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Jenny Craig: What Do You Get, What Do You Do, and Does it Work?

By Jenny Craig

Starting something new is exciting. Whether it’s a new job, hobby or skill you want to integrate into your life, you want to ease yourself into the new thing you are learning and try to prepare yourself for what’s ahead.


When embarking on a weight loss journey, you have to learn new habits that impact your lifestyle, which can be a huge change. Luckily, Jenny Craig makes sure you are well prepared for the journey ahead. Discover what you get, what you’ll do and how the Jenny Craig program works to help you with your weight loss goals.


What do you get?


When you join Jenny Craig, you’ll get a full week’s worth of delicious chef-crafted meals such as Roasted Turkey Medallions, Pepperoni Pizza and Chocolate Lava Cake. Our members love the food and we can’t blame them! We believe that weight loss shouldn’t be about cutting out certain foods. Your body needs a balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fat to receive the nutrients it needs to thrive and keep you energized throughout the day.


You’ll also get the support and guidance of a dedicated personal consultant who will help you on your journey and stay accountable to your weight loss goals.


In addition to your week of food and a personal consultant, you also receive a grocery list that highlights Fresh & Free Additions, which are vegetables that are low in starch but high in fiber and water content, which can help you stay fuller longer. This list also contains a section of limited foods, like low-sugar or sugar-free sweets, condiments and other Jenny Craig items that you can have up to 3 servings a day.


What do you do?


Once you become more acquainted with your consultant, they’ll help you establish your goals and what meal plan will work best for you. Afterwards, you’ll receive your Jenny Craig menu items. You’ll eat 6 times a day—breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/dessert. Our meals include the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats so that you can feel satisfied while slimming down along with learning new eating habits. You can also add variety to and bulk up your meals with our suggested pairings, like a salad at lunch or nonfat Greek yogurt at breakfast, so you can feel fuller longer.


Following your menu plan allows you to control your cravings and have the support you need to stay on track. That being said, there may be an occasion where you have a lapse, encounter a situation where you may not have any menu items available or you’re already anticipating a family gathering where your favorite cake is always served. This is why we have you meet with your consultant once a week so you can check in, prepare and create a plan for these scenarios that will empower yourself to make healthy choices and stay focused on your goals.


Does it work?


The short answer is YES! Members following the program can expect to lose 1-2lbs per week. Our combination of dedicated support via a personal consultant and delicious food has earned us recognition by the Annals of Internal Medicine as being one of the most effective weight loss programs*. Just look at our members, who have shared their Success Stories with us and describe how our program has helped them achieve not only their weight loss goals, but a new mindset and lifestyle that helps them feel confident for anything coming their way.



 *Gudzune KA, Doshi RS, Mehta AK, Chaudhry ZW, Jacobs DK, Vakil RM, et al. Efficacy of Commercial Weight-Loss Programs: An Updated Systematic Review. Ann Intern Med. 2015;162:501-512. doi:10.7326/M14-2238


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If you have had gastric bypass surgery (almost 4 years out) and have gained 20 more pounds than you should and need to lose it, is Jenny craig a viable option to follow? I have been to jenny craig in the past and lost weight, is it a viable idea for someone who has had the surgery?

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That's a great question!  We've have had many clients be successful losing weight they gain after gastric bypass surgery.  We're happy to give you more information about our program, give us a call at 1-866-706-4042.  Thank you! 

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HI - I have never had gastric surgery, but Jenny Craig teaches portion control which I think is the key to maintaining. WIth the surgery you may need to divide your meals out into two smaller meals. The program also pairs you with a JC Consultant as you know - which can help you have an amazing support system. I continue to rely on my JC Consultant to help support me through every day stress and staying on my plan.  One of the best features of the plan - is that the meals are all ready and available to you. Takes the cooking and thinking out of it. 


Good luck!! And come join us in the Community Forum for more support and comradery/


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7 hours ago, Guest rav said:

is there a food tracker available?

Hi Rav.  We believe your Jenny Craig menu is your all in one tracking tool to track your daily activity and motivation for the week.  We encourage everyone to speak with their Consultant who can help you with all of your tracking needs.  Thank you! 

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