Bistro MD formerly used styrofoam boxes but have now shifted to this environmentally-friendly packaging. To use Jenny Craig's system, clients pay a monthly fee to be assigned a personal consultant to help them create a personalized weight loss plan. If you're having a cheeseburger it tastes pretty good and then if you're having pot roast, it tastes like real pot roast. Your order will arrive in a box and inside the box will be an environmentally-friendly Kodiakotton insulation packaging to keep all the pre-cooked meals frozen see box below. I was drawn to one on one as opposed to weight watchers or a group, so I decided to work with them.
How Did Take Shape For Life Start?
First, you need to buy yourself a weighing scale. An electronic one is preferable because it shows your weight to the last point which makes it more accurate and easier to track your weight loss. Once you have your weight recorded, you can then calculate the number of calories you should be eating each day to lose weight. Using an online BMI calculator is also advised.
Get yourself linked to a weight loss friend, a dietitian or counselor. Someone who will be there for you whenever you needed them. As mentioned earlier, having someone who believes in you and relates to your struggles is very important in making any positive progress.
You should be able to have a set amount of time, say 20 minutes each day, where you meet and talk with your weight loss partner about your progress. By doing this, not only will you have an accountability partner who will always keep you in track and help you if you slipped, you will also have the motivation to do better because no one likes being a disappointment.
The next and maybe most important thing is to stock up on the low-calorie foods. Throw away all the high calorie and high fat foods in your house and anything over-processed. Remember the program does not ban any type of food, but chemical and synthetic products are not qualified as food. Instead buy and keep in large quantities whole foods, low dairy foods, fruits and vegetables of your liking, proteins such as lentils and black beans, nuts, chicken preferably skinless, canned fish and water.
You should then try as much as possible to cook these foods in very little oil. Deep frying should be in very limited occasions if any. The next step then is to take the calorie chart that you made when you recorded your weight and divide it into 6 meals that you will be taking throughout the day. For example, if the calories that you are required to take to lose weight are a day, then you are supposed to make 6 meals, each carrying calories and eat them.
A day has twenty-four hours, but are for sleeping so you will be working with roughly 18 hours. This means that the 6 meals should have a three-hour spacing. You can choose to have all the meals with the uniform number of calories or, make some meals like breakfast heavier than day time snacks.
You can start with as little as 20 minutes and work your way up gradually. The trick is to be consistent and disciplined. At this point it is advisable to have a food journal where you can be recording what you had for every meal and whether you stuck to the calories. You can also record the length of time you exercised and what specific workouts you did. This is important to keep yourself on track and to also monitor your progress. You should also toss anything that might trigger you to snack or eat more than you should.
Make sure to keep in constant communication with your health partner and dietitian being absolutely open with them. It is better to admit that you failed or slipped than to act like everything is fine while in real facts you are failing. Using these steps, apparently, will give you your very own Jenny Craig at home. Does this diet program work? At the high cost of the diet plan, will we actually lose weight? According to WebMD many people can attest to the fact that the plan worked for them.
The plan also works great for vegetarians and those that do not consume gluten since there are a variety of options. However, the diet is not good for vegans because almost all the prepackaged foods have some levels of dairy in them.
According to a review of previous studies, it was seen that obese adults that were put on the Jenny Craig diet plan showed a 4. Everyone burns calories differently, and for some, counting calories can be a bad thing. Customers are given prepackaged foods with the calories already counted and certified as okay. There is no scientific research linking this diet to weight loss and management. National Institutes of Health conducted a study on mice that were given a low-calorie diet.
Middle-aged mice 16 months old were fed the diet for 4 consecutive days, followed by 10 days of unlimited access to food. The mice overate during these phases so that their overall calorie intake was similar to mice continuously fed a regular diet.
There is a wealth of information, blogs and articles pointing out the downfalls of meal planning. The mega-downside is that this diet is super expensive. Jenny Craig prices are as follows:. These prices do not include the cost of buying the foods. The Jenny Craig online website allows for people to order, choose and buy foods without having to physically go to the local Jenny Craig centers.
The online system requires your information, so they can recommend the best foods for you. When ordering online, the first order is usually chosen by the company as a way of giving you an idea of what would best work for you and from then on you choose the plans yourself. Orders are made in batches of two weeks, but there is a three-day sample trial. This sample meal includes nine meals, three snacks and three salad dressings. After giving all your information, the Jenny Craig Food Delivery team ships the food out to you.
You can choose from picking up your food from the local center or have them directly delivered to you — which will cost you extra.
Not all experts agree with low-calorie diets, pointing out the possible side effects — which are a bit shocking. According to WebMD , possible side effects of a low-calorie diet include: Nutrisystem and Weight Watchers are a couple of popular diet plans. These systems have often been compared by many reviewers in the hope of finding which one is the best route to take.
All three systems include prepackaged meals in their diet plan. This can be attributed to the fact that with prepackaged foods, calorie control is a guarantee.
In terms of prices, Weight Watchers is the cheapest, followed by Nutrisystem. Jenny Craig was dead last in this category — the most expensive of the three. When it comes to the support system, a study by the Colorado State University has shown that Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig offer constant weekly group or individual counselling and meetings that are physical and interactive as opposed to Nutrisystem whose support system is only online and among dieters.
The other difference among these three systems is that Nutrisystem does not offer any background check or change for its clients. A background check in terms of their previous eating regimen, their exercise habits, etc. Both Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig help in knowing the past of its clients to determine their problems and assist in changing their ways of thinking and doing things when it comes to their nutrition and health.
What we gather from these comparisons, is that the only thing separating Jenny Craig from the competition is the outrageous price tag. I just started my third round this past Tuesday.
Counting calories, eating healthy and exercising are sure to help you lose some weight, but at what cost? Is this diet plan going to catapult you to weight-loss glory? We'd like to have a Manager reach out to you first thing in the morning.
Thank you for taking the time to report this to us so we can address this right away. For more information about reviews on ConsumerAffairs. I used Jenny Craig several years ago. I got my lost weight goal the first time around and I maintained it for a long time. However, I went off track and recently I decided to go back to their program. It's convenient since everything is pre-planned for me.
I've done both the one where you call them and they ship your food to you and the in-person consultation. I like the latter better, even though the phone call was a lot more convenient.
It's a lot more personal and the people are trained better than the ones on the phone. Furthermore, I get bored with stuff in the food plan after a while. Also, I haven't been happy about the packaging of the food. They're quite costly for what you get.
I understand that you're getting the consultant and the personalization, but the quality of the packaging is cheap! It needs to be updated. Even Weight Watchers has far superior packaging. I'm fighting this cardboard, plastic, and stuff for something that costs double of what I would pay for a Smart One or a Weight Watchers meal of comparable size.
Nevertheless, Jenny Craig is great at teaching you how to maintain your weight. I would definitely recommend them. Thank you for your review and feedback. We'll make sure to forward your concerns regarding our packaging to our quality team as food quality is very important to us, and that includes the packaging.
We're happy to hear about your success on Jenny Craig and we're happy to help you get back on track. I wanted to be a better me and so I signed up with Jenny Craig. My interactions with the reps were good. Everybody I've dealt with has been very nice and helpful. I've used the program off and on for years. Right now, I'm not on it but when I have used the program, I lost weight. I haven't had any problem losing the weight but I got burned out on the food, eating the same ones over and over.
I was on it about four months ago. Even so, I got to be able to choose what I liked after a while. I wrote down things I didn't like so then I could choose what I did like. I was a big big chocolate person and then I always liked the pastas.
I didn't really like the soups though. I would tell others that Jenny Craig works and the food is good but it's expensive. Although the price is a motivating factor on me to lose the weight because I don't wanna throw my money away.
Every diet is gonna work. You've just got to watch your portions and what you eat. You gotta be consistent and it's a mindset. You have to be ready to lose. That's the success of it. You're not just gonna have one good day and then cheat the next. Thank you for sharing your Jenny Craig experience. We are always working to develop new foods to keep our menus full of variety!
We have new items coming out at the end of this month so stay tuned for those! I was drawn to one on one as opposed to weight watchers or a group, so I decided to work with them. My very first interaction with their reps was good and I enjoyed my personal consultant. I had used Jenny Craig before and this time, I have been using their weight loss program for a year and I am three-fourths of the way there.
The meal plan is good and I like all of it especially the baked potato. Overall they have a good program. Thank you for your feedback and sharing your Jenny Craig Experience. We're happy to be taking this journey with you!
You'll be at your goal in no time! I was with Jenny Craig for two years. The rep I dealt with was very knowledgeable and helpful. I had an appointment, went in and talked about the week prior and the week coming up. I like their structure and the weekly weigh in. In regards to their meals, they had yellow for breakfast and green for lunch, but I didn't like that they mixed them all together and I didn't like their tuna kits.
In addition, the meal plan was a little too structured. They need more flexibility built into the program to be able to incorporate my own food because then, I'd get stuck on their food. I'd try to prepare my own and I'd get lost. Also, the meals were too expensive, so I stopped. Other than that, the quality of the meals was good and the biggest thing I came away with was I learned the 'portion control' where I can have my sweets as long as they're portion controlled and timed out.
Overall, I had a great experience. I made a good progress and I'm maintaining my weight. Thank you for your review. We're glad to hear about the positive experience you had with your Consultant. Jenny Craig is a structured weight management plan that helps clients maximize their weight loss while building healthy habits.
Once a client has met their goal and are on our Maintenance Program we do teach them how to incorporate their own foods to maintain their weight. If you met your goal your Consultant would be happy to help you transition to our Maintenance Program.
The Jenny Craig rep I dealt with was pleasant and knowledgeable, but it is odd that she's very overweight. I do not like that the menu plan feels rigid. I wish there was a more flexibility in it. But for the most part, the food is fantastic and delicious. Thank you for your review! Even our employees go through their own weight loss journey that we help support them with every step of the way.
Sounds like you are on our Rapid Results plan, if you feel that is not working for you let your Consultant know and you're welcome to switch to our Classic program. Jenny Craig was easy and my experience in dealing with their personal consultants was always good. The one in Oakland was very sweet and upbeat. She was very supportive and she gave me ideas and encouragement. Since then, the meals have been quite good. I like the pasta dishes like the mac and cheese or the fettuccine Alfredo.
The desserts are small but good nonetheless. I'm not a good dieter and it has nothing to do with Jenny Craig. I will lose a bunch away then I'll get off and gain it back and then lose it again. They were always trying to keep me in check. My experience with Jenny Craig has been good. It was through my mom that I first heard about the company. The reps were motivating and they seemed to fit my needs. They were friendly and I felt comfortable.
I don't like a lot of coaching so I made them aware of that. I'm pretty self-motivated, so they worked with me with what I needed. I liked the portioned meals and the fat plan per week. The mac and cheese and some of the desserts were really good. The food was good and I felt success from the plan overall. I used Jenny Craig three or four times over a year period and it worked.
But then it became a little too costly for me at the end so I had to give up the program. Jenny Craig checks in with me every now and then. If it were a bit more cost-efficient, I would be able to do it. We have different program options you may benefit from, we're happy to give you more information regarding those programs.
Recently, I did the Rapid Results and while it worked really well for me, I had some problems. They are so rigid. If I know that if I eat the food, it always works. They have a good variety with their food and I tend to like the same things over and over. I like the breakfast ones. They used to have different pancakes but they changed the food which is another issue.
I like their waffles. They got the breakfast scramble also and I like their Anytime Bars too, which is something they give for between the meals to hold you over. They need to expand on their dressings though. They have great mac and cheese, which they know is popular. It has been around forever. They have a little cheeseburger too which I like a lot. Their desserts are pretty good too. Thank God they haven't taken that away.
They have a chicken and potato dish which is really good and the lasagna is not bad. They have little cinnamon rolls for breakfast that are good that makes me feel that I'm not on a freaking diet.
I feel a little bit better. I know why they have to have shelf items because that travels well but I like the frozen items way better than the shelf items.
I know them and they know me and they're very close to my house. I was very excited about that because I used to have to drive so far. That makes it a lot easier and they're very close to a volunteer, which is a grocery store. Thank you for your feedback and congrats on meeting your goal before the graduations! We'll make sure to share your suggestion on more dressings with our Food Team. I have tried other weight loss companies, but I had not been completely successful. I walked in at Jenny Craig and my first interaction with them was fine except that they were slightly understaffed.
And three years ago, at the Tampa Florida center that I was really successful with, my experience was fantastic and the consultant was super! She shared a lot of her story with me and what motivated her. She worked with me to try to figure what would motivate me, and she got tough with me when I needed it. I joined Jenny Craig again here in New Jersey and I'm having a problem with making an appointment and I sitting for minutes trying to wait for my consultant to be able to take me in.
They are understaffed and have difficulty trying to fill positions. In Florida, my center was five minutes away, but this one is a half an hour away, so I keep quitting because I get frustrated. It's an hour round trip and then, I sit there sometimes for over a half an hour waiting. The manager is great, but the center is not managed well as far as scheduling.
And as far as the sincerity level of the consultants, I feel like a number up here at the New Jersey site. But down in Florida, I felt like a person that meant something to the consultant. Still, the quality and the flavor of Jenny Craig's meals are great and that's what makes the program successful, and it works. I really like the butternut squash ravioli, fish and chips, and the breakfast burritos. I just wish that Jenny Craig could be managed consistently so that one center is not more superior to another center as far as customer service goes.
Also, the connectivity of the computers in those centers that I've been to has been terrible whether they have old computers or new ones.
It's frustrating to every single consultant and the frustration flows over to the clients. We're sitting there and done with our appointment, and the order for the food cannot be processed because all the computers are very slow.
Thank you for your feedback. We're happy to hear about your success. We're going to have a Manager follow up with you regarding your experience in the New Jersey location. We strive to provide a seamless experience no matter what Jenny Craig you attend. We will be reaching out soon. I've done Jenny Craig in the past and it worked. Their representatives are both great girls. I've only been there since February and I've reached my goal. They are the reason that I'm down 35 pounds. They pushed me forward.
I look forward to the weekly visits and I told them that they are the highlight of my week. We laugh and have a really good time. I have a good menu plan and all the food is great, and if there's a meal that I can't do like pork or fish, we substitute and it's not a problem at all. Congrats on your weight loss, that's fantastic! We're happy to hear about the great relationship you've developed with your Consultants.
I have gone back to them over the years several times. And once you stop eating the food which over a period of time is a lot of money, you tend to gain the weight back. Other than that, the food selections are good and I enjoy them. I change every once in a while, and they bring in new foods as well. I would recommend Jenny Craig and I have told people where I go to lose weight, but I've also told them the pitfall that once you stop eating the food, you gain that weight back a lot of times.
Our Maintenance Program will help you once you met your goal. While being on Jenny Craig you're learning portion control and getting in the habit of eating several small meals throughout the day.
Jenny Craig's Maintenance Program is important because it helps you maintain your goal you worked so hard to get to.
A Consultant would be happy to go over this with you, please give us a call and we'll be happy to help get you scheduled. I wanted to lose weight and I have a great experience using the Jenny Craig program on and off for 15 years. The consultants have all been wonderful. I enjoy the desserts and I have used the menu program, which works fine.
The meals are good quality and they look good. Even people in my office has said that it smells good.
I've recommended people to Jenny Craig. With them, you would like the food and would also lose weight. When you stick to their program, you'll have good results. Thank you for your review and for recommending Jenny Craig! You're right, Jenny Craig works when you stick to the program! I really like the rep whom I spoke with to get started again. She is very nice and easy to talk to and she understands when I have a crappy week. I have been on the program for only a couple of months, but I had a couple of things come up.
My mom had a stroke and then my year old daughter had a baby, so it has been hard because I had to go out of town when my mom had a stroke. A lot of the food is good and I like a lot of it. Before, they had a different chocolate cake. However, the only difficult part about it is when I have stuff come up like going out of town.
If a person sticks to the plan, the program works really good. I would definitely recommend Jenny Craig to a friend. We're sorry to hear about your Mom. Please know we are always here to help and support you throughout your journey. We wish you all the best. My very first interaction with Jenny Craig was quite emotional for me way back in the day because I was very upset. At that point in time, I was only about pounds and when I went back in , I was In , I had gained a lot of weight before I got married due to the drama issues within family relations and that factored in a bit.
I couldn't shake the way through and I got discouraged, so I knew that going back to Jenny Craig was one thing that works for me. I did the Body for Life as well, but I was better with the pre-planned meal in the portions. Jenny Craig is within two hours from my house and all the gals that I deal with there are very good and understanding. I've been with Jenny Craig for long enough that a lot of times I know what it is that I'm supposed to do and what I'm doing. I'm very verbal with the process and how I'm doing, and they provide the guidance knowing that I'm not just a Jane Doe off the street that doesn't know anything.
I usually go there every four weeks, but this summer, I've been on a holiday so sometimes it's five weeks. I normally deal with Lynnea on a weekly basis because I get weekly phone consults. I normally talk to her every Thursday and that goes well because it's not just how many meals are going, but also whatever else is happening with my life that affects everything else. It has always been interesting.
Sometimes I deal with one of the other gals too depending on who's scheduled. But Lynnea is very good at asking the right questions. She is understanding and supportive. There's no bashing going on, "Why didn't you stick to your plan," or "Why did this happen," or "Why did you lean off the wagon for a bit?
I needed more regimens with the schedule and more discipline of what my portions are and what I need to eat. I needed that training again. They tell me that I can have veggies and if I wanna do something, then I have to give something up in moderation. I've had to go to our head office for training sometimes and it was a process of being able to do that and still do the Jenny Craig stuff and make all that work for me.
It was a good learning curve as well because it brought some real life in, even though Jenny Craig is the real food but it's the outside Jenny Craig food. The difficult time for me is usually between the time I get off from work and the time that my husband gets home. Weekends aren't usually bad, but there are times when I'm feeling a little snacky and there's always the monthly cycle.
There's no logic in there, there's no rationale, and there's no talking myself out of something. During those times, even though I don't need the chips, it doesn't matter. These meal plans limit net carbs most with 25 net grams of carbs or less to help keep blood sugar stable for people with diabetes. Phil McGraw, the well-known TV mental health professional and the host of the popular daytime talk show Dr.
Phil , highly recommends Bistro MD to people who are wanting to lose weight and who are desperately trying to make a change in their lives. Phil, Bistro MD is the best meal delivery program to help people lose weight. That is exactly why he always enlists the services of Bistro MD to help people who are having problems with their health and need to lose weight.
In the video below, Dr. Weighing almost lbs. Starting at the 4: Phil talks about Bistro MD to help out a family lose weight. Bistro MD has separate programs for men and women. Hey, when it comes to weight loss, women are a lot different from men and visa versa.
Did you know that women tend to carry a higher percentage of fat than men because they have more subcutaneous fat than men? Men on the other hand, end up having to deal with a lot of fat deposited in their bellies. No counting calories, fat grams, protein and all the other stuff. You can get started with the program online and order from the comfort of home. Our lives are so busy these days so who has time to prepare healthy meals all the time?
Bistro MD does all the hard work and preparation for you. All you do is pop a meal in the microwave and eat. They also have live chat available if you get stuck or just need a question answered before you complete your order. Bistro MD has a very lively and active community of users on its Facebook fan page http: You can learn the latest on Bistro MD meal plans, get helpful weight loss tips, read actual user feedback on the diet plan, and share stories and tips with other people who are on the same weight loss journey as you.
Bistro MD also offers resources and tips on its site. Your order will arrive in a box and inside the box will be an environmentally-friendly Kodiakotton insulation packaging to keep all the pre-cooked meals frozen see box below.
Bistro MD formerly used styrofoam boxes but have now shifted to this environmentally-friendly packaging. Inside the box, the frozen meals are packed with dry ice to make sure you receive the meals in good condition.
Some people love planning and preparing their own meals. Some people really make time for it and that is really great if that is your preference. Other people may not find having pre-cooked and pre-package meals to be an appealing way to lose weight even though it is convenient and the meals are carefully prepared by chefs and nutritionist to help lose weight. If you are the type of person described above, then Bistro MD is definitely not a diet program for you. If you have some food allergies, make sure to check the meal ingredients that Bistro MD provides.
Bistro MD can adjust their menus to accommodate you if you have certain types of food allergies. Now if you are used to having large meal portions, you will definitely feel a bit deprived for the lack of more food to eat, most especially when the food taste good. However, we thought that people will definitely have that feeling of wanting to have a second helping cause … yes, the meals are that delicious.
There are people who prefer having shakes or a combination of shakes and meals in order to lose weight. If you are that type of person, then this is not for you. Some of the dishes on Bistro MD may be new to you or exotic to your taste. As mentioned previously, these meals were developed and prepared by some of the finest chefs in the country. If you prefer food that you are familiar with and are not the type who would like to try other dishes in spite of these dishes being delicious, tasty, and nutritious, then Bistro MD may not be for you.
The company does not ship elsewhere outside the United States. Maybe in the future, this might be something that they might look into as more people are learning more about their program.