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Is Your DIY Diet Backfiring?

By Ali Struhs
August 10, 2015

If you’re trying to lose weight on your own, you may have become preoccupied with every calorie and each ounce on the scale. Maybe it’s time to reconsider your DIY diet and join Jenny Craig instead. With Jenny Craig, you don't have to count, track or worry about every meal.

Keep in mind these indicators that you might be taking healthy eating too far, and talk to a Jenny Craig consultant to see how we can help you lose weight the healthy way.

Feeling guilty for indulging
Extreme guilt over a slice of cake at your son’s birthday party is a sign that you’re taking your diet too far. Thinking you’re cheating and planning how you will make it up by adding an hour to your treadmill run is an unhealthy habit to start. Jenny Craig’s desserts, from our Triple Chocolate Cheesecake to our Vanilla Buttercream Cupcakes, can help you indulge without the guilt. Allowing yourself to enjoy treats keeps you on track during your weight loss journey.

Avoiding social settings
Part of developing healthier habits is learning how to eat when you’re away from home. Finding menu items that fit your diet is crucial to losing weight. Jenny Craig consultants are there to help you strategize what to order at a restaurant, or how to approach a dinner party with friends.

If you find yourself avoiding invitations to a friend’s house or your favorite restaurant, take a step back to analyze if your eating choices are actually beneficial. Remember, Jenny Craig is a lifestyle - we’re here to help you design a menu that works with your budget and social schedule.

Criticizing others for what they eat
Being judgmental of what friends and family are eating and being distracted by their choices is a good way to alienate your support group. Don’t criticize your spouse if he chooses to have an extra serving of potato chips with his lunch. Occupy your thoughts with your own goals and not theirs to maintain healthy relationships with the ones you love. You’ll need their support along your weight loss journey!

Becoming obsessed with what you eat
Are you noticing your relationship with food beginning to change in a negative way? This red flag indicates that your diet is consuming you. If you wake up thinking about how you can cut more grams of fat out of your diet, or setting new goals of cutting more and more calories each week, you may be taking healthy eating too far.

At Jenny Craig, you’ll meet with your personal consultant once a week to plan your personalized menu, rather than spending an inordinate amount of time each day engrossed by how and what you’re going to eat. Our foods are simple to heat and eat, so there’s no need to stress over lengthy recipes and keeping track of calories consumed.

*Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.

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