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Below are a list of our frequently asked questions of our dietitian Karen Inge or medical ambassador Dr Andrew Rochford.

If you can't find the answer to your question, whether you're a client of Jenny or not, if you have a medical or nutrition question about our program, let our dietitian Karen Inge or medical ambassador Dr Andrew Rochford help answer it.

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Jennys Dietitian, Karen IngeKaren Inge, one of Australia's Leading Dietitians

With numerous publications and regular appearances on national television and radio, Karen is highly respected in the field of nutrition. She has worked extensively in Sports Nutrition and was the first Dietitian appointed to an AFL club. Most importantly, she is also part of our Medical Advisory Board and makes sure our program is up to date with the latest scientific thinking in terms of nutrition, food and health. 

 

 

 

Jennys medical spokesperson, Dr Andrew Rochford Dr Andrew Rochford, Jenny medical spokesperson

Regularly appearing on both television and radio, Dr Andrew Rochford is often called upon for his expert advice on modern day medicine, health and wellbeing. As Jenny's Medical Spokesperson, Dr Rochford's mission is to demystify the confusion that surrounds diets and fitness and hopes to encourage Australians to lose weight in order to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

 

 

 

Frequently asked questions

Food and menus          Food allergies and intolerances           Medical conditions           Weight loss              Lifestage

Food and menus  

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I am a muslim and I can't eat pork as it is forbidden by my religion & I can't eat any other meat that is not halal. I am interested in losing weight with Jenny Craig. Does your food accommodate my requirements? (Nilufa)

There are a number of Jenny Craig meals that contain pork and pork products, and these can be excluded from your menu selection. Unfortunately, at this stage, our dishes that contain other meats such as chicken or beef are not halal. We offer a vegetarian menu, however the vegetarian dishes may contain animal derived ingredients such as amylase, rennet, gelatin, dairy, eggs and other enzymes that may come from an animal source. If you feel we can accommodate your dietary needs, we welcome you to make an appointment to see one of our Consultants at your nearest Jenny Craig centre.

If you feel the Jenny Craig Menus will not be suitable for your dietary needs, we recommend you seek tailored weight management advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals. Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD').

Can we have a preview of the nutritional chart of Jenny Craig? (Sadiah, NSW)

The Jenny Craig Menus provide 50-60% of kilojoules from carbohydrate, 20-25% of kilojoules from fat and 20-25% of kilojoules from protein each day.  They are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect current nutrition recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines formulated by the NHMRC.  The Menus include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats.  On average, the Menus include 2 to 3 grams of sodium (approximately half the average adult intake) and 2 to 5 grams of potassium each day, depending on the kilojoule level and food chosen.  Specific nutrition information can be found on the Jenny Craig food labels, unfortunately we are unable to provide this detail via email or on our website.

There seems to be some additives and chemicals added to the Jenny Craig Cuisine. Are they safe? How nutritious is the food? (Lorele, WA)

The food additives used in Jenny Craig Cuisine are used in relatively small quantities and are all approved by Food Standards Australia & New Zealand (foodstandards.gov.au). Food additives play an important role in our food supply, ensuring that food is safe to eat and that it satisfies the sensory needs of consumers. Additives are used for many reasons including reducing moisture loss (preventing foods drying out), preserving food so it is safe to eat, as well as ensuring the visual appeal and taste of the product are both acceptable. The menus are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect current nutrition recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines formulated by the NHMRC. The combination of Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats and fish is considered a healthy balance.

On Jenny's grocery list cheese is listed as yellow. I thought white cheeses such as brie and camembert have less fat than yellow cheddar. Could you please explain? (Janice, NZ)

Cheeses such as low fat versions of cheddar, cottage and ricotta feature as an option in the Meat and Meat Alternatives category in Jenny's Grocery List. There are certain cheeses, such as ricotta, cottage and feta that are lower in fat than yellow or cheddar cheese, however brie and camembert cheeses are not.

If you would like to include brie and camembert cheeses as an alternative for a meat serve, we recommend using the Nutrition Information Panel on the packaging of the cheese to identify the amount of kilojoules, protein and fat in the product. Once you have this information you can then refer to the kilojoule and fat allowances for the Meat and Fat food groups in Jenny's Grocery List to identify how many serves to allocate to your chosen serve size.  The Grocery List can be found at the back of the Jenny Craig Journal and the Success Made Simple Guide.

If you have further questions regarding food group exchanges on the Jenny Craig Menus your Jenny Craig Consultant can assist you.

I questioned my consultant about eating all the food on the menu, as I generally don't snack nor do I eat fast food. I am having trouble eating cereal bars, pies, sausage rolls and hamburgers! I was advised that I must eat it to have the correct kilojoule intake, is this true? Do I really have to start to snack when I previously never have? (Anna, WA)

The Jenny Craig menus have been designed to include all foods in moderation, while also catering to the vast range of food preferences that our clients have. As you have mentioned, we even include some of the foods that you perhaps thought you couldn't eat while losing weight. The menus are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect current nutrition recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines formulated by the NHMRC. The combination of Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats and fish is considered a healthy balance.

The menus are designed to include three meals and three snacks, however, if you prefer to stick to 3 meals per day, you can incorporate the foods listed as a snack into your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Your Consultant is correct in advising that you need to eat all of the foods, in order to achieve adequate kilojoules for weight loss, however if there are specific foods you would rather exclude, the Personalised Menus are designed to allow you to select the foods you like. If you would like assistance with selecting menu days based on your own personal tastes, I encourage you to discuss this with your Jenny Craig Consultant who will be more than happy to help.

I would like to know what sort of yoghurt is the best to buy? (Narelle, NSW)

On the Jenny Craig Program, fat free or non-fat yoghurt features as an option in the Milk category, in the Jenny Craig Grocery List.   If you would like to include yoghurt in your diet, we recommend using the Nutrition Information Panel on the packaging of the product to identify the amount of kilojoules, carbohydrate, protein and fat in the yoghurt. Once you have this information you can then refer to the nutrition allowances for the Milk category in Jenny's Grocery List, it can be found at the back of the Jenny Craig Journal and the Success Made Simple Guide.

For example a 1 serving from the Milk category has approximately 380-450kJ, 12g carbohydrate, 7-10g protein and <3g fat. Listed below is a number of yoghurts whose nutrition information fall into these parameters:
Gippsland- Fat Free Natural, Original Skim
Hakea- Original Sim
Jalna- Fat Free Natural, Fat Free Biodynamic
Nestle- Diet 99% Fat Free (Aust only)
Yoplait- Forme

If you have further questions regarding appropriate foods or food group exchanges on the Jenny Craig Menus your Jenny Craig Consultant can assist you.

I am a pescatarian who tends to avoid wheat and dairy. Would the Jenny Craig program be able to cater for that? (Rebecca, VIC)

The menus are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians and include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats. We do offer a Vegetarian Menu, however the vegetarian dishes may contain animal derived ingredients such as amylase, rennet, gelatin, dairy, eggs and other enzymes that may come from an animal source.  On the Jenny Craig Menus, you would be eating products containing wheat on a daily basis.  The dairy foods are a critical component of the Jenny Craig Menus in order to achieve adequate kilojoules and nutrients.  Dairy foods include cheese, milk and yoghurt, however these can also be substituted with soy milk on the Jenny Craig Program.

If you feel the Jenny Craig Menus will not be suitable for your dietary needs, we recommend you seek tailored weight management advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian.  Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals.  Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD').

However, if we can accommodate your dietary needs, simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants.  You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I was wondering can you have a glass of wine on the program? (Maggie, VIC)

The recommendations for alcohol intake for both men & women are 'an average of no more than 2 standard drinks a day, and no more than 14 standard drinks over a week'.  For people trying to lose weight, Jenny Craig recommends it may be better to reduce alcohol intake to no more than 1-2 servings per week in order to minimise the extra kilojoules that can affect weight loss, but you certainly can include alcohol, in moderation.

I am on transition stage and am actively looking at food labels. When I add up the JC food groups it often goes over the fat or carbohydrate content that we are allowed on maintenance. How then are we to mirror the variety of your menus and stick to the allocated food groups? (Anne Marie, NSW)

The Jenny Craig menus provide 50-60% of kilojoules from carbohydrate and 20-25% of kilojoules from each fat & protein. These nutrients are found in varying amounts in different foods, so you won't necessarily see the same number of grain, meat or fat serves each day on a Jenny Craig Menu day - for instance carbohydrates come from fruit, vegetable, milk and grain serves, and fat can be found in meat, milk, grain & fat serves. The Jenny Craig meals and snack are specifically designed to meet the nutritional parameters of our program, so the foods you find in retail will often have quite a different nutritional profile.

I'm sure your Consultant has discussed calculating food labels with you, however, all you need to do is follow the simple steps below.

Follow this 4-step method:

  1. Identify the main ingredients
  2. Use your Grocery List to match the ingredients to their food groups
  3. Review the Nutrition Information Panel for key nutrients (carbohydrate, protein & fat)
  4. Estimate the number of servings from each food group, using the nutrition information located inJenny's Grocery List

You can use the product's ingredient list and Nutrition Information Panel to do this. More information on calculating food group serves can be found in the Jenny Craig Maintenance Mastery Manual from page 18 onward. Should you have any further queries, be sure to discuss these with your Consultant who will be very happy to help.

Over the past year I have lost approx 10 kgs at Jenny Craig, recently have been diagnosed with borderline hypertension. Would I be harming myself if I continue? Is the level of salt safe in the food? (Robyn, VIC)

First of all, congratulations on your weight loss results so far, it is a fantastic achievement!  Further weight loss will certainly contribute to an improvement in your blood pressure, so if you are considering continuing our program, I would certainly encourage you to do so. The menus are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians and include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits (at lest 2 serves per day, consistent with recommendations for good health as well as blood pressure management), vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats.  On average, the Menus include 2 to 3 grams of sodium (approximately half the average adult intake) and 2 to 5 grams of potassium each day, depending on the kilojoule level and food chosen. So the menus are considered suitable for individuals with high blood pressure.

I am on Jenny Craig and have lost 8.5 kilos, I have one more kilo to go, I was wondering if you had any recipes with the free foods in them and do you have any ideas of what I can have? (Emily, NSW)

Firstly, congratulations on reaching this point in your program!  What a wonderful achievement.  With 2 Grain, 3 Meat & 1 Fat serve for dinner, I would suggest you try a stir fry chicken dish with lots of free non-starchy vegetables, 90g of skinless chicken, 1 tsp of oil and some sauce and herbs from the free list such as soy sauce or even a little vegetable stock with garlic and coriander or basil.  Serve it with 1 cup of steamed rice.  If you would like some recipes for free foods, ask your Jenny Craig Consultant about the Simply Delicious recipe booklet - it has some great ideas for salads and stir fries.  I wish you the best of luck for weight maintenance and beyond!

I have a serious addiction to chocolate. Ever since I can remember I have always over indulged in eating chocolate, but it never mattered because I was always so slim, but now after 3 kids I'm overweight. Every day could easily eat a family block of chocolate, I can't stop, please help (Ann, SA)

The Jenny Craig menus have been designed to include all foods in moderation. Clients rarely feel deprived while following our menus because we ensure you get the kilojoules and nutrients your body needs. We include sweet and savoury options, and even some of the foods that you thought you couldn't eat while losing weight! The menus have been developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect National Dietary Guidelines, and include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats. The menu days are designed to let you choose the days based on the foods you like.

The Jenny Craig Consultants are trained to educate you on healthy eating options for day-to-day life, help with menu and activity planning, offer weight loss tips and techniques and can address any challenges you may have.

I would like to join Jenny Craig but I am concerned I will be hungry for the first week, my current portion size is big and then I would have to eat small portions? (Mini, NSW)

On the Jenny Craig Program your gender, weight, height, age and level of physical activity are considered when calculating the kilojoule (or calorie) level appropriate for your weight loss needs. You'll be getting the amount of kilojoules that's just right for you, ranging from 5000kJ to 8400kJ, and even higher if you need it.

The Menus include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats. The regular meals and snacks ensure that you won't feel hungry, while the variety of foods ensures that you meet your body's needs for the range of vitamins and minerals essential to good health. If in fact you do feel hungry while on the program, be sure to discuss this with your Jenny Craig Consultant who will offer a range of practical solutions.

What food group serves are used if I decide to order Pad Thai, when eating out? (NSW)

Page 33 of the Jenny Craig Dining Out Guide lists food group exchanges for 1 cup of Pad Thai with prawn or egg as: 2 grain, 2 meat and 4 fat serves. So you can certainly use this as a guide. It's always a good idea to be familiar with the food group serve sizes in Jenny's Grocery List - when you read a meal's ingredients on a restaurant menu, and consider the cooking technique (for instance, Pad Thai will require oil in the cooking process and this has been accounted for in the number of fat serves allocated), as well as considering the serve size, you can generally estimate the number of serves from each food group for the meal. Your Jenny Craig Consultant can certainly provide advice for dining out should you need any further information.

I really struggle to drink 8 glasses of water. Is it actually water we need, or will any fluid do? (Aitken, VIC)

Drinking 8 glasses of water each day, or 1.5 to 2 litres, is considered to be a good general recommendation to keep your body well hydrated. You should be adding more if you are very active, if you live in a hot climate, if you spend time in heating or air conditioning or if you feel thirsty. Water is the best choice because it does not contain any kilojoules, however you can include a variety of other choices such as herbal teas, diet cordials, or get creative with your water - try adding some fresh mint, ice and a squeeze of fresh lemon for a great thirst quencher.

Can Jenny Craig supply a low Gi diet? I have insulin resistance? (Louise, NSW)

The Jenny Craig foods have not been tested for their GI value, however many of the Jenny Craig foods do contain low GI ingredients. You can easily incorporate low GI foods into the grocery serves on our menus, as many foods which fit into the fruit, vegetable, milk and grain food groups are low GI. Our consultants are not trained to advise specifically on this detailed information, so some suggested reading is the New Glucose Revolution by Jennie Brand-Miller who has done much of the research on GI at the Sydney University.

Why do you have so much sugar in your foods when it is a trigger food? Isn't this bad for you? (Margaret, NSW)

The Jenny Craig menus have been designed to include all foods in moderation, while also catering to the vast range of food preferences that our clients have. As you have mentioned, we even include some of the foods that you perhaps thought you couldn't eat while losing weight. If your preference is for savoury rather than sweet, there are a variety of snack and breakfast options to meet your needs. I would suggest you speak with your Consultant who can set you up to follow a Personalised Menu with the foods that suit your personal tastes. The menus are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect current nutrition recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines formulated by the NHMRC. The combination of Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats and fish is considered a healthy balance.

Does the program involve the intake of shakes and pills? (Pat, NT)

Successful weight management relies on three key factors - these are food, physical activity, and having a balanced approach to life. At Jenny Craig, the program incorporates a kilojoule controlled healthy eating plan including ready to eat meals, regular physical activity and behaviour modification techniques with the support of private weekly consultations with a trained consultant. Jenny Craig meals and snacks are specially formulated and are incorporated into the nutritionally balanced menus that are low in fat and sodium and moderate in carbohydrate. We ask that you take a specially designed multi-vitamin and mineral supplement while you're following our reduced kilojoule plans, however the program does not consist of shakes. The menus and program are designed to educate clients about portion control and how to establish sensible eating habits. Each day there are three meals and three snacks, including pre-prepared Jenny Craig cuisine together with additional fruit, vegetable, lean meats, wholegrains and dairy foods. The Jenny Craig program promotes healthy and balanced eating together with realistic and safe weight loss. The program has been designed to result in a maximum weekly weight loss of no more than 1 kilogram or 1 per cent of current body weight (less for adolescents and women who are breastfeeding). Rapid weight loss is discouraged. Clients are assigned a kilojoule level based on gender, age, height, weight, activity level, and any special needs they may have.

Are you able to choose your own food as opposed to being given a set menu? (Marian, VIC)

There are two types of menus available to Jenny Craig Clients. Firstly there are our planned weekly menus - where all of the decisions have been made for you! It's simply a matter of following the pre-planned menus consisting of three meals and three snacks, including pre-prepared Jenny Craig cuisine together with additional fruit, vegetable, lean meats, wholegrains and low fat dairy foods. For clients who prefer more flexibility, we also offer a Personalised Menu. On this menu structure, you simply select the Jenny Craig breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack of your choice and combine this with grocery serves to ensure you're getting the kilojoules and the nutrients your body needs each day.

I like to eat some of the breads at Bakers Delight. How do I know if they are suitable while I am on Jenny Craig? (Janine, NSW)

You may use the serve size indicated in Jenny's Grocery List for any type of white, wholemeal, sourdough, rye, fruit or multigrain bread. So that's 30 grams of bread for 1 Grain serve. For specialty products - I suggest you refer to the Baker's Delight Section of the Jenny Craig Dining Out Guide, or you may ask your consultant how to calculate Jenny Craig Food Groups from nutrition information panels. Baker's Delight offers nutrition information for all of their products on their website.

Can I use chickpeas as a grain serve on Jenny Craig? (Debbie, TAS)

Half a cup of cooked or canned chickpeas, or any other type of legumes, can be used as a Grain serve on the Jenny Craig Menus. This information can be found in Jenny's Grocery List at the back of your Journal or Success Made Simple Guide, and your Consultant will certainly be able to answer any further questions you may have regarding grocery serves.

I recently joined Jenny Craig and I'm loving the food. But I seem to be struggling in the morning with eating milk and cereal. Is there an alternative that I could have put into my program or is there a way to tackle this? Before starting I use to eat toast and that was about it...I have never really been that big on eating cereal in the mornings. Any Ideas or suggestions would be appreciated (Elyse, WA)

The Jenny Craig menus have been designed to include all foods in moderation, while also catering to the vast range of food preferences that our clients have. Many people enjoy cereal with milk for breakfast, but certainly there are others, like your self, who do not. If you browse through the list of breakfast options available on the Jenny Craig website, or in your Personalised Menu Planning Brochure (available from your Consultant), you will see that you may also select from a variety of breakfast bars, milk drinks and even some hot breakfast options. If you prefer to have toast for breakfast, you could select a Jenny Craig Meal or Snack for the day that allows you to add a Grain serve - this way you can have the breakfast item later in the day & have a slice of toast for breakfast with a free spread such as Vegemite, or you may have a fat serve within your day that you could also use.

Should you have any other queries about tailoring our menus to suit your specific taste preferences, speak with your Consultant who will be very happy to help.

Would I be able to incorporate nuts, seeds, and flaxseed oil into the Jenny Craig program? I really enjoy these foods daily with salad. (Wendy, QLD)

Nuts and seeds certainly are an important component of any healthy diet, however when you're trying to lose weight, you do need to be mindful of their high kilojoule content. If you refer to Jenny's Grocery List, you will see that nuts and seeds can be incorporated into our menus as Fat serves (2 tsp = 1 Fat serve). Wherever you see a Fat serve on a menu, you may exchange this for nuts or seeds if you wish. You will also see that some menu days already feature nuts if the kilojoules allow for it. When it comes to flaxseed oil, if you're using it as a salad dressing, 1 tsp = 1 fat serve. However if you're taking it as a supplement, we would encourage you to treat it as a supplement rather than a food, and therefore take it in addition to following the menus. It is however very high in kilojules, so you would need to increase your physical activity in order to balance these additional kilojoules. If you then experience slowed weight loss, it may be something you consider excluding from your diet in the short term. Evening Primrose Oil capsules, or Fish Oil capsules, may be another option for you, as these contain omega 3 fats/polyunsaturated fats, with far fewer kilojoules than you would have by consuming an actual oil.

Food allergies and intolerances  

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Does Jenny Craig offer a special ‘Diabetic’ Menu? (Greg, VIC)

No, Jenny Craig’s portion and kilojoule controlled meals and snacks are all suitable for people with diabetes, when eaten as part of the Jenny Craig Menus. Individual blood glucose responses to food may vary, so you should try all the foods you are comfortable with. If you find anything that results in a raised blood glucose reading, simply make a note to omit it from your menu selection in the future.

I've been a client for 3 1/2 weeks. I have high blood pressure and I am concerned about the amount of protein and iron on the program and the amounts of sugar and salt used. (Kerrie, WA)

As you are no doubt aware one of the key factors in controlling high blood pressure is to make sure that you are not overweight. The Jenny Craig program is a kilojoule controlled program designed to help you lose weight safely and gain skills to help you maintain that weight loss in the long term.

The menus are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect current nutrition recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines formulated by the NHMRC. The combination of Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats and fish is considered a healthy balance. It is always challenging when reducing the kilojoule level of the diet to ensure that all the micronutrients meet the recommended intakes that's why we recommend a multivitamin/mineral supplement. The menus, in combination with this Jenny Craig daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement will, on average, provide the recommended amounts for essential nutrients including iron. We offer a variety of meals and snacks, both sweet and savoury, in order to accommodate the wide range of taste preferences of our clients. So there may be food items that you do not normally eat but hopefully you will find enough choices to satisfy your tastes. What we have tried to do in the design of the menus is teach portion control.

The Jenny Craig Menus provide 50-60% of kilojoules from carbohydrate. This amount of carbohydrate has been shown in research to be the optimal balance for weight loss and good health. Carbohydrate is essential for your body providing the best source of fuel for your muscles and brain. They help you concentrate and give you energy for physical activity

While some of the individual products do contain significant amounts of sodium, the menus have been designed to keep the daily intake of sodium to 2 to 3 grams, which is approximately half the typical adult intake.

The Jenny Craig program is designed to provide 20-25% of your kilojoules as protein, this is more than adequate to meet the requirements of most people.

Does Jenny Craig offer menu's for lactose and fructose intolerance? (Susan, VIC)

The Jenny Craig Menus include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats.

There are varying degrees of lactose intolerance, so it does depend on how much lactose you can tolerate as to whether our menus can accommodate your needs. Many of the Jenny Craig meals and snacks contain milk and milk powder, so if you require a menu completely free of lactose, ours unfortunately would not be suitable.

Fructose and fructans (long chains of fructose) occur naturally in a range of foods including fruit, onions and wheat and is likewise not something you could completely avoid while on the Jenny Craig Program. If you have been diagnosed with either lactose or fructose malabsorption, you would be best to see an accredited practising dietitian who has expertise in food intolerances and will be able to tailor a weight management plan to suit your needs..

Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals. Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD').

Could you please advise what is something that is comparable to tuna? I can't eat canned fish and it is the only part of the program i am struggling with! (Courtney, NSW)

Tuna features as an option in the Meat and Meat Alternatives category, in the Jenny Craig Grocery List. The Meat and Meat Alternatives category includes a range of foods that are suitable alternatives to tuna, such as lean ham, skinless chicken and low fat cheese. The Grocery List can be used to tailor your menu to your lifestyle and taste and as a guide for serving sizes. The Grocery List can be found at the back of the Jenny Craig Journal and the Success Made Simple Guide.

If you have further questions regarding possible exchanges on the Jenny Craig Menus your Jenny Craig Consultant can assist you with alternative choices.

Medical conditions  

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Does the tablet Arimidex (taken after breast cancer) retain fluid? I am on Jenny Craig and loosing weight but still feel a little fuffy (fluid retention). (Christina, NT)

Arimidex is a drug often prescribed to improve survival rates after breast cancer has been diagnosed and treated. One of the common side effects is fluid retention, which can cause puffy hands and feet and a bloated sensation. Continue with your weight loss program to achieve a healthy weight. Do not stop or alter your medication until you discuss it with your oncologist. There are treatments available to alleviate this side effect, but you need expert advice on your individual case.

I'm 3 months post partum. I'm 172cm tall, weigh 89kgs. I was 83kgs when fell pregnant. I'd like to weigh between 70 and 75kgs. Is it OK to use the program while breastfeeding? (Jayne, VIC)

From six weeks after the birth of your baby, we welcome you to make an appointment to see one of our Consultants at your nearest Jenny Craig centre. If you are medically suitable for the program, we would ask for your Doctor's written approval while breastfeeding. We offer tailored menu plans with sufficient kilojoules to accommodate your weight loss and nutrition needs while feeding. A goal weight of 70-75kg is realistic, as this will place you within the healthy weight range for your height.

I have an underactive thyroid, on medication, and have 30kgs to lose. I have a problem getting weight off. Can you help me? (NSW)

With an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) you need to check your thyroid function tests to make sure you are on the correct dose of medication. Thyroid disease can also be related to other autoimmune endocrine diseases so I would suggest you have your doctor check you for these.

Where there is an underlying problem affecting metabolism, it can be harder to shift excess weight so you will not be able to get away with eating "rubbish" in the same way as a person who finds it easier to keep their weight down. No, it's not fair but that's how it is! You will need to keep up the exercise you are doing and introduce weight training to increase your metabolic rate, the rate at which your body uses up energy. If your walk is at a strolling pace it may not be enough for sustained weight loss, so look at gradually increasing the pace so that your are puffing a bit and sweating, and introduce a few hills or stairs.

The Jenny Craig Program will help you to develop a healthy relationship with food by providing a kilojoule controlled healthy eating plan including ready to eat meals, with your own fresh fruit, vegetables, low fat dairy foods, lean meats and whole grains. We'll encourage you to keep up your regular physical activity and motivate you to look at your own behaviours surrounding food and physical activity and guide you to make positive lifestyle changes. You'll do all of this with the support of private weekly consultations with a trained consultant.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I'm an emotional person & sometimes suffer with depression. Should I have counselling sessions while on Jenny Craig? I have tried & failed at weight loss so many times. I believe it to be partly because I get so down on myself. (Jo, NSW)

Depression itself is not a cause of weight gain, but weight gain does commonly occur in people who are depressed because it affects their relationship with food. Food can become a "comfort" in difficult times. When someone is depressed, they often lose their motivation to exercise too, and that contributes to weight gain.

I would advise that you have a medical check to make sure you do not have an underlying medical reason for your weight gain. It is also important for you to discuss referral to a psychologist or a psychiatrist to help you to understand your feelings and to help you with strategies to manage your depression. This sometimes needs to involve medication in conjunction with the counselling.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

Do you cater for people with Coeliac disease? (Emma, QLD)

Unfortunately at this stage, Jenny Craig does not offer a gluten free menu and therefore cannot accommodate your needs for Coeliac Disease. The demand for gluten free foods forms a relatively low percentage of our program enquiries at present, and as a result, the cost of development and supply of gluten free foods through Jenny Craig would not allow us to offer a cost effective menu for clients.

We recommend you seek weight management advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals. Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD').

I've to lose wieght as I need aparastoma hernia repair. It's hard to choose food as I'm unable to eat seeds/nuts/salad & other high fibre items. I tend to choose safe carbs but I know this isn't going to help me lose weight. (Suzanne, VIC)

The Jenny Craig Menus are high in fibre, featuring fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grain cereal foods. With the dietary restrictions you have mentioned, our menus may not accommodate your needs. If you feel we can accommodate your dietary needs, we welcome you to make an appointment to see one of our Consultants at your nearest Jenny Craig centre.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

If you feel the Jenny Craig Menus will not be suitable for your dietary needs, we recommend you seek tailored weight management advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals. Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD').

I am 48 & have had Rheumatoid Arthritis since I was 16. I’ve gained weight since it has effected both feet severely, I can still walk but with a degree of pain. Can you tell me what exercise I can do? (Kerri, NSW)

Exercise is a challenge when you have any physical impediment, particularly with your feet. The most practical form of exercise for you will be in water, as the buoyancy takes the weight off the joints in your feet. If you are worried about your "look" in a bathing costume, try wearing board shorts and a rash vest. Good for sun protection too. Getting you active is the important thing for your general health as well as your weight.

Whatever you are eating, your weight gain tells me it is too much for your body's needs, so learning how to eat the right amount for your activity level is an important skill.

The three key components of the Jenny Craig Program, which are critical for successful weight management, are developing a healthy relationship with food, building an active lifestyle and taking a balanced approach to living. We'll encourage you to set goals to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle focusing on activities you enjoy, while keeping in mind your own physical limitations.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I have fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue. What do you recommend to help lose weight as I have a BMI of around 35? (Elaine, SA)

The chronic fatigue syndrome (if that diagnosis is correct) is going to make it harder for you to exercise regularly because of fluctuating energy levels. This makes restricted energy intake from good quality nutritious food all the more important.

You will need to learn how to plan meals and pay attention to your diet needs, particularly on low activity days.

Your BMI of 35 will mean that the excess weight you are carrying will be very tiring in itself. You will find that once you have lost the excess weight you will feel a lot less tired.

The three key components of the Jenny Craig Program, which are critical for successful weight management, are developing a healthy relationship with food, building an active lifestyle and taking a balanced approach to living. We'll encourage you to set goals to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle focusing on activities you enjoy, while keeping in mind your own physical limitations.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I have been a paraplegic for the last 15yrs. I suffer from depression, I'm reclusive and stay in bed. I'm now 118kgs. Would Jenny Craig be of help to me? (Chris, NSW)

Depression is common after a disabling accident but it is amenable to treatment with counseling, lifestyle changes and possibly medication. The fact that you have contacted us is great news. It tells me you are motivated to do something to improve your situation. Even little step is positive. Here are some contact numbers where you can get some advice on services available to you: Spinal Cord Injuries Australia Tel. (02) 9661 8855 or (Consumers only Toll Free - 1800 819 775). Your GP or spinal injuries specialist will be able to organise some rehabilitation for you to help you get active in a way that works with your abilities.

The three key components of the Jenny Craig Program, which are critical for successful weight management, are developing a healthy relationship with food, building an active lifestyle and taking a balanced approach to living. We'll encourage you to set goals to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle focusing on activities you enjoy, while keeping in mind your own physical limitations.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I've high blood pressure and high cholesterol plus dermoid cyst, kidney stones and I'm high in adrenaline. I tried to lose weight but i couldn't. I go to the gym but I can't find help. Could you help me? (Maysa, VIC)

Weight loss will certainly contribute to an improvement in your blood pressure and cholesterol, so the fact that you have attempted to lose weight is very positive.

The elevated adrenal hormone to which you refer is possibly a condition called Cushing's syndrome, where there is a high level of the adrenal hormone cortisol. Features of untreated Cushing's syndrome include high blood pressure, obesity, kidney stones, blood sugar problems (glucose resistance and diabetes), and high cholesterol.

A healthy diet and regular exercise are important to your general health. However, your medical situation is complicated and potentially serious and needs expert doctors working with you to help you. You will need to sort out your medical problems as an urgent priority. This will require a visit to your GP (make a long appointment) and a referral to an endocrinologist. Once the Cushing's syndrome is being treated, you will find your efforts to lose weight are more successful. For the dermoid cyst you will need a referral to a gynaecologist.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Once you have consulted your doctor about your medical conditions, you may call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

Does the Jenny Craig program work for people with Type 2 diabetes? (Judy, NSW)

Yes, the Jenny Craig program is suitable for people with well-controlled diabetes. The portion and kilojoule controlled meals and snacks are all suitable, when eaten as part of the Jenny Craig Menus. Individual blood glucose responses to food may vary, so we encourage clients to try all the foods they are comfortable with. If anything results in a raised blood glucose reading, we advise clients to simply make a note to omit it from their menu selection in the future.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I have type 1 diabetes. Am I going to be able to manage my diabetes if I decide to start a Jenny Craig program? (Kirsty, QLD)

The Jenny Craig program is suitable for people with well-controlled diabetes. The portion and kilojoule controlled meals and snacks are all suitable, when eaten as part of the Jenny Craig Menus. Individual blood glucose responses to food may vary, so we encourage clients to try all the foods they are comfortable with. If anything results in a raised blood glucose reading, we advise clients to simply make a note to omit it from their menu selection in the future.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I have been fatigued the last week and was wondering if it could be the lack of red meat in my diet? I am about 8 weeks into the plan. (Jacqueline, QLD)

The Jenny Craig menus are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect current nutrition recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines formulated by the NHMRC. It is always challenging when reducing the kilojoule level of the diet to ensure that all the micronutrients meet the recommended intakes that's why we recommend a multivitamin/mineral supplement. The menus, in combination with this Jenny Craig daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement will, on average, provide the recommended amounts for essential nutrients including iron.

If you would like to increase your iron intake, choose more meals with red meat, as it's the richest source of iron. Having fruit juice with plant sources of iron (such as some breakfast cereals, legumes dark green vegetables) will help your body to absorb the iron in these foods more efficiently.

You may wish to discuss your feelings of fatigue with your GP.

My doctor discovered that I have a fatty liver. What does a fatty liver mean for me? I am overweight and have battled with my weight since giving bith to my last child 13 years ago. (Jennifer, TAS)

A fatty liver simply means that you have a layer of fat surrounding your liver. It often happens in people who are carrying more weight than their body needs - and the solution for a fatty liver is to lose weight. If you suffer from bloating after eating certain foods, I would suggest you see an accredited practising dietitian who has expertise in food intolerances and will be able to help you identify which specific foods are causing your symptoms. A dietitian can tailor a weight management plan to suit your needs.

If you feel we can accommodate your dietary needs, we welcome you to make an appointment to see one of our Consultants at your nearest Jenny Craig centre.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I eat lots of vegetables ,fruit and fibre and still suffer from severe constipation. Why? (Erin, NZ)

Constipation can be caused by a variety of factors including lifestyle factors, medical conditions and medications. Fruit, vegetables and high fibre foods will assist in keeping your bowel regular. In addition to fibre, you'll also need to make sure you're drinking plenty of water and doing some aerobic exercise. If the severe constipation continues, I would suggest you consult your Doctor.

A family member recently passed away from bowel cancer. Does this mean I am at great risk of developing cancer? I have also gained almost 30kg in the last year, and although I know it isn't good, I often skip my meals. (Dayna, NZ)

Regular meals and snacks are an important component of managing your weight. In particular, making time for breakfast will kickstart your metabolism after that long fast overnight, it will give you energy to get through the day, and will also help to stop you snacking on the wrong foods later. Furthermore, research has shown that breakfast can improve your mood.

Your risk for bowel cancer is unfortunately increased because you have a family history of the condition, but there are a couple of preventative steps you can take. Firstly, having a high fibre diet will reduce your risk. So that means including plenty of fruits, vegetables and wholegrain cereal foods. The second step to take is making sure you have regular colonoscopies from the age of 40.

Your rapid weight gain over the past year does suggest a possible medical cause. I would strongly suggest you see your doctor for a check-up to see whether there is an underlying reason.

I have been on Jenny Craig for about 7 days now and I just found out that I'm pregnant should I stop the diet? (Simone, QLD)

During pregnancy, the Jenny Craig Menus unfortunately will not meet the nutritional requirements for yourself and your growing baby. For weight management advice during this time, we recommend you seek tailored advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals. Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD').

Six weeks after the birth of your baby, we welcome you to make an appointment to see one of our Consultants at your nearest Jenny Craig centre. If you are medically suitable for the program, we would ask for your Doctor's written approval while breastfeeding. We offer tailored menu plans with sufficient kilojoules to accommodate your weight loss and nutrition needs while feeding.

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia last month and now wondering what food is good for me? (Cassandra, NSW)

At present, there is no scientific proof that a special diet can help fibromyalgia. However, losing any extra weight and having a healthy diet will help you feel in control of your body. Learning how to eat the right amount for your activity level is an important skill.

Getting you active is the important thing for your general health as well as your weight. Exercise has been proven by research to help with pain and other symptoms. Always start gently and slowly, and build up as you become fitter and stronger. Learn to listen to your body and be guided by it. You may find it useful to get advice from a physiotherapist, Aquafitness, hydrotherapy or swimming would be ideal. A stationary bike with a back rest on the seat is another option. You could also include upper body resistance training. Fibromyalgia-like symptoms can also be a result of excess body fat because fat (adipose) tissue is what we call "pro-inflammatory". That is, it increases inflammation in your body and this can be perceived as pain. A healthy portion-controlled diet and a manageable exercise program are the keystones.

The three key components of the Jenny Craig Program, which are critical for successful weight management, are developing a healthy relationship with food, building an active lifestyle and taking a balanced approach to living. We'll encourage you to set goals to incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle focusing on activities you enjoy, while keeping in mind your own physical limitations.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

Can I start the Jenny Craig Program if I have been recently diagnosed as pre-diabetic? (Mamta, NZ)

The Jenny Craig program is suitable for people with pre-diabetes diabetes, as well people who have well-controlled diabetes. Losing weight will reduce your risk of developing diabetes, so it's great that you have taken the first step to contact Jenny Craig. The portion and kilojoule controlled meals and snacks are all suitable, when eaten as part of the Jenny Craig Menus. Individual blood glucose responses to food may vary, so we encourage clients to try all the foods they are comfortable with. If you are testing your blood glucose levels, and any of the Jenny Craig foods result in a raised blood glucose reading, we advise clients to simply make a note to omit it from their menu selection in the future.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

Does Jenny Craig work for people who have had their Thyroid removed and take Thyroxine daily? (Sharon, QLD)

Having had your thyroid removed, I suggest you may need to check your thyroid function tests to make sure you are on the correct dose of medication.

Where there is an underlying problem affecting metabolism, it can be harder to shift excess weight. You will need to include aerobic exercise, such as walking, jogging, or cycling, and introduce weight training to increase your metabolic rate, the rate at which your body uses up energy.

The Jenny Craig Program will help you to develop a healthy relationship with food by providing a kilojoule controlled healthy eating plan including ready to eat meals, with your own fresh fruit, vegetables, low fat dairy foods, lean meats and whole grains. We'll encourage you to include regular physical activity and motivate you to look at your own behaviours surrounding food and physical activity and guide you to make positive lifestyle changes. You'll do all of this with the support of private weekly consultations with a trained consultant.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

3 years ago I was diagnosed with SVT (supra ventricular tachycardia), I had an electrophysiology study done. I have just had blood tests and a Holter Monitor for 24 hours, now awaiting results before a visit to the Specialist. My GP said I am more than likely looking at more surgery and/or possibly a Pacemaker. I am currently 85kg and wanting to loose weight. Is Jenny Craig safe for me at this time? (Louise, WA)

If you are currently having investigations to diagnose or confirm your medical conditions, or if you are due for surgery or recovering from surgery, we do recommend that you seek tailored weight management advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian during this period. Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals. Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD').

When you have recovered from your surgery - so that is when you are completely healed and are able to include some physical activity, we can certainly assess your suitability to enrol on our program. Successful weight management relies on three key factors - these are food, physical activity, and having a balanced approach to life. At Jenny Craig, the program incorporates a kilojoule controlled healthy eating plan including ready to eat meals, regular physical activity and behaviour modification techniques with the support of private weekly consultations with a trained consultant. Jenny Craig meals and snacks are specially formulated and are incorporated into the nutritionally balanced menus that are low in fat and sodium and moderate in carbohydrate. The menus and program are designed to educate clients about portion control and how to establish sensible eating habits. Each day there are three meals and three snacks, including pre-prepared Jenny Craig cuisine together with additional fruit, vegetable, lean meats, wholegrains and dairy products. The Jenny Craig program promotes healthy and balanced eating together with realistic and safe weight loss. The program has been designed to result in a maximum weekly weight loss of no more than 1 kilogram or 1 per cent of current body weight. Rapid weight loss is discouraged. Clients are assigned a kilojoule level based on gender, age, height, weight, activity level, and any special needs they may have.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. So when the time is right, simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I have a depressive illness that requires me to take pills everyday, the side effects of the medication is weight gain, the pills make me feel hungry, and therefore causes me to eat more, what type of diet would you recommend for me? (Victoria, VIC)

Some mental illness medications can cause significant weight gain. Your weight gain may be directly related to the medication. So the first thing you need to do is talk to your doctor about your medication and see if it is the most appropriate type and dosage for your current circumstances, or if it is safe for you to reduce or gradually come off this particular medication.

Mental illness may also affect your relationship with food. Food can become a "comfort" in difficult times. When someone is depressed, they often lose their motivation to exercise too, and that contributes to weight gain. I would advise that you have a medical check to make sure you do not have an underlying medical reason for your weight gain. I hope you are seeing a psychologist or a psychiatrist to help you to understand your feelings and to help you with strategies to manage your condition.

The Jenny Craig Menus provide 50-60% of kilojoules from carbohydrate, 20-25% of kilojoules from fat and 20-25% of kilojoules from protein each day. They are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect current nutrition recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines formulated by the NHMRC. The Menus include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats. On average, the Menus include 2 to 3 grams of sodium (approximately half the average adult intake) and 2 to 5 grams of potassium each day, depending on the kilojoule level and food chosen.

If we can accommodate your needs for weight loss, simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I suffer from IBS is Jenny Craig suitable for me? (Yvette, WA)

The menus are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians and include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats. If you have food intolerances associated with your IBS, a Jenny Craig Consultant will be able to assess whether these can be accommodated on our program.

Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I am having trouble at the moment with emotional eating and late night binges. I have depression and anxiety and when I am stressed I eat a lot, I need some advice. (Kylie, QLD)

Depression itself is not a cause of weight gain, but weight gain does commonly occur in people who are depressed because it affects their relationship with food. Food can become a "comfort" in difficult times. When someone is depressed, they often lose their motivation to exercise too, and that contributes to weight gain. I would advise that you have a medical check to make sure you do not have an underlying medical reason for your weight gain. It is also important for you to discuss referral to a psychologist or a psychiatrist to help you to understand your feelings and to help you with strategies to manage your depression, anxiety and stress. This sometimes needs to involve medication in conjunction with the counselling.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. If you feel the Jenny Craig program may assist you with weight loss, simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

My partner and I are interested in doing Jenny Craig program as we are experiencing some infertilty issues and I realise that having a healthy BMI will help. Is the program suitable if I should fall pregnant? (Mardi, NSW)

During pregnancy, the Jenny Craig Menus unfortunately will not meet the nutritional requirements for yourself and your growing baby. For weight management advice during this time, we recommend you seek tailored advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals. Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD').

Six weeks after the birth of your baby, we welcome you to make an appointment to see one of our Consultants at your nearest Jenny Craig centre. If you are medically suitable for the program, we would ask for your Doctor's written approval while breastfeeding. We offer tailored menu plans with sufficient kilojoules to accommodate your weight loss and nutrition needs while feeding.

I have just been diagnosed with Lupus/SLE, I have been on Jenny Craig for 5 weeks and lost 4.8 kilos, with a total of 59 kilos to go. At times exercise is proving difficult, I have just brought an exercise bike and plan to use it. My 18 year old daughter has also been diagnosed. If you could provide me with some ideas for exercise and nutrition that would be great. (Hellen, NSW)

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease, which means that the body's immune and inflammatory processes mistakenly attack its own normal tissues.

64 kg of overweight would definitely be contributing to the inflammation you are experiencing, and would be exacerbating the pain in your feet. The exercise bike is a good option for you because it provides aerobic exercise without full weight-bearing. The other form of exercise which would benefit you without straining your lower limbs, is water-based exercise such as aquafitness, swimming and walking in waist-deep water. An exercise physiologist would be able to help you with a personalized exercise program suitable to your condition. Your GP can give you a referral and Medicare rebates are available for people with chronic medical conditions.

When it comes to nutrition, your Jenny Craig weight loss program is a great start to give you the skills to attain and maintain a healthy weight range. When you are choosing foods, focus on antioxidant-rich foods (such as green, leafy vegetables and fruits. Eat small amounts of lean meats, fish, and soybean for protein. Use healthy cooking oils, such as olive oil or vegetable oil. Avoid coffee and other stimulants, alcohol, and tobacco. And drink plenty of fluids, including water and green tea.

How can I find my mother a dietitian to help her lose weight? She doesn't know much English so I'm trying to help her, she has diabetes and I'm freaking out! Can you please help me? (Maidina, VIC)

An Accredited Practising Dietitian will certainly play a very important part in the management of your Mother's Diabetes. Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals. Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD'). You will find that a number of the dietitians listed speak second languages, however if the Dietitians in your area are only able to offer an English speaking service, they will certainly be able help you locate a translator who could attend the consultation. I would also suggest you see a Diabetes Educator who will offer invaluable guidance for Diabetes Management. Best of luck.

I have battled with my weight for years now and I have recently started smoking again, in the hope that it would slow down my excessive eating habits, it hasn't. I am just wondering if there were any suggestions you may have, should I smoke more? I also have an obsession with pastry's which I don't think is doing me any favours (i do love pies). Anyway I was just wondering if you could help me. (David, VIC)

If you have taken up smoking in order to manage your weight, I really would encourage you to quit, and focus on dietary and lifestyle changes for weight management, as this will be a much healthier approach. Speak to your Doctor or Pharmacist for assistance with giving up smoking if you find that you need it.

Successful weight management relies on three key factors - these are food, physical activity, and having a balanced approach to life. At Jenny Craig, the program incorporates a kilojoule controlled healthy eating plan including ready to eat meals, regular physical activity and behaviour modification techniques with the support of private weekly consultations with a trained consultant. The Jenny Craig menus have been designed to include all foods in moderation. Clients rarely feel deprived while following our menus because we ensure you get the kilojoules and nutrients your body needs. We include sweet and savoury options, and even some of the foods that you thought you couldn't eat while losing weight! Jenny Craig meals and snacks are specially formulated and are incorporated into the nutritionally balanced menus that are low in fat and sodium and moderate in carbohydrate. The menus and program are designed to educate clients about portion control and how to establish sensible eating habits. Each day there are three meals and three snacks, including pre-prepared Jenny Craig cuisine together with additional fruit, vegetable, lean meats, wholegrains and dairy foods. The Jenny Craig program promotes healthy and balanced eating together with realistic and safe weight loss. The program has been designed to result in a maximum weekly weight loss of no more than 1 kilogram or 1 per cent of current body weight. Rapid weight loss is discouraged. Clients are assigned a kilojoule level based on gender, age, height, weight, activity level, and any special needs they may have.

I was diagnosed with mild crohns disease a number of years ago and currently am not required to take any medication or follow any dietary requirements. I applied to join jenny craig to address being obese and was turned down with no further dicussion due to Crohns. Is there any process by which you would review a person with crohns wishing to do jenny craig - or do you just have a policy of NO? (Cherie, NZ)

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. We follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed. Certain conditions may have specific nutrition or dietary requirements not met by the Jenny Craig Menus and it may be advisable for you to seek tailored weight management advice from a Registered Dietitian. In the case of Crohn's Disease, a condition which can affect your absorption of nutrients from foods, you may have very individual requirements for a range of vitamins and minerals, including iron, folate, calcium, magnesium and zinc, as well as protein, hence the recommendation that our program is not suitable. Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres and local hospitals and details can be found on the New Zealand Dietetic Association Website (www.dietitians.org.nz <http://www.dietitians.org.nz> - go to 'Find a Dietitian') or in your local telephone book.

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Who designed the Jenny Craig Program? (Joanne, NZ)

To ensure that the program continues to reflect sound scientific research, we have an expert Medical Advisory Board consisting of renowned health practitioners in the areas of nutrition, psychology, exercise physiology and lifestyle change. See our Medical Advisory Board members.

How do I determine a goal weight that’s right for me? (Susan, WA)

Jenny Craig uses a healthy weight range for height based on a body mass index of 20-25. Not everyone, however, will set a goal weight within this range. You should set a goal that is realistic for you, but not below the lowest recommended weight. For those with a lot of weight to lose, a small goal to begin with is the way to go. As little as 5-10% weight loss has been shown to improve health conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, can improve diabetes control and can even reduce your risk of developing these conditions.

In 2006 I had Lap Banding on my stomach. I have lost 23kgs. I really need to lose another 60 - 70kgs. I have plateaued now & I am not losing any weight, even though I exercise. Will Jenny Craig be beneficial to me? (Regina, WA)

Lap-banding is just a part of the weight loss equation. It needs to be accompanied by regular exercise and nutritional education about quantity and types of food to continue your weight loss and maintain it. Your age, weight and level of physical activity will be assessed in order to determine the appropriate number of kilojoules to meet your weight loss needs. Your food restrictions and ability to follow the Jenny Craig Menus, by consuming the required number of kilojoules, will determine whether or not our program will suit your specific needs. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants.

It takes time, patience and persistence to lose such a lot of weight, but if you get the right information and support then you have a good chance of reaching your goal and maintaining it long term.

I have been on the programme for 4 weeks. The first week I lost 2.8kgs then 0.02kg, 0.03kg and 0.02kg. This just isn’t quick enough for me. I'm exercising 5-6 times a week. What am I doing wrong? (Sharee, NSW)

The Jenny Craig program promotes healthy and balanced eating together with realistic and safe weight loss. Your total weight loss over the past 4 weeks has been 2.87kg, this is approximately 700grams per week. As the program has been designed to result in a maximum weekly weight loss of no more than 1 kilogram or 1 per cent of current body weight you are currently right on track, well done! It's not unusual to lose more than expected in the first week (as some of that may have been fluid) and then less than you expect in the next few weeks as your body readjusts Individual weight loss varies depending on your gender, age, height, weight and activity level, you may wish to discuss your concerns with your consultant who can help you to see if there are any other areas of the program that may assist your weight loss.

My husband & I are looking for a diet to lower blood pressure & lose weight. My doctor advised to reduce meal sizes & only eat 1 serve of fruit daily. Does the Jenny Craig program encompass the needs of a high blood pressure sufferer? (Kirsten, VIC)

Weight loss will certainly contribute to an improvement in your blood pressure.

The Jenny Craig Program is designed to help you achieve a weight loss of up to ½ - 1kg each week. We will help you to develop a healthy relationship with food by providing a kilojoule controlled healthy eating plan including ready to eat, portion controlled meals. The menus are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians and include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits (at least 2 serves per day, consistent with recommendations for good health as well as blood pressure management), vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats. On average, the Menus include 2 to 3 grams of sodium (approximately half the average adult intake) and 2 to 5 grams of potassium each day, depending on the kilojoule level and food chosen. We'll encourage you to keep up your regular physical activity and motivate you to look at your own behaviours surrounding food and physical activity and guide you to make positive lifestyle changes. You'll do all of this with the support of private weekly consultations with a trained consultant.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I had gastric banding a little over 5 years ago. Would it be possible to have a consultant help me plan healthy eating choices, as I was told to include more protein in my diet? Also I am anaemic and am in need of high sources of iron. I am taking a supplement but could you recommend JC dishes that are higher in iron content? (Betsy, NZ)

The Jenny Craig menus are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect current nutrition recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines formulated by the NHMRC. The combination of Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats and fish is considered a healthy balance. The menus, in combination with the Jenny Craig daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement will, on average, provide the recommended amounts for essential nutrients including iron. Red meat is the richest source of iron, so if you feel like you need to increase your intake, I would suggest you select menu days with red meat at least 3 times each week.

The Jenny Craig Menus are considered to be moderate in carbohydrate providing 50-60% of kilojoules from this important energy source. This amount of carbohydrate has been shown in research to be the optimal balance for weight loss and good health. Unfortunately we are not able to provide you with a lower carbohydrate plan.

20-25% of your kilojoules on Jenny Craig will come from protein, this amount is more than adequate to meet the requirements of most people. Many of the menu days feature milk or yoghurt at breakfast, which are both excellent sources of protein. I would encourage you to select more of these menu days to increase your food variety and satisfy your tastes.

We have many clients, with gastric banding, who follow our menus and achieve their desired goal weight. With over 90 menu days to choose from, there is plenty of variety. The Extra Choice days offer the option to incorporate more of your own foods, simply ask your Consultant to assist you with selecting these. Your Consultant will be able to work through the menu options we have available and find the days to best suit your needs.

I am a vegetarian. I am 54 and have about 30kg to lose. I have tried every diet possible and always fail. Is there any hope with Jenny Craig? Are there enough meals that would be suitable for me? Are they expensive? (Sue, NZ)

We offer a vegetarian menu, however the vegetarian dishes may contain animal derived ingredients such as amylase, rennet, gelatin, dairy, eggs and other enzymes that may come from an animal source. If you feel we can accommodate your dietary needs, we welcome you to make an appointment to see one of our Consultants at your nearest Jenny Craig centre. Our Consultants will also be able to discuss the different program options available and the costs.

I have been at the gym for 4 weeks now and I go 2 times a week but I don't seem to lose weight? (Katherine, NZ)

Successful weight management relies on three key factors - these are food, physical activity, and having a balanced approach to life. You have taken the first step toward positive lifestyle changes by beginning gym sessions, but perhaps there are other factors for you to consider, in order to reach your weight loss goals. At Jenny Craig, the program incorporates a kilojoule controlled healthy eating plan including ready to eat meals, regular physical activity and behaviour modification techniques with the support of private weekly consultations with a trained consultant.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

What amount of calories do you think are right? I normally only eat one or two meals a day with no snacking or anything in between. I've recently started JC and I don't seem to be able to eat all the food. I am losing weight but very slowly. (Kay, NSW)

On the Jenny Craig Program your gender, weight, height, age and level of physical activity are considered when calculating the kilojoule (or calorie) level appropriate for your weight loss needs. Individual weight loss varies depending on your gender, age, height, weight and activity level. The menus are designed to result in a maximum weekly weight loss of ½ - 1 kg. It is important to be eating enough kilojoules to achieve the weight loss you're looking for, so if you would like some strategies on how to fit in all the foods on your menu, and suggestions to increase your rate of weight loss, I recommend you discuss these questions with your Jenny Craig Consultant who will be very happy to help.

I LOVE having something sweet after my dinner. I wanted to know if having fruit at the end of the day is 'bad for you'? My partner is always saying that l should not have sugar at the end of the day, including, fruit. I'm confused, who's right? (Ella, NSW)

Your body burns kilojoules the same way no matter what time of day it is! What does matter, is what you eat, how much you eat and how active you are. Fruit is an important part of any healthy eating plan because it contains fibre, is generally quite low in kilojoules, and contains an array of essential nutrients and anti-oxidants, all needed for good health.

The Jenny Craig Menus provide 50-60% of kilojoules from carbohydrate, 20-25% of kilojoules from fat and 20-25% of kilojoules from protein each day. They are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect current nutrition recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines formulated by the NHMRC. The Menus include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats. If you need to lose weight and you feel the Jenny Craig Program would be suitable, I would encourage you to make an appointment with one of our Consultants at your nearest Jenny Craig centre.

How do I find a female doctor who listens to my concerns about being overweight and does the appropriate tests before I launch into a weight loss program? (Janette, NSW)

Choosing the right GP for you is one of the best things you can do for your health as continuity of care and a good rapport are very important. I always think word of mouth works best. Ask amongst your friends for a recommendation for a doctor they have seen. You could also ask at your local community pharmacy.

I am underweight at 45kilos, however, I would like to weigh more. I know this is weird to approach you on the Jenny Craig site, but I am at my wits end. Wherever I look there is information and support for people who want to lose weight, yet nothing for people who want to gain weight. How and where can I tap into a service that can help me gain weight? It is socially acceptable for people to approach me and say 'Gee your thin', yet if I did this to them and said 'Gee, your fat' I would be a social outcast. I have complete strangers talk about my weight, it is very confronting. I really want to put on weight. Can you help me? (Rachael, VIC)

Gaining weight can be difficult for many people who are naturally thin. The best approach for you will be to eat small meals, and eat them often! If you can fit in 3 meals and 2-3 snacks each day, it will get you into the habit of eating regularly, and will also provide the opportunity to give your body the kilojoules it needs to gain some weight. Try to include foods that are high in kilojoules without being too filling, some good ideas include snacks such as yoghurt, milk smoothies (try switching to full fat dairy products to give you extra kilojoules), nuts and seeds (nut butters make a good, high kilojoule sandwich spread), adding extra margarine/butter/oil to your meals and even try sprinkling vegetables with grated cheese. Include cereals, fruits and vegetables, but also focus on protein-rich foods at each meal such as eggs, lean meat, poultry and fish as well as dried beans, peas and lentils. An Accredited Practising Dietitian will be able to tailor an eating plan to your needs for additional kilojoules, and is trained to provide you with practical advice that fits into your busy lifestyle. Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals. Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD').

I had a total hysterectomy 3 years ago and since then I have put on 20kgs, I am currently not taking hormone replacement therapy and I seem to have no control over my eating, where as before my hysterectomy I could be very strong in what I put into my mouth. (Jenny, QLD)

There are a number of reasons why women can gain weight around menopause. The hormone changes of menopause contribute to weight, gain. As you get older, your metabolic rate decreases and your energy requirements are less. This means you have to make more of an effort to reduce your food intake and increase your energy usage through exercise. Annoying but true. You might need to increase the time and intensity of your exercise program, and if you are not already doing some resistance (weight) training, now is a good time to start. The ageing process reduces muscle mass so weight training is the best way to combat that effect.

Contrary to your belief about being unable to control your eating...you are able to be strong, you need to work out what triggers are encouraging you to overeat and address them. Impulse control also has a lot to do with delaying gratification. If you can resist the initial urge to binge by distracting yourself, even for a while, the urge will often pass.

I need to lose 10kgs but also have to drastically lower my cholesterol level. Is this achievable on the Jenny Craig Program? (Laurelle, QLD)

The Jenny Craig program promotes healthy and balanced eating together with realistic and safe weight loss. The program discourages rapid weight loss and has been designed to result in a maximum weekly loss of no more than 1 kilogram or 1 per cent of current body weight (less for adolescents and women who are breastfeeding). Weight loss, combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle, will certainly contribute to an improvement in your cholesterol, so the fact that you are thinking about making some changes is very positive.

The Jenny Craig Menus are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect current nutrition recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines formulated by the NHMRC. The Menus include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats. The menus also reflect current recommendations regarding dietary fat, including saturated fat, for optimal heart health.

If you feel the program would benefit you, simply call your nearest Jenny Craig centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants.

Hi I am 20 yrs old and I weigh 79 kgs, I would like to get back down to my weight before I had a baby, I was 68 kgs. I was just wondering what is the best way to do it? (Kristal, NSW)

Successful weight management relies on three key factors - these are food, physical activity, and having a balanced approach to life. At Jenny Craig, the program incorporates a kilojoule controlled healthy eating plan including ready to eat meals, regular physical activity and behaviour modification techniques with the support of private weekly consultations with a trained consultant. Jenny Craig meals and snacks are specially formulated and are incorporated into the nutritionally balanced menus that are low in fat and sodium and moderate in carbohydrate. The menus and program are designed to educate clients about portion control and how to establish sensible eating habits. Each day there are three meals and three snacks, including pre-prepared Jenny Craig cuisine together with additional fruit, vegetable, lean meats, wholegrains and dairy products. The Jenny Craig program promotes healthy and balanced eating together with realistic and safe weight loss. The program has been designed to result in a maximum weekly weight loss of no more than 1 kilogram or 1 per cent of current body weight (less for adolescents and women who are breastfeeding). Rapid weight loss is discouraged. Clients are assigned a kilojoule level based on gender, age, height, weight, activity level, and any special needs they may have.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I am about 110 kilos. I am someone who struggles massively with weight issues, and I am also trying to recover from bulimia. I have tried many diets over the years all of which I have either lost a bit and then put it back on or lost nothing at all. Is jenny Craig a good diet to go on? (Jodi, NSW)

Recovery from Bulimia does require specialised support and advice, something which we are unfortunately unable to offer at Jenny Craig. I would recommend you seek tailored advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian. You may request a referral through your GP, or seek a Dietitian without a referral. Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals. Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD'). You may also choose to contact the Butterfly Foundation for further support and information at www.thebutterflyfoundation.org.au.

I have spider veins and varicose veins. My legs ache if I stand too long. Is this because I am very overweight? What do you think? (Den, NSW)

Being overweight can certainly exacerbate the symptoms of varicose veins, but even if you lost the weight you could not be guaranteed that the veins would stop troubling you. Regular exercise is important. Support stockings definitely help, particularly if you spend a lot of time standing. Eat foods high in dietary fibre (particularly whole grains) and bioflavonoids (dark berries, dark leafy greens, and garlic). There are some natural therapies which can help reduce the symptoms of varicose veins including vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc and some herbal therapies including include rutins, bioflavonoids, horse chestnut and gingko...please get professional advice if you decide to try these. Sclerotherapy (injections into the vein followed by compression bandaging) or surgery may be necessary.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. If you would like some assistance with weight loss, simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I have been with Jenny Craig for the past 2months now, but I haven't had any results (my goals is to lose 8kgs). I think the main cause of my lack of weight loss is binge eating, sometimes I don't realise I'm doing it until I finish all the whole snack. I really want to stop this unhealthy habit but I just love snacking so much that I cant control it. Please help! (Yolinda, VIC)

The Jenny Craig program promotes healthy and balanced eating together with realistic and safe weight loss. As I'm sure you're aware, the program has been designed to result in a maximum weekly weight loss of no more than 1 kilogram or 1 per cent of current body weight. It's not unusual to lose more than expected in the first few weeks (as some of that may have been fluid) and then less than you expect in the next few weeks as your body readjusts. However it can depend on your diet before Jenny Craig as to whether you will lose weight as expected in the beginning. Individual weight loss also varies depending on your gender, age, height, weight and activity level, you may wish to discuss your concerns with your consultant who can help you to see if there are any other areas of the program that may assist your weight loss. The two main areas your Consultant will assess are your physical activity (perhaps you need to change the type, intensity or the frequency) and your adherence to the menus.

The Jenny Craig menus have been designed to include all foods in moderation. Clients rarely feel deprived while following our menus because we ensure you get the kilojoules and nutrients your body needs. We include sweet and savoury options, and even some of the foods that you thought you couldn't eat while losing weight! The menus have been developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect National Dietary Guidelines, and include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats. The menu days are designed to let you choose the days based on the foods you like, so if you're craving a certain type of snack, be sure to include it in your weekly selection. If you find you need more food than what's featured on your menu, choose options from the Free Foods List in Jenny's Grocery List. Another good strategy to avoid unconscious snacking is to distract yourself with another (non-food) activity when you know it's likely to happen.

Best of luck with achieving your weight loss goal.

Is the BMI accurate for all shapes and sizes? (Isde, NSW)

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure that compares height and weight. Jenny Craig uses a body mass index (BMI) of 20-25, to determine your healthy weight range. The BMI is used by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Authorities as the standard measure to classify underweight, healthy, overweight and obese categories of weight. It is currently the best measure available to determine a healthy weight range, however, it should be used as a guide as some people will not fit into the BMI categories, such as muscular people and some ethnic groups.

At Jenny Craig not everyone, will set a goal weight within their healthy weight range. You should set a goal that is realistic for you, but not below the lowest recommended weight. As little as 5-10% weight loss has been shown to improve health conditions such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, can improve diabetes control and can even reduce your risk of developing these conditions.

I was wondering if you had to be a certain amount over weight before you could go to Jenny Craig? (Claire, QLD)

Whether you would like to lose a small amount of weight for a special occasion, such as a wedding or reunion, or want to make more significant changes, the Jenny Craig has Program options to meet your needs. Jenny Craig uses a healthy weight range for height based on a body mass index (BMI) of 20-25. If your weight is already within your healthy weight range you can still join to lose those extra few kilos and develop a healthy and enjoyable approach to eating.

If you feel the program may be of benefit to you we welcome you to make an appointment to see one of our Consultants at your nearest Jenny Craig centre.

Is it healthy to lose 1-2kg per week because that is my goal? I don't have a lot to lose but my goal is to lose 5kg in the 3wks. (Oula, VIC)

The ideal rate of weight loss for an adult, if you're planning to keep the weight off long term, is half to one kilogram per week, or 1 per cent of your body weight if your weight is over 100 kilograms. If you lose weight more quickly than this, it usually means you will be more likely to regain the weight you worked so hard to lose. If you have not yet started your weight loss plan, you may in fact achieve a weight loss of 5 kilograms in 3 weeks because it's not unusual to lose more than expected in the first week or two, as some of the initial weight loss may be fluid. Depending on your age, gender, weight and level of physical activity, rates of weight loss can vary significantly between different people, so do keep this in mind as you commence your new regime.

Successful weight management relies on three key factors - these are food, physical activity, and having a balanced approach to life. At Jenny Craig, the program incorporates a kilojoule controlled healthy eating plan including ready to eat meals, regular physical activity and behaviour modification techniques with the support of private weekly consultations with a trained consultant. The menus and program are designed to educate clients about portion control and how to establish sensible eating habits. The Jenny Craig program promotes healthy and balanced eating together with realistic and safe weight loss. The program has been designed to result in a maximum weekly weight loss of no more than 1 kilogram or 1 per cent of current body weight (less for adolescents and women who are breastfeeding). Rapid weight loss is discouraged. Clients are assigned a kilojoule level based on gender, age, height, weight, activity level, and any special needs they may have.

I was just wondering if you could recommend a few ideas I could try in order to lose 10kg. I am an 18 year old girl who currently weighs between 59-60kg with a height of 158cm. I tried a shake meal replacement program for a couple of weeks but haven't seen results. I have been rather strict, and have lost some weight in the past, but I'm finding it hard to lose weight once under 60kg. Are there any suggestions that you could offer? (Jacinta, VIC)

At 158cm and 59kg, you are well within the healthy weight range for your height, however if your usual weight is lower than this, you could lose a few kilograms and still fall within the healthy range. Successful weight management relies on three key factors - these are food, physical activity, and having a balanced approach to life. The menus and program are designed to educate clients about portion control and how to establish sensible eating habits. Each day there are three meals and three snacks, including pre-prepared Jenny Craig cuisine together with additional fruit, vegetable, lean meats, wholegrains and dairy products. The Jenny Craig program promotes healthy and balanced eating together with realistic and safe weight loss. The program has been designed to result in a maximum weekly weight loss of no more than 1 kilogram or 1 per cent of current body weight (less for adolescents and women who are breastfeeding). Rapid weight loss is discouraged. Clients are assigned a kilojoule level based on gender, age, height, weight, activity level, and any special needs they may have.

I think that I have a slow metabolism. I go to the gym at least five times a week and I eat reasonably well but I still can't seem to lose weight! Very frustrating! Is there any way that I can boost my metabolism? (Sarah, NZ)

The Jenny Craig program promotes healthy and balanced eating together with realistic and safe weight loss. Individual weight loss varies depending on your gender, age, height, weight and activity level. Often, when your weight loss begins to slow down, you need to increase the number of kilojoules your body is burning by doing more physical activity. Unfortunately there is no magical way to boost your metabolism, however exercise will help. Aim for 30-40 minutes at a moderate pace on most days of the week, and possibly more if you have a sedentary job or lifestyle. Have you tried the Jenny Craig pedometer? You should aim for 10,000 steps per day. If your walk is at a strolling pace it may not be enough for sustained weight loss, so look at gradually increasing the pace so that your are puffing a bit and sweating, and introduce a few hills or stairs. If it is within your own physical limitations you may also wish to introduce weight training to increase your metabolic rate, the rate at which your body uses up energy.

I have been on this diet and it requires no carbs. I lost weight but I put it all back on again. Is no carbs the best way to go to lose weight? (Ashley, NSW)

Carbohydrates are the body's major energy source, providing the kilojoules not just for running a marathon, but for basic functions like breathing, eating and sleeping. So this is the reason why you felt as though you were lacking in energy after following your previous diet. When carbohydrates are stored in the body for energy, they are stored with water, so it is usual to gain weight once you introduce carbohydrates back into your diet, as your body will be replenishing its stores. Carbohydrates form the foundation of a healthy menu. They can be found in whole grains, corn, potatoes, pasta, rice, vegetables, fruits, plus milk and yoghurt. Carbohydrates also include added sugars like sucrose (table sugar) and honey. As you have discovered, restrictive diets, such as low-carbohydrate diets, can be difficult to follow for very long, in fact many people who have tried low-carbohydrate diets have given them up. For more information, you may like to read the article on our website about low-carbohydrate diets.

The Jenny Craig Menus are considered to be moderate in carbohydrate providing 50-60% of kilojoules from this important energy source. This amount of carbohydrate has been shown in research to be the optimal balance for weight loss and good health. We also provide 20-25% of kilojoules from fat and 20-25% of kilojoules from protein. At Jenny Craig, the program incorporates a kilojoule controlled healthy eating plan including ready to eat meals, regular physical activity and behaviour modification techniques with the support of private weekly consultations with a trained consultant.

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Hi, my son is 11 years old and would like to do the program. He is 162cm and 90 kg. Is he able to do the program? (Pippa, NSW)

Jenny Craig offers a weight management program to suit the needs of growing adolescents from thirteen - seventeen years of age. The kilojoule and nutritional requirements of children aged twelve and younger are quite different to the adolescent age group. Jenny Craig believes that children under thirteen would benefit from specialist advice and monitoring to ensure that their weight management plan meets all their nutritional needs for growth and development.

I would therefore recommend you seek individualised advice for your son from an Accredited Practising Dietitian, one who works in paediatrics will offer you the most specialised guidance. You may request a referral through your GP, or seek a Dietitian without a referral. Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals. Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD').

Can I join the program whilst trying to concieve? (Amber, VIC)

The Jenny Craig Menus will, on average, meet the nutritional requirements of the general population. They are developed by Accredited Practising Dietitians to reflect current nutrition recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines formulated by the NHMRC. The Menus include three meals and three snacks incorporating Jenny Craig food, fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat dairy foods and lean meats. When trying to conceive, certain nutrients are needed in higher amounts. Your doctor may recommend a specially formulated vitamin and mineral supplement. This can be taken in conjunction with following the Jenny Craig Menus. We welcome you to make an appointment to see one of our Consultants at your nearest Jenny Craig centre.

During pregnancy, the Jenny Craig Menus unfortunately will not meet the nutritional requirements for yourself and your growing baby. For weight management advice during this time, we recommend you seek tailored advice from an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Dietitians work in private practice, local community health centres, and local hospitals. Details can be found on the Dietitians Association of Australia website (www.daa.asn.au - go to 'find an APD').

I work nights (10pm-6am) and I find it hard to balance my meals. How should I go about balancing my daily meals? (Christine, VIC)

The Jenny Craig Program includes three meals and three snacks each day. On a reduced kilojoule plan, such as the Jenny Craig Menus it is important to eat all the food in order to achieve adequate kilojoules and nutrients.

A Jenny Craig Consultant can assist you in developing a plan to eat your meals and snacks, which suits your lifestyle. If you feel this would be of benefit we welcome you to make an appointment to see one of our Consultants at your nearest Jenny Craig centre.

I am going through menopause and have put on about 8 kilos. Nothing will shift this weight. It is around the middle. Will the Jenny Craig Program help? (Sharon, QLD)

There are a number of reasons why women can gain weight around menopause. The hormone changes of menopause contribute to weight, gain. As you get older, your metabolic rate decreases and your energy requirements are less. This means you have to make more of an effort to reduce your food intake and increase your energy usage through exercise. Annoying but true. You might need to increase the time and intensity of your exercise program, and if you are not already doing some resistance (weight) training, now is a good time to start. The ageing process reduces muscle mass so weight training is the best way to combat that effect. The three key components of the Jenny Craig Program, which are critical for successful weight management, are developing a healthy relationship with food, building an active lifestyle and taking a balanced approach to living, so we can certainly assist you with making some changes to these areas of your lifestyle. Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I'm a mother of two and have the opportunity to go to the gym 4 times a week, my problem is that sometimes just don't go because I don't have the energy. What can I do to get the necessary energy? (Debbie, NZ)

I will answer your question assuming you are aiming to lose weight: Successful weight management relies on three key factors - these are food, physical activity, and having a balanced approach to life. You have taken the first step toward positive lifestyle changes by beginning gym sessions, but perhaps there are other factors for you to consider, in order to reach your weight loss goals. If you find you are lacking the energy you need to keep up the gym sessions, perhaps you are not eating enough kilojoules, or not drinking enough fluid to meet the demands of your body. At Jenny Craig, the program incorporates a kilojoule controlled healthy eating plan including ready to eat meals, regular physical activity and behaviour modification techniques with the support of private weekly consultations with a trained consultant.

Jenny Craig considers your health to be the number one priority. Simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I am currently going through menopause and have gained 8kg. I am very unhappy and frustrated. Can Jenny Craig and regular exercise assist me now or do I have to wait until my body finishes with the menopause? (Christine, SA)

There are a number of reasons why women can gain weight around menopause. The hormone changes of menopause contribute to weight, gain. As you get older, your metabolic rate decreases and your energy requirements are less. This means you have to make more of an effort to reduce your food intake and increase your energy usage through exercise. Annoying but true. You might need to increase the time and intensity of your exercise program, and if you are not already doing some resistance (weight) training, now is a good time to start. The ageing process reduces muscle mass so weight training is the best way to combat that effect.

If you feel that the Jenny Craig Program may be of assistance, simply call your nearest centre to make an appointment with one of our Consultants. You'll be asked to complete a Health Sheet detailing your medical conditions and medications. We'll follow Guidelines set by Doctors on our Medical Advisory Board and the Weight Management Code of Practice to ensure your health and suitability for our program is thoroughly assessed.

I am only 14 and my friends are 13, we were wondering, can people that young join Jenny Craig? We need to loose weight. (Jazz, VIC)

Jenny Craig offers a weight management program to suit the needs of growing adolescents from thirteen - seventeen years of age. The kilojoule and nutritional requirements of children aged twelve and younger are quite different to the adolescent age group. Jenny Craig believes that children under thirteen would benefit from specialist advice and monitoring to ensure that their weight management plan meets all their nutritional needs for growth and development.

As you and your friends are thirteen or older, we welcome you to make an appointment at your nearest centre. We will ask that you are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Call simply 13004JENNY (1300 4 53669) to be connected with a centre near you.

Approximately how many calories should a teenager consume a day? (Jordan, NSW)

On the Jenny Craig Program your gender, weight, height, age and level of physical activity are considered when calculating the kilojoule (or calorie) level appropriate for your weight loss needs. There is no one kilojoule level that is appropriate for all teenagers, as not all teenagers need to lose weight. It is also important to remember that teenagers continue to grow and develop during adolescence, so it is vital that they consume a healthy balanced diet during this time.

The Jenny Craig Program is available to adolescents 13-17 years old, who obtain their parent's written permission, and who do not have health conditions or medications which may exclude them from the Program.

What food should I eat if I am a shift worker? (Adam, ACT)

As a shift worker, it's common to feel uncertain about whether you're eating the right amount of food and whether you're eating it at the right times. The best approach is to first consider what you would normally eat over a 24-hour period when you are awake during the day and sleeping at night. If your typical waking day would consist of 3 meals and 2-3 snacks for instance, then take these meals and snacks and place them at times to suit your shift work, aiming to eat the same amount of food in the 24-hour time frame.