Do Online Weight Loss Programs Really Work?By Elisa - Jenny Craig Reviewed by Monica Ropar, Nutritionist
You’re ready to lose weight. You’ve set your goal. You’re feeling motivated. Now, where do you begin?
If you’re considering an online weight loss program — you’re in the right place. From getting your meals delivered straight to your doorstep to connecting with an online nutrition coach — an online diet plan can help you achieve your goals in the comfort of your own home.
Sound too good to be true? Read on to find out how online weight loss programs work and how they’re designed with your lifestyle in mind for ultimate convenience.
Remember to always consult your healthcare provider before beginning a weight loss program.
Why try an online weight loss program?
While fad diets tend to make bold claims about quick weight loss, many online weight loss programs are often more sustainable and come with many benefits. Here are a few.
1. It’s convenient
Whether this is your first or tenth diet, a straightforward, uncomplicated plan is one that will set you up for success. That’s why online weight loss programs are designed with convenience in mind. When you connect with an online weight loss coach and get your meals delivered directly to your home, you’ll have everything you need to succeed right at your fingertips. Check out these 6 other benefits of meal delivery programs for weight loss.
2. It’s customizable
For a weight loss program to be sustainable, it needs to fit your lifestyle. One of the best things about an online weight loss program is that it can be tailored to fit your needs.
- No time to grocery shop? Customize your order and schedule automatic delivery.
- Kind of a picky eater? Speak with your coach to tweak your plan to fit your preferences.
- Have limited availability to connect with your weight loss coach? Schedule a time that works best for you.
3. It’s a time saver
If you’re a full-time working professional juggling family life and everything else in between — you probably don’t have a lot of time to meal plan and prep — let alone hours to grocery shop! An online weight loss program that includes meal delivery can save you oodles of time when it comes to planning and preparing food. You’ll get all of your meals, snacks (and even dessert) delivered weekly to your home so everything is on hand and ready-to-go. Dinner will be on the table in less than ten minutes — and you can forget tedious cleanup, too!
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Are online weight loss programs effective?
They absolutely can be! Depending on your needs, an online weight loss program might be one of the best options out there. However, for any weight loss program to be safe and effective, it needs to include a few components. The National Institutes of Health recommends looking for a program that includes the following:1
- Lifestyle counseling
- Informative content on lifestyle choices (for example, the importance of managing stress levels and getting enough sleep)
- Continual feedback, support and monitoring in person, online or by phone
- Slow and steady weight loss — typically 1-2 pounds per week
- A weight loss maintenance plan to learn how to keep the weight off
Choosing a program that takes a holistic approach to weight loss can set you up for long-term success. Learning how to eat right, exercise daily, get enough sleep and manage your stress levels is all part of the journey.
How do online weight loss programs work?
While there are many online weight loss programs to choose from, there aren’t many that are backed by science and recommended by physicians.2 Jenny Craig’s proven plan has been helping members reach their goals for nearly 40 years. Here’s how Jenny Craig’s online weight loss program works.
1. Choose your plan online
Browse our different plans and select the option that works best for you. Starting at $12.99 a day, Jenny Craig offers a variety of plans designed to fit your budget and your needs. It’s important to note that while Jenny Craig offers different online options, only the Complete Weight Loss Plan is designed to promote weight loss.
Just need help with breakfast and lunch? We’ve got you covered. Our simple plan comes with 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches and includes some of our most popular items like our Cinnamon Rolls, Egg, Cheese & Turkey Sausage Burrito, Classic Cheeseburger and Pepperoni Pizza.
Let Jenny Craig take care of breakfast, lunch and dinner! This plan includes 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners. It includes the same breakfast and lunch options as the Simple Plan plus dinner favorites like our Chicken Street Tacos, Three Cheese Macaroni with Broccoli and Carrots and Loaded Baked Potato.
This is our most popular plan specifically designed for weight loss. It includes a full week of 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners and 7 snacks and 7 Jenny Craig Bars along with a personal weight loss coach to guide you throughout your journey. On this plan, you can indulge in our famous Chocolate Lava Cake, snack on crunchy Cheese Curls and savor our sweet and salty Kettle Corn.
Not sure which plan is right for you? View our plans and compare the different options.
Did you know? Clinical research shows that you lose 3X more weight with support than dieting on your own.3
2. Order online and get started right away.
Once you’ve selected your plan, you’ll create an online account. Don’t worry: Creating an account is quick and simple. Then you’ll review and place your order online (this is when you can add any extra items like salad dressings, extra desserts or snacks if you’d like). Most of Jenny Craig’s plans come with free delivery* so there’s no additional fee to get your food shipped directly to your home.
Shipments typically arrive 3-4 business days after your order is placed with standard shipping, so you can get started right away! If you’d like to expedite your order, we offer express shipping options as well.
Did you know? All of Jenny Craig’s menu plans come with a satisfaction guarantee?^ Love your first week of food or your money back!
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3. Connect with your online weight loss coach.
If you’ve opted for the Complete Weight Loss Plan, it’s time to connect with your coach! Once you place your order, you’ll have the option to call and connect with your coach right away. Otherwise, a coach will reach out to you typically within 24 hours. You’ll discuss your goals and review your menu plan to make sure you’re set up for success. Check out these common questions our weight loss coaches get but love answering.
4. Track your meals in our easy-to-use app.
Once your food arrives, it’s time to get started on your weight loss journey. Make sure to download Jenny Craig’s mobile app to stay connected wherever life might take you. You can view your menu for the week, connect instantly with a coach and earn badges for your progress!
5. Check-in weekly to stay on track and motivated.
For those on the Complete Weight Loss Plan, you’ll touch-base with your online weight loss coach every week to talk about any hurdles you might be facing (like a weight loss plateau) and your meal plan for the week. Your coach isn’t just a great resource — they’re also your personal cheerleader!
6. Share your success and connect with other members in our online community.
Remember, you’re not alone on this journey! The Jenny Craig online community is a safe place to share your challenges and successes as well as encourage and motivate others.
The bottom line
Whether you take a traditional or contemporary approach to weight loss, it’s imperative to find a program that fits your lifestyle and supports your goals. Learning healthy habits and consistently practicing them is what will help you lose weight and keep it off.
Ready to start a weight loss program that’s convenient, science-backed and delicious? Get started with Jenny Craig’s online weight loss program today!
*Free standard shipping to the continental U.S (up to $29 per order) valid with Essential, Complete, and 2-week Simple purchases. Flat standard shipping rate of $5.99 applies for 1-week Simple purchases. All bundles are set to auto-delivery and charged and shipped every 1-2 weeks, as selected. No requested menu substitutions allowed. Once placed, the first order cannot be canceled, but all subsequent orders can be canceled any time before your order begins processing by calling 1-800-JENNY-CARE. Valid only at jennycraig.com. Restrictions apply.
^ If you're not satisfied with your first order, please call customer service at 1-800-JennyCare to cancel within the first 7 days and return the remaining food for a full refund. Valid for new members, on planned menu, first order only. Limit one per customer.
Elisa is a content marketing manager for Jenny Craig with over ten years of experience working in the health and fitness industry. She loves sharing her passion for living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. An endurance sports enthusiast, she is usually swimming in the pool, biking along the coast highway or running by the beach in her free time. Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Chico.
Favorite healthy snack: mozzarella string cheese with a Pink Lady apple
Monica Ropar, Certified Nutritionist
Monica has over 15 years of experience with Jenny Craig, as an expert nutrition and program resource. She develops content, training, tools and strategies for the program to support clients throughout their weight loss journey, and offers inspiration, weight loss tips, lifestyle strategies and motivation. Monica holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Dietetics and Exercise, Fitness & Health from Purdue University and continues to stay current on weight management research, consumer trends and healthcare developments.
Favorite healthy snack: raw veggie sticks with homemade hummus
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