motivated and on track. We hope these tips inspire you to make realistic goals this year — and set you up for success to accomplish all of them! Remember — your resolution can serve as a powerful way to help you connect to your truest wishes and your most fervent hopes to live a healthier life. Do you need help committing to your New Year’s resolution? Jenny Craig can help! Contact us today to get started on the path to better health and wellness for the new year — and for many years to come! Sources: [1] http://news.scranton.edu/articles/2016/12/Faculty-Reseach-Holidays.shtml [2] https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weight/index.html [3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2860378/ [4] https://jandonline.org/article/S2212-2672(13)01677-8/pdf [5] https://www.dominican.edu/dominicannews/study-highlights-strategies-for-achieving-goals [6] https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/behavior_modification_ideas_for_weight_management/ [7] https://www.apa.org/helpcenter/willpower-living.aspx [8] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2702878
  24. If you’re like many Americans who are on a journey to lose weight, the thought of New Year’s Eve may fill you with a mix of excitement and angst. On one hand, you don’t want to derail the progress you’ve made; on the other, you’d like to be able to kick up your heels a bit and ring in the new year with some fanfare. Well, we’ve got good news for you: Just because you’re on a weight loss journey doesn’t mean you need to hide at home while everyone else celebrates. Here are eight healthy ways to ring in the new year with friends and loved ones by your side —without sabotaging your hard-earned progress. 1. Come Up with a Post-Party Plan The last thing you want to do after a night of celebrating is to figure out what you can or should eat — or to have to drag yourself to the store for healthy food that you you’ll need to prepare. Make a list of the healthy snacks and meals you’ll eat on New Year’s Day, and grab everything at the grocery store earlier in the day. Even better: have a few ready-made meals on hand so there’s no need for prep work! 2. Heading Out to a Party? Strategize First Work with your Jenny Craig personal weight loss consultant to make a game plan before you head out the door for a New Year’s Eve celebration. In addition, consider the following strategies to help you stay on track with your weight loss plan: Fill up on healthy food throughout the day. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that by skipping meals earlier in the day you can compensate for eating later: Doing so can make you ravenous when meal time finally comes and can cause you to make poor choices.1 Plus, eating healthfully — and in the right portions — during the day may make you more likely to continue your healthy patterns throughout the evening. Also, be sure to eat breakfast: Researchers at the Mayo Clinic2 have found that regularly skipping your morning meal not only puts you at higher risk for gaining weight, but also for developing dangerous visceral fat (also known as belly fat). Once you’re at the party, check out the food lineup before loading up your plate. Instead of taking a little of every dish that’s being offered, first take a close look at all the foods being served, then decide which ones to eat. Choose only items you really want — no need to take something simply because it’s there. Another tip: be mindful of your portion sizes. Squeeze in some physical activity on New Year’s Eve — and on New Year’s Day. Getting a workout in (even if it’s just a 30-minute walk!) before you head off to your New Year’s Eve party can help put you in the right frame of mind for the rest of the day. If you’re feeling ambitious, schedule a workout for the day after as well. You may even want to consider signing up to run (or walk) a New Year’s Day race; dozens are held across the U.S. every year. 3. Host Your Own Party Worried about all the tantalizing dishes that are bound to end up at the New Year’s Eve party? Consider hosting your own celebration so you have more control over the food and drinks that get served. Need some ideas on what to prepare? Consider these healthy, delicious 5-minute side dishes. Also, stock up on small containers so you can send your guests home with leftovers. That way you can enjoy the party for the night, and then continue with your healthy eating plan once it’s over. 4. Choose Healthier Drink Options Ring in the new year with alternative drink options such as kombucha, sparkling water with fruit, peppermint tea, etc., or ensure to alternate between your favorite libation and a sparkling water to stay hydrated and consume less alcohol (and calories!). 5. Not in the Party Mood? Try Something Different Don’t want to face the temptations of a traditional New Year’s Eve party — or deal with subzero weather, rowdy party-goers and the risk of not being able to find your coat when it’s time to head home? There are plenty of other ways to ring in the new year: Have a family game night: stock up on party favors, hats and poppers for when the clock strikes midnight. While you’re at it, try a healthy new recipe. Go to the movies — and bring your Jenny Craig popcorn. Go for a nighttime hike (just don’t forget a headlamp). Try a midnight run. New York and other cities hold an annual race at midnight on New Year’s Eve. See if you can find or organize one in your area. Go bowling. Try ice skating. Host a pampering party (because you deserve a little self-care). Do some yoga. While you’re at it, use the opportunity to do some meditation on what you really want to achieve in the new year — and how you will get there. 6. Keep Things in Perspective Just remember, New Year’s Eve is just one night, so overindulging might not be worth it in the long run if it makes it harder for you to mentally and physically recommit to your weight loss goals the next day — especially if you have tempting leftovers in the house, or you’re feeling the effects of too much celebration and too little sleep. As we wrap up this year, we hope you’ll look on New Year’s Eve not so much as a chance to overindulge, but to spend quality time with the people who matter most: friends and family. Here’s to a healthy, happy 2019 brimming with vitality and wellness. Cheers! Planning on reaching your weight loss goals in the new year? Jenny Craig can help! Contact us for a free appointment to get started on the path to health and wellness today. Sources: [1] https://www.health.harvard.edu/diet-and-weight-loss/eating-frequency-and-weight-loss [2] https://inthenews.mayoclinic.org/2018/04/27/people-who-eat-breakfast-gain-less-weight-over-time-study-finds/
  25. If you’re like many people, life may keep you so busy that you don’t have the time or energy to put much thought into your eating patterns. You might rush out the door in the morning without eating breakfast, grab something on the run for lunch and nosh on a few things here and there throughout the day. It’s not until the evening that you have a chance to sit down and eat a full — perhaps too full — meal. But eating this way may not be good for your health, a new study1 shows. Researchers have found that consuming too many calories in the evening may increase your chances of developing prediabetes and high blood pressure, which together may increase your cardiovascular risks.2 Here’s what you need to know to keep your heart — and the rest of you — as healthy as possible. What the Research Found In preliminary research1 that looked at the timing of meals among more than 12,000 Hispanic/Latino adults, researchers found that eating 30 percent or more daily calories after 6 p.m. was associated with a 23 percent higher risk of developing high blood pressure and a 19 percent higher risk of developing prediabetes when compared with people who ate less than 30 percent of their calories after that time. In this study, which was funded by the American Heart Association (AHA) and presented at the AHA Scientific Sessions in November 2018, more than half of the study participants reported consuming more than 30 percent of their calories after 6 p.m. The researchers also found that every one percent increase in the number of calories eaten after 6 p.m. (approximately 20 calories in a 2,000-calorie daily diet, for instance) was associated with higher levels of fasting glucose, insulin and insulin resistance, all of which are linked to an increased risk of diabetes.1 Compared with other study participants, people who ate later also had higher systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings.3 Interestingly, the study did not find that eating later was associated with an increased risk of becoming overweight or developing central adiposity (belly fat),1 although other research has found such links. Experts at Harvard Health,4 for instance, say that while the results are “not unanimous,” the majority of studies show that eating late in the day contributes to weight gain and other potential health problems. According to the AHA study, the increased risks by eating late has to do with the body’s natural circadian rhythm, an internal clock that helps regulate our waking, eating and sleeping patterns, among other functions.5 The researchers suggest that eating later in the day disrupts the internal clock, increasing the risk of different types of health problems, including diabetes and heart disease.6 While the AHA study focused on a specific demographic, the authors state that the findings may apply to the U.S. population in general.1 In fact, an earlier Scientific Statement7 from the AHA says the planning and timing of meals and snacks, including not skipping breakfast and eating more calories earlier in the day as opposed to later, may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. They call for more studies to investigate this connection. More Tips to Keep Your Heart Healthy Besides limiting your calorie intake in the evening and eating more calories in the morning than later in the day, there are other steps you can take to help keep your heart healthy. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends the following:8 1. Eat a healthy diet. The HHS’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) suggests that you:9 Emphasize vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products Include beans, eggs, fish, lean meats, nuts and poultry in your diet Limit your intake of saturated and trans fats, sodium and added sugars Monitor your portion sizes 2. Stay active. To gain major health benefits, the NHLBI10 recommends that you do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every week. Check out this beginner’s guide to exercise to get started. 3. Stay at a healthy weight. Click here to take a free BMI assessment and find out if you fall within a healthy range. 4. Don’t smoke or expose yourself to secondhand smoke. 5. Control your cholesterol and blood pressure. 6. Manage your stress. 7. Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all. (Find out how alcohol hinders weight loss.) In addition, the Cleveland Clinic recommends these steps to help keep your heart healthy:11 Get enough sleep. Research has shown that adults who sleep fewer than six hours per night are approximately twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack as those who get six to eight hours per night. In addition to making a commitment to getting an adequate amount of sleep, practice “sleep hygiene” to improve the quality of your Z’s. Get up and move around during the day. Studies have found a link between long periods of sitting and an increase in cardiovascular events. In addition, sitting for long periods of time — such as when traveling — increases your likelihood of developing blood clots. So if you work at a job that requires a lot of sitting, make it a priority to get up and walk around several times throughout the day; many experts suggest doing so at least once per hour. Heart Health and Weight Loss Since maintaining a healthy weight is also important to keep your heart healthy, focusing on weight loss can help if you’re overweight. Here are a few tips to get started. 1. Focus on breakfast, not dinner. In addition to the findings from the AHA research, another study12 found that eating a substantial breakfast and a small dinner is better for weight loss than eating a small breakfast and a large dinner. 2. Eat with your circadian rhythm in mind. Eating in sync with your circadian rhythm — basically, during daylight hours — can help with weight loss,13 in addition to potentially improving many other aspects of your health, including hormone release, metabolism, digestion, depression and more.14 3. Weigh yourself daily. Another study presented at the Scientific Sessions15 analyzed the self-weighing patterns of more than 1,000 adults, and whether there were differences in weight according to these patterns. The researchers found that people who weighed themselves six or seven times per week lost 1.7 percent of their body weight over the course of a year. People who never weighed themselves, or who did so once per week, didn’t lose any weight during the same timeframe. Previous studies15-17 have also found that people who weigh themselves daily tend to lose more weight than those who weigh themselves less often. Researchers believe the self-monitoring involved with weighing yourself daily increases your self-awareness of how different behaviors affect your weight, which can inspire you to make necessary changes. Whether you’re 27 or 77, it’s never too early — or late — to commit to the health of your heart. We hope you’ll consider these important findings in coming up with a strategy to help keep your heart in top form. If you’re interested in bettering your health — Jenny Craig can help. Set up a free appointment and talk to a personal weight loss consultant who will work with you to achieve your goals! Sources: [1] https://newsroom.heart.org/news/big-high-calorie-meals-after-6-p-m-may-increase-heart-disease-risk-for-hispanics [2] https://newsarchive.heart.org/study-high-blood-pressure-and-prediabetes-together-increases-risk-to-heart/ [3] http://www.diabetesincontrol.com/newsletter/issue-965/ [4] https://blog.content.health.harvard.edu/blog/columns/does-eating-late-make-you-gain-weight/ [5] https://www.nigms.nih.gov/education/pages/Factsheet_CircadianRhythms.aspx [6] https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2018/heart-healthy-eating-aha.html [7] http://newsroom.heart.org/news/meal-planning-timing-may-impact-heart-health [8] https://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/health-conditions-and-diseases/heart-health/keep-your-heart-healthy [9] https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/eat/calories.htm [10] https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/physical-activity-and-your-heart [11] https://health.clevelandclinic.org/5-things-to-do-daily-to-keep-your-heart-healthy/ [12] https://blog.content.health.harvard.edu/blog/columns/does-eating-late-make-you-gain-weight/ [13] https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2015/03/10/389596946/circadian-surprise-how-our-body-clocks-help-shape-our-waistlines [14] https://www.nigms.nih.gov/Education/Pages/Factsheet_CircadianRhythms.aspx [15] https://newsroom.heart.org/news/daily-weighing-may-be-key-to-losing-weight?preview=39b3 [16] https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0113164 [17] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4380831/
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