jenny craigJenny Craig promotes a reduced calorie diet that focuses on a nutritional balance of 60%carbs, 20%fat and 20%protein and follows the Food Guide Pyramid. The Jenny Craig diet consists of 1200 calories/day, give or take a few hundred based on weight and age, which is a bit aggressive for the long-term. Exercise is not a primary health focus.

The Jenny Craig approach focuses on pre-packaged meals, which can be convenient and helpful in dealing with controlling your portion size, but it often fails to prepare the dieter for food preparation once the diet ends.

The key to the success of this diet is the transitional period when the client goes from pre-packaged to regular, prepared meals. Learning the proper habits, which are essential for long-term success, takes a back seat to short-term weight loss goals.

You are assisted by a weekly journal and one-on-one sessions with a counselor, who is not a registered dietition, but a person hired and trained by the company.

The primary focus of these sessions is teaching a healthy relationship with food and behaviour modification, which includes living a more active lifestyle. Many clients consider this the best part of the program and very helpful. IRS allows taxpayers to deduct fees associated with the Jenny Craig program.

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