1980s: Jenny Craig
The Jenny Craig diet started in Australia in 1983, landed in America in 1985 and remains a popular commercial weight-loss program today. It offers a diet plan, weekly counseling and prepackaged meals and snacks. The biggest drawbacks are cost ($99 to enroll, at least $19 a month to maintain, plus the cost of food, $15 to $23 per day) and that it lacks flexibility for eating out, food allergies and sensitivities, lower sodium options, halal or kosher. It also recommends a supplement to meet nutrient needs, rather than providing all the needed nourishment through food.
Expert Opinion: I can appreciate that the Jenny Craig diet removes the hassle of meal planning, and there is some research suggesting Jenny Craig dieters lost more weight than those on other commercial diet plans (e.g., Nutrisystem, Medifast, Weight Watchers). Bottom line: Despite the cost, the Jenny Craig diet is one of the easiest ways to lose weight, it’s safe and you’ll meet your macronutrient needs.
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