When you want to lose weight, where do you start? Between trendy cleanses (hello, celery juice) and fad diets, it can be challenging to find the accurate information you need. Carrie Elkins, Division Manager for Jenny Craig, reveals some of her team’s best secrets for staying on track with your weight loss goals and explains what sets Jenny Craig’s weight loss meal delivery program apart from the rest.
#1 — Don’t diet solo
Research shows that individuals who follow a structured weight loss plan are more likely to lose weight and keep it off than those who do not. Jenny Craig not only provides you with a balanced meal plan designed for weight loss — but also emphasizes one-on-one support from a dedicated consultant.
Carrie explains, “Our coaches make all the difference. A lot of other weight loss programs are DIY or rely on technology to guide you – which means you have to rely on yourself. Our coaches hold you accountable. They help to unpack the confusion of weight loss.”
#2 — Choose a plan that fits into your lifestyle
Following a weight loss plan doesn’t need to add more stress to your daily routine. One of the best parts about Jenny Craig is that the meals, snacks and desserts come together in minutes, so you’ll save time on meal prep and planning. Plus, with Jenny Craig’s meal delivery program, you can get your weekly meal plan delivered straight to your door – forgoing hours spent at the grocery store.
“For people managing a hectic family life or working long hours in an office – having the ability to take a call with their consultant from their home or at their desk is really powerful for them,” Carrie points out.
#3 – Don’t get discouraged if you hit a weight loss plateau
A weight loss plateau is a common obstacle many people face. If you aren’t seeing the number on the scale budge, it’s important to stick to your weight loss plan. Straying from the plan to eat unhealthy options or drastically reducing the number of calories you’re consuming could negatively impact your results.
#4 — Connect with someone who’s been in your shoes
“Connecting with someone who can relate to your challenges and successes can be extremely motivating — whether that be a weight loss consultant, an online community or a trusted friend,” Carrie says.
#5 — Define your weight loss ‘why’
Everyone’s reason for wanting to lose weight is unique. Carrie suggests figuring out your driving force — and then writing it down. Stash it somewhere you can easily access and whenever you need a little reminder — review it for extra encouragement.
# 6 — Monitor your progress
By self-monitoring, you’ll start forming healthier habits and become self-aware of your progress. Carrie suggests using an app like Jenny Craig’s to track your meals and mealtimes. And it’s not just important to be aware of your food intake — try to record your daily activity and weigh yourself regularly to stay on track with your weight loss goals.
#7 — Don’t get discouraged
If you’ve tried other weight loss programs without success — you’re not alone. Carrie notes, “Many members have told me they’re afraid of putting themselves out there again — phone consultations are a great way to get the support you need without the pressure of meeting in person.”
Jenny Craig allows you to stay in the comfort of your own home and have a conversation with your consultant over the phone.
#8 — Keep tabs on your portion sizes
“I once spoke with a member who would routinely finish all the scraps on her toddler’s plate,” Carrie recalls. “I suggested that just for one day, instead of eating the scraps and extra snacks, that she put everything she would have normally eaten into a zip-top bag. By the end of the day, she was shocked by how much food she had collected!”
Even small snacks, while they may seem harmless, can add up throughout the day if you do not keep track. Keeping an eye on your portion sizes can make a big difference!
# 9 — Don’t fall for a ‘quick fix’
Juice cleanses and the keto diet seem to be on people’s radar lately, both of which can be extremely hard to consistently maintain.
Fad diets don’t prepare you for what happens after weight loss, but Jenny Craig’s programs are great tools to teach you how to develop healthier habits and a healthier lifestyle. Once you’ve reached your goal, you can enroll you in our Maintenance Program where you will build on the skills you’ve learned and master new strategies to help maintain your weight.
#10 — Consistency is key
“Self-monitor your eating and exercise habits and be patient and consistent,” Carrie stresses.
Weight gain is often gradual, and healthy weight loss takes time. Know that by consistently making good, healthy choices and monitoring everything you do, you will begin to build a new lifestyle that supports your weight loss goals.
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. A San Diego native and an endurance sports enthusiast, you can usually find her swimming, 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
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