Weight Watchers Vs. Jenny Craig: Which Plan Is Easier On Your Wallet?

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Jenny Craig Jenny Craig takes a different approach to weight loss by offering its clients prepackaged and pre-portioned meals provided by the company. Bill Geist on the trip of a lifetime. Weight Watchers started in when Brooklyn homemaker Jean Nidetch began inviting friends to her home to discuss the best ways to lose weight. I've been on it for one week. Not that they help much. Thinking of joining Jenny Craig? Choose this more extreme plan only if quick weight loss is your priority.

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A recent clinical study in the New England Journal of Medicine linked group counseling sessions to weight-loss success. That explains why Weight Watchers has impressive short-term results. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed participants lost an average of about 5 percent of their body weight 10 pounds in six months.

Two years later, they had kept about half the weight off. To help members stay on track, Weight Watchers encourages them to attend meetings until they've stayed within 2 pounds of their goal weight for six weeks.

After that, you get free lifetime membership. The company says members using its online tools in addition to attending meetings lost 50 percent more weight than those going to meetings alone. Cost to lose 20 pounds: We looked at two plans from eDiets - one that offers support alone, and another with meal delivery. You can choose from among more than 20 diet plans, including ones for diabetics and vegetarians.

Online tools let you set goals, plan menus and generate shopping lists. There's no face-to-face support, but you get support through online message boards and a mentor program that connects newbies with an experienced member. Also, you can reach a registered dietitian or personal trainer by phone at any time.

The optional meal delivery service offers freshly prepared, calorie-controlled meals delivered by FedEx. But telephone support has some evidence in its favor: Yes, it's a bargain for round-the-clock support.

For about the same money, other services offer better track records. For the first two weeks, you eat three extremely low-carb meals a day plus mandatory snacks. After that, you gradually add "good carbs," such as fruits and whole grains. You can customize menus, search a database of more than 1, recipes and get a personalized shopping list. There's online support from staff dieticians and members plus daily motivational emails. Studies have shown that after one year, carb-restricted diets led to greater weight loss and increased heart health than low-fat diets.

However, the advantage disappeared over the long term. How much can you expect to lose? Figure on 8 to 13 pounds during the two- week kick-start phase, then 1 to 2 pounds a week thereafter. It doesn't cost much, but you don't get as much support as with Weight Watchers or eDiets. The Zone diet is mostly meat, fruits, and vegetables. You eat three meals per day plus two Zone protein-powder snacks. A study of people in the Journal of American Medical Association found the Zone diet helped people achieve modest weight loss after one year, comparable with those on the Atkins , Weight Watchers and Ornish diets, and improved cardiac risk factors.

Premium-priced Jenny Craig lets you order its heart-healthy, nutritionally balanced packaged food by phone and pick it up at a Jenny Craig center or have it delivered through Jenny Direct. You eat three Jenny Craig meals plus a snack per day, and supplement with fruit, vegetables and dairy. Once a week, you get a weigh-in and pep talk with a consultant - who is not a dietician and who earns commissions from selling you products. There's also round-the-clock phone support. Jenny Craig has a good track record for short-term weight loss up to one year.

In a UC San Diego clinical trial of dieters funded by Jenny Craig , Jenny Craig clients lost 11 percent of their initial weight after 12 months, compared with 3 percent weight loss by those who were dieting on their own.

The "doctor-designed" Bistro M. The price is a cut above the competition, too. The plan tries to help you avoid a weight-loss stall out by varying the daily calorie intake between 1, and 1, By eating a little more some days and a little less on others, you'll supposedly prevent your body from becoming used to the same number of calories every day. While no university studies support the theory that varying caloric intake aids weight loss, the high quality of the food and the relatively large portion sizes have been praised by Health magazine, Dr.

Phil and The New York Times. Some plan users have complained of a lack of choices and menu flexibility compared to other plans, but a company spokesman says they offer more than entrees and can make substitutions to accommodate allergies and food preferences. Jenny Craig replied on May 08, I find the food filling and i am able to follow the program easily. Iv'e Lost 13 kilos in 4 months. I find it is more than enough food. The way the portions are label and sorted makes it very easy.

Write a review Ask a question. Your trust is our top concern. Companies can't alter or remove reviews from ProductReview. Terrible food and expensive. I have used JC before and unfortunately am so disappointed the food is so expensive and the quality extremely poor! The ham and cheese toastie is like cardboard just horrible m!! JC if you want to charge a premium then make sure the quality is there.

Write a review on ProductReview. Want an easy way to lose weight or save time? Do better cheaper at home. I find the whole Jenni Craig thing a waste of time and money, you pay for someone just to talk to if you feel you cant manage, friends or family can do that for free Got weighed in all winter clothes, boots and all How does that give you a fair weight and future loss.

Yet with lite and easy for same price i can get 5 days ALL meals, snack, fruit all you supply is milk and drinks for less.. The girl i saw said she has been on Jenni Craig for years, but yo yo's in weight,, we all no that happens but to sit and tell people your there to help them and you havent managed yourself SENT email to say i wasnt returning got phone call to say' sorry if she upset me', which i said 'no, but said the program was a waste of time and i could do same at home and get food cheaper,' she agreed, Nuff said,.

Jenny Craig Official Thanks again for your feedback, Jan. I loved the opportuunity to help people achieve their goals and the program was very effective for those who burned more energy than they ingested, this is how weight loss happens on jenny craig or any other program you sign up for. I think the sales aspect lost more clients long term than it retained because people arent stupid and they can smell it a mile off when theyre being sold something they dont want, cant afford or never asked for.

It shatters the trust they felt they had with the staff leaving them to feel very manipulated during a very vulnerable time in their life. They share serious issues with you and trust you can support them with their weight loss. They are not told that their centres staff has sales quotas to meet and will do and say anything legal to sell you something extra. While the products sold at the centre were good quality and useful it was unreasonable to expect every client could afford this on top of their food each week.

The consultants are pressured to sell sell sell. We would have our sheets printed out throughout the day to see if our sales were tracking for the day, it was suffocating and highly stressful. Once I became ill and had to take three days off work rarely did I have a sick day just to put this into context and on the morning of day 3 I was told that if I didnt return in the next day or two I would be replaced.

I recal a particular area manager making a point regularly saying "you guys are all replaceable" which left all of us at the centre feeling nill job security.

This woman was awful and I still to this day feel extreme anxiety over things such as calling in sick when this rarely happens. The experience I had whilst working at JC left me quite traumatised as I imagine it did to many others working under this particular woman during ish.

Moving on from the bullying from a particular manager, the lines you were tought to learn verbatum were so unnatural and manipulative and you felt like you were preying on vulnerable people. I can see similar tact in the responses given by the jenny craig reps on this site.

It was accross the board and the culture was a sales pitch hiding behind the veil of "we want to help you lose weight". You would see clients doing well and feel immense pressure to sell sell sell.

Every weekly staff meeting there would be a tally on the whiteboard where your sales numbers would be written up. Very demeaning and you always felt like you were a no-sale away from losing your job.

It was sad to think I was making a difference in peoples lives when it seemed all management cared about was sales sales sales. Sales were celebrated over weight loss. This was evidenced by the fact that, during the odd 3years I worked at the company, I saw perhaps 3or 4 people actually reach their goal weight.

When I say this I mean all clients, not just my own clients. In three different centres I worked over a three to four year period. I think some who didnt make it lost motivation yes, Im sure many ceased the program after running short of money or because they got sick of the used car salesman approach they were met with every time they attended their weekly meeting with their consultant whom they were TOLD when they purchased a jc program woukd be there to support and encourage and teach them.

Little do the clients know at the start is that this weekly consultation is also utilised to sell you as much as possible. This may not be something in any fineprint but its written all over the whiteboard in the staff room or meeting room or just behind the desk where they kept the graph of where the centre was at so far with their sales quota.

I think if jc paid their staff a little more adequately and actually gave them a bit of training on nutrition and about the jc program the cosultants coukd then go on to pass a lot more value onto the clients. This way clients might stuck around longer and yes jc might meet their quotas as well. I worked in a management position for a period of time and worked overtime every week and NEVER got paid for it.

At the time I worked there I know this happened accross the board. As a product the program is good!!! The crap you have to deal with daily from management about sales quotas just kills your enthusiasm for the job.

It definitely became a product I loved with a culture that ultimately left me highly stressed and physically unwell to the point I had to move on from my role. In short Jenny Craig for weight loss? Yes sure if you can afford it. Jenny Craig for a workplace? Not for me, a little on the cult side for my liking. Seeing a previous post from an emplyee I believe in with similar experience was upsetting. It seems nothing has changed!

I dont usually post on the internet at all but clearly I had a bad experience with this company and the more people who speak up about it the more likely the company will make some changes Jenny Craig Official Hi there, Thank you for your message. I'm a lifetime member, used JC 4 times in about 20 years- each time it's set me off fabulous to weight loss. I normally did about weeks and every time it worked like a charm. I think their whole thing should start to become food boot camp for some - 4 week program and let's follow you through top up your cupboards occasionally.

I think it's a whole market of women who need a good friend - the consultants are there anyway JC - sort of a weight watcher I've never done programme - health club style but nutritional fitness gym?! I think it would just jam right into women's market!! Jenny Craig Official Hi Tracey, thanks for sharing your feedback with us! I have been on Jenny Craig several times. Not happy, with just an apology and said they couldn't do anything but give me a couple of free meals.

Also I think it is very expensive especially when the bulk of the choices are pasta dishes and after 4 weeks don't want to look at pasta again. Jenny Craig Official Hi Judy, thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I have been a member of Jenny since being told that I was a Lifetime member. Jenny you should not send letters out to members if your information is incorrect.

However all these years I was under the impression that I was a Lifetime member. Go figure, Jenny is a sales organisation after all. I referred a colleague from my work who visited the Sydney City Center and was not impressed by the staff and I was encouraging her to give it more time.

Jenny Craig Official Thank you for your feedback. I have been a customer of Jenny Craig for over twenty years. I keep returning because it works well for me and my complicated lifestyle. Last year I was using the Jenny Craig meals to maintain and was enjoying the butter chicken so much my husband joined me.

THEN they changed the chicken from chunks of real chicken, to these dreadful tasteless thin slices of processed chicken which has replaced almost every chicken item. I am told the chicken product is now produced in Australia ,I am in NZ ,if Australian members like it they can have it but I do not want to pay for cheap processed chicken when I know I have had a lot better. Remember I am a veteran and hell hath no fury like a woman who is cheated on a weight loss programme.

I have not found the right place to complain in NZ yet but maybe I try social media to see who else hates this stuff as much as I and I already know a few. Jenny Craig Official Hi Marlene, we thank you again for your comments and feedback. After having foot surgery last September, some cheeky kilos crept on and before I knew it I was on the phone to Jenny Craig at Greensborough. I did some research and had a good understanding of what to expect, but JC completely exceeded my expectations!

The food is so delicious and the menu plans are very easy to follow - but what I have loved the most is how the program has changed my mindset in relation to food.

I am making better choices; I am more creative with my meals; I am so comfortable going out to dinner with friends having been taught the necessary lessons to understand what I can and can't have. Not to mention, I LOVE cheese, and there hasn't been a day on the program where I have not managed to fit a little cheese in somewhere without letting myself down. I don't feel like I have missed out on anything.

The results have been incredible, I'm g away from my goal weight in just 3 months and my consultant has educated me on how to maintain it. I am just so pleased and thankful for you Jenny. The Food, Body, Mind principles are reinforced with the interpersonal contact and coaching of the program representative. This person also helps choose the foods you will eat, based on your age, sex, medical concerns and preferences.

The program does offer some free e-tools such as a progress tracker, recipes and an activity journal. Participants are encouraged to visit the center to weigh in periodically. While both programs take the time and thought process of meal preparation out of your hands, they do seem geared to different users. Therefore, you do need to be minimally computer-literate. Jenny Craig encourages interpersonal involvement via telephone calls and consulting sessions with program representatives at their center; therefore, the dieter does not need many computer skills, but would benefit from being geographically close to one of the centers.

Jenny Craig rated No. Sustainable weight loss must include lifestyle changes to eat healthy foods and increase activity. Calories are a measurement of energy. If you take in more than you burn, you gain weight; eat less than you burn to lose weight. With either program, you will eventually need to eat normal food again so pay attention to the educational opportunities and tools available.

Gradual weight loss is the best way to keep the weight off long-term. Maintaining a healthy weight reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, reproductive problems, joint pain and respiratory problems.

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