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Top 7 Most Common Myths About Weight Loss Programs Debunked


We’ve all had days where we look in the mirror and don’t like who we see.

Times where we stare into our wardrobe, struggling to find an outfit that looks flattering or stops us from feeling frumpy.

For many mums, these moments aren’t just a one-off. They’re happening all the time, for weeks, months, years, even.

While this lack of confidence sucks, it kind of becomes the norm. Here’s the thing. It doesn’t have to be this way.

As you’re likely well aware, there’s countless weight loss programs on the market that promise change and guarantee weight loss.

But at what cost?

Do you need to fork out thousands of dollars, buy all the equipment, commit to crazy gym schedules your body can’t handle or spend hours in the kitchen following a meal plan with the time you didn’t have in the first place?

You may be surprised, actually! We’ve seen a fair few different weight loss programs in our day. While some are not all they’re cracked up to be, others can help you achieve the results you’re looking for.

After all, if you find the right program, you can lose the weight, reclaim your confidence, stop feeling down about what you see in the mirror and instead start loving yourself stupid! Now that’s what we call #winning!

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WRONG: Not all weight loss programs are just about veggies and salads!

You can have your cake and eat it too. Plus, heaps of other yummy meals, such as waffles, pies, nachos and more! No unicorn hairs or fields of silverbeet to harvest, just normal, nutritious, yummy, home-style foods (and microwavable for extra ease).

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WRONG: Some weight loss programs are about healthy living for life. 

Sure, drinking nothing but coconut water for three weeks is probably going to help you lose weight. But you cannot do this forever! Look for a weight loss program that offers you more than just a fad diet, one that gives you ALL the tools you need to keep it going on your own, even once you’ve finished with the program.

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WRONG. You owe it to yourself, and your family, to make time.

There’s always something to do – a meal to cook, a pile of washing to fold, a stain to clean up. But if we don’t make time for ourselves, eventually our wheels fall off, and that’s not good for anyone, our family or ourselves.

Many weight loss programs can easily fit alongside your regular routine without too much disruption. Particularly if you find one that can be tailored to your lifestyle and has options that can be taken on the road with you. 

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WRONG: Not all weight loss programs expect you to do hardcore exercise

Weight loss programs aren’t always about strenuous exercise. It’s more about finding ways to include some activity into every day and building on that activity until you reach your exercise goals. Add in a swim, get off the bus a stop earlier than usual or park your car a block away from your destination. You’ll be surprised how adding in just a little extra exercise can make you feel amazing! (Activewear is totally optional, too!)

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WRONG: It’s more about feeling satisfied, for longer!

Portion control is an important aspect of weight loss. However, it’s more about eating the right foods; the ones that will keep you fuller for longer, so you won’t constantly feel hungry. Look for a program that offers a balanced nutritional plan and guides you on eating the right foods to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

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WRONG: It’s easy to find weight loss programs that are perfectly safe for breastfeeding mums and their babies.

Programs that require medications, intense exercise, or are rigid in what to eat are challenging for breastfeeding mums. But there are weight loss programs that cater specifically to breastfeeding mums and include meal plans that are loaded with energy-boosting and nutrient-dense foods. You might be surprised once you start looking around just how many will help you with your breastfeeding plan!

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WRONG: No one expects you to do this alone. 

Sure, it’s your individual weight loss journey, but you deserve a mountain of support to keep you on track, especially on those days when you really want to quit or eat ALL the cookies in the pantry. And there are programs out there that can offer you this support, no matter where you live. Support and accountability can make all the difference, especially when they ‘get’ where you’re at and raise you up when you need it most.

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Finding the right program that suits your goals, budget and lifestyle is key.  Just take a look at new mum Brooke who lost 37 kg in just 24 weeks, she’s proof of what happens when you decide on the program that’s right for you!

Brooke Thompson Jenny Craig weight lossOne of the programs that debunk all of the above weight loss myths and ticks all of the boxes is Jenny Craig. Hundreds of mums have found great weight loss success using this program, losing the weight and keeping it off!

We actually think it’s great too – it ticks so many boxes in one program!

They plan the meals, they cook them (you simply have to reheat), it’s quick, convenient and you get all the support you need from your personal Jenny Craig Consultant!

So here are 8 reasons Jenny Craig sets itself apart from other weight loss programs:

  1. Awesome food! Their menu contains over 70 delicious dietitian-designed, ready-made foods that can be heated and enjoyed. Less fuss for you, more flavour.
  2. Healthy habits for life! Get the tools you need to keep the weight off, even after you’ve finished with the program. Education is key, and they’ll help you form life-changing long-term habits.
  3. Over 100 centres and counting means no matter where you live, we’re sure Jenny Craig’s nearby. Their centres are open morning, afternoon, evening and even weekends to suit your lifestyle. Plus, if you can’t make it into the centre you can have your Consultation over the phone and have your Jenny Craig food delivered directly to your door. Simply set aside 20 minutes one day a week for your personal Consultation, weigh-in and progress update.
  4. No crazy exercise needed! (Unless you love crazy exercise, of course!) Instead, your Consultant will work with you on how to include light exercise into your daily life and help you build an exercise plan that meets your goals.
  5. Don’t feel hungry! With decent portion sizes and eating six meals a day, your tummy won’t be left rumbling. Plus, you’ll still get to enjoy plenty of your food favourites like beef pie, chocolate pudding and chips. So you won’t feel like you’re missing out.
  6. Great for breastfeeding mums! Jenny Craig offers a weight-loss program with meal plans specially designed for mums who choose to breastfeed. Winning … both you and baby!
  7. Personal Consultants! Get the one-on-one attention and motivation you need to guide you through your weight loss journey. After all, accountability is one of the biggest reasons people stay focussed and motivated. Especially when you see the same person week in week out and they’re there to cheer you on and help you plan the week ahead!
  8. Real results! Jenny Craig clients can lose three times more weight1 than dieting alone and their Rapid Results program has helped members lose up to 5kg in the first four weeks!2

Check out the video below for more info on the program:

Ready to make a change? Book an appointment with a Jenny Craig Consultant today

If you are on the hunt for a weight loss program that caters specifically to you, then we recommend calling Jenny Craig on 13 19 92 and finding out for yourself what it’s all about. BOOK NOW!

So skip the fad diets and crazy workout schedules, and enjoy an easier way to get your weight on track.

This is a sponsored post for Jenny Craig.


1. If you want to read more about how Jenny Craig clients can lose 3x more weight than dieting alone, we invite you to read the 2-year study undertaken in the United States and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The JAMA Study is also available upon request. Members following the Jenny Craig program, on average, lose 0.5-1kg per week. For details of Jenny Craig’s programs and pricing, click here.

2. Average weight loss, based on Jenny Craig study, was 5.27kg in the first 4 weeks for those who completed the Rapid Results Program (including full weekly menu, with consultations), versus 3.87kg on our Classic Program. Individual results may vary.


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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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