Weight Loss Programmes

Weight Watchers vs Omada

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.

To save you tiresome research and help to answer some important questions, this guide compares two popular programs: WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined, formerly Weight Watchers®) and Omada.

Omada is a digital program that focuses on empowering people to achieve their goals through sustainable lifestyle change. With Omada you also have access to a program’s coach, with varying qualifications dependending on the individual program.

WW considers food, activity, sleep and mindset to help you lose weight. The program is based on the WW SmartPoint® system and is available in either digital or face-to-face format. You also have access to a coach, but WW coaches are past members who have been successful on the program, rather than nutrition professionals.

Comparisons to the Second Nature program are included. 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.

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.

Reviews

Trustpilot is a platform where consumers can leave reviews and scores reflect overall customer satisfaction. Omada isn’t available to review on Trustpilot, so we’ve included Facebook reviews instead.

Omada WW Second Nature
Star rating 5/5 1.8 stars out of 5 5 stars
Score 5 / 5
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1.8 / 5
read reviews
4.8 / 5
read reviews

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Signing up

Omada WW Second Nature
Money back guarantee We recommend reaching out to customer support if you’re a self-paying member. Full refund if cancelled within 14 days. After this point, any charges non-refundable.
However, a termination fee of $49.95 applies if you cancel during a Commitment Plan.
Full refund if cancelled within 14 days. After this point, any charges non-refundable.
Clear breakdown of costs
Clear cancellation policy
(Contact support)
Length of program Core: 16 weeks
Maintenance: 8 months
All plans ongoing Ongoing subscription (minimum 12 weeks)
Easy to cancel
Refer-a-friend scheme
Easy to include family

Nutrition

Omada WW Second Nature
Dietary approach Lower carb Low calorie Lower carb
Caters to vegetarian
Caters to vegan
Vegetarian/vegan recipe section
Supplements encouraged
(nutritional supplements are available to be purchased, here)

Other than Vitamin D

Support

Omada WW Second Nature
Tailors the plan around diabetes
Tailors the plan around other health issues
Face-to-face meetings
(for meeting / meeting + digital plan)
Access to a qualified nutrition specialist Certifications are dependent on the individual program *

*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

Omada WW Second Nature
App
Exercise videos in app
(Free recipe videos available on YouTube without signing up)
Tracks sleep
Tracks steps
Tracks custom habits
Education of nutrition science
Requires calorie counting
(Smartpoints® and Fitpoints®)
Food diary feature
Online community

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 April 2021). All admin fees are included in these prices.

All three programs provide you with a coach. On the Omada program coaching qualifications vary. Some coaches have specialist qualifications, and are Certified Diabetes Educators. Others are trained internally to follow Omada’s best practice.

Coaches at WW do not have to have any professional qualifications, and instead, are past members of who have had success on the program.

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. The Second Nature program also includes education on nutrition, stress, sleep, exercise, and mindset to help you make lasting lifestyle changes.

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:

Omada WW Second Nature WRD
Access to a qualified nutrition specialist Certifications are dependent on the individual program
The same, personal coach throughout the program
Price $140 / month $21.95 / 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.

Omada primarily offers health plans for employees and can be billed directly through your medical insurance. If you’d like to pay for the program independently, you need to submit an application. Omada will then decide whether you’ll be accepted. The cost of the program is $140 per month for the first four months, and then $20 per month thereafter.

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
  • Omada, WW, and Second Nature are all digital programs, which are perfect if you’re always on the go!
  • Second Nature takes a holistic approach to weight management and uses behaviour change techniques to help you change your lifestyle
  • WW primarily focuses on changing your eating habits and counting points which may not be sustainable long term
  • Second Nature and Omada provide you with an education of nutrition, allowing you to make informed decisions yourself and develop a healthy relationship with food in the long-term

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.

To save you tiresome research and help to answer some important questions, this guide compares two popular programs: WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined, formerly Weight Watchers®) and Omada.

Omada is a digital program that focuses on empowering people to achieve their goals through sustainable lifestyle change. With Omada you also have access to a program’s coach, with varying qualifications dependending on the individual program.

WW considers food, activity, sleep and mindset to help you lose weight. The program is based on the WW SmartPoint® system and is available in either digital or face-to-face format. You also have access to a coach, but WW coaches are past members who have been successful on the program, rather than nutrition professionals.

Comparisons to the Second Nature program are included. 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.

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.

Reviews

Trustpilot is a platform where consumers can leave reviews and scores reflect overall customer satisfaction. Omada isn’t available to review on Trustpilot, so we’ve included Facebook reviews instead.

Omada WW Second Nature
Star rating 5/5 1.8 stars out of 5 5 stars
Score 5 / 5
read reviews
1.8 / 5
read reviews
4.8 / 5
read reviews

Trustpilot logo

Signing up

Omada WW Second Nature
Money back guarantee We recommend reaching out to customer support if you’re a self-paying member. Full refund if cancelled within 14 days. After this point, any charges non-refundable.
However, a termination fee of $49.95 applies if you cancel during a Commitment Plan.
Full refund if cancelled within 14 days. After this point, any charges non-refundable.
Clear breakdown of costs
Clear cancellation policy
(Contact support)
Length of program Core: 16 weeks
Maintenance: 8 months
All plans ongoing Ongoing subscription (minimum 12 weeks)
Easy to cancel
Refer-a-friend scheme
Easy to include family

Nutrition

Omada WW Second Nature
Dietary approach Lower carb Low calorie Lower carb
Caters to vegetarian
Caters to vegan
Vegetarian/vegan recipe section
Supplements encouraged
(nutritional supplements are available to be purchased, here)

Other than Vitamin D

Support

Omada WW Second Nature
Tailors the plan around diabetes
Tailors the plan around other health issues
Face-to-face meetings
(for meeting / meeting + digital plan)
Access to a qualified nutrition specialist Certifications are dependent on the individual program *

*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

Omada WW Second Nature
App
Exercise videos in app
(Free recipe videos available on YouTube without signing up)
Tracks sleep
Tracks steps
Tracks custom habits
Education of nutrition science
Requires calorie counting
(Smartpoints® and Fitpoints®)
Food diary feature
Online community

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 April 2021). All admin fees are included in these prices.

All three programs provide you with a coach. On the Omada program coaching qualifications vary. Some coaches have specialist qualifications, and are Certified Diabetes Educators. Others are trained internally to follow Omada’s best practice.

Coaches at WW do not have to have any professional qualifications, and instead, are past members of who have had success on the program.

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. The Second Nature program also includes education on nutrition, stress, sleep, exercise, and mindset to help you make lasting lifestyle changes.

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:

Omada WW Second Nature WRD
Access to a qualified nutrition specialist Certifications are dependent on the individual program
The same, personal coach throughout the program
Price $140 / month $21.95 / 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.

Omada primarily offers health plans for employees and can be billed directly through your medical insurance. If you’d like to pay for the program independently, you need to submit an application. Omada will then decide whether you’ll be accepted. The cost of the program is $140 per month for the first four months, and then $20 per month thereafter.

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
  • Omada, WW, and Second Nature are all digital programs, which are perfect if you’re always on the go!
  • Second Nature takes a holistic approach to weight management and uses behaviour change techniques to help you change your lifestyle
  • WW primarily focuses on changing your eating habits and counting points which may not be sustainable long term
  • Second Nature and Omada provide 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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