The Jenny Craig program starts with 28 days of eating Jenny Craig meals. You can also eat your own fresh foods, such as fruits, veggies, whole grains, heart healthy fats, and nonfat dairy items. Daily meal programs start at 1,200 calories and have three meals, one snack, and an evening dessert. After a certain point on this program, you make some of your own meals using cooking tips from Jenny Craig.
The program also has weekly in person or over the phone sessions. This gives you support to stay on the program. It also helps teach you about healthy habits, such as eating the right amount of food and working out.
There is more than one version of this program. You can visit one of their centers or join a program from home. The center based program has weekly visits with a trained Jenny Craig consultant at one of their sites in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico. You will have private weigh ins and can select and buy your Jenny Craig food. The home version has weekly phone calls with a Jenny Craig consultant and food sent to you. There are also versions of the program for men, silver (seniors),
type 2 diabetics, and teens.
You'll also need to pick the level that is right for you:
- Jenny-Set-Go—if you do not have a lot of weight to lose and want to try the program
- Premium Success—if you have more weight to lose and need motivation and rewards
- Metabolic Max—if you want to track calories and are ready to jump into weight loss
All these levels have:
- One on one consultations
- Weight loss books
- Online support
- 24/7 customer care support
The premium plan has more features, like money for reaching goals, savings, fitness tools, and more.
The cost of the program depends on the one that you choose and the foods that you buy.
Are There Any Concerns?
The food is costly if you also have a family to feed. It may make sense for those who are just buying food for themselves.
The weight loss consultants also do not have formal training. They may not have a lot of knowledge to help you lose weight and make changes.
The food gets boring quickly, so it can be hard to stick to. The goal is to get people to make their own meals, but the part that people like is that you do not have to do this at first. Many people see this program as an easy way to lose weight. They do not think about how they will keep the weight off over time.
Jenny Craig may be right for you if you do not mind eating prepackaged food for a while. This program is good if you do better with the help of a counselor instead of sticking to a program on your own. Your success will depend on how well you move to planning and making your own meals, and how well you keep good habits such as working out.