Jenny Craig's program does not provide you with a special diet, a-la Atkins. It's a simple calorie restriction diet, joined with a support group, physical exercise, etc.. All of these tools are very effective when used appropriately.
What are the goals of the Jenny Craig Program?
Weight is often related to lifestyle. That's why the goal of the Jenny Craig Program is to help clients acquire:
- A Healthy Relationship with Food
Along with balanced, low-calorie density food choices and portion control, the program emphasizes the importance of tuning into physical/emotional eating cues and the pleasure of eating via our menus and online journal. Teaching clients to be mindful about what they eat, is the first step in making healthier, more satisfying choices.
- An Active Lifestyle
The activity component of the program was developed in consultation with the world-renowned Cooper Institute and encourages clients to gradually increase activity through a combination of natural, planned and "playful" physical activities. Jenny Craig offers a walking audiocassettes, and fitness video series, and other tools that encourage clients to engage in a variety of cardiorespiratory, resistance and stretching activities. Maintenance materials also address important variables such as lack of time, ongoing motivation and changing body image.
- A Balanced Approach to Living
As weight issues are, in part, a reflection of thoughts and emotions clients bring to their weight loss efforts, the program emphasizes cognitive strategies to help clients develop a more balanced, positive mindset.