It works, but is not sustainable
What is attractive with Jenny Craig is that you are given portions of food so you don’t have the hard work of counting calories - and you have accountability with your Coach. Also, the portioning also help you to learn what a correct amount of food is. But that’s where the benefits end. The frozen and pre packaged food is generally unhealthy and highly processed. It’s probably an improvement for some people but prior to starting Jenny Craig, my diet was extremely healthy (I just ate too much!) so it makes me feel bad that I’m not treating my bo...dy better by ingesting so many additives and over processed foods. Also, they provide no options for dairy intolerant or vegan, which is pretty behind the times. I don’t know if they do gluten free but I’d be surprised. Finally, the packaging is awful environmentally! I’m recycling everything but it’s over the top!
Great for the busy person who urgently need help.
I have been a life member of Jenny since the 80’s and have returned for the 4th time at age 61. I find it’s the only diet that I lose a substantial amount of weight. I like the visual picture it gives me of how much food we should actually be having each day. When you reach your goal weight it’s firmly fixed in your mind for the future.
As to cost, if you’re sticking strictly to it it’s not expensive at all. I’m spending less on food shopping now.
For the older person
I am 67 and 12 kilos over weight from a diet of lots of junk food. The great food is yummy and easy which suits me not having to do too much preparation etc. I still have lots of time to do other things. Home delivery works well. All in all am happy to be eating healthier and the weight is dropping easily. Its setting me up to be healthy as I gracefully grow older !
Works for me
My mum bought me lifetime membership in 1987, i was 16.
She must have known I'd be yo yo er.
I've been back 4 times and each time I've lost the weight I needed. I like the structure it provides and when going inside the stores the support I need.
The quality of the food has been worse this time around feels cheap and doing it online the councillor stopped checking in on me. But it's been 7 weeks since I started and I've lost 17kg, so it works.
In the past I've tried weight watchers, a few of the shake diets, CSRIO, all sorts of prescription m...edications and most recently keto, they all work to a point. But nothing gives me the simplicity of jenny Craig. Buying the food in two week batches gives me free delivery and with 10% membership discount my food costs around $160 a week for 1800 calorie menu. Which when compared to others is the cheapest out there.
Greedy Jenny Craig
I have been on the program previously and lost over 30kg and kept it off for several years. Only put it back on due to emotional reasons. I am now on the program again, and it is working, however, due to COVID we are having the food delivered. As of the next delivery, they are charging for delivery! This is disgraceful. We have no choice but to have food delivered and we pay premium prices for the food whilst still needing to purchase our own fruit, veg, bread and dairy. This makes it a very expensive program, so to charge us for delivery is OUTRAGEOUS. I am rethinking my position regarding this service.
I found in week one I was obsessing about the food - when could I eat next, what could I eat and did feel a bit hungry on occassions - but did lose 2.5kg in week one. Now just finishing week 2 and not so obsessed this week and still enjoying the food and lost another 1.1kg. So with 2 weeks under my belt and 3.6kg down - this is the best decision I have made in a long time when it comes to food. There has only been 1 meal that I haven't really enjoyed, but the rest have been fine. I have a long journey ahead, but feel now starting my 3rd wee...k, I am finally on the right track. Anyone thinking about doing it - I would say, give it a go. It isnt cheap, but it will be worth it for me to get back into a happy place with my weight. And being able to have the food delivered and remote coaching works with my lifestyle.
Stick to it
My view on Jenny Craig is it works. Now whether that be because the meals are small, and yes you need to fill up on other free items, but I can tell you it works.
But.. I don't like a lot of their meals. Smaller serves on some items because of the calorie content, so I would rather eat something that I know will sort of satisfy me like the Parma, fish and wedges, spaghetti and meatballs and a few others. The lunches need some improvements, their bland and boring so I usually stick to the pies or quiches. But again, I have always lost weigh w...
Not for the long run but worth a try.
Food was nice and tasty the first week although very little meat! After a week I felt a bit sick.
Preservatives outweighed the nutrition.
Under 15 grams of meat remained after straining sauce in a lunch menu (as example Subway serve 85g meat)
As a former chef, and a food scientist student, I Definitely can lose weight on this program because of the “Lack Of Food”; Not because the food is substantially healthy.
The egg ham muffin was floury substance in egg.
My consultant agreed that she too cannot stomach Jenny Craig food consumption.
Easy to stick to
Yes some of the foods are high in fats/carbs but it keeps me for eating the rubbish I used to, so I am losing weight, in a few weeks when I finish I will be able to get my own meals as I now have an idea of how easy it is to stick to my 1200 cals. a day. Thanks Jenny Craig.
Lack of consultant contact
Thought my consultant would be keeping in touch with me each week.. as I am doing deliveries and can only get to the centre once a month.. I am a new member so need a bit of help
Great for weight loss
Doing the Jenny program was hard to stick to and took me 2 years but I lost approx 20 kgs. Unfortunately trying to maintain the weight loss and soon falling back into past bad habits saw me put back the 20 and then some. The team at Ringwood were very supportive but the cost of doing the program and the effort of constantly watching my waistline became too hard and costly also I got sick of the same food I just couldn't palate any longer. Not enough variety and frequently enough. Got sick of pastas and rice dishes and too much pre packaged food.... Great for weight loss however I had to still work hard in the gym. Staff were wonderful, supportive and kind but I felt harassed when I could no longer continue the program due to not being able to afford $180 a week on the program plus then I also had to by groceries + milk, yoghurt,veg and fruit not supplied by Jenny Craig. So I was spending $280 a week for just one person on food and groceries and household items. Ok for first timers who want to lose maybe 10kgs but not a long term solution to managing weight loss unfortunately.
Usually OK but this time not at all impressed!
I was going to write about the "Bangers and Mash". I was very disappointed that they were taken from the menu and thrilled when they were returned. However, the 'Bangers and Mash" that have been returned to the menu are very disappointing - very thin sausages and hard at the ends as opposed to the thick, tasty sausages of the original.
This, however, pales into insignificance after I had tried to eat my "Banana Bread" this week. It was gritty!! How can that happen? What was in there to make this product - which is usually fine - gritty and inedible as a result. Not good enough, Jenny Craig, on both counts.
An expensive quick fix
If relying on Jenny Craig food only it does not fill you up. It is the other foods e.g. veges. Yoghurt etc you have to buy in addition to J.C. food that fills you up.
I was able to follow program but very expensive and is not a long term solution to weight loss.
Questions & Answers
Can you please explain the Platinum lifetime membership. I understood it was for life, can you confirm this. Thank you
I tired Jenny Craig 20 years ago. Am I still a member?
Hi Lorri, Thank you for contacting us.
We will require further details to check your previous membership for you.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request along with your full name at the time of joining, approximate year that you joined, & the Jenny Craig centre you attended at the time, as well as any other details you can remember about your membership.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
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I want to know if my lifetime membership is still honored. How should I proceed?
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Hi Sharon, we have replied to you via email - please let us know if you need anything else!
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