Is Jenny Craig good or bad for you? This is a question that everyone wants answered before starting the Jenny Craig program. Well, Who can blame people for being too cautious for a program that needs an entrance fee to, well, what else but enter. And then you also need to fork out at least $ 100 for food for only a week. So yeah, I guess people do have the correct motivation to be skeptical before entering Jenny Craig.
Is Jenny Craig good or bad for you? The Good
Based on personal experience and some of my friends’ experiences, the good thing about the program is that it helps you in realizing what type of a person you are and what your real body measurements are. Then the personal counselor will give you the proper tips (at least our counselor was knowledgeable, I have heard horror stories where in the counselor was like reading off a book and knew practically zip about nutrition or health) to help you in your weight loss journey. Then she can guide you through the plan weekly either by her weekly weigh ins and face to face consultations or if you live too far from the center, you guys can have the pep talk over the phone.
The only good thing about this plan is that you need not think about adding calories up when you eat or you need not have to read through the labels of every food item you are about to put in your mouth because everything is prepackaged and served up to you in freeze dried boxes.
Ladies and gentlemen, I am sorry to disappoint but this is the only good that the Jenny Craig system has.
Is Jenny Craig good or bad for you? The Bad
As mentioned, everything is prepackaged in frozen boxes for your meals. Think TV dinners, only smaller and they make TV dinners seem like gourmet meals. It is not that they taste like those diet shakes. They are slightly better than that in the sense that you will be eating “real” foods like potato soup or sandwiches. However, they taste like they have been washed several times then dried and frozen to be packaged.
Is Jenny Craig good or bad for you? The Worst
The price of the entire Jenny Craig system is what gets me. I entered the program for only $ 20 but then I had forked over $ 400 for a month’s worth of food supplies. Then, my “health coach” kept on insisting that I sign up for the Gold or Platinum membership which cost about $ 200 and $ 300 respectively.
Is Jenny Craig good or bad for you? The Verdict
All in all, it was not a very good experience for me. After losing about $ 420 (not to mention all the fruits and cottage cheeses I had to eat as snacks which also shaved some dollars off my savings), I only lost 6 pounds and I felt like a lethargic person all the time. I ended up slightly broke, ostracized from family dinners and weak after a month in Jenny Craig. If I only knew about Fat Loss 4 Idiots back then, a program that ACTUALLY make you lose “11 pounds in 9 days,” I wouldn’t have been in that position ever.
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