As Kirstie Alley leaves the fold of Jenny Craig spokescelebreties to start her own diet plan brand, her space is taken by two women. We’ve already talked about Queen Latifah. Now it’s time to talk about Temptress Brown.
She’s a linebacker on her high school football team. She was a contestant on American Idol. She’s a 280lb seventeen year old. Now she’s going on the Jenny Craig diet plan. Under the newly-lightened arm of former plus-sized model and fellow former AI contestant Kimberley Locke, she’s decided to lose weight and get healthy.
But how healthy is she going to get on the Jenny Craig plan? After all, that’s what Queen Latifah is trying to sell us on, and that’s what Temptress has been convinced is true.
Epicurious.com has done a comparison of five of the most popular diet plans based on pre-fab food as well as the frozen diet meals available at your local supermarket. Their review of Jenny Craig frankly gives me little hope for Temptress’ improved health on this program.
It’s not just that the food is expensive ($36.00 six-week membership fee at the time of the investigation plus nearly $1,300.oo for three months worth of food). It’s not just that the dieter has to supplement that food with nearly one-third of the calories on the diet by themselves (which drives the cost of the plan even higher). It’s these comments from the nutritionist’s assessment that make me seriously question the liklihood that anyone is going to get healthy on Jenny Craig:
- The sample menu ordered derived nearly one quarter of its calories from sugar.
- The meals provided roughly eight grams of fiber in a day’s meals, as opposed to the medically-recommended minimum twenty-five grams per day that regulate our systems and keep us from feeling hungry between meals.
- The ingredient lists showed a high proportion of additives, artificial ingredients, added sugars, and trans fats.
On top of all of that, Jenny Craig is a plan that depends heavily on the dieter relying on lots of one-on-one attention and hand-holding. Weekly consultations will help you stick to the plan while you’re on it, but are all too easy to rely on too much. And considering how much money is involved, what motivation is there for a consultant to teach her pupil how to let go?
After all, in a clip available at You Tube, Kimberley Locke plays up the idea that Temptress doesn’t want to end up like her wheelchair-bound mother. This is pure emotional manipulation of the worst sort.
Temptress, if you want to be healthy, the way to get there is not by eating sugary, nearly fiber-free, additive-addled microwave meals. The key is to eat from a wide variety of foods, be thoughtful about how much of what sort of fats you eat, get plenty of exercise (which a football player already probably has under control), and keep up your self-esteem. Don’t be duped. The scale is not the only measure – or even the best one – of your overall health. Put down the microwave tray and love yourself just as you are.