Lose Weight to Manage Type 2 Diabetes with Jenny Craig
By Claire Kowalchik
Your body does an amazing job of keeping your blood sugar in a steady, healthy range, unless you have type 2 diabetes. Then the job falls to you, and there’s a lot to do. Blood sugar rises and drops throughout the day, depending on your pancreatic function, the amount of insulin your body produces, your level of insulin sensitivity, as well as what you eat, when you eat, how active you are, and what medications you are taking.
There are plenty of resources to help you with the task—your doctor, diabetes educator, registered dietitian, and type 2 support groups. Enter Jenny Craig for type 2 with a plan that helps you accomplish five of the seven diabetes management objectives recommended by American Association of Diabetes Educators.
Jenny Craig for type 2 supports you in healthy eating, weight management, and physical activity. Plus, a personal consultant meets with you every week to review your goals and strategies, offer encouragement, and help you find solutions to any challenges you may encounter as you implement and follow through with the lifestyle changes that not only help you manage type 2 diabetes, but lower your risk for diabetes-related complications. It’s one plan, one place offering multiple tools to help you control diabetes, and science shows that it works.
Here’s the Proof
A recent study involving 227 overweight adults with type 2 diabetes compared the weight loss and diabetes control results of the weekly support of the Jenny Craig for type 2 program with usual care for diabetes, in which individuals receive a 1-hour counseling session with a dietitian who offers recommendations and materials for diet and exercise and provides monthly check-ins via email or phone.
At the end of a year, those who followed the lower carbohydrate Jenny Craig menu lost 9% percent of their initial weight compared with a 2.5 percent drop for individuals who followed usual care. In addition, the Jenny Craig participants saw greater improvements in the control of their blood sugar than the usual care group.*
Here’s the Program
What makes Jenny Craig for type 2 diabetes so effective? It’s a comprehensive approach that focuses on health eating, physical activity, and portion control. Take a look.
Easy meal planning. One of the keys to keeping blood sugar—and hunger—levels even throughout the day is consistent meals and snacks. Jenny Craig for type 2 provides you a calorie-controlled, pre-portioned breakfast, lunch, dinner and three snacks (mid-morning, afternoon and evening) for each day of the week.
The right mix of nutrients. As part of the Jenny Craig study, two diets were tested: a higher carb (60 percent) and a lower carb (45 percent) diet. The lower carb plan produced better results and became the model for Jenny Craig for type 2 diabetes. Every Jenny Craig for Type 2 menu day is calculated to provide the right balance of foods that adds up to the optimal proportion of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, so that you don’t have to figure it out!
Support that keeps you on target with your weight and type 2 goals. Another distinguishing feature of Jenny Craig for type 2 diabetes is that you have access to one-on-one consulting every week! Your personal consultant will partner with you to set eating and activity goals, problem solve challenges and practice making healthy changes that positively impact both your weight and your diabetes control.
Your consultant is an extension of your healthcare team. While she is not a physician/diabetes educator and cannot address the medical aspects of your condition, your consultant can reinforce the lifestyle strategies (like self-monitoring of your food, activity and blood glucose levels) that will help you both lose weight and improve your diabetes control.
*Weight Loss, Glycemic Control, and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors in Response to Differential Diet Composition in a Weight Loss Program in Type 2 Diabetes: A Randomized Controlled Trial