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Jenny Craig emphasizes benefits of nutrition, exercise and personal support

There are hundreds of diet books in the stores, each promising to be the ultimate answer to your weight loss worries. The problem: Finding the right book - and then taking the information in that guide and putting it into action on your own. If you're frustrated with using that approach, Jenny Craig is offering personal diet guidance, exercise encouragement and ongoing support, says the company.

The Jenny Craig program offers a variety of foods that are designed to keep you full, satisfy your cravings and boost your weight loss success. In addition to meals, the plan features snacks and desserts. We tried the Cheese Curls and Kettle Corn snacks as well as the high protein bars and were impressed with the flavor and satisfaction level.

In addition to pre-planned meals, the diet is designed to allow you to create your own recipes and even dine out, all working with your personal consultant. It's based on the Volumetrics approach, designed to teach you how to eat large portions of food chosen from nutrient-dense, low calorie choices, documented in the best-selling book "The Ultimate Volumetrics Diet: Smart, Simple, Science-Based Strategies for Losing Weight and Keeping It Off."

Bonus points to the program for emphasizing the virtues of exercise. There's even a Jenny Craig pedometer that we tried out and loved. With one mile equaling 2,000 to 2,500 steps and burning about 100 calories, the company recommends setting a goal of taking 10,000 steps a day.

Lisa Talamini, Registered Dietitian and Chief of Science for Jenny Craig, advocates walking as a "great way to begin building more physical activity into your lifestyle."

Calling a pedometer "a walker’s best friend," Lisa adds, "we encourage clients to track their baseline first, then add on 500 steps per day each week to build to the recommended 10,000 steps per day."

There's also a set of videos: "Jenny Craig Personal Fitness Collection: 3 VHS Set: Let's Get Moving; Let's Tone Up and Let's Get Started."

You can find out more about the company at Jennycraig.com.