Post # 1
Hi there! Okay, so here is the deal…I have put on 70 pounds in the past 4 years primarily from bad habits, an office job, and a fiance whose hobby includes trying new places to eat. It’s my fault, I’m not making excuses, so let’s preface the following with that. I know the best way to do this is to diet and exercise and lose it slowly but I get married in 4 months so I’m looking for something to help me get off 30 pounds or so.
Has anyone tried Jenny Craig? Pros and cons? How is the food? Is it easy to have on the go or to bring with you to the office?
Post # 2
I tried Jenny Craig for a week then quit. The main source of protein in their food is soy, which really bothers my stomach, so I basically had to quit because I couldn’t even eat the food without being sick. The food itself tasted OK (nothing to rave about IMO) but about an hour later my stomach would start cramping (sorry TMI). I spoke to my doctor about it and she said large amounts of soy is hard for some people to digest.
The Pros are that it’s convenient. It’s a no brainer – they make the meals for you.
The cons are the cost. I think most of the meals came to around $6 each; you can buy Lean Cuisines for a lot less than that. Most people don’t know going in that you’re supposed to supplement your own vegetables and salads so you aren’t buying all your food from them. The diet is a 1200 calorie diet, which for me is hard to follow – I need 1400-1500 calories a day and I’m still losing weight. Also, since their stuff is basically all frozen, it’s loaded with sodium.
I personally think 30lb in 4 months is putting a lot of pressure on yourself. I personally use My Fitness Pal but my coworker has had a lot of success with Weight Watchers. Both are much cheaper than JC.
Post # 3
I’m currently on my second week of Isagenix and am having results. It’s mostly about ramping up your metabolism by eating small healthy meals through out the day, taking supplements, getting tons of water and portion control. All of which can be accomplished without paying big bucks for a program in my opinion. I’m sticking with Isagenix because I’ve committed to a month.
Post # 4
sunnierdaysahead2: Thank you for the response! It might be just as smart for me to buy the breakfast and snack items or something and then just purchase lean cuisines on my own. Hmm. I’ll need to look into that.
I’m a bit worried I’ll have the cramping issues you experienced.
Post # 5
j9marie: Can you give me more info on isagenix? I can go research it but sometimes better to hear from someone actually doing it. Thanks!
Post # 6
- Wedding: April 2017 - Valleybrook Country Club
cincybee110516: I really disliked jenny craig. The food was mediocre and such tiny servings on some of them. It is super expesnive for their food and you still have to grocery shop for all the fruits and veggies too, so it really adds up.
Post # 7
You should look into doing a Whole 30. You’ll be eating real food, nothing pre-packaged, it’s all food you can get at your local grocery store, and the pounds melt off. You’ll absolutely regain if you eat “normal” again and re-introduce all of the banned foods (like you will with any other fad diet) but at least you’re eating real food!
http://whole30.com/ – there are also tons of whole 30 recipes on Pinterest.
Edited to add the link.
Post # 8
cincybee110516: I’ll pm you some information.
Post # 9
I’ll go against the grain and say I really liked it. I did it off and on whenever I hit my scary weight. I’d really like to do it again after this baby but we shall see. My husband was also super supportive which was nice.
I liked some of the food quite a bit so I just gravitated to the stuff I liked and then I would crave it so I wasn’t tempted by something else. The portions feel small which helped retrain me to what a normal portion should be (because that’s actually the size of the food I should be eating outside the program too. I just think it’s small because I like to eat a ton more.)
It was super convenient for me and I liked not having to think about anything and still lose weight.
I really liked my first couple counselors. They were so sweet and so supportive and I liked having that support.
It is expensive (I personally wouldn’t suppliment with lean cuisines because I think that takes away from the above pros and is unsustainable.) I think you can expect the whole program to cost almost $200/week which is a ton but was a good investment for me.
The food’s fiber gave me gas so I had to take gas-x a bit but yea, not always the most comfortable.
The weight has come back as I’ve slacked off post wedding and (two) honeymoons later so it’s not a magic bullet. It’s something I’ll need to be concious of from now on. I like to eat. And I like to drink and that’s just who I am so I’ll never be a tiny girl.
Post # 10
- Wedding: June 2017 - The Olmsted
I second the whole 30 idea. I lost 13 pounds in 30 days and really learned a lot about food. My fiancé lost 15 pounds. We were both within the healthy range for BMI, so we didn’t really have too much to lose but it was so sick please and the changes really helped curve sweet cravings.
Take a look into whole 30! I am going to do a second round starting after the 4th.
Post # 11
cincybee110516: Personally, I dont think that losing weight should cost you any money. Download MyFitnessPal, enter your stats, and go along with however many calories it tells you to eat. Track your food and exercise, etc. I just dont think things like Jenny Craig are necessary. Things like Isagenix or Shakeology – where youre limiting calorie intake, drinking juices and magic pills, etc. all seem like a scam to me. If you stay under your calorie amount each day, you’ll start losing weight. I recently lost 21 pounds in about 3 months just by tracking my food.
Also, remember that diet is 80% of it and exercise is only 20%. I’ve lost that 21 pounds mostly by eating correctly, while walking 2-3 miles a day on the treadmill.
Post # 12
Hey girl! My sister did Jenny Craig as well as my dad, my sister lost over 40lbs in 2 months on it. And my dad 70lbs on and off it the first year. Anyways, my uncle was interested but couldn’t afford to purchase all the food so my mom had set him up just like jenny craig but with lean cuisines and sandwhiches/salads, snacks, etc. You can set it up just like Jenny Craig. Jenny craig will put you on a 1200 calorie diet if you are a woman over 18 and 1500 as a man over 18 I believe. The good thing too with using lean cuisines, smart ones, etc is that you have more options! Anyways, he had lost about 50lbs in a few months! I am actually going to be starting this diet soon 🙂 Along with jogging! Good luck with you weightloss you can do this! 🙂
Also, I use Loseit! app on my phone. It’s the easiest ever. You just scan everything in, and you can also add your exercise. It keeps track of calories and has every restaurant you can think of in it also! 🙂
Post # 13
jaimimarie28: Thanks so much! I’m going to check out the LoseIt app you mentioned. I really don’t eat poorly throughout the day so maybe it would just help me to do the lean cuisines or smart ones, etc. for dinner. Fruits and veggies as snacks.
Lord help me, if I could just lose even 20 pounds I’d be thrilled. I’m so nervous to look at pictures that don’t reflect the way I still see myself (70 pounds ago).
Post # 14
cincybee110516: I will be getting on it with you! Just think about the big day and the pictures and you can do it!! that’s what I’m thinking 🙂
Post # 15
I don’t know whether you’re open to other options but I always have great results when I’m on a low-carb, high-fat diet – think first phase of Atkins where you limit carbs to less than 20g a day and get plenty of good fats in. As a way to shed weight quickly I don’t think you can beat it (your body adapts to use it’s own fat reserves for energy). I’ve lost about 10lbs in three weeks and I’m not too big to begin with, I think losses are even quicker the more you have to lose.