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May 11, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
For those looking to shed a few pounds, Jenny Craig may be a good bet — the plan got top honors in a Consumer Reports ranking of popular diets. But not all dieters would agree. After all, as Booster Shots blogger Eryn Brown pointed out yesterday: Jenny Craig is fairly expensive. And each diet has its fans. Consumer Reports offers an overview of its seven-diet comparison (you must have a subscription to see the rankings), but it has this to say about Jenny Craig specifically: “What gave it the edge over the other big names we assessed — stalwarts such as Atkins, Ornish, and Weight Watchers — was a 332-person, two-year study of the program published in the Oct. 27, 2010, Journal of the American Medical Association.
March 21, 2014 | By James S. Fell
In regard to weight, Jennifer Hudson's biggest concern these days might be finding a shelf sturdy enough to bear the weight of her numerous awards. Her Oscar and Grammy wins represent but a small portion of the recognition she has received. But body weight has been a concern for her in the past. And it was Weight Watchers, for which she appears in ads, and developing a sense of play about physical activity that helped her lose 80 pounds and keep it off. Were you heavy as a child, or did the weight come on later?
It was Queen Victoria--royally pained in 1900 by a courtier's impersonation of her prim voice and puffy cheeks--who noted that we were not amused. With such aloof precedence, we must presume today's royals are unamusedly bashing their heads against Buckingham Palace at word that Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, will appear in TV commercials and throw her rank around for Weight Watchers.
May 10, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Consumer Reports has released its latest diet plan ratings, and there's a new queen of the low-cal aisle: Jenny Craig. This came as a bit of a disappointment to me.  Hoping to lose about 10-15 pounds of weight I put on when pregnant with my now 2-year-old son, I recently started Weight Watchers -- which came in third in the rankings.  Weight Watchers got dinged for not providing proof of sufficient weight loss and for publishing a sample menu...
Anyone who's ever tried to lose weight will take issue with two new advertising campaigns that suggest dieting is as simple as ABC or one, two, three. But analysts say that campaigns unveiled last month by Weight Watchers International Inc. and Jenny Craig Inc. could lead to increased market share for the industry leaders now that two popular diet drugs have been linked to heart valve problems and pulled from the market.
Some travelers think of Paris and picture young lovers, fashions to die for, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Versailles. Not my friends. They think of food. John recommended the heavenly steak and divine French fries at L'Entrecote, the Parisian steakhouse. Sergio reminisced about the perfect duck--and the exorbitant bill--at Tour D'Argent, the fancy penthouse restaurant overlooking Notre Dame and the Seine.
August 24, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
"Star Wars" star Carrie Fisher, who has lost 50 pounds on the Jenny Craig diet plan in just nine months, had people buzzing on Thursday morning when she told the "Today" show's Ann Curry that her new body made her "want to get into the metal bikini and just walk around the house like an idiot. Answer the doorbell: 'What is it? This old thing?' "   Yes, Jabba, THAT bikini . The 54-year-old Fisher, who's a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig , weighed 180 pounds at her heaviest and is 130 pounds now . Since she's just over 5 feet tall, that means she now has a body mass index of about 24 -- within the "normal" range.  At 180, her BMI would have been around 34, firmly in the "obese" range.
April 5, 1999 | ROCHELLE O'GORMAN
STOP STUFFING YOURSELF Simon & Schuster Audio. Abridged nonfiction. One cassette. Length: 90 minutes. $12. Read by Jenna Stern. Available in bookstores. * An official Weight Watchers publication, this is a motivational tool to start you on your weight-loss plan. The focus is not on what you eat, but on how you eat. Behavior modification and the triggers that cause you to overeat are addressed in a straightforward manner. Worry, stress and boredom are discussed as possible factors for overeating.
January 2, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
If only our collective memories worked a little better, we might recall that facing the new year with a little extra weight is what we did a year ago. And the year before that. Were those extra helpings of whatever it was - can you even remember? - worth it? No matter, diet season is here for many of us. Maybe your 2013 resolve is not to be at the same threshold in 2014. But for now, you might be thinking about which diet will work best, fast and with the least pain. Are you willing to spend money?
The good thing about "Diets That Work" is that it will save you time and maybe even money if you want to lose weight. Deralee Scanlon has cut through the 17,000--or more--diet programs available and zeroed in on 28 she considers safe and effective. She also evaluates 18 best-selling diet books. Scanlon is a registered dietitian and diet therapist and writes the weekly column "Ask the Dietitian," which appears in several newspapers.
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