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Embla vs Second Nature

Robbie Puddick
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Robbie Puddick

Medically reviewed by

Fiona Moncrieff

5 min read
Last updated July 2024

Jump to: Similarities between Embla and Second Nature | Differences between Embla and Second Nature | Take home message

Embla and Second Nature are weight-loss programmes offering Wegovy and Mounjaro injections alongside a digital weight-loss programme.

The main obvious difference between Embla and Second Nature is the length of time these companies have been operating in the UK.

Second Nature has been running for 10 years and has been used by the NHS for over 6 years, building up a base of trust and credibility.

We’ve supported over 250,000 people in the UK lose weight and over half of NHS trusts in England now use Second Nature services.

Embla is a Danish company that formed in 2022 and only entered the UK market in the Spring of 2023.

Based on this, if you’re looking for a weight-loss programme alongside a GLP-1 medication like Wegovy and Mounjaro we’ll be biased and recommend that you choose Second Nature over Embla.

If nothing else, for peace of mind, you’re choosing a trusted and established brand in the UK with ongoing partnerships with the NHS and Vitality.

In terms of the weight-loss programmes, there are similarities and differences, which we’ve summarised below.

The three main similarities between Embla and Second Nature

  1. Whole-food approach to weight loss: Both programmes recommend a whole-food-rich diet to support sustainable weight loss.
  2. Developed by healthcare professionals: Both companies were developed by healthcare professionals, such as doctors, dietitians, and psychologists.
  3. Health coaches and nutritionists: Both programmes utilise the expertise of registered nutritionists or dietitians as health coaches to provide personalised support.

Additionally, several key differences between the two programmes go beyond the level of experience we’ve described above. These are summarised below.

The three main differences between Embla and Second Nature

1) Second Nature is used by the NHS and NICE-approved

Second Nature has been used by the NHS since 2017. We’ve delivered programmes for the NHS in type 2 diabetes management, diabetes prevention, and weight management.

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently announced that Wegovy would be available via digital weight management services provided by Second Nature and three other companies supporting the NHS.

This approval recognises the high level of patient care and support that Second Nature has provided our members in the past.

While our Wegovy and Mounjaro weight-loss programmes are private and not currently used by the NHS, we’ve built the programmes with a focus on scientific evidence, patient safety, and data security.

In comparison, Embla has no affiliations with the NHS or trusted healthcare providers in the UK. (This isn’t to say they won’t continue to grow and develop these partnerships in the future.)

2) Second Nature is clinically proven

Second Nature has over seven years of published clinical data outlining its effectiveness.

Our programme is proven to help individuals lose weight; individuals on our programme lose an average of over 6kg after 12 months.

Additionally, our programme is proven to support individuals living with type 2 diabetes to lower their blood sugar levels.

So much so that our original pilot in Portsmouth with the NHS showed that 40% of patients lowered their HbA1c (average blood sugar levels) below the diagnostic threshold for type 2 diabetes. Putting them on the path to potential remission in the future.

Additionally, Second Nature has recently published the first paper to outline the effectiveness of a digital programme alongside semaglutide medication.

You can find all of Second Nature’s published data here.

In comparison, Embla is starting to publish research on the effectiveness of its programmes, but as a new company, it will take time for it to build up its clinical evidence.

3) Cost and Trustpilot reviews

  • The total monthly cost of the Second Nature programme, including GLP-1 medication is £229, rising to £299
  • The total monthly cost of the Embla programme, including Wegovy, is £150 for the first month before rising to £299
  • Second Nature has a non-medication weight-loss programme. This costs £9.99 for the first two-week trial, then the cost depends on the length of subscription you choose:
    • 3 months: from £38 per month
    • 6 months: from £33 per month
    • 12 months: from £28 per month
  • Embla also offers a non-medication programme which costs £99 per month
  • Second Nature’s current Trustpilot score based on 7,449 reviews is 4.8, and are rated as ‘Excellent’
  • Embla’s current Trustpilot score based on 260 reviews is 4.7, and are rated as ‘Excellent’

Second Nature TrustPilot reviews

Embla TrustPilot reviews

Take home message

Weight-loss injections are most effective when combined with a healthier lifestyle. They can help kickstart weight loss while you commit to developing healthier habits.

Mounjaro and other weight loss injections, like Ozempic and Wegovy, can allow you to make lifestyle changes to support long-term weight loss.

These medications can help silence food-related thoughts and give you a boost of confidence with more immediate weight-loss results.

They can also buy you the time and headspace to understand why your body may have struggled to lose weight previously and to build new long-term healthy habits.

The core focus of our medication programmes is to calm down the feeling of food noise, lower your cravings, and allow you to build healthier habits to keep the weight off for good.

The ultimate goal is to make losing weight feel second nature.

Second Nature’s medication-supported programmes

Second Nature has two medication-supported programmes: a Wegovy weight-loss programme and a Mounjaro weight-loss programme.

If you’ve made the decision to try Wegovy or Mounjaro (assuming you’re eligible), why should you choose Second Nature over other medication providers?

For peace of mind.

Second Nature has worked with the NHS for over 6 years, providing weight-loss programmes across the UK.

Whilst our Wegovy and Mounjaro weight-loss programmes are private and not currently used by the NHS, we’ve built the programmes with a focus on scientific evidence, patient safety, and data security.

We hope that our 6+ years of working with the NHS and building a track record of effective weight-loss results will give you peace of mind to give us a try.

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