Weight Loss Programmes

Weight Watchers® vs Jenny Craig

Lifestyle programs can provide a helpful structure for your health journey when you feel out of control with unhealthy habits. In particular, they can be especially useful in helping you achieve your weight goals. Programs are a great way to join individuals going on the same journey, which can be incredibly motivating.

Everyone is different, and there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to choosing a weight management program. It ultimately depends on what suits your individual needs and what fits into your lifestyle. Some people want rigid rules and a quick fix, whereas others like more flexibility and a long-term lifestyle change.

Many people find online programs more convenient and easier to fit into daily life.
To save you tiresome research and help to answer some important questions, this guide compares two popular online weight loss programs; WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined, formerly Weight Watchers®) and Jenny Craig.

Jenny Craig is a subscription-based meal plan program that includes pre-packaged low-calorie meals and snacks which are delivered to your door. In the long term the aim is to transition from pre-packaged meal plans back to cooking meals again for yourself.

Meal delivery programs can help you to learn appropriate meal portions and make eating healthy meals easier without the need to plan ahead or prepare meals.

However, meal delivery programs are often unsustainable in the long term. It can be hard to socialise with friends and family, and makes eating out difficult.

When you do choose to start preparing your own meals again, you haven’t had the chance to learn skills such as meal planning, and how to prepare healthy meals.

WW, on the other hand, considers food, activity, sleep and mindset to help you lose weight. The program is based on tracking your food intake via the WW SmartPoint® system. WW is available in either digital or face-to-face format.

We’ve also included comparisons to the Second Nature program. Second Nature is an easy-to-follow lifestyle change program that can help you achieve your weight goals sustainably, with scientific articles, in-app tracking, and dedicated support from a coach with expertise in nutrition and wellness.

Reviews

Trustpilot is a platform where consumers can leave reviews and scores reflect overall customer satisfaction. Jenny Craig only has one review on Trustpilot, so we’ve included Site Jabber reviews instead.

WW Jenny Craig Second Nature
Star rating 1.8 stars out of 5 5 stars
Score 1.8 / 5
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3.5 / 5
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4.8 / 5
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Signing up

WW Jenny Craig Second Nature
Money back guarantee Full refund if cancelled within 21 days. After this point, any charges are non-refundable.

However, a termination fee of $49.95 applies if you cancel during a Commitment Plan.

Under the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee you can contact customer service within the first 7 days and return the remaining food to get a full refund. Full refund if cancelled within 14 days. After this point, any charges are non-refundable.
Clear breakdown of costs
Clear cancellation policy
Length of program All plans ongoing Ongoing subscription (minimum 4 weeks) Ongoing subscription (minimum 12 weeks)
Easy to cancel
Refer-a-friend scheme
Easy to include family

Nutrition

WW Jenny Craig Second Nature
Dietary approach Low calorie Pre-packaged meals and snacks Lower carb
Caters to vegetarian
Caters to vegan
Vegetarian/vegan recipe section
(only vegetarian)
Supplements encouraged
(nutritional supplements are available to be purchased, here)

(immune boosting supplements are available to be purchased, here)

Other than Vitamin D

Support

WW Jenny Craig Second Nature
Tailors the plan around diabetes
Tailors the plan around other health issues
Face-to-face meetings
(for meeting / meeting + digital plan)

(for the Rapid Results Max program only)
Access to a qualified nutrition specialist *
Daily support from a coach


(weekly consultations available on the Rapid Results Max program)

(weekdays only)

*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.

Program features

WW Jenny Craig Second Nature
App
Exercise videos in app
(Free exercise videos available on YouTube without signing up)
Recipe videos in app
(Free recipe videos available on YouTube without signing up)
Tracks sleep
Tracks steps
Tracks exercise
Tracks water intake
Tracks custom habits
Education of nutrition science
Requires calorie counting
(Smartpoints® and Fitpoints®)

(pre-packaged food is calorie controlled on your behalf)
Food diary feature
Meal planning tool
In-app journalling tool

Pricing

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 price plans on each program to show you how costs compare (as of May 2021). All admin fees are included in these prices.

Jenny Craig’s pricing is based on the ‘Rapid Results Weight Loss Plan’ which includes delivery of all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts). It’s the only Jenny Craig program which includes access to a consultant once a week to discuss any issues and help to keep you on track. However, Jenny Craig consultants aren’t nutrition experts and are typically from a sales background, rather than health.

With WW you will also have access to a coach, but again coaches are past members rather than nutrition professionals.

All Second Nature coaches are qualified nutrition specialists. Having a coach with an expertise in nutrition and wellness to support and guide you makes achieving your weight goals easier.

Another option to get support with your diet would be to have private sessions with 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:

WW Jenny Craig Second Nature WRD
Access to a qualified nutrition specialist
The same, personal coach throughout the program
Price $21.95 / month $805.69 / month $60 / month $350 / month

If you were to opt for the Weight Watchers® face-to-face group meeting plan it would work out to be more expensive.

Pricing for Jenny Craig is based on the ‘Rapid Results Max’ program priced at $25.99 per day, based on 31 days in a month. The program includes 3 meals a day, plus snacks.

Example nutrition query response

Q: Are eggs bad for your cholesterol? Should I avoid them?

WW’s answer:

“There is no need to avoid these, you can go to the gov website and get the correct information on this”

Jenny Craig’s answer:

Jenny Craig answer this question in a blog on their website which can be found here. In summary:

“Despite years of thinking eggs are bad for us, we now know that just the opposite is true.

Eggs have high-quality protein and many important nutrients, some of which can actually lower the risk of certain diseases. They are a great addition to a healthy diet If eaten in moderation.”

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 is important to consider what would fit into your lifestyle and help you achieve your goals
  • Jenny Craig, WW, and Second Nature are all app-based programs although face-to-face meetings are available with WW and Jenny Craig
  • For some people, calorie counting, as is the case with WW is effective, but for others it may lead to obsessive behaviour and isn’t sustainable
  • Pre-packaged meal plans, although convenient, are difficult to include your family and you may feel restricted when eating out
  • WW focuses on diet and Jenny Craig on rapid weight loss, Second Nature tackles weight loss holistically, including education on exercise, nutrition, sleep, and mindset
  • Second Nature provides you with an education of nutrition, allowing you to make informed decisions yourself and develop a healthy relationship with food in the long-term

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