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Juniper vs Second Nature

Robbie Puddick
Written by

Robbie Puddick

Medically reviewed by

Fiona Moncrieff

5 min read
Last updated May 2024

Jump to: Similarities between Juniper and Second Nature | Differences between Juniper and Second Nature | Cost and Trustpilot reviews | Take home message

Juniper and Second Nature are weight-loss programmes offering weight-loss injections, like Wegovy and Mounjaro, alongside a digital lifestyle intervention.

Second Nature also offers a weight-loss programme without medication, and you can find more about this programme here.

If you’re looking for a weight-loss programme alongside a weight-loss injection, we’ll be biased and recommend that you choose Second Nature over Juniper.

The main difference between the two programmes is experience. Second Nature has been delivering weight-loss services in the UK for the NHS since 2017; Second Nature was the first digital weight-loss programme to be commissioned by the NHS.

Furthermore, in 2022, research published in the BMJ demonstrated that Second Nature was more than twice as effective as four other well-known weight-loss programmes in the UK.

This data is in addition to over seven years of clinical data showcasing the impact of the Second Nature programme on weight loss and type 2 diabetes. For a complete outline of our clinical data, click here.

In comparison, Juniper is a new organisation in the UK after originating in Australia as a sub-brand of the company Eucalyptus.

Eucalyptus originates from Australia and has expanded its operations to the UK and Germany. They have three other brands focusing on men’s health (pilot), women’s fertility (kin), and dermatology (Software). 

However, there are many similarities between the two programmes, which we’ve summarised below.

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The three main similarities between Juniper and Second Nature

  1. Nutrition and a sustainable approach to weight loss: Second Nature and Juniper take a sustainable approach to healthy eating and weight loss. They use high-quality research to develop evidence-based content that puts the individual at the heart of their approach.
  2. Customer service and pharmacy partnerships: Both programmes have responsive customer service, and are partnered with a pharmacy to deliver the programme and ensure the clinical safety of all patients.
  3. Health coaches and nutritionists: Both programmes utilise the expertise of registered nutritionists or dietitians as health coaches to provide personalised support.

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

The three main differences between Juniper and Second Nature

1) Second Nature is NHS-trusted and NICE-approved

Second Nature has been trusted 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.

In comparison, Juniper is new to the UK market and has no affiliations with the NHS or trusted healthcare providers in the UK. (This isn’t to say Juniper 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 support individuals to 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.

In comparison, Juniper doesn’t currently have any published data in medical journals showcasing the impact of their programme on weight loss, blood sugar control, or other health markers.

However, this will likely change in the future as the company grows and collects more data.

3) Cost and Trustpilot reviews

The total monthly cost of the Second Nature programme, including Mounjaro or Wegovy medication, is £229

  • The total monthly cost of the Juniper programme, including Wegovy medication, is £225 
  • As of February 2024, Juniper doesn’t have Mounjaro in stock
  • Second Nature’s current Trustpilot score based on 6,270 reviews is 4.8, and are rated as ‘Excellent’
  • Juniper’s current Trustpilot score based on 97 reviews is 3.3, and are rated as ‘Average’

Take home message

Weight-loss injections are designed as additional tools for weight management interventions and shouldn’t be considered lifelong medications.

Instead, they should be used to help you kickstart your weight loss and healthy journey while you commit to living a healthier lifestyle.

Consider the use of antidepressants for people living with depression. They’re not designed to cure the condition. Instead, they’re designed to allow room for therapy to treat the condition’s underlying cause.

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

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

This helps to 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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