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6 Ways Structured Eating Can Help You Lose Weight

By Staci Amend
October 1, 2014

Most of us don’t intend to gain weight. Those extra pounds just sneak their way into our lives, a handful at a time. Was it stress-related snacking at work… happy hours instead of trips to the gym… a new medication… or those tempting dishes of late-night ice cream? Weight gain is different for everyone, and it’s often caused by a “perfect storm” of contributing factors. But even though weight loss is a unique personal journey as well, there are a few essential elements that are critical to our successful program. One of these is structure—here are six ways “organized eating” with Jenny Craig can help you reach your goal.

1. Portion control—check!
With a Jenny Craig pre-planned menu, you never have to worry about overeating. Each entrée is perfectly portioned to help keep you satisfied while you slim down. After a few weeks on the program, you’ll be able to recognize healthy portions in any meal.

2. Nutrition—covered.
Our menus are both delicious AND nutritious, with the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates, fiber and healthy fats. With your daily salads, fruits, milks and vegetables, you can be sure you’re eating right, every day…and setting healthy habits for the rest of your life.

3. Built-in controls.
When you’re not sure what your next meal will be, it’s easy to let cravings take over. That’s when your Jenny Craig menu can be a great asset to your weight loss success. A set framework can stop your mind from wandering to “what would taste great now” and keep you focused on your goal.

4. Knowledge is power.
When you’re following a structured meal plan, you always know exactly what you’re putting into your body, when. This takes the mystery out of weight loss—if you lose more or less weight one week, you’ll know right away which behaviors contributed to your success or temporary stall.

5. Easy progress tracking.
Jenny Craig weight loss programs are structured around your success, with easy-to-use online tools, and our mobile app, designed to help you set goals, monitor your food intake and activity levels, and track your progress all the way to your goal. Positive reinforcement is powerful thing!

6. Setting healthy habits.
It takes about 21 days to form a habit. After just a month or so of following your Jenny Craig weight loss program, your mind and body will start to recognize the healthy new patterns you’re establishing… making them easier to follow into a successful future!

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