Losing Weight in 2011

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    REEDLEY, CA - OCTOBER 19: Seventeen year-old Marissa Hamilton walks on a treadmill during fitness training at Wellspring Academy October 19, 2009 in Reedley, California. Struggling with her weight, seventeen year-old Marissa Hamilton enrolled at the Wellspring Academy, a special school that helps teens and college level students lose weight along with academic courses. When Marissa first started her semester at Wellspring she weighed in at 340 pounds and has since dropped over 40 pounds of weight in the first two months of the program. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of children in the US ages 6-19 years are overweight or obese, three times the amount since 1980. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    If your New Year's resolution is to lose weight, weight management programs like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers are gearing up to help.

    Both companies have unveiled new programs to help people start to off their new year with a bang.

    On Monday, Jenny Craig unveiled a new program called Metabolic Max.

    "This new program provides powerful information that holds clients accountable to incorporate more activity into their lives, as well as help them make smarter food choices when they dine on their own," said Jenny Craig's Lisa Talamini, Vice President of Research and Program Innovation at Jenny Craig Inc.

    The new program introduces clients to the a new electronic armband called the BodyMediaFit, which allows both counselors and clients to electronically monitor their activity and food levels, the corporation said.

    Weight Watchers unveiled their new program, PointsPlus, back in November. The company says their program uses the latest research.

    “Our new PointsPlus program is based on the latest scientific research and is designed to guide people to foods that are nutrient dense and highly satisfying, ensuring they will make healthful decisions, have successful weight loss and learn to keep their weight off long-term.” said Karen Miller-Kovach, chief scientific officer, Weight Watchers International, Inc.

    The program teaches people how to favor foods that take more energy for their bodies to burn, to focus on more satisfying healthful foods, to nudge them towards more natural foods, all while allowing indulgences, Weight Watchers said.