The Jenny Craig Diet

How Much Exercise Is Required?

Jenny Craig's program revolves around physical activity as a key part of successfully losing weight. But don't worry -- they don't expect you to be a marathon runner or Olympic athlete. They have a staggered course of action, where you start off small and focus on just adding physical activity to your daily life.
This can be as simple as starting to think about how you can add more steps in your daily routine. It could be parking at the far end of the parking lot and walking farther into the store, or making several trips up and down the stairs to get those loads of laundry.
With time, you will gradually increase your amount of exercise each day. Eventually, your goal is to reach 30 minutes or more of moderate activity at least five days a week. You don't even need a gym membership to do this. Pick something you enjoy and go with it. If you would much rather dance around the house than go to a Zumba class, have at it. Walking your dog, going for a bike ride through the park, you name it -- there are numerous activities that you can do, so choosing one you enjoy will make it more fun and less of a chore.

What Are the Downsides?

With a personal consultant, prepared meals that are shipped to your door, and the slow and steady weight loss of one to two pounds a week, it may seem that there are no downsides to this diet. However, all these easy-to-access benefits don't come free. One of the things to consider before joining Jenny Craig is the financial aspect of the program.
The membership fee you pay will vary, depending on whether they are running a special, your geographical location, and which program and duration you choose. Typically, there is a one-time enrollment fee of around $50, plus a monthly fee of around $30, on average. Just by glancing at the meals they have on their Web site, you can estimate around $500 a month for meals. This may be a price tag that is too high for some people.
Also, because the meal sizes are small, you may experience an increase in appetite and possibly overeat. For people who are accustomed to fresh meals that are prepared at home, the taste of a prepackaged meal may not quite hit the spot. Also, the prepackaged foods offered by Jenny Craig can contain 2,000 to 4,000 milligrams of salt on a daily basis, which is far beyond the recommended maximum of around 1,500 milligrams.
If you are a vegetarian or if you need a gluten-free diet, you may be out of luck with this one. The prepackaged meals do not take into consideration those who have specific allergies or those following a vegan diet.
In some cases, people may be disappointed in their consultants. While you may have one-on-one time with a consultant from Jenny Craig, not all of these people are health professionals. The only requirement to become a consultant for Jenny Craig is to complete a training course for certification. They don't necessarily need any professional experience in nutrition.
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