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The Most Common Questions Jenny Craig Coaches Get (But Love Answering!)

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Reviewed by Briana Rodriquez, R.D.

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Updated: February 11, 2020 


Your weight loss journey is a physical and emotional experience, and it’s natural to have questions along the way. In more than 36 years of helping people live healthier lives, Jenny Craig coaches 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 member. Here are some of the most common questions we hear in our centers, along with our answers. Have a question not covered here? Ask your coach or leave a comment below. We’re always here for you.

Will Jenny Craig work for me?

If you're ready to learn how to lose weight and keep it off, Jenny Craig can help. We keep things simple and effective by providing you with a delicious variety of food and offering guidance and support along the way. Whether you’re looking to lose 10 lbs. or 50 — we’ve got a plan for you. With our Rapid Results program, you could lose up to 16 lbs. in your first 4 weeks!

Avg. weight loss in studies was 11.6 lbs. for those who completed the program.

Plus, our members lose more weight than those dieting on their own!1 We’ll support you to be more active, which has both health and weight maintenance benefits. We are here for every member through every step of the weight loss journey — and we want to help you succeed! 

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No! The delicious foods from our award-winning program include entrées, snacks and shakes — everything from Pepperoni Pizza to Chocolate Lava Cake. Our chef-crafted entrées are inspired by cuisines from around the world, prepared with quality ingredients and flash-frozen to lock in great flavor and nutrition. And with over 100 menu items to enjoy, there’s something for everyone.Check out our 7-day diet plan for weight loss to give it a try!

How can Jenny Craig help me lose weight?

Jenny Craig utilizes research-proven strategies to help you work toward your goals, and we’ll also teach you healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Our menus are carefully designed by a knowledgeable team of registered dietitians and nutritionists to help you find a healthy balance between the foods you love and the nutrition you need. Paired with a personal weight loss coach, you’ll receive one-on-one support throughout your weight loss journey. Once you’ve reached your goal weight, the Jenny Craig Maintenance Program will give you the strategies you need to stay on track.. 

Does the food have a lot of sodium?

We aim to stay within the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans’2 recommendation to reduce dietary sodium to 2,300 milligrams per day. If you need to reduce your sodium intake further, your coach will work with you to make adjustments to your plan.    



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, ranging from hearty American comfort foods and Italian-inspired pastas to zesty Southwestern meals and Asian-inspired dishes. Plus, we have new low-carb, high-protein options! Stay up-to-date with the latest Jenny Craig happenings by signing up for our newsletter and following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Can I do the program if I am breastfeeding?

Absolutely. Nursing mothers will be advised to follow a modified calorie level based on the frequency of breastfeeding. All breastfeeding mothers will need to wait until their baby is at least six weeks old to enroll. When you join or restart the program, your coach 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. Always consult your physician before starting a weight loss program. 

HowMuchDoesJCCost_Main_compressed.jpgHow can I be on the program when I have to cook for my family?

This is a common concern for new members, but the Jenny Craig program can work with many different lifestyles. Most Jenny Craig meals only take about 5-10 minutes to prepare when you include a salad and Fresh & Free Additions, so you won’t miss out on family time. 

Try these tips to coordinate your Jenny Craig meals with your family’s meals to cut down on meal prep and cooking times: 

  • Create a quick and easy taco bar with plenty of fresh veggies for your family to enjoy while you savor your Chicken Street Tacos
  • Digging into the Beef Teriyaki tonight? Whip up a tasty stir-fry with your favorite ingredients. Plus, these 5-minute side dishes pair perfectly with lunch and dinner — and they’re made with plenty of fresh vegetables, like broccoli, mushrooms and bok choy, so you can stay on track with your weight loss goals.

If you start to get hungry while cooking your family’s meal, try drinking 16 ounces of water and eating a small salad to help you feel more satisfied. 

Check out these other tips on how to eat healthily as a family while following a weight loss plan. Looking for more ideas? These 13 meal prep tips will make it easier to enjoy meals together, without needing to spend extra time in the kitchen. 

What happens after I reach my goal weight?

First, celebrate a job well done! Your coach will help you transition to the Jenny Craig Maintenance Program. Some members choose to follow a Jenny Craig maintenance menu, continuing to meet with their coach and enjoy the ease of Jenny Craig meals. Others choose to apply the principles they’ve learned during their weight loss journey — visual portion cues, carb and protein balances, Fresh & Free Additions, and more — to self-prepared meals. When the time comes, talk with your coach about which approach feels right for you. 

What happens if I reach a plateau?

A weight loss plateau — when weight loss halts — can happen to anyone. But the good news is, breaking through a weight loss plateau isn’t impossible: Your coach has lots of strategies to help you find success. Since a plateau can be caused by a number of factors, your coach 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, all while staying motivated to meet your end goal. 

Can I make the program work within my budget?

Absolutely! This is a very common question, and we suggest discussing your budget limits with your coach. The average cost of an entire day's worth of food on Jenny Craig is $25 in the U.S., which includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks.

How can I join Jenny Craig?

Whether you’re researching your weight loss options or have questions along the way, we’re here to help! Our coaches are trained to give you the guidance you need throughout your journey — research shows that people following a structured weight loss program that includes support may lose more weight and maintain it, compared to those who don’t. 

Ready to get started? Book your free appointment today! 

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[1] https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/186793

[2] https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/


Reviewed by Briana Rodriquez, RDN

Briana Rodriquez, RDN
Briana is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer for Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, California. She is passionate about utilizing food as functional and preventative medicine. Guided by a simplistic and optimistic approach, Briana’s philosophy is to help people improve their health and achieve their goals through the development of sustainable habits to live a healthy life. In her free time, you can find her strength training, indoor cycling, coffee tasting, and at local eateries with her husband and two dogs. 


Favorite healthy snack: peanut butter with celery alongside a grapefruit-flavored sparkling water (so refreshing!) 



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Hi @AllisonFMiller,

Welcome to the community!  You can find most of this information in the Getting Started Guide which you should have received during your first consultation or in your first shipment.  If you did not get one, please ask your consultant for one right away.  The Grocery List which is in the back of the guide (on pages 38-47) lists each food group and the choices/serving sizes.  In case you do not have this guide yet, you can see the Grocery List here.


You can find examples of Fruits and Healthy Fats there.  An example of a healthy fat is 6 almonds.  You do not have to have it at dinner either just because it is listed there.  You can move the foods/snacks around in your day to what best fits your hunger and schedule so you could have the almonds as a snack or with your lunch if you want.


Any fruit is fine, just stick with the serving size that is listed in this guide. For example, if you menu says 1/2 Fruit, you will see in the Fruit list that 2 small tangerines counts as ONE Fruit choice so you would want to have 1 tangerine which = 1/2 Fruit.  Your consultant can help you navigate and understand your menu.  As for preparing vegetables, the community members here have great ideas that they share- look in the Food section.  We advise roasting, steaming and cooking with any herbs/spices of your choice and you can use nonstick cooking spray or if you have 1 Fat from your menu to use you can use 1 tsp oil to saute or roast them in.


Best Wishes!

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I love cutting up my fresh carrots  and steaming them till they are very soft.  I add spray butter, a little cinnamon,  and a dash  of sugar substitute. Mash till soft. Delicious.

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HOW do I determine and measure what an pot of anything is that is a solid...like meat for example. Wow that is SUCH a small amount hardly worth the effort!

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9 minutes ago, Guest sandlee7th said:

HOW do I determine and measure what an pot of anything is that is a solid...like meat for example. Wow that is SUCH a small amount hardly worth the effort!


The easiest ways to measure solid foods is with a food scale.  You don't have to get anything fancy, just a basic food scale will tell you how many ounces a food like meat, chicken, fish, etc is. You can weigh it after it is cooked since some water cooks out.


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