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Has anyone tried Jenney Craig?

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Has anyone tried Jenney Craig?

I just answered their quiz online. It said I am an emotional eater who has a hard time not eating between meals and who isn't very conscious of portion sizes. My favorite go to foods are 'comfort foods' and 'creamy foods.'

I probably will get a phone call from them. I am not sure if I want to join or not.

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    Too much processed food. Stick with SP and wholesome natural foods. If you need a challenge, check your community for a Biggest Loser contest and commit yourself to the weigh ins using SP. I like the fact you are not tied to BL for life. Just for a couple of months to help change some bad habits.
    1964 days ago
    Wow Chris guess you got some answers on that one...Save the money AND STICK WITH Spark People. I'm here for ya... Let's do this in 2013 without making someone else rich! emoticon
    1964 days ago
    I tried it. Really disliked the food. REALLY disliked it. I am doing WW as I enjoy the meetings and it does help me learn habits to focus on portion control. But as many have said, all the tools you need are right here! YOU can do this! emoticon
    1964 days ago
    Will being on it stop you being a comfort and boredom food eater? Not really. You need to address the issues. Personally I do Atkins because if I eat sugar or anything with a lot of starch in it I start a hunt and consume mission but when I eat protein and fat and veggies I don't do that. I still occasionally eat out of boredom, but when I have to go to the fridge and warm up (in the oven as I don't have a microwave) some meat and veggies or cook an omelete or such instead of getting a donut or cake or crackers or chips or or or it makes it a lot harder so I have to go out of my way to do it. I have cut way back because of this :)
    1964 days ago
    Yes, along with WW, Nutrisystem, protein drinks and other fad diets. It was convienient and that is about it.

    Becoming healthier, as you know, takes a life style change...permanently. I ended up having a gastric sleeve, but that did not "fix" the root of my issues. It is a great tool, but I still must do the work of changing my lifestyle. Finding Wheat Belly, Paleo, and Rosedale has changed my life.

    Simple is best and that is what is happening through trial and error for what works for my body.

    Save your money to buy healthy "real" emoticon food!
    1964 days ago
    Don't. Eat real food. Eat prepackage food is unhealthy and unnatural. Tell them no. Be strong. You can do it. SP has the tools you need. emoticon
    1964 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Just say No. There plans cost to much, does not teach You anything about portion control, making the right choices (they do it for you) and the list goes on. Look else where. You can do it with Spark too. Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy. Make Year 2013 Your Best Year For Healthy Lifestyle Changes. God Bless You and DH. Have a Wonderful Week. Enjoy Today. Take Care.
    1965 days ago
    I think the thing that makes Jenny Craig or Nutrisystem successful for people is that it takes the pressure off with regard to meal planning, shopping, measuring, etc. That said, if you want to give yourself a jump start, why not come up with your own plan, keeping it simple with some ready-made frozen entrees? Yes, they have sodium, but if you watch your sodium everywhere else, you should be good. And this would be a heck of a lot cheaper! You could do yogurt and fruit for breakfast, raw veggies, low fat string cheese, fruits for snacks and then have one of those Healthy Choice or Lean Cuisines with a salad for your lunch and dinner. You can pick them up pretty cheap this time of year too. It might be a good jump start for a week or two and get you used to portion control.

    Good luck and don't forget to drink your water! emoticon
    1965 days ago
    I've checked in to it, but was never willing to pay what it costs.
    1965 days ago
    You might want to pick up Robin Phipps Woodall's book--Weight Loss Apocalypse/Robin really covers there a lot about emotional eating...and how tro get ourselves back to eating to the hunger scale. (kindle version is $9.99)


    She has MANY YouTube videos...those videos and the book are both great.

    In the practice she is associated with, they DO use hCG. But to follow her work you really CAN use ANY food plan you want to.

    Hope you check it out. It's made a huge difference in me feeding myself.
    1965 days ago
  • MISSG180
    Jenny Craig is very successful at making Jenny Craig's owners rich. As a lifestyle change for the poor suckers who buy into their hype? They are pretty much a total failure. Don't do it.
    1965 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    It depends on what kinds of food you want to eat. I wouldn't do anything with additives, preservatives and such. I'm gravitating toward more Paleo/primal eating since the natural stuff is the way to go, at least for me. I think there's something to the theory that we're meant to eat like our ancestors did--real food!
    1965 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    I tried it a number of years ago and as others stated, it was expensive then so I can only imagine how much it is now. I didn't care for their food either so only went with it for a few weeks. Weight watchers might be a better fit and not nearly as expensive and you can do it online.
    1965 days ago
    I know 2 people who used to be on it. They both said they loved the fact that they didn't have to worry about preparing foods or really shopping for food since you go to their center to pick up your foods once a week. Both folks also said it was expensive so they stopped....soon regained the weight, because they never really learned how to eat on their own. They both say they would do it again if they had the disposable income to. I could give you a list of low sodium frozen food breakfast/lunch/dinners. It will take away the task of you having to measure your food and cooking. The downside is the portions are still really small compared to the fresh foods you would cook on your own.
    1965 days ago
    I was on nutrisystem for awhile and the problem with those plans is you never learn how to make and portion your own food. The biggest thing to remember is you have a right to say NO and not be pressured.

    Ask yourself a few questions: If you get Jenny Craig, how much is it going to cost? What other foods (salads, dairy, veggies, fruit, etc) do you have to add to what they provide and how much will that add to the cost? Does it need to be stored and how; if not, then what happens if you're not home when they deliver? What are you going to do for your husband's food while you're eating the JC food? Are you going to give in and eat his food instead of your JC? I'm sure there are even more questions, but that will get you started. If you can answer all those questions and feel it is still a good fit for you to be on JC, then go for it. Otherwise, you should probably look elsewhere.

    Also, is there anything in what the quiz told you that you didn't already know or suspect? How can you use that answer to adjust what you're already doing?
    1965 days ago
    My question would be how are they going to help you learn portion control for when you are not eating their meals. I think that is one of the limitations of those kinds of plans where you are dependent on them to provide the food. I would be concerned about sustainability of the approach since maintenance has a lot in common with weight loss.
    1965 days ago
  • 1AVERY
    Chris you will probably get a phone call and they are just another place to spend money so get back on track with your eating healthy. It is hard but it costs less and will probably do better if you stay focused.
    I did it years ago but I really don't like anywhere where you have to buy there stuff. You can do it on your own. JUST SAY NO!!!!!! teri
    1965 days ago
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