Home » Trending Health News » Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Best Weight Loss Programs, Report Says

Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig Best Weight Loss Programs, Report Says


A new report ranks commercial diet programs. Finishing at the top: Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig.

The report, which was put together by researchers at Johns Hopkins University and recently published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, involved an examination of nearly forty studies and eleven weight loss programs. Researchers found that people on the Jenny Craig program tended to lose the most weight, roughly 15 pounds. Weight Watchers users also fared well, losing about eight pounds and keeping it off for more than a year.
It’s worth noting that few people saw massive weight loss results–but that’s completely normal. Most doctors recommend people lose weight at a steady rate–about 3- to 5-percent of their initial weight.
Such moderate weight loss is “a really important first step to reach,” says Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. Kimberly Gudzune.
The report also highlighted some good news: thanks to the introduction of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, it’s now easier for Americans to access obesity screening and counseling programs. The researchers note that this is an important step towards addressing the nation’s growing battle with the bulge, with roughly two-thirds of all U.S. adults currently overweight or obese.
Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored well because they both provide advanced systems designed to help customers manage their diets–the most critical step in weight loss. For example, Weight Watchers offers customers online and in-person support groups along with a points system intended to help dieters plan healthy meals.
It’s a strategy that is already working for Michele Rouse, an administrative coordinator at Johns Hopkins. She’s already lost seven pounds on the Weight Watchers program, and is hopeful that she can reach her goal of dropping 70 pounds.
So, why is the program working? Rouse says it’s about creating a realistic diet. “You’re not starving yourself,” Rouse said.

ADVERTISEMENT

More on ActiveBeat
  • Things You Need to Know About The Mediterranean Diet
    You probably didn’t start your day trekking across a white-washed beach and diving off a rocky cliff into the sparkling azure sea below.
    Trending Health News
  • 6 Tips to Avoid Long Weekend Weight Gain
    With pending statutory long weekends ahead (this Monday is the Victoria Day long weekend for Canadians while the May 30th is Memorial Day for Americans), it's easy to get caught up...
    Trending Health News
  • Foods You Should Never Eat
    Food is nourishment, but the world of food can be a dangerous place if we're not conscious of what we put into our bodies.
    Trending Health News
  • 7 Foods Every Athlete Should Eat
    Exercising is an important part of staying fit and feeling good. But you need to eat the right foods to fuel every workout and event—otherwise, you’ll be left a step behind the...
    Trending Health News
  • 6 Ways to Prevent Overeating
    There is a convincing case to be made that you can throw all the trendy diets out the window and eat whatever you want as long as you refrain from doing one very simple thing:...
    Trending Health News
  • 15 Tasty Snacks That Weigh in Under 100 Calories
    Did someone say mid day snack attack? Snaking has a bad rap, but not all snacks are created sugary, fatty, and calorie-laden.
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Ways Alcohol is Completely Ruining Your Diet!
    Studies consistently show that alcohol ruins even the best intended diets. In fact, an innocent night of celebrating with a few cocktails can set you back 1,000 calories—just...
    Trending Health News
  • 10 Easy Ways To Drink More Water in a Day
    Winter is the season of snow, the season of gift giving, the season of celebrating new beginnings, but it’s also the season of dehydration, which leads to fatigue, dull hair, dry...
    Trending Health News
  • 10 Tips for Beating Portion Distortion
    Weight loss is on a lot of minds once the New Year rolls around. However, with food manufacturers and restaurants pushing portion distortion—a phenomenon in which mass society...
    Trending Health News
  • Alkaline Diet's Health Claims Overblown, Experts Say
    Interested in giving the "alkaline" diet a try this year? You're not alone. The celebrity diet is becoming increasingly popular.
    Trending Health News
  • The True Dangers of Yo-Yo Dieting
    You’re not alone, if like many folks, you struggle with gaining and losing those few excess pounds.
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Fad Dieting Tips You Should Ignore
    When it comes to fad diets, you already know that most of the tips they advocate are not building blocks for a healthy diet.
    Trending Health News
  • 8 Obvious Signs of a Fad Diet
    You know the old adage, if it sounds too good to be true, chances are that it is! While making small changes in one’s diet and activity levels can bring increased energy and...
    Trending Health News
  • Deciphering The 10 Most Common Types of Hunger
    Hunger, it often comes on suddenly and in ravenous proportions. However, aside from legitimate physical hunger, a reminder that your body requires vital nourishment, we often crave...
    Trending Health News
  • Health Benefits of a Mediterranean-Style Diet
    The European lifestyle is known to promote good health, and it seems like a good portion of Europeans having lean bodies that can make you green with envy.
    Trending Health News