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Lite n’ Easy “Jump Start” vs Second Nature

Weight loss programmes 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 is not a one-size-fits-all approach to choosing a weight loss program. It ultimately depends on what suits your individual needs and what fits into your lifestyle.

Many people find online weight loss 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; Lite n’ Easy ‘Jump Start’ and Second Nature.

Both Lite n’ Easy ‘Jump Start’ and Second Nature focus on sustainable weight loss, in part, by encouraging healthy, nutritious meals. Both programs encourage members to include plenty of vegetables, and protein in their meals, and reduce their consumption of added sugars and ultra-processed food.

The main difference is that Second Nature is a 12 week program, offering nutrition advice through evidence based articles and guidance from a dedicated qualified health coach. Lite n’ Easy ‘Jump Start’ is a 2 week meal delivery program that focuses on 5 days of eating and 2 days of fasting (until lunchtime). An accompanying Lite n’ Easy app can also be downloaded for ongoing support and motivational messages as well as tips and advice.

Another difference between the programs lies within the nutrition aspects of the programs. Lite ‘n Easy ‘Jump Start’ offers a calorie-controlled meal plan and meal delivery, offering convenience to its members. Second Nature adopts a low-carb approach, with flexible options for meal and food choices by encouraging members to develop their own cooking skills with the support of hundreds of recipes, including several recipe videos.

Furthermore, Second Nature takes a holistic approach to weight loss by addressing different pillars of health (i.e sleep, stress, mindset, food and exercise) whereas Lite ‘n Easy ‘Jump Start’ is focused only on nutrition.

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Signing up

Lite n’ Easy Second Nature
Free trial
Clear breakdown of costs
Clear cancellation policy
Length of programme 2 week Jump Start program then regular meal delivery service.

During the 2 week program members who download the app can access ongoing support and motivational messages as well as tips and advice via the app.

12 week minimum, then ongoing

Easy to cancel
Refund policy 100% money-back guarantee if you are not absolutely delighted with your first delivery. Full refund if cancelled within 14 days. After this point, any charges non-refundable.
Refer-a-friend scheme
(Occasional discounts offers if a friend signs up.)

($10 credit for referring family or friends.)
Easy to include family

Nutrition

Lite n’ Easy Second Nature
Dietary approach Low calorie Lower-carb
Caters to vegetarian
Caters to vegan
Vegetarian/vegan recipe section
Supplements encouraged
(Other than Vitamin D.)

Support

Lite n’ Easy Second Nature
Tailors the plan around diabetes
Tailors the plan around other health issues
Access to registered dietitian or nutritionist
Dietitians based locally in Australia and New Zealand
Assigned to local support group (timezone friendly)
Weekend support available
Phone support available
Daily support from coach

Programme features

Lite n’ Easy Second Nature
Encourages daily weigh-ins
Makes you take numerous body measurements
App
Recipe videos
Exercise videos
Tracks steps
Tracks exercise
Tracks water intake
Tracks custom habits
Education of nutrition science
Requires calorie counting
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 basic price plans on each program to show you how costs compare (as of February 2021). All admin fees are included in these prices.

Second Nature provides members with a dedicated coach throughout the whole program who offers daily support to members. All Second Nature health coaches are registered dietitians or nutritionists. While Lite ‘n Easy ‘Jump Start’ meals are developed by dietitians, the program does not offer any additional support from a dietitian, nutritionist or other health professional.

Weekly face-to-face sessions with a registered dietitian or nutritionist can be very expensive ($100+/hour). We have added a column representing this to compare costs (Weekly Nutritionist).

Monthly (basic) digital subscriptions:

Lite n’ Easy Second Nature Weekly Nutritionist
Registered dietitian or nutritionist coach
The same, personal coach throughout the programme
Price $724/month* $75/month $400/month

* Prices vary depending on state. NSW was used to calculate this table.

Example nutrition query response

Understanding food and nutrition is a major part of any weight loss journey. Therefore, it is important to receive accurate and reliable dietary advice. We asked each program a common query to see how the information provided as an answer compares.

Q: What if I have food intolerances?

Lite n’ Easy’s answer:

“Our food is designed for general healthy eating.”

Second Nature’s answer:

“Our nutrition guidelines are designed to be flexible and cater to a range of dietary requirements and preferences. Our recipes and nutrition advice can be tailored to suit your lifestyle.

We provide a broad list of ‘foods to choose’, which can be adapted to exclude any particular foods you either dislike or cannot eat.

Your health coach can help you adapt our recipes, and plan meals while taking your allergies into account.”

Take home message

  • When choosing a weight loss program, it is important to consider what would fit into your lifestyle and help you achieve your goals.
  • For those who find face-to-face weight loss meetings uncomfortable or inconvenient, online and digitally led programs are a better option.
  • Lite n’ Easy ‘Jump Start’ and Second Nature are both fully available online.
  • Lite n’ Easy ‘Jump Start’ is a meal delivery service offering convenient calorie-controlled meals for members. Members can access the accompanying app that offers ongoing support and motivational messages as well as tips and advice.
  • Second Nature provides members with an education in nutrition science, allowing you to make informed decisions by yourself and develop a healthy relationship with food in the long-term.
  • Second Nature supports long term health change by focusing on each different pillar of health including stress, sleep, mindset, food and exercise

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