Sure-fire weight loss requires balancing one’s diet, adhering to a strict exercise regimen, and putting the gingerbread house on the market. Walk beyond the candy-cane fence with today's Groupon: for $30, you get week one of the Jenny Craig Program (a $120 value), which includes three meals and one snack a day for an entire week.
The Jenny Craig Program provides people with nutritious, heart-healthy foods, a personal consultant, and a plan specially tailored to helping them attain their desired weight. Clients meet with a Jenny Craig consultant to assess their current eating habits and to create a scheme for shedding superfluous pounds. Then, the week-one planned menu unfolds like a paper airplane made of phyllo dough (items in blue are included in the plan; orange items are recommended additions). A sample day starts with the breakfast scramble, a mound of scrambled egg whites and turkey ham topped with melty low-fat mozzarella and served over diced red potatoes. Lunch is beef chow mein, which is packed with broccoli, carrots, and bell peppers and remains unpacked with calories (it has only 220). Dinner brings the comfort of mac 'n' cheese and tops it off with a cookie for dessert.
The Jenny Craig Program's flavorful, portion-controlled cuisine is only one part of its comprehensive plan. Consultants encourage their charges to increase physical activity through cardio workouts, bicycling, or running down the aisles of The Price Is Right. For those who continue on the path of weight control beyond today's Groupon, weekly one-on-one meetings are another helpful part of the process; consultants discuss strategies, analyze current results, and help choose another week of a balanced menu.