Jenny Craig Meal Replacement Diet

Published:January 1st, 2012


Numerous weight loss diet plans have been created and popularized worldwide. One of them is the Jenny Craig Meal Replacement Diet/ Weight Loss Program, a diet plan that combines individual weight loss, weight management counseling, and physical activity or some form of exercise with a menu of prepackaged, frozen meals.

This very well-known diet program emerged in the 80’s and has its roots in Australia which later on spread to various parts of the globe. It is described as a three-tiered food-mind-body plan and its aim is to help people lose weight and then maintain it. At level 1, dieters are taught to eat the food they want in small portion and at frequent intervals. Level 2 teaches them how to increase their energy levels through simple activity. And level 3, teaches dieters how to achieve balance in their lives in order to sustain weight loss and be able to stick to a healthy lifestyle.

Jenny Craig weight loss program basically caters to all. There are diet plans customized for women, men, people with diabetes,  and the elderly.

The Jenny Craig weight loss program provides many levels of support such as a 24/7 phone line, online support through peer-support discussion groups, and the availability of reading materials. It offers two kinds of program. Potential clients may opt to go to physical Jenny Craig Centers or avail of their at-home Jenny Direct Program.

The cornerstone of the diet plan is the distribution of prepackaged meals directly to its clients. Basically, these are frozen meals, containing 50% to 60% carbohydrates, 20% to 25% protein, and 20% to 25% fat. The frozen foods at Jenny’s emphasize the use of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat milk products, and healthy fats. Lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts are also included. Cholesterol, sodium, added sugars and saturated fats are used but in very little amounts. Clients are allowed to spice up their meals with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. This is  the initial step in the program. The ultimate goal of the program, however, is to gradually wean dieters from the prepackaged meals and eventually teach them to prepare meals on their own while recognizing correct portion sizes and applying portion control.

The purpose of the prepackaged foods is to serve as models of healthy and nutritious meals from which clients may later on incorporate in their own special menus or recipes, the same range of foods.

In the Jenny Craig diet no food is excluded, as the concentration or focus is on moderation, attaining a balanced diet, and having sufficient exercise. Occasionally, dieters are allowed to have a “cheat day” and indulge themselves in their favorite foods. Instead of telling clients what not to include or exclude in their diet, Jenny Craig counselors educate them about the nutritional content of foods for them to know which ones are high in calories or fat and/or foods that can be consumed in large amounts vs. foods that must be eaten in moderation or in small quantities. In totality, the Jenny Craig program is calorie based and is highly-personalized or individualized. The team of counselors at Jenny Craig Inc. sees to it that each client develops his or her own unique menus depending on factors such as height, weight, and goals.

There are several tiers of membership at Jenny Craig Inc and various Jenny Craig diet plans but all have only one main idea or goal and that is to move dieters successfully through the entire program so that they are ultimately able to create their own methods and strategies for a sound living. The team of nutritionists, psychologists, and doctors at Jenny’s ensure that dieters are well-informed about the three aspects/dimensions of the program which are food, body and mind.

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