The Jenny Craig Diet Helping You Lose Weight Since 1983

The Jenny Craig Diet Helping You Lose Weight Since 1983
The Jenny Craig Diet Helping You Lose Weight Since 1983

In 1983, the Jenny Craig Company was formed in Australia by both Sid and Jenny Craig. Today the headquarters are located in California. In just a little more than 10 years, this hard driving couple were able to build a company that generated over 36 million dollars a year in business. It was obvious that small town, Louisiana native Genevieve (Jenny) Guidroz had become a star in the dieting industry.

By 1998, there was a substantial drop in the earnings to 2 million dollars a year but the company managed to transform itself to fit the changing times. With a revamped and updated approach, earnings began to rise. This company has always shown the ability to find ways to gain favor with the public. Much of this success is directly attributable to the positive and tenacious attitude of Jenny Craig.

Genevieve, or Jenny as she is better known, developed an early interest in fitness during the 60’s when she was trying to lose weight that she had gained while pregnant. She opened her own fitness club in New Orleans during this time and she operated it until 1970.

Then she became a staff member at Body Contours, which was another fitness center in the area. Body Contours was a fitness center that was owned and operated by Sid Craig. The couple found that they had much in common, fell in love and were married in 1979. By working together, they were able to develop a unique concept that would turn their struggling fitness operation into a multimillion-dollar business.

The diet program that was developed by Jenny Craig Inc. is not meant to be viewed as a diet but as a practical approach to help clients develop healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle. During the company’s early years, their clients would meet with a personal diet counselor and would purchase their food from Jenny Craig Inc. These food selections were perfectly proportioned and calorie controlled. Clients could choose meals for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There were also desserts and snacks that were offered on this plan. Diet participants would also be required to attend support meetings twice a week and discuss weight loss topics with a group that was led by a counselor. Today, pre-packaged meals are still the central theme of the program and now they can even be delivered to customers’ doors through the Jenny Direct program.

Jenny Craig Inc. did not go public until 1991. During this period, some changes were made in their upper management ranks. The program was changed and modernized. Clients were able to now choose the classes that they felt were of most interest to them. The company also started a video series that could be purchased for home use which instructed individuals about healthy diet choices and how to integrate better eating habits into their daily lives.

Celebrities that have had success with this program would very often become paid spokespersons. Among these were stars like Elliott Gould and Susan Ruttan. The most recent Hollywood stars to endorse Jenny Craig’s program have been Kirstie Alley, Marie Osmond, and Valerie Bertinelli.

Sensa Weight Loss – Possible Side Effects?

Sensa Weight Loss – Possible Side Effects?
Sensa Weight Loss – Possible Side Effects?

Nearly everyone will want to lose weight at some point during their lives. As a result there are thousands of ‘lose weight fast’ products on the market which claim to give you an easy way to lose weight. One such product is Sensa weight loss. Out of all the different weight loss products which have been launched over the last few years, Sensa really does seem to be the most popular. However there have been reports of possible side effects at  which may make you think twice about using it.

While it is stated that the possible side effects of using Sensa to lose weight aren’t that serious, it doesn’t mean they should be overlooked. The majority of people who use Sensa will be totally unaffected, but those who are can except to experience headaches and nausea. While this may actually result in the loss of weight, it’s definitely not how Sensa is supposed to help you lose weight!

If you were thinking of trying Sensa and are concerned about any of these negative effects then you should probably avoid it and just change your diet and get some regular exercise. After all, these really are the only two things you need to do to lose weight.

For those that aren’t really worried about any of the possible side effects then it will cost you about $30 for the first month. There are lots of positive Sensa reviews from people who have used it to lose weight without any problems.

Although it may help you to relieve your hunger, I still believe that all you need to do to lose weight is change your diet and exercise. There are no really easy and quick ways to do anything in life, including losing weight. It takes a some will power and determination. While things like Sensa may help you, in the long run it’s more about your own determination and exactly how much you want it.

According to the report, If you decide to use Sensa then you will know within the first day or two if you are among the minority of people who shouldn’t be using it. Even if you don’t have any problems with Sensa and actually manage to lose some weight with it, you should still try and maintain a healthy diet and do some regular exercise.



Fasting for long periods of time can be dangerous and pointless as most people gain back any weight they lose after long cleanses and fasts once they begin eating again. Short term fasting can be very effective and is much safer. With any kind of fast, a decrease in calorie intake will affect your energy levels, and anyone fasting should be careful not to over exert themselves while cutting calories. Fasting is exceptionally dangerous for diabetics and anyone considering fasting should consult their doctor to make sure they are healthy enough to do so. With this in mind, here are three fasts that are safe and effective ways to lose weight.


1. Juice Fasting:

Juice fasting is a fruit and veggie juice only meal plan that cuts solid foods and fiber out of your diet completely. Your body spends a great portion of its energy on the process of digestion. By cutting solid foods and fiber out of your diet, you give your body the allowed time to focus on digesting and metabolizing stored calories and cleansing your system more thoroughly. You will also shed water weight on this diet as a low consumption of sodium signals to your body to release stored water. This fast calls for lots of water and as much juice as you so desire. Half of your juice should come from green veggies, the other half from other fruits and veggies that add sweetness and flavor. Juicing is key here, not blending. Juicing produces only the nutrient and enzyme rich liquid from the fruits and vegetables by leaving out the fiber-full solids. Depending on which specific juice fast plan you choose, as there are many, you may also be allowed herbal teas and some solid fresh fruits. While cutting down your fiber, protein and calorie intake, short term juice fasting still gives your body lots of nutrients and keeps you hydrated.

2. The Three Day Fruit Fast:

The idea of the three day fruit fast is simple. By cutting out certain food groups, with the focus on cutting any and all processed foods, you cut your calorie intake and toxin intake of things like preservatives, artificial sweeteners and harsh chemicals. If you cut your calorie intake by enough, you will lose weight by burning stored calories (fat) for energy and giving your digestive system a break from the processed products. The first day, the faster is expected to drink protein shakes throughout the day and then have a raw salad in the evening. The next two days call for a serving of fruit every two hours and a raw salad for dinner with some additional lean protein. You should drink lots of water during this fast. Thankfully, this fast, while greatly cutting your calorie intake, still allows you some nutrients and proteins and is structured so that one does not fast too much or too long.

3. The Straight Up Fast:

Fasting is considered a short term weight loss method because your body can only handle going without for so long before it begins to suffer. The straight up fast is just what you’re thinking: water only. For short term benefits, losing weight quickly, some people stick to this diet for two or three days. It is not considered the healthiest option and you will almost certainly gain the weight back once you begin eating again, but there is an alternative method of straight up fasting. For long term benefits there is a safer way to do this fast, one full day once a week. Consistent short term straight up fasting is the only way one can make straight up fasting work for their body in the long run. One day without food may not cause you to lose drastic amounts of weight by the end of the night, but over time the cut in your calorie intake and breaks given to your digestive system will begin to show on your body and remain permanently.

ADD/ADHD the Often Wrong Usual Suspects

ADD-ADHD the Often Wrong Usual Suspects
ADD-ADHD the Often Wrong Usual Suspects

It is important to understand that diagnosis of ADD/ADHD requires a considerable amount of observation as well as thorough psychological and medical testing. There are also diagnosis made on reporting basis such as self-reporting, reporting from parents, teachers and caregivers. It is common for individuals to be diagnosed with ADD/ADHD by the family physician and without going through much discussion on the condition of the person. Diagnosis have also been made without further testing crucial to clarify that the symptoms are really ADD/ADHD and not other common disorder as well as undesirable behavior.

The condition of being misdiagnosis, be it over diagnosis and under diagnosis have been causing great problems for the medical community even worse for society that has to deal with deviant behavior etc. Proper diagnosis is needed to ensure sanity for all.

Many common disorders can mimic the symptoms of ADD/ADHD resulting in an incorrect diagnosis if adequate care is not taken to compare the symptoms of each individual carefully with every available condition rubric. The symptoms of ADD/ADHD are so obtuse that they can easily be attributed to depression, anxiety, specific learning disabilities, early onset bipolar disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, food allergies, head injuries, fetal alcohol syndrome, dental problems (such as abscessed root canals or mercury toxicity from fillings), family dynamics issues, grief or trauma, and even simple poor parenting!

There is really not many cases of real ADD/ADHD diagnosis out there.

Due to the fact that other disorders have symptoms very similar to ADD/ADHD, a better method of diagnosis is required to ensure preciseness of diagnosis.

Differential diagnosis is a process that so far has proven correct diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.

Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary defines differential diagnosis as “the distinguishing of a disease or condition from others presenting similar symptoms”. Essentially, the process takes place in the following manner:

Before anything else, the clinician investigates the history and physical examination of the patient so that possible disorders can be list out. This process is called differential diagnosis and it is a clinical decision making. With all the possible disorder listed, related tests are carried out on the patient- Encyclopedia Brittanica.

Perhaps the most important part of the process is when “the clinician then decides what tests to order to help refine the list or identify the specific disease”. In many cases, this refinement never takes place. Conditions such as food allergies, toxicity, and psychological issues are rarely investigated. There are several reasons for this. It is often difficult for a physician to confront a parent with what may be a display of symptoms due to poor parenting, abuse, or familial stress, and many physicians realize that the work involved in teaching everyone involved with someone diagnosed with a nutritional deficiency or toxicity is more than some families will commit to. Additionally, it’s ok to have ADD/ADHD, it’s not ok to be in the early stages of developing a major mental disorder.

Suggesting that parents change their method of parenting can be an impossible mission.

It is hard to accept that a diagnosis points to mental illness.

Most people tend to ignore the necessity of meeting nutritional needs as well as addressing allergies and sensitivities. Not many will make effort to avoid toxic substance either.

It’s easier to medicate.

This simply bailing out using medication is causing dangerous misdiagnosis. Correct diagnosis of ADD/ADHD consist of careful examination on what is causing the symptoms and this may takes up much time, energy and resources.