Are you considering joining a weight loss programme like Weight Watchers® (WW) in Bristol?
Everyone is different, and there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to choosing a weight loss programme. Some people want rigid rules and a point counting, whereas others like more flexibility and a long-term lifestyle change.
WW® have a strict point system in place, using Smartpoints® for food and Fitpoints® for exercise. Any food you eat equates to a certain amount of Smartpoints®, and each day you get an allowance of points.
Some people enjoy taking the time out to attend the face-to-face workshops that programmes like WW® and Slimming World® offer, whereas others prefer the convenience of an online programme. This guide will provide you with all the options available to you in Bristol.
If you’re looking to join in-person, face-to-face weekly meetings, there’re a number of different WW® studios in Bristol:
The challenge with attending weekly face-to-face WW® workshops is that you have to take a few hours out of your week to travel to and from the studio and have the meeting. There are also travelling expenses associated with weekly meetings.
For this reason, many people prefer the convenience of a digital programme, where they can achieve their weight loss goals around their busy lifestyle.
Second Nature is a 3-month online programme that helps you to lose weight and make sustainable lifestyle changes. Second Nature combines support from registered nutritionists and dietitians with the convenience of a digital programme.
When you join Second Nature, you’re assigned to a small group of members who are on a similar journey. This is an extra source of support and provides accountability when you need it.
WW® and Slimming World® offer digital programmes as well. We wrote a detailed guide comparing the digital programmes with Second Nature to help you decide what’s best for you.
When you sign up to the Second Nature programme you get:
Second Nature tackles weight loss by focusing on your habits and changing your behaviours. This means that any healthy lifestyle changes you make will be sustainable and last in the long term.
Trustpilot is a platform where consumers can leave reviews and scores reflect overall customer satisfaction. See what members have to say about WW® and Second Nature:
The price of WW® varies depending on the plan you choose. The table below includes the price of joining the WW® digital + workshops plan in Bristol.
On the surface, Second Nature appears to be slightly more expensive (for 3 and 6 months) compared with WW®. The reason for this is the health coaches on the Second Nature programme are registered dietitians or nutritionists, rather than a previous member of the programme (as with WW®).
Registration to a professional body requires a nationally recognised nutrition or dietetics degree. To find out why choosing a registered nutrition professional is so important, read our guide on the differences between titles.
Weekly face-to-face sessions with a registered dietitian or nutritionist can be very expensive (£40-£100/hour). We have added a column representing this to compare costs (Weekly Nutritionist – WN).
Plus, you have the same coach throughout the whole Second Nature programme that you can build a relationship with, rather than an ad-hoc response from a different coach each time.
|WW® digital + workshops||Second Nature||WN|
|Registered dietitian or nutritionist coach||✗||✓||✓|
|The same, personal coach throughout the programme||✗||✓||✓|