Weight management programs can provide a helpful structure for your health journey when you feel out of control with unhealthy habits. They can also be a great way to join individuals going on the same journey, which can be incredibly motivating.
Everyone is different, and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to choosing a lifestyle change program. It ultimately depends on what suits your individual needs and what fits into your lifestyle.
When it comes to working towards your weight goals, some people want rigid rules and a quick fix, whereas others like more flexibility and a long-term lifestyle change.
To save you tiresome research and help to answer some important questions, this guide compares two popular lifestyle change programs: Noom® and Second Nature.
Noom® and Second Nature are both digital, app-based programs that focus on behaviour change and sustainable weight management.
Noom® focuses mainly on calories and diet, whereas Second Nature is a holistic program that can help you achieve your weight goals by targeting all angles, including nutrition, exercise, sleep, and behaviour.
Did you know?
In the UK, Second Nature was the first ever digital behavioural change program to be commissioned by their National Health Service (NHS) and continues to be part of their weight management and type 2 diabetes management service.
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|Score||4.4 / 5
|4.9 / 5
|Money back guarantee||Full refund (apart from $1 admin fee) if cancelled within 14 days. After this point, any charges non-refundable.||Full refund if cancelled within 14 days. After this point, any charges non-refundable.|
|Clear breakdown of costs||✗||✓|
|Clear cancellation policy||✓||✓|
|Length of program||Dependent on your goals||Ongoing subscription (minimum 12 weeks)|
|Easy to cancel||✓||✓|
|Easy to include family||✗||✓|
Want to make losing weight feel easier?
The Second Nature app uses behavioural science to retrain your mind to make healthy choices automatically, so these stick in the long run. Join 150,000 people who’ve used Second Nature to make losing weight feel easier - the first step is to create your personalised plan with our quick quiz.
|Dietary approach||Low fat||Lower carb|
|Caters to vegetarian||✓||✓|
|Caters to vegan||✓||✓|
|Vegetarian/vegan recipe section||✓||✓|
(other than vitamin D)
|Tailors the plan around diabetes||✓||✓|
|Tailors the plan around other health issues||✗||✓|
|Access to a qualified nutrition specialised||✗||✓</span style=”color: #000000;”>*|
|Weekend support available||✗||✓|
*Second Nature coaches are all UK registered dietitians or nutritionists. This means they have completed university accredited degrees to gain this professional title. However, coaches are not registered in the US, so don’t meet the regulatory requirements to be considered US registered dietitians or nutritionists.
|Encourages daily weigh-ins||✓||✗|
|Tracks water intake||✓||✓|
|Tracks custom habits||✓||✓|
|Education of nutrition science||✓||✓|
|Requires calorie counting||✓
(calories via a traffic light system)
|Food diary feature||✓||✓|
|Meal planning tool||✓||✓|
|In-app journalling tool||✓||✓|
When programs provide price plans in different formats, it can be hard to accurately compare prices. To make this easier, we have calculated the price of monthly digital basic price plans on each program to show you how costs compare. All admin fees are included in these prices.
Both programs provide you with a coach to support you throughout your lifestyle change journey. Noom® coaches can come from any health-related background, while Second Nature are coaches with expertise in nutrition.
Another option to get support with your diet would be to see a registered dietitian. Weekly face-to-face sessions with a registered dietitian can be very expensive ($70-$100 per session). We have added a column representing this to compare costs, labelled weekly registered dietitian (WRD).
Monthly digital subscriptions:
|Access to a qualified nutrition specialist||✗||✓||✓|
|The same, personal coach throughout the program||✓||✓||✓|
|Price||$59 / month||$60 / month||$350 / month|
Example nutrition query response
Nutrition is a major part of any lifestyle change. Therefore, it’s important to receive accurate and reliable nutrition advice surrounding nutrition. We asked each program a common nutrition-related query to see how the information provided as an answer compares.
Q: Are eggs bad for your cholesterol? Should I avoid them?
“No single food will stop or start weight loss. It’s all about balance! I suggest consulting with your doctor regarding specific needs (i.e. cholesterol).”
Second Nature’s answer:
“Eggs are a rich source of dietary cholesterol. It was previously thought that cholesterol-containing foods increase blood cholesterol and the risk of heart disease and strokes. However, this has not been shown to be the case as dietary cholesterol is poorly absorbed from the digestive system, and if cholesterol is absorbed, the body will produce less of it to balance out (and prevent blood cholesterol levels rising). Therefore, you do not need to be restricted unless recommended to do so from your GP/Healthcare professional. Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet providing good quality protein as well as being loaded with vitamins and minerals.”
Take home message
- When choosing a weight management program, it’s important to consider what would fit into your lifestyle and help you achieve your goals
- For those who find face-to-face meetings uncomfortable or inconvenient, digital programs are a better option
- Noom® and Second Nature are both fully digital
- Noom® has a clear guide of foods to eat or avoid, however, the focus is on reducing calories and daily weigh-ins, which might not benefit those with an unhealthy relationship with food
- Second Nature provides you with an education of nutrition science, allowing you to make informed decisions yourself and develop a healthy relationship with food in the long-term