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No Millennial Madness in 2001 Resolutions

Weight Loss Still Tops the List!

LA JOLLA, Calif., January 2, 2001 - Despite the dawn of a new millennium, New Year's resolutions for many Americans still have a decidedly traditional slant. With an estimated 61% of Americans overweight or obese, losing weight tops the list.

But how to make your weight loss resolution actually work in 2001? According to Lisa Talamini, registered dietitian at Jenny Craig, Inc., one of the nation's weight management leaders, weight loss alone won't make you a long-term winner. "Realistic goals, a healthy eating and activity plan and support determine whether you keep - or break - your New Year's resolution," says Talamini.

Among the time-tested techniques for helping clients succeed at weight loss resolutions:

  • Set a realistic goal and break it into smaller steps to keep track of your progress - a mere 10% decrease in your weight can make all the difference in your well-being.
  • Fuel motivation with imagination. Visualize all the personal benefits - besides weight loss - that your positive changes will bring.
  • Tune in to your physical and emotional eating cues by keeping a journal. The moment you spend writing about a food enables you to choose to eat it ... or not!
  • Plan to be more physically active every day: walk the dog, take the stairs, schedule 30-minute blocks in your day planner. Make activity your first choice for stress release.
  • Surround yourself with people who support your goals. Enlist a walking buddy, or consider joining a structured weight loss program.
  • Affirm and reward your efforts. Trade criticism of the past for strong, positive statements and treat yourself to a movie, a manicure, a good book, as you reach a milestone.

"Weight loss is a journey, not a destination," explains Talamini. "At Jenny Craig, our goal is to help clients learn not only how to lose weight, but how to create a balanced lifestyle to help them maintain their goals." At Jenny Craig, clients choose a program that matches their lifestyle, food preferences and budget. Jenny Craig Consultants - many of them former clients who have successfully completed their weight loss program - work with clients weekly as "partners in lifestyle change" to fuel motivation, assess the prior week's successes and create a plan for the new week, supported by personalized lifestyle strategies. "Many of our Consultants' own personal experience at making - and keeping - a weight loss resolution gives them an even greater insight into offering clients the timely tools and type of encouragement they need," says Talamini.

Jenny Craig, Inc. provides a comprehensive, nutritionally balanced weight management program that adheres to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid and the US Dietary Guidelines. The program includes personal, one-on-one consultations at Jenny Craig Centres that help clients learn how to eat the foods they want, increase their physical activity and build more balance in their lives, with the goal of achieving optimal weight loss and well being. Currently, 658 Jenny Craig Centres operate in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico.