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They were friendly and I felt comfortable. Thank you for your review and for recommending Jenny Craig! It has always been interesting. Hi Rebecca, We're sorry to hear about your experience. Now if you are a terrible cook, then you will definitely enjoy Bistro MD. Customers are given prepackaged foods with the calories already counted and certified as okay.
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Inside the box, the frozen meals are packed with dry ice to make sure you receive the meals in good condition. Some people love planning and preparing their own meals. Some people really make time for it and that is really great if that is your preference. Other people may not find having pre-cooked and pre-package meals to be an appealing way to lose weight even though it is convenient and the meals are carefully prepared by chefs and nutritionist to help lose weight.
If you are the type of person described above, then Bistro MD is definitely not a diet program for you. If you have some food allergies, make sure to check the meal ingredients that Bistro MD provides. Bistro MD can adjust their menus to accommodate you if you have certain types of food allergies. Now if you are used to having large meal portions, you will definitely feel a bit deprived for the lack of more food to eat, most especially when the food taste good.
However, we thought that people will definitely have that feeling of wanting to have a second helping cause … yes, the meals are that delicious. There are people who prefer having shakes or a combination of shakes and meals in order to lose weight.
If you are that type of person, then this is not for you. Some of the dishes on Bistro MD may be new to you or exotic to your taste. As mentioned previously, these meals were developed and prepared by some of the finest chefs in the country.
If you prefer food that you are familiar with and are not the type who would like to try other dishes in spite of these dishes being delicious, tasty, and nutritious, then Bistro MD may not be for you. The company does not ship elsewhere outside the United States. Maybe in the future, this might be something that they might look into as more people are learning more about their program.
Like any person who is looking to invest in a diet program, price is definitely something that you should consider. For some people, Bistro MD may be too pricey and not affordable. Some people whom we have come across are quick to inform us that their investment in the program is way cheaper than the cost that they would have to pay in case they get sick from being overweight.
So to them, they think of it as an investment in their health that gave them back a happy and healthy lifestyle. Compared to other weight loss diet programs in the market, the program is reasonably priced considering that you get quality meals, relatively large portion sizes, healthy and natural ingredients, and other benefits that you get for your money.
Initially, you may think that the prices may seem like a lot of money to spend each week. However, if you take into account the cost of your time for planning meals, doing the groceries, cooking, cleaning up, and the stress and effort of having to do all these yourself, you will realize that Bistro MD does offer a significant amount of value in terms of overall cost and time-savings.
A review by CBS Moneywatch. That number only reflects the cost of food ingredients and still does not factor in the cost of your time and the effort incurred for planning meals, doing the groceries, preparing and cooking meals, and cleaning up. Your food is pre-cooked so all you have to do is heat the food and enjoy your healthy, nutritious meal.
It also saves you hours in food planning, grocery time, and meal preparation allowing you to use that extra time to do other things you truly enjoy. We highly suggest that you check what their Special Offer is and of course, take advantage of any special promo they are running so that you can save money and start losing weight the delicious way.
So there you have it! Bistro MD makes no claim that these results are representative of all participants on this program. Bistro MD recommends you consult with a physician before starting a weight loss program.
Please be aware that results may vary depending on the individual and other factors. Typical weight loss on this program is 1 to 2 lbs.
Did you find this review of Bistro MD helpful? Are you planning to go on this diet or have you used this before? Feel free to share your thoughts. I just want to share with you my progress with Bistro MD. I feel really good and I would have to credit all that to the meals of Bistro MD. Way to go and keep it up. Bistro md meals are complete with carbs and protein to keep you full and energetic throughout the day. I needed more regimens with the schedule and more discipline of what my portions are and what I need to eat.
I needed that training again. They tell me that I can have veggies and if I wanna do something, then I have to give something up in moderation. I've had to go to our head office for training sometimes and it was a process of being able to do that and still do the Jenny Craig stuff and make all that work for me.
It was a good learning curve as well because it brought some real life in, even though Jenny Craig is the real food but it's the outside Jenny Craig food. The difficult time for me is usually between the time I get off from work and the time that my husband gets home. Weekends aren't usually bad, but there are times when I'm feeling a little snacky and there's always the monthly cycle. There's no logic in there, there's no rationale, and there's no talking myself out of something.
During those times, even though I don't need the chips, it doesn't matter. My husband is very supportive and he's also wanting to lose the weight, so we have picked up different plates. We're learning portion control with him, the fact that he can eat like he is in his 20s. We purchase pretty much anything from Jenny Craig except the lemon stuff that I don't like.
I also can't have the shrimp stuff because my husband is allergic to shellfish. I'm fine with anything else, except for the honey and peanut butter.
I don't like those because I don't like the aftertaste. But there's not very much that I don't like within the Jenny Craig menu. Normally, when I go to the city, I would look forward to going out for supper and my husband and I have shared meals. That is a good thing as well because a normal meal for anybody is too much, but if you share a meal, then that makes a difference. I can still go out for supper even though I have my Jenny Craig food and I can have a side salad.
I'm still eating with people, but I'm being healthier and still having my Jenny food. They got a new Blueberry square bar. It's okay but it's not for everybody. I love the Cranberry biscotti bar and I would like to see that on their menu a bit more than see a Sunshine sandwich because I don't really care for the English muffins. I've also gotten used to the butternut squash ravioli a bit more. I'm not a big spaghetti and meatball fan, but it still tastes good. My favorites of late are either the Turkey burger or the cheeseburger, but I like all the Jenny food.
There's not a whole lot on the menu that tastes like diet food and that's one of the biggest reasons why I like Jenny over some of the other ones that are out there. Weight Watchers says a lot of with peppers, which is fine, but Jenny does the rice and the potatoes.
And they've got the pasta and still got their veggies. If you don't have that variety, then you're gonna get sick with the menu. I have already recommended Jenny Craig to friends. We're happy to hear about how Jenny Craig has helped you in your life and about the great relationship you had with your Consultant. I was able to get in on a lifetime thing but they no longer offer it. From time to time, I go back then I picked up some weight and I reapply myself. I like the choice of food from Jenny Craig and most of the foods are really tasty.
I get to enjoy a wide variety of things that I normally want to eat. I'm okay with the soups and the chicken salad but I'm not a real fan of most the shelves stuff and I chose not to take those as a possible substitution.
I like the Margarita pizzas, the flatbread pizzas and carbonara. I also like the pot pie and the macaroni and cheese which is one of my favorite. It is a pretty safe food and my favorite dessert is the triple chocolate cheesecake.
However, one of the times when I went back to them I had a lot of issues with heartburn and I was taking over the counter medications on a daily basis. I don't know if it's because of lack of the fat or just balanced food that it had these health effects to me.
But within two weeks of going back I haven't had to use the heartburn stuff. I live alone and Jenny Craig works well for me. I don't have to worry about cooking for other people since I get to choose. I feel the difference when I'm going off inches in the waist but it's more that I'm a lot healthier and more for wellness. I've talked to quite a few people I know about it. It will work well for people who are in the same situation but it also depends on the lifestyle and what they are willing to do.
We're happy to hear about your satisfaction with the variety that Jenny Craig provides you. We'll share your feedback with our food team. I started Jenny Craig a long time ago. At the time, Weight Watchers still had meetings you had to go to and that wasn't for me. Jenny Craig had an offer at the time that I couldn't pass up. It was 20 pounds for 20 dollars. I decided to give it a try and it worked. My first interactions with Jenny Craig was okay. A gentleman took care of me the first couple of times I was there.
However, they were having a turnover of people at the time and he was just temporary. I was very skeptical when I first went. I didn't think it was going to work and was quite surprised when it did and it just kept me coming. The first time I went there about eight years ago, I lost 54 pounds. And I kept it off for six years. Then I had things happen in life and gained the weight back. I ended up going back again and I've lost pounds.
I have 10 pounds left to go. My personal consultant is not quite as openly friendly, but she's a good consultant and knows what she's doing. When I go in weekly, I weigh in first and then I sit down and go over the next week's menu that I'm going to be on.
At times, depending on what my weight is, she'll give me tips as to what I can do differently to make it better. I've been going there for a long time and they have been there for me. They've changed their menu within the last four months and a lot of the original things they had were better than what they changed them to. They've changed their Anytime Bars now. Last week was the first time I had gotten the new ones.
They are really delicious, but they're smaller than the other bars were and they have more calories. They went up 10 calories per bar, which is 70 calories a week.
And that's for not getting anything any different than what I had before. I'm not sure I like that at all because I was perfectly happy with the ones they had before. Also, I have found some at the grocery store that has more of all the good things than Anytime Bars. Moreover, it has even less of the bad things in it. I think I'm going to go that route instead. There are also some meals that you couldn't pay me to eat. There are a couple of them that I have tried several times and I think they're worthless.
I've tried the beef merlot two times. Each time I've gotten it, there were two tiny pieces of meat, about as big as the tip of my little finger, and the rest was all gravy. Then there were vegetables in there. For me, that's not a meal. But overall, most of the food is very tasty. Congrats on your weight loss! We're happy we get to continue to help you meet your goals.
We'd like to have Manager follow up with you privately regarding our experience with your Consultants. As for the menus at times we do change or retire foods to keep our menu fresh and full of variety. I go on and off with Jenny Craig for 10 years. When I first went in, it was welcoming and I was given the information. I did it for two months and I have lost weight.
My norm is about 13 to 15 pounds when I go on Jenny Craig within the 2-month period. Then, I slowly start getting tired of the food so I slowly start going off but it was more to eat regular food than anything else. Their consultant did not give me anything to work with. There were no suggestions on how to do things differently to keep me motivated enough to keep going so I always tend to lose interest. If I try to change up even a package with something else, we are really discouraged.
They could work with me on what I wanna change and they could be more encouraging than discouraging. The meal plan is too restricted. In the beginning, more people followed but for the longer-term client, they have to start doing a little adjustment. I'm going back again today and the consultants gave me a quick call and just asked how I am.
We're happy to hear about your weight loss on Jenny Craig. Our goal at Jenny Craig is to help you meet your goals and maximize your weight loss. The structure of our Full Planned Menus and the routine of meeting with a Consultant weekly is what makes our clients successful.
We encourage you to speak with your Consultant about making changes that fall within the parameters that will help you continue to optimize your weight loss. I belonged to Jenny Craig for many years and they were good. My interactions with my personal consultant were wholesome and very nice. I started in in Monterey, California and I lost pounds.
It was good because I worked at a scuba diving shop and I was exercising every single day, but weight loss is something you have to keep up with.
In the 90s, they had more meetings. They also had all the tapes and these tapes were helpful. But this time, they don't have tapes.
I wish they would've had CDs instead of the tapes, so I could listen to them better. They also had books and they had more training materials where now they don't.
I like the menus and all the menus are good. There are only a couple of things I don't care much for, but I eat it too. However, after a year, I got tired of the menu, but they do what they can to change them. They retire food and change them to new food. The quality of the meals is very good and I like the idea of not having to take the vitamins because last time, I had to take the vitamins and I lost my hair. My weekly visits with my dedicated personal consultant were very good, although right now, I'm not doing it because I'm waiting for the fall.
But I'm going back to Jenny Craig. I just have to budget because it's kinda expensive. Nonetheless, I'd recommend them. Thank you four your feedback. We're happy to help you get restarted with our returning client specials! I've been with Jenny Craig since the 90's, but I come and go. Still, I like the company. I like my consumption with their program and their food is good. They're not acidic, so my stomach doesn't get all messed up.
Furthermore, my consultant is the sweetest girl and we became really good friends. She's trying to help me to keep on track. Also, she's always worried that I exercise and I do whatever's necessary to lose the weight.
She texts me and we go to her office. There, I lose my stuff then I get weighted. She asks me about my week and how it went. Then we get a menu and leave for home. In terms of the quality of their food, most of it is nice. Jenny Craig did a lot of changes with their food. Still, I like them much more and I have my own personal favorite.
They have integrated in the last three years and they've tried it to be a little bit more modern with our food. The program is good and when I followed the program as it should be, I was losing the weight an average of two pounds a week.
The problem is that if I go off it I don't lose any. When I first started their program, I was very focused and I lost 30 pounds. But over the years, losing weight is just not my main goal right now but it is not to gain weight. So when I'm off it, I gain weight.
But if I followed the regimen I'll lose weight and I'll do great. Thank you for sharing your Jenny Craig experience with us. We love to hear about the connection you have with your Consultant.
Congrats on the weight you have lost. We're happy to continue to help you meet your goal. I was on Jenny Craig years and years ago, back in the early 80s. I have always liked the program and the food, and I knew it worked for me, so I went back to it. They got me all set up and they weighed me in, measured me, encouraged me, and gave me my food.
I show up for the weekly visits with my dedicated personal consultant and we weigh in and we talk about the week, the challenges, obstacles, things I can do, and plan for the week ahead, and then I grab my food. I like all the different menu plans and they have more options. I like all the Mexican food.
I like the program quite a bit. When I first joined, I had a program where I got a discount on my food weekly, which helped out significantly. And when I started going back again, that program was no longer in existence. But recently, they started where you could pay X amount of money to get a discount and get part of your money back a year after you reach your goal. Since they brought that discount program back, they would have allowed anybody who has previously been on it to be grandfathered in.
It was a positive experience and if you work the plan, it works. I also like the personal interaction. We're happy to hear about your positive experience with Jenny Craig and how your Consultant helped and encouraged you. We're happy to continue to help you meet your goals! I bit into a breakfast sandwich and a long black hair came out of the egg!!?? I was totally disgusted!
If it could happen to one of their foods it could happen to many more. Whose head did it come from? Do they have any diseases? I contacted Jenny Craig Corp. Their response was a pro forma apology and an offer to replace the food item. The thought of biting into any of their food makes me want to vomit! I replied that this was not a satisfactory response and they should ensure the public was aware of the possibility of finding foreign objects in their food.
I got no response. I then sent email requesting a full refund of my investment into their program since at no fault of mine I was unable to eat their food. A week later I got a special delivery from UPS. Inside was another pro forma letter stating Jenny Craig meets food quality standards. Please be aware that if you purchase food from Jenny Craig it is standard to find things in their food Very poor customer service. My serious concern was dealt with by a pro forma letter. Food quality is extremely important to us, and we want to make sure your concerns are addressed.
We have researched your account and found this is still an open investigation at this time, and we're pending a response from a request we mailed to you. We will have a Manager reach out to you to go over the next steps with you. The simplicity of the Jenny Craig program appealed to me. I have been on and off of it for about six years. Their personal consultant has always been very good and very easy to deal with no judgments.
We go in and talk about how the week went and we weigh in. Then, we talk about both for the next week and go through the menu and a way to go. They have four different menus. The quality of the meals is very good and some are better than others. Still, when I'm on the program, I've had very good results. I recommend Jenny Craig. Thank you for recommending Jenny Craig! It's great to hear about how your Consultant has helped you stay on track and overcome challenges.
I've been on every program there was and Jenny Craig was one of those left that I had not tried. I felt that it was a really affordable down payment option, since the other programs cost thousands of dollars to join. The food was delicious although some were better than the others. The frozen food was much more endurable than the pantry items.
There were some things that you microwave, like the pot roast, and I didn't find them as enjoyable. For the frozen foods and the cinnamon rolls, the recipes improved but some other things went downhill. They changed the pizza and the blueberry pancakes and they were not as good. On the other hand, they bring out new foods periodically and that is very important for a program like that.
It was a very positive thing for me as the food gets tired after being on the same thing. The kept introducing new things, like the pumpkin muffins.
But with anybody who has a weight problem, it is not because they like food. In my case, there were a lot of emotional things that trigger food interaction and it was a very real situation. So giving somebody food is not enough. People need more time. Some are flying high and they don't need it but when you have something real going on, to put everybody in the same boat of a minute window is not realistic.
This way a person can dictate the amount of food they will consume in a sitting depending on the weight they want to lose or maintain. The element of the body is as important as dieting is. According to the program, a person must be physically active for the digestion of food to happen effectively. To produce the maximum energy required by the body to function adequately, you need to stay active.
The program provides work out strategies that they say are client-friendly, simple and not too time-consuming. The third element they focus on is the mind. An official of the program, Mr. It has been scientifically proven that people animals and plants that live in a positive, encouraging and supportive environment tend to thrive more, but no research backing this plan specifically.
The Jenny Craig program claims to provide their clients with a support system and a set of affirmations that the clients can recite daily. Customers are also promised a weight-loss counselor on standby and a forum where the they can encourage each other.
To us, this all sounds fine — except for one thing. We still need to determine whether this diet works, because all this talk of high costs and lack of scientific evidence has us a bit worried at the moment.
After its conception in Australia and USA the program slowly grew in popularity. Jenny Craig, who is the founder of the company together with her husband, later sold this diet plan to Nestle in The Jenny Craig diet consists of prepackaged foods that already have the calories counted for you.
Generally, these foods are frozen and are meant for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. The program advises the clients that indulge this diet plan to supplement each meal with fresh fruit, non-dairy products and vegetables for maximum satisfaction.
Jenny Craig meal plans do not dismiss or promote any specific foods. The numerous prepackaged foods do not have a limitation to what is considered healthy or not. However according to WebMD , the program leans more toward low fat, low calorie foods that have high water, fiber and protein content. But in the case of vegetables and fruits such as broccoli, oranges and tomatoes, one can have as many as they want.
Alcoholic beverages are also allowed occasionally. After a while, when the client has shown growth and ability to stand on their own without the support, the program also teaches them how to do Jenny Craig meal planning at home. How does one do this? First, you need to buy yourself a weighing scale.
An electronic one is preferable because it shows your weight to the last point which makes it more accurate and easier to track your weight loss. Once you have your weight recorded, you can then calculate the number of calories you should be eating each day to lose weight. Using an online BMI calculator is also advised. Get yourself linked to a weight loss friend, a dietitian or counselor. Someone who will be there for you whenever you needed them.
As mentioned earlier, having someone who believes in you and relates to your struggles is very important in making any positive progress. You should be able to have a set amount of time, say 20 minutes each day, where you meet and talk with your weight loss partner about your progress. By doing this, not only will you have an accountability partner who will always keep you in track and help you if you slipped, you will also have the motivation to do better because no one likes being a disappointment.
The next and maybe most important thing is to stock up on the low-calorie foods. Throw away all the high calorie and high fat foods in your house and anything over-processed. Remember the program does not ban any type of food, but chemical and synthetic products are not qualified as food.
Instead buy and keep in large quantities whole foods, low dairy foods, fruits and vegetables of your liking, proteins such as lentils and black beans, nuts, chicken preferably skinless, canned fish and water. You should then try as much as possible to cook these foods in very little oil. Deep frying should be in very limited occasions if any. The next step then is to take the calorie chart that you made when you recorded your weight and divide it into 6 meals that you will be taking throughout the day.
For example, if the calories that you are required to take to lose weight are a day, then you are supposed to make 6 meals, each carrying calories and eat them. A day has twenty-four hours, but are for sleeping so you will be working with roughly 18 hours. This means that the 6 meals should have a three-hour spacing. You can choose to have all the meals with the uniform number of calories or, make some meals like breakfast heavier than day time snacks. You can start with as little as 20 minutes and work your way up gradually.
The trick is to be consistent and disciplined. At this point it is advisable to have a food journal where you can be recording what you had for every meal and whether you stuck to the calories. You can also record the length of time you exercised and what specific workouts you did. This is important to keep yourself on track and to also monitor your progress. You should also toss anything that might trigger you to snack or eat more than you should.
Make sure to keep in constant communication with your health partner and dietitian being absolutely open with them. It is better to admit that you failed or slipped than to act like everything is fine while in real facts you are failing. Using these steps, apparently, will give you your very own Jenny Craig at home. Does this diet program work? At the high cost of the diet plan, will we actually lose weight? According to WebMD many people can attest to the fact that the plan worked for them.
The plan also works great for vegetarians and those that do not consume gluten since there are a variety of options. However, the diet is not good for vegans because almost all the prepackaged foods have some levels of dairy in them. According to a review of previous studies, it was seen that obese adults that were put on the Jenny Craig diet plan showed a 4.
Everyone burns calories differently, and for some, counting calories can be a bad thing. Customers are given prepackaged foods with the calories already counted and certified as okay.
There is no scientific research linking this diet to weight loss and management. National Institutes of Health conducted a study on mice that were given a low-calorie diet. Middle-aged mice 16 months old were fed the diet for 4 consecutive days, followed by 10 days of unlimited access to food. The mice overate during these phases so that their overall calorie intake was similar to mice continuously fed a regular diet. There is a wealth of information, blogs and articles pointing out the downfalls of meal planning.
The mega-downside is that this diet is super expensive. Jenny Craig prices are as follows:.