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Thank you for your feedback and congrats on meeting your goal before the graduations! How does it work? With the huge variety of plans available, the simple truth is that some diet books are good and others are not, and if you are not an expert, you may have a hard time choosing what ones are acceptable. Comparing it to Weight Watchers is a bit of a stretch though given Weight Watchers does not severely restrict carbohydrate intake. Sounds like you are on our Rapid Results plan, if you feel that is not working for you let your Consultant know and you're welcome to switch to our Classic program. However, I went off track and recently I decided to go back to their program. The company says members using its online tools in addition to attending meetings lost 50 percent more weight than those going to meetings alone.

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The range of weight-loss methods available is wide, and the claims they make are equally as wide. It is important to remember that not all methods and claims are reviewed by the Food and Drug Administration FDA , who ensure the safety and effectiveness of medical devices and prescription and OTC weight-loss medications, but not weight-loss supplements or books. A good rule of thumb is if a product or claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A reasonable goal is to lose about a pound or two a week.

For most people, that means consuming calories less per day, exercising more and eating more nutritious foods. If a weight-loss method claims to help you lose significantly more than one to two pounds a week, steer clear of it.

It is not uncommon for people to turn to popular diet books when seeking to lose or manage weight. Diet books have been around since at least the mid th century, so clearly there is an enduring market for those seeking to improve their weight and health in this way. How do they work? One of the primary benefits of following a weight-loss program from a book is the cost.

Most books are relatively inexpensive to purchase or can be obtained for free from a local library. Most do not require you to invest in packaged foods or other tools. You are usually looking at some form of dietary change and portion control, often paired with exercise and self-monitoring. For most people, the cost to follow the diet will be similar to what they already spend on the food they eat now.

Depending on your ability to follow the program, you may experience a one to two pound weight-loss per week. The cons of using a diet book as your means of weight-loss include verifying the safety and efficacy of the plan. Authors trying to sell books are often biased, as they profit from book sales, and they may not have the qualifications necessary to provide health advice.

With the huge variety of plans available, the simple truth is that some diet books are good and others are not, and if you are not an expert, you may have a hard time choosing what ones are acceptable. For this reason, it is always good to let a healthcare professional know if you are embarking on a weight-loss plan and to discuss the pros and cons with them.

Marketdata Enterprise reported that in , 80 percent of dieters were using a self-directed program such as a book or Web site, so if this is what you are choosing, you are definitely not alone. Examples of popular diet books that advocate weight-loss methods generally deemed by dietitians to be safe and reasonably effective include:. Like diet books, web-based diet programs come in many shapes and sizes.

Some are free, some charge a fee. Some are nutritionally sound, some are not. A number of these programs are online versions of in-person programs www. Most online sites offer simple tools like recipes, meal ideas, eating out tips, workouts and progress tracking.

Forums or chat-style discussions, which allow users to connect with one another for tips and ideas, are commonly found at these sites. Like diet books, a self-directed web-based diet program may suit your needs if you are looking for flexible tools to help you manage your weight. In addition, both diet books and web-based diet programs allow people to use regular grocery store food, which most people prefer.

As the quality of the eating plans vary both in their nutrition and safety, especially for those with certain medical conditions, it is best to discuss the plan you have chosen to follow with a healthcare professional before you start. Perhaps the most complex set of products targeting individuals seeking to lose weight are dietary supplements. While manufacturing of dietary supplements is regulated by the FDA, companies marketing products in this category do not have to seek pre-market approval.

This means that products do not have to undergo studies proving to the FDA that they are safe or effective before being sold. If you are considering using a dietary supplement for weight-loss, it is best to take a list of its ingredients to a healthcare professional or pharmacist to determine if the product is right for you. Weight-loss results from dietary supplements are often difficult to measure as there are many supplements available that may or may not work in conjunction with another weight-loss strategy, such as exercise or changes in dietary restrictions.

As with any weight-loss program, a one to two pound per week weight-loss is recommended for safety and health. Thus, it is not uncommon to see ads for dietary supplements claiming that you can lose weight rapidly without changing the way you eat, or without lifestyle changes. The influence of celebrity promoters can contribute to the perception that a product may offer a miracle cure for obesity.

In fact, good scientific evidence that they work is generally lacking. There are many different devices available and all come with a host of options, such as online tools, smartphone apps and more.

This in turn allows them to make adjustments accordingly. Body monitors are significantly more accurate than pedometers, which only measure steps taken and not the intensity of activities.

Body monitoring devices alone will not result in weight-loss. These devices are meant to be used along with a weight-loss option. The benefit of using a body monitor is that a wearer will get a good understanding of which of their activities burn calories best. The downside is that food logging can become tiring, and the ability of a body monitor to accurately calculate calories depends entirely on how well the wearer tracks their food consumption.

In addition, not everyone wants to wear an armband or carry a device at all times. How does it work? It is the only FDA-approved weight-loss medication that is available OTC and available at a higher dose with a prescription. It is a capsule that is usually taken three times per day before a meal that contains dietary fat.

It works by decreasing the amount of fat your body absorbs. The average weight-loss is about 5 percent of your weight after one-year. In a person who weighs pounds, this would mean 10 pounds of weight-loss. Keep an eye on your inbox, the lastest consumer news is on it's way! A link has directed you to this review.

Its location on this page may change next time you visit. This is my first time doing Jenny Craig and I love it. I love the food and the counselors are nice, down to earth women. I couldn't lose weight to save my life. After a few weeks I would usually come off and gorge. I don't feel deprived at all. I really love the food and daily desserts.

Congrats on your success! We're happy to hear you have had a great experience. We are always here to help and support you every step of your journey. Food is good and counselor stays in touch, friendly and knowledgeable! Food orders come within 6 days! I need structure, plans and I need my food to measured out as to not overeat. The food is so easy to pack for the day which makes it so easy to just take with you wherever you go.

I am never hungry. I find drinking my water is so easy! I feel better, I sleep better, more energy. I have done Nutrisystem and the food was horrible. I give Jenny 2 up. I was off to a good start but encountered a problem with the amount being charged for 7 days of food vs 3. Had to do with weigh in day and food purchase date being different. I was charged extra for 3 days not knowing about the discount for 7 days of food purchased. I asked for this to be made right and have heard nothing.

Plenty of other options and obviously better customer care. We're glad you were able to connect with our Market Director today. We're happy to hear she was able to resolve your concerns. I have been on the program for 3 weeks and have only lost 4 pounds and have been very hungry most of the time.

Whenever I go for my weigh in, my counselor seems very busy and rushed, even though I am the only person there. When I was there last, I was very discouraged and my counselor knew that, and she did not offer any encouragement. I also found out that measurements should have been taken on the first visit which should have lasted approximately 40 minutes. One of the reasons I pay a lot of money for this program, is the personal touch from the counselors. That did not happen. I have talked to the center about it and hope my further visits will be more empowering.

Will keep everyone posted. We're sorry to hear about your experience. Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. We're going to look into your account and have a Manager contact you. I tried the Turbo Boost program with some success.

I took a break as I wasn't enjoying eating what felt like airplane food for a month. After a couple of months, I tried to buy more food and had nothing but difficulty. After speaking to multiple people I was told because I was already on the program only my counselor could send me more food.

She never contacted me back. Oh well, good thing there are other programs out there. Turbo Boost is not a program that Jenny Craig offers. We believe you may have us confused with another company. We also could not find an active or recent account for you. We're happy to help you get started on the Jenny Craig Program and answer any questions you may have.

Give us a call at I had minimum success with JC for 8 weeks 13 pounds and was following the program diligently. I have since switched to a different weight loss program. This needs to be canceled ASAP. Our Customer Service team will be happy to speak with you regarding your request. Per your service agreement you are able to cancel at anytime; the reason your account has not been cancelled is because we did not receive a request to cancel it. We will forward this team member who will reach out to you.

I've talked on the phone with them and was supposed to get a text and email. I went to talk to them in the center. I told them I'm not sure I can afford it so never got to talk to anybody. The lady at the desk told me to go to Weight Watchers. I went back online. Talked to a salesperson and he said he call me to talk in over and talk to a counselor, well he stopped chat and didn't call me back.

They didn't even give me a chance to see if they could come up with a program I can afford. We'd like to have a Manager reach out to you first thing in the morning. Thank you for taking the time to report this to us so we can address this right away.

For more information about reviews on ConsumerAffairs. I used Jenny Craig several years ago. I got my lost weight goal the first time around and I maintained it for a long time. However, I went off track and recently I decided to go back to their program. It's convenient since everything is pre-planned for me.

I've done both the one where you call them and they ship your food to you and the in-person consultation. I like the latter better, even though the phone call was a lot more convenient. It's a lot more personal and the people are trained better than the ones on the phone.

Furthermore, I get bored with stuff in the food plan after a while. Also, I haven't been happy about the packaging of the food. They're quite costly for what you get. I understand that you're getting the consultant and the personalization, but the quality of the packaging is cheap!

It needs to be updated. Even Weight Watchers has far superior packaging. I'm fighting this cardboard, plastic, and stuff for something that costs double of what I would pay for a Smart One or a Weight Watchers meal of comparable size.

Nevertheless, Jenny Craig is great at teaching you how to maintain your weight. I would definitely recommend them. Thank you for your review and feedback. We'll make sure to forward your concerns regarding our packaging to our quality team as food quality is very important to us, and that includes the packaging. We're happy to hear about your success on Jenny Craig and we're happy to help you get back on track. I wanted to be a better me and so I signed up with Jenny Craig.

My interactions with the reps were good. Everybody I've dealt with has been very nice and helpful. I've used the program off and on for years. Right now, I'm not on it but when I have used the program, I lost weight.

I haven't had any problem losing the weight but I got burned out on the food, eating the same ones over and over. I was on it about four months ago. Even so, I got to be able to choose what I liked after a while. I wrote down things I didn't like so then I could choose what I did like. I was a big big chocolate person and then I always liked the pastas. I didn't really like the soups though. I would tell others that Jenny Craig works and the food is good but it's expensive.

Although the price is a motivating factor on me to lose the weight because I don't wanna throw my money away. Every diet is gonna work. You've just got to watch your portions and what you eat. You gotta be consistent and it's a mindset. You have to be ready to lose. That's the success of it. You're not just gonna have one good day and then cheat the next. Thank you for sharing your Jenny Craig experience. We are always working to develop new foods to keep our menus full of variety!

We have new items coming out at the end of this month so stay tuned for those! I was drawn to one on one as opposed to weight watchers or a group, so I decided to work with them. My very first interaction with their reps was good and I enjoyed my personal consultant.

I had used Jenny Craig before and this time, I have been using their weight loss program for a year and I am three-fourths of the way there. The meal plan is good and I like all of it especially the baked potato. Overall they have a good program. Thank you for your feedback and sharing your Jenny Craig Experience.

We're happy to be taking this journey with you! You'll be at your goal in no time! I was with Jenny Craig for two years. The rep I dealt with was very knowledgeable and helpful. I had an appointment, went in and talked about the week prior and the week coming up. I like their structure and the weekly weigh in. In regards to their meals, they had yellow for breakfast and green for lunch, but I didn't like that they mixed them all together and I didn't like their tuna kits.

In addition, the meal plan was a little too structured. They need more flexibility built into the program to be able to incorporate my own food because then, I'd get stuck on their food.

I'd try to prepare my own and I'd get lost. Also, the meals were too expensive, so I stopped. Other than that, the quality of the meals was good and the biggest thing I came away with was I learned the 'portion control' where I can have my sweets as long as they're portion controlled and timed out.

Overall, I had a great experience. I made a good progress and I'm maintaining my weight. Thank you for your review. We're glad to hear about the positive experience you had with your Consultant. Jenny Craig is a structured weight management plan that helps clients maximize their weight loss while building healthy habits. Once a client has met their goal and are on our Maintenance Program we do teach them how to incorporate their own foods to maintain their weight. If you met your goal your Consultant would be happy to help you transition to our Maintenance Program.

The Jenny Craig rep I dealt with was pleasant and knowledgeable, but it is odd that she's very overweight. I do not like that the menu plan feels rigid. I wish there was a more flexibility in it. But for the most part, the food is fantastic and delicious. Thank you for your review! Even our employees go through their own weight loss journey that we help support them with every step of the way. Sounds like you are on our Rapid Results plan, if you feel that is not working for you let your Consultant know and you're welcome to switch to our Classic program.

Jenny Craig was easy and my experience in dealing with their personal consultants was always good. The one in Oakland was very sweet and upbeat. She was very supportive and she gave me ideas and encouragement. Since then, the meals have been quite good. I like the pasta dishes like the mac and cheese or the fettuccine Alfredo.

The desserts are small but good nonetheless. I'm not a good dieter and it has nothing to do with Jenny Craig. I will lose a bunch away then I'll get off and gain it back and then lose it again. They were always trying to keep me in check. My experience with Jenny Craig has been good. It was through my mom that I first heard about the company. The reps were motivating and they seemed to fit my needs. They were friendly and I felt comfortable.

I don't like a lot of coaching so I made them aware of that. I'm pretty self-motivated, so they worked with me with what I needed. I liked the portioned meals and the fat plan per week. The mac and cheese and some of the desserts were really good. The food was good and I felt success from the plan overall. I used Jenny Craig three or four times over a year period and it worked. But then it became a little too costly for me at the end so I had to give up the program.

Jenny Craig checks in with me every now and then. If it were a bit more cost-efficient, I would be able to do it. We have different program options you may benefit from, we're happy to give you more information regarding those programs.

Recently, I did the Rapid Results and while it worked really well for me, I had some problems. They are so rigid. If I know that if I eat the food, it always works. They have a good variety with their food and I tend to like the same things over and over. I like the breakfast ones. They used to have different pancakes but they changed the food which is another issue. I like their waffles. They got the breakfast scramble also and I like their Anytime Bars too, which is something they give for between the meals to hold you over.

They need to expand on their dressings though. They have great mac and cheese, which they know is popular. It has been around forever. They have a little cheeseburger too which I like a lot. Their desserts are pretty good too. Thank God they haven't taken that away. They have a chicken and potato dish which is really good and the lasagna is not bad. They have little cinnamon rolls for breakfast that are good that makes me feel that I'm not on a freaking diet.

I feel a little bit better. I know why they have to have shelf items because that travels well but I like the frozen items way better than the shelf items. I know them and they know me and they're very close to my house.

I was very excited about that because I used to have to drive so far. That makes it a lot easier and they're very close to a volunteer, which is a grocery store. Thank you for your feedback and congrats on meeting your goal before the graduations! We'll make sure to share your suggestion on more dressings with our Food Team. I have tried other weight loss companies, but I had not been completely successful. I walked in at Jenny Craig and my first interaction with them was fine except that they were slightly understaffed.

And three years ago, at the Tampa Florida center that I was really successful with, my experience was fantastic and the consultant was super! She shared a lot of her story with me and what motivated her. She worked with me to try to figure what would motivate me, and she got tough with me when I needed it. I joined Jenny Craig again here in New Jersey and I'm having a problem with making an appointment and I sitting for minutes trying to wait for my consultant to be able to take me in.

They are understaffed and have difficulty trying to fill positions. In Florida, my center was five minutes away, but this one is a half an hour away, so I keep quitting because I get frustrated. It's an hour round trip and then, I sit there sometimes for over a half an hour waiting.

The manager is great, but the center is not managed well as far as scheduling. And as far as the sincerity level of the consultants, I feel like a number up here at the New Jersey site. But down in Florida, I felt like a person that meant something to the consultant.

Still, the quality and the flavor of Jenny Craig's meals are great and that's what makes the program successful, and it works. I really like the butternut squash ravioli, fish and chips, and the breakfast burritos.

I just wish that Jenny Craig could be managed consistently so that one center is not more superior to another center as far as customer service goes.

Also, the connectivity of the computers in those centers that I've been to has been terrible whether they have old computers or new ones. It's frustrating to every single consultant and the frustration flows over to the clients. We're sitting there and done with our appointment, and the order for the food cannot be processed because all the computers are very slow. Thank you for your feedback. We're happy to hear about your success. We're going to have a Manager follow up with you regarding your experience in the New Jersey location.

We strive to provide a seamless experience no matter what Jenny Craig you attend. We will be reaching out soon. I've done Jenny Craig in the past and it worked.

Their representatives are both great girls. I've only been there since February and I've reached my goal.

The revamp took effect in December , when Weight Watchers introduced their holistic Beyond the Scale approach sounds like a sci-fi sequel: Star Wars Episode 14, Beyond the Scale. For one, Weight Watchers says that your weekly FitPoints goal is fully personalized for you by WW, taking into account your age, gender, height, weight, and current activity level.

Previously, with Activity Points, you would just calculate the points to earn using a more generalized, clumsier online tool. The actual FitPoints you earn that are exchangeable for SmartPoints doesn't really vary much based on your weight and gender. The number of points you earn is overwhelmingly based on the time and intensity of the activity. FitPoints are easier to earn as well. Plain and simple, you get points as soon as you start moving. With the old Activity Points, you had to reach a baseline before you could score — for example, you might have had to walk 3, steps to get points.

Now, you could walk just a third of that and already earn as many as 2 FitPoints. What is FitBreak from Weight Watchers? FitBreak is an app that shows you very brief videos a few seconds long , and encourages you to then mimic that activity for exactly one minute. If you do this 20 times over the course of the day a total of 20 minutes , you will receive 2 FitPoints.

You must be logged into your regular Weight Watchers mobile app while using FitBreak, in order to automatically receive the points. When you start on Weight Watchers, you take an assessment where WW looks at your lifestyle and determines your first FitPoints goal. As mentioned, this goal is based on your personal factors. For instance, if you currently spend a lot of time sitting at your desk, WW will start you off with a fairly low points goal.

One is by wearing an activity tracker, such as the highly popular Fitbit, which integrates with your Weight Watchers account. The advantage of wearing an activity tracker is that you'll earn the most FitPoints this way. Just make sure that your tracking app is synced to your Weight Watchers account so that your tracked activities are automatically converted and credited as FitPoints.

Just log in to your My Day online dashboard, go to "Activity," and there you'll see where to input your activity. Even if you don't want to shell out for an expensive tracker, you can download a free pedometer app on your phone to count your steps for you. Once you get the hang of reaching your weekly FitPoints goals and for some people, WW is right in saying that this can be addictive , your goal will likely be changed to match your new lifestyle.

If you reach your goal for two weeks straight, Weight Watchers will automatically recommend a higher goal for you. And if you keep racking up those points, you get more bragging rights — and other perks, like say, a leaner, healthier body. Plus, you can exchange those FitPoints for more SmartPoints, which means that you can eat a little more if you want to.

FitPoints is a goal system, so you want to earn more points here to achieve your target. In fact, 1 FitPoint is equal to 1 SmartPoint. The question now is, should you eat your FitPoints? In a way, this makes sense. And, as we all know, getting a treat every now and then makes dieting a little more enjoyable. A similar thing may happen with tracking apps, especially if more than one app is synced to your WW account.

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