C.H. asks from Saint Petersburg, FL on July 07, 2008
Questions About Jenny Craig
Have any of you ever tried Jenny Craig to lose weight?? I have tried Weight Watchers (and lost weight), but I absolutely loathe cooking. My husband does almost all of the cooking, but is reluctant to make most of the WW recipes. Therefore, I would have to cook and I truly hate it!!
I have seen commercials for Jenny Craig and know that you purchase meals and they send them to you at home. I am a fairly picky eater (I don't like many fruits or veggies) and am wondering if it'll be a waste of money to join JC. Have any of you eaten their food?? If so, would you please tell me about it??
I really need to lose weight b/c I'm very frustrated with the weight I've gained over the past 5 years and am not happy with my body at all!! My 25th high school reunion is in 3 years and I refuse to go looking like I do now!
R.W. answers from Tampa on July 08, 2008
A friend of mine tried Jenny Craig. She got tire of the food after a couple of months but lost a lot of weight. But since she has quit has gained it back plus more. Once you start on Jenny Craig you have to stay on it for life to keep the weight off. As is with all diets. My doctors advice to me was to eat what I want but less. Use a smaller plate. Don't take seconds. Limit you candy and snack intake to a 100 calorie snack a day. And find something fun to do for exercise. I gained a ton of weight while they were trying to find the right dose of thyroid medicine. It took four years for them to get is right. In Feb. I decided I was going to lose weight. I eat all the same things I always have but less. Pepsi is a once a week thing now instead of every day. I have lost over 20 pounds. We also got an air rider for me to use. That got boring after a month. Now my husband and I go bike riding in the evening. But honestly, the best way to lose weight is to find a lady friend that is trying to lose weight and talk every day. Even a email or AIM friend can be helpful. Drink a glass of water without ice about a half hour before dinner. That will curb your eating also. Don't chew gum. It is a proven fact that gum can make you hunger for food. And smile and laugh alot. Accept yourself for the way you look now. I know it's hard but when you do that it seems to make losing easier. Good Luck. I know I am at a stand still with my weight loss and it is driving me crazy.
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S.D. answers from Fort Myers on July 08, 2008
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J.W. answers from Tampa on July 08, 2008
My brother tried Jenny Craig and did well for about 2 years. Unfortunately he gained it all back and more, because he eventually had to return to cooking and never learned the proper foods to eat. I too am over weight. I have struggled the past few year with loosing 10 lbs and gaining back 10 or more. Last week I went to the Thomas Weight Loss Clinic in Tampa. I understand that there are Clinics closer, but a friend had good results, so I chose Dr. Thomas. They have layed out a complete plan for me. Food that I need to eat, starting with basic walking for exercise, and shots of certain B vitamins and minerals to assist with energy and such. Go to his website and check it out www.thomasweightloss.com I started the program last week and have lost 9 lbs so far, I have 30 more to go. I return on a weekly basis. They teach you how to eat, exercise, and more. Good luck and I am with you!
R.W. answers from Tampa on July 08, 2008
Hi. my advice would to be go to your doctor and talk to them about a reasonable plan. Weight watchers and Jenny Craig make it simple. Like you, some people don't cook, or don't know how, so they make the meals or recipes for you. It's all about planning and making sensible choices. If you don't eat fruits and veggies, what do you eat? You need to retrain yourself to like fruits and veggies. Try different ones. Fresh, not canned. Try steaming some vegtables and sprinkling them with balsamic vinegar. Diets aren't a quitck fix, they are a change in eating habits. And those habits have to be a lifestyle change. And if what you are doing now isn't working, you need to change your eating habits. Think about portion control and don't drink calories. If you drink soda, cut it out of your diet. Plan your meals a day ahead and write everything down. It isn't easy, but once it becomes your lifestyle, you don't have to think about it so much. Good luck. R.
W.B. answers from Sarasota on July 12, 2008
I've seen it work until the person goes to eat 'regular food' again. then the weight comes back. this yo-yo effect is very hard on the body. i have seen the more long term success with weight watchers. you can purchase weight watcher snacks and some meals. perhaps you could cook one time a week and then freeze a few meals? (or go in with a friend and trade "frozen meals", or find the easiest recipes to make and or modify what your husband makes. a tricky situation! keep up the good work. your effort is inspiring!
R.H. answers from Tampa on July 08, 2008
I am currently doing the Jenny Craig diet. I've lost 20 lbs so far, but still have a bit to go.. The diet is really easy. They give you the menu & you buy the food from them (no shopping, no cooking). My opinion is that the food is really good. I don't like to cook, so the microwave meals are great :-) If there is something you don't like on the menu, you can pick another entree. I spend about $100 a week, which includes everything (breakfast, 2 snacks, lunch & dinner). I would definitely recommend it. However, I would do the center visits, versus shipping the food at home. You save on shipping costs, & the diet is more effective when you report to someone every week. Good luck
L.C. answers from Tampa on July 07, 2008
I've used Jenny Craig successfully before having children and used it briefly between my two most recent pregnancies, but stopped because I became pregnant again very quickly. The food is not terrible as far as pre-packaged food goes, the truth is... it's convenient, and that's what worked for me. The idea being you make up the quantity of your food in salads and free vegetables, which creates a full feeling - I used fresh vegetables in the steamable packaging from the grocery store for dinners and would even eat out with friends, bring my meal but get a bare bones side salad from wherever we were. I was also working out 5 days a week but lost about 25 lbs between having had a miscarriage with my first preganancy and finding out I was pregnant with my first child. Then, after my second child I dropped about 10 lbs before finding out I was pregnant yet again!
B.D. answers from Tampa on July 08, 2008
I'm a weight loss coach, and I can tell you it will be very difficult for you to lose weight and keep it off without eating fruits and veggies. I've never personally eaten Jenny Craig food, but I have heard that it is pretty expensive. It also has small portions (including the veggies). If you avoid the veggies, you'll have even less to eat. I would advise that you try to learn to eat fruits and veggies. Research shows that you may have to taste something a dozen times to learn to like it, and most veggies taste very different depending on how you prepare them.
Try the Jessica Seinfeld cookbook where you hide the veggies in pureed form in other foods. That may be a good way for you to start.
If you go with Jenny Craig, what will you do when you stop that program? How will you maintain any weight loss if you go back to eating in the way that put the weight on?
First and foremost, you need to be exercising more in order to take the weight off.
I'd be happy to talk with you or email you privately if you would like.