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March 3, 2009

Jenny Craig Direct: How Does it Measure Up?

Jenny Craig is a weight loss program that is based on portion controlled food and weekly consultations. However, there is also the option of Jenny Craig Direct, which will allow you to have the food shipped to your door. This is often the method that people who live too far from a center choose. It can be useful to go into the centers if one is close to you.

Jenny Craig consists of a breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack. You will have to add in your own fruits and vegetables and the shipping cost of the food can make Jenny Craig a bit expensive. This is another reason why it is wise to go into the center because you will be able to choose some of the lower priced items.

Like NutriSystem and other food based programs, Jenny Craig has shelf stable food but unlike NutriSystem, Jenny Craig has frozen entrees as well. There are over 80 menu items to choose from and there are personalized and planned menu. The menu is okay for most diabetics but the vegetarian options are limited.

There are three components of the Jenny Craig program. The first competent of the program is Food and the goal is to help clients focus on eating smaller portions of food. The selections of food include desserts and snacks that are designed to make sure that people are able to have some treats. The second phase of the program is Body and in this phase clients are encouraged to increase the amount of exercise they are doing. The third phase of the program is Mind which clients are encouraged to embrace healthy mindsets about food.

Jenny Direct that does not allow clients to fully experience the Jenny Craig program. Going into the centers allow you to weigh in weekly and get helpful tips from a counselor that is trained in the Jenny Craig program. Doing the program at home does not allow you to fully get the benefits of reforming eating and exercise habits. As with any diet you should try to incorporate the positive changes that you practice while you are on the diet.

The other component of the Jenny Craig program that is missed when you do Jenny Direct is the maintenance program. After you reach your weight loss goal you are able to go into the center for continued consultations and you are able to supplement your food with Jenny Craig items. There is a guided transition from the Jenny Craig food back to regular food which can be challenging.

Permanent weight loss is hard to achieve and weight loss when diet plans are used. While Jenny Craig is a great way to lose weight, there are a ton of repeat clients that have to use the program over and over again because they do not change their eating patterns. If you are interested in keeping the weight you lost off you should take the time to go into a Jenny Craig center once a week and experience the entire program.

If you are having issues with your weight you may want to visit the following helpful sites:

Cautionary Note: Please visit your doctor for his/her advise on weight loss. Do not try anything unless you have consulted with a professional. Everyone is unique. What works for one may not work for the other. Good luck!

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10 Comment(s)

  1. gabriela siffer | Aug 11, 2009 | Reply

    I have eaten the turkey club panini two times. Both times I have bitten down into a fat hunk of raw textured turkey skin. Yukkk!!!!! I told my consultant, she told me to tell you.

  2. admin | Aug 11, 2009 | Reply

    Thanks for telling us.

  3. asg | Nov 21, 2009 | Reply

    i have been on jc for 3 wks… last week i had such severe stomach pain i had to go to the dr… she said it was due to your food that i was not the first patient see has seen with the same problem .. it also happens on nutra systems.. there is something in the food thats is causing this… it was so painful .. i atually was worried i was dying i as doubled over in pain… .. the dr. said it was gas due to your food…ya think you should pay my co pay at the dr… or give me a discount for 50 dollars .. thats what it cost find out that what i was eating was causing this issue for me and so many others

  4. admin | Nov 21, 2009 | Reply

    Hey there thank you for your comments and sharing your experience. It is hard to find out the real story for jennycraig diet but your info will help lots of other people.

  5. Mia | Jan 21, 2010 | Reply

    I had to quit Jenny Craig immediately. The first day I also thought I ate something poisoned. The pain was so bad I couldn’t sleep and my stomach was very sensitive for about 3 days. They didn’t warn me about the gas problem, I don’t know what they put in that food that makes your stomach so bloated. I had eaten food with high fiber content before but never had this problem. I was ready to go to emergency. I did quit but they didn’t return my money! Luckily I only paid one week of food.

  6. Angie | Aug 30, 2010 | Reply

    I started JC on Saturday. By Sunday night, I was in such pain I couldn’t move. I thought I had burst through my intestinal wall. The gas pains were so severe I was completely doubled over. It was in my lower abdomen and then worked its way up all the way to my shoulders. I am an avid exerciser, eat lots of veggies and drink milk on a regular basis. I nhave never needed beano or lactaid in my life.
    Today is Monday and I am now taking Phayzyme, beano, lactaid and didn’t even look at the Anytime bars. I am scared to death to even eat another meal,

  7. mo | Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    I also experienced gas and cramping on JC. There is inulin in many products that have side effects of gas and cramping. The anytime bars have alot and I cannot eat them. I think inulin is in the foods that are sweet. I had the soft chocolate chip cookie and had lots of gas but no cramping. I am going to try beano before my muffin this morning. If it doesn’t work then I will not get any of the sweets (breakfasts and desserts) I will not eat the anytime bars again, due to the pain of cramping.

  8. mo | Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    I took 2 Beano tablets (they were expired) before i ate the muffin and I think it helped. I will buy some new tablets and enjoy the yummy JC food.

  9. JennysFatMan | Jan 15, 2011 | Reply

    I had a nightmare experience with Jenny Craig. Can’t say as I can review the diet as I never experienced it. Instead, I was scammed by the local franchisee. They took my money for Jenny Craig food and delivery high-fat, high-calorie food purchased at the grocery store.

    This is a scam that is being perpetrated at multiple Jenny Craig locations. Home office in Los Angelos is aware of the problem but has not been motivated to police the franchises.

    You can read my story in full detail at my Web site:

  10. Shari | Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    Extreme stomache pains with each meal and the anytime bars. Several weeks of pain, keeps me up at night. Tums, Milk of Magnesia, and Mylanta do not work. Not cool JC. What’s the fix? Is this the price to pay to lose the weight? =( Help us!

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