YONKERS, N.Y., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jenny Craig, the diet program thatcombines counseling with a portion-controlled regimen of pre-made foods supplemented by home cooked sides, has been designated a Ratings winner by Consumer Reports Health. With an overall score of 85, Jenny Craig
The diet Ratings are based on adherence to nutritional guidelines set forth by the 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and weight loss and drop-out rates, both short-term and long-term, derived from published clinical trials. And that's where Jenny Craig excelled. In a 332-person, two-year study of the program published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 92 percent of participants stuck with Jenny Craig for two years, a remarkable level of adherence. As a result, those participants shaved off an average of about 8 percent of their weight.
"The point of the report is to give dieters a side-by-side comparison of the main diet programs so they can choose for themselves. Jenny Craig is worth considering, but if you don't like the idea of eating prepackaged meals, it may not be the best option for you," said Nancy Metcalf, senior program editor, Consumer Reports Health. "The best diet is the one that you can stay on. Because if you can't stick with it, then you won't lose weight, nor will you be able to keep off any weight you do manage to lose."
Details about each diet plan and how each faired in Consumer Reports' Ratings are available online at www.ConsumerReportsHealth.org and in the June issue of Consumer Reports.
The report reviews some emerging evidence relative to weight loss and nutrition:
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