Every time we turn around, there's another weight-loss program out there that promises to make you drop 10 pounds in 2 weeks. Low-carb, no carb, low fat, no fat, no meat, and on and on and on. However, there is no real magic to losing weight. Simply, to get and keep weight off, you have to ingest a sensible amount of calories (neither too many nor too few) and a balanced amount of carbohydrates, fat and protein so that you can get and keep weight off sensibly.
As exciting as any new fad diet looks when it bursts upon the market, the simple fact is, it will probably fail in the end. Why? Because fad diets focus on fast weight loss, not sensible weight loss. Fast and unhealthy weight loss, that is. This type of weight loss can't be sustained, and pretty soon, you find yourself regaining it. So, what you need is a healthy weight loss and maintenance program to get and keep the weight off.
It's probably true you can construct your own healthy weight loss program (perhaps with the help of a nutritionist) so that you can lose weight and keep it off, comfortably, and without starving. The problem is, a lot of us have neither the time nor the inclination to do this, and so go back to munching junk food "quick grab" lunches, meaning that we also stay overweight.
Jenny Craig can help you fix that. No "new kid on the block," in fact, Jenny Craig has been around for 25 years. The program works because it gives you a carefully constructed meal plan that you fresh fruits and vegetables and low-fat dairy to. The meals are prepackaged, so there's no thought given to it, and it appeals to the "quick grabbers" in all of us. There's no thinking with this meal plan. You simply grab your meals and go. In fact, that element is one of the biggest reasons Jenny Craig is so successful. It gives dieters the convenience they want, but it does so with healthy meals are carefully constructed and prepackaged so that dieters don't have to think about what they're eating.
Of course, this "grab and go" convenience can be a disadvantage, too, because I can hear you thinking, "Well, overweight and obese people get that way because they don't learn how to cook properly and learn proper portion sizes, not just because they don't learn how to eat properly." But the Jenny Craig weight-loss program addresses that, too, because the first part of the program (the "grab and go" part of the program) is relatively short-lived. The meals themselves are meant to serve as models to what healthy portion sizes and meal contents look like. During that same time, dieters also meet with counselors, with the ultimate goal of planning and cooking their own healthy meals with healthy portion sizes.
And if there are any disadvantages to this program, it's that it's relatively expensive. You're going to pay between $10 and $15 a day for the prepackaged meals, plus any extra expense for your own dairy and fresh fruits and vegetables. The other thing is, this program is not meant to be a permanent solution. It is just meant to get you started on healthy eating habits and give you the knowledge you need to continue with your own weight maintenance once you've reached your goal weight, with your own healthy cooking and portion control.
But if you think $10-$15 a day sounds like a lot, let's take a moment to think about that. How much do you REALLY spend on food every day, counting fast food grabs, junk food grabs, donuts at the office, etc.? If it's around $600 a month, then Jenny Craig (including the extra fruit, vegetable and dairy purchases) is going to be no more expensive. And then, there's also the indirect expense of being unhealthy and overweight, which can have long-term and expensive medical consequences. Losing that weight with Jenny Craig is certainly going to save you money over the long haul.
So, what should you do? Jenny Craig is not meant to be a permanent solution; rather, it's meant to be a temporary tool that gets you started on weight loss and then teaches you how to take care of yourself through proper nutrition and portion control. You do this without depriving yourself, without going hungry, and without zooming up and down on the scale because you jump from one fad diet to the next. With 25 years of experience behind it, Jenny Craig is certainly a good program. But is it for you? Only you can really decide that.