The registered nutritionists here at OurPath took a look at the Jane Plan™ diet to give you the breakdown of what it is, how it works, and whether it is a good option for you.
Jane Plan™ is a calorie-restricted diet plan, aimed at weight loss, that offers the convenience of being delivered to your door. There are a variety of meals available and you only need to add the fresh produce needed each meal (for example, vegetables, milk, and fruit).
Jane Plan™ would suit individuals who are short on time and searching for a convenient diet delivery service. However, for those who are on a smaller budget, it might not be the best option.
Similarly, for those who want to be educated around nutrition and learn to create meal plans and cook meals for themselves, Jane Plan™ might not be the best option.
Comparisons to the OurPath programme are included in this review. OurPath is a 3-month online programme that helps you to lose weight and make sustainable, long-term lifestyle changes.
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|Score||4.4 / 5
|4.9 / 5
(limited access trial period for £1)
|Clear breakdown of costs||✓||✓|
|Clear cancellation policy||✓||✓|
|Length of programme||Ongoing||Core: 3 months.
Sustain (optional): ongoing.
|Easy to cancel||✓||✓|
|Refund policy||You can try 1 day of the plan and be refunded for the remaining meals if cancelled and returned within 14 days. After this point, any charges non-refundable.||Full refund if cancelled within 14 days. After this point, any charges non-refundable.|
|Easy to include family||✗
(you can pay for extra meals for a partner but no whole family option)
Overall, the best weight loss diet is one that you can stick to. Although set rules can be appealing, many people find that very restrictive low-calorie diets work in the short-term but are too hard to keep up in the long-term.
Obsessing over numbers and calorie-counting is difficult to stick to and can foster an unhealthy relationship with food. With Jane Plan, you don’t have to count calories as they do it for you. However, if you ever transition off the plan, it can become time-consuming and complicated to maintain a low-calorie diet without assistance.
Plus, not all calories provide equal benefits. Eating too many refined carbohydrates, for example, can lead to high blood sugar and promote fat storage. On top of this, protein and fat are digested more slowly than carbs, which means they leave us feeling fuller for longer. This reduces the chances of snacking and feeling hungry or deprived.
Evidence suggests that a lower-carbohydrate diet is the most sustainable option if weight loss is your goal. Reducing your carb intake in favour of healthy fats, proteins, and vegetables help to keep us fuller for longer while having a favourable impact on our blood sugar levels.
|Dietary approach||Low calorie||Lower carb|
|Caters to vegetarian||✓||✓|
|Caters to vegan||✗
(very limited vegan options)
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|Frequency of access to qualified coach||Weekly||Daily|
|Weekend support available||✓||✓|
A big difference between these two weight loss programmes is that Jane Plan provides a convenient, short-term solution, whereas OurPath provide you with the tools to make long-term lifestyle changes.
Having Jane Plan meals delivered to your door is much quicker than planning, shopping, and cooking yourself. So, if you are cash rich but time poor, it would be a good short-term option. However, if you cancel your subscription, it can become time-consuming and complicated to maintain a low-calorie diet without assistance.
OurPath helps you change your habits in the long-term with extensive education of nutrition, food shopping, and cooking. This means that planning, shopping, and cooking healthy, satisfying meals become second nature. There is also a more holistic approach with OurPath, as exercise, sleep, mindfulness, and behaviour change are just as much a focus as healthy eating.
|Weighing scales and activity tracker provided||✗||✓
(on tech plan)
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|Food diary feature||✓
When programmes provide price plans in different formats, it can be hard to accurately compare prices. To make this easier, we have calculated the price of basic plans on each programme to show you how costs compare over 3, 6, and 12 months (as of September 2019). All admin and delivery fees are included in these prices.
Jane Plan is significantly more expensive than OurPath. Although Jane Plan provides all of your meals for the month, you have to buy fresh produce (vegetables, fruit, milk etc) on top of the plan each week.
Jane Plan is affiliated with Abel and Cole (a fresh produce delivery service), where you get a discount off your first 3 boxes. However, there is a minimum spend of £20/week to receive the £10 discount. This would increase the monthly costs by roughly £40, depending on which box you choose.
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|The same, personal coach throughout the programme||✓||✓||✓|
|Daily support from coach||✗||✓||✗|
Both OurPath and Jane Plan provide you with a personal coach. The Jane Plan team consists of registered nutritionists, whereas OurPath coaches are a combination of registered nutritionists and dietitians. Dietitians hold a legally protected title and have clinical experience working with healthy and sick individuals.
Registration to the professional body for nutrition or dietetics requires a nationally recognised degree. Weekly face-to-face sessions with a registered dietitian or nutritionist can be very expensive (£40-£100/hour). We have added a column representing this to compare costs (Weekly Nutritionist – WN).
OurPath provides you with daily support from your coach, whereas if you signed up to Jane Plan or saw a nutritionist face-to-face you would get weekly support.