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People Are Wondering: How Does the Jenny Craig Diet Work?

Updated on August 31, 2009

How Does the Jenny Craig Diet Work?

There are a lot of fad diets out there that get popular for a short period of time and then fade away. Most people agree that these diets are not smart to try because the results of them don’t last long and they typically are not healthy for you. However there are some diets out there that have been around for a long time. There must be a reason that these diets continue to be popular with people over years and years. One of the diets that has been around for a long time is the Jenny Craig diet. If it’s not something that you’ve checked out before then you may be wondering “how does the Jenny Craig diet work”?

Assessment of your Diet Needs and Goals

The first part of how the Jenny Craig diet works is that you undergo a fairly intensive assessment of your diet and nutrition needs. This is done by working one-to-one with a program director who is trained in the Jenny Craig diet. Many people meet with their program director in person to do this assessment but it can also be done over the phone if that’s something that is more comfortable or convenient for you. Some of the things that you’ll talk about with program director include how much and what type of exercise you currently get, what your eating habits are like at this time and what your mindset or goals for weight loss are. This helps your program director get a really good idea of the kind of personalized Jenny Craig diet plan that is right for you. It also helps you to get a good understanding for yourself about what you’re trying to accomplish by using the Jenny Craig diet. This is really important because the clearer you are about your goals the more successful your diet will be.

A New Eating and Exercise Program

Once you’ve met with the program director then you’ll have a plan to work with. This plan will include two parts. The first part is the diet part. Most people who want to know how the Jenny Craig diet works are already familiar with the fact that there are certain Jenny Craig foods that people on the diet eat. What you may not know is that the actual meal plan that’s put together for you depends on the information that is uncovered in that first meeting. You get a meal plan that’s designed around your needs. Most Jenny Craig diets have the same basic parts to them though – three meals and one snack per day that are made up of a combination of your usual grocery store foods and your new Jenny Craig branded foods. In addition to your new meal plan you will get a new exercise plan. After all, you can’t lose weight by diet alone; you also have to get in shape. Your exercise plan is also tailored to the needs and fitness level uncovered in your initial assessment.

Ongoing Evaluation and Support

One of the things that makes Jenny Craig a strong diet program is that you get a lot of support to help you stick to your new eating and exercise plan. It’s hard to stay on a diet but it’s a lot easier if you’ve got someone holding you accountable for doing it. You will meet with a consultant from the Jenny Craig team once a week. This consultant will talk about your diet with you and give you support. This person will also give you information that can help you improve your weight loss mindset. Since this is such a popular diet, you will also find that there is a ton of support from other Jenny Craig dieters through online forums and social networking groups. Plus there are a lot of online tools available to you through the Jenny Craig website to give you support there.

Review of your Diet Plan

The diet plan that was right for you when you first started on the Jenny Craig diet isn’t always going to be right for you. That’s because your diet and exercise needs will change as your weight begins to drop off. At about five weeks into the program, you should see such a significant weight loss that it will be time to review your diet plan and change it up a bit. You’ll meet with your Jenny Craig specialist to talk about what changes need to be made. These changes may include increasing your exercise, decreasing your caloric intake and / or learning to plan meals on your own so that you can eat what you want without always sticking to a Jenny Craig meal plan. This crucial step is an important part of how Jenny Craig works because it really teaches you how to continue to meet your dietary needs over time which is something that all of those fad diets often fail to do.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

The rest of how the Jenny Craig diet works is that you just keep learning how to eat and exercise in a healthy way so that you can meet and maintain the desired weight that you feel best at (and which is healthiest for your body). You will eventually transition away from using a Jenny Craig meal plan at all although you may find that you do enjoy eating some of the Jenny Craig foods now and then. You’ll probably want to continue to get diet support through online resources or even to begin providing such support to new people who want to join Jenny Craig. So that’s about how the Jenny Craig diet works. It’s a fairly simple plan and process which is probably why it’s worked for so long!


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    miekof 7 years ago

    I don't know that Jenny Craig Diet really work, thanks Kathryn Vercillo I've been wondering about the Jenny Craig program

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    luxtor 8 years ago

    The first thing is to never lose sight of your goal in losing weight. For example, do you just want to lose a few pounds and be able to fit into those slim dresses? Do you want to correct your eating habits? Are you doing it because all your friends are on diet and fitness programs?

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    stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    informative work.

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    bayareagreatthing 8 years ago from Bay Area California

    How does the food taste? Is it good? Great Hub- very informative

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    KyonSOS23 8 years ago from Nabon

    using Jenny Craig without introduction might lack useful.

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    Triplet Mom 8 years ago from West Coast

    Wow this is very interesting. Sounds JC is with a person the whole step of the way. Seems that most people find great success with this program.

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    KStyle 8 years ago

    Hi Kathryn, thankyou for this hub I've been wondering about the Jenny Craig program. Interesting points they don't mention in the commercials. I've heard the containers for their products and others similar aren't to healthy for us. Have you any info on them?