I don't know about you, but I have been working on losing weight for many years. It is a long time struggle and despite my deep love for the Weight Watchers program I still like to research other programs when they come to my attention. I signed up for a trial of Noom and am going to do a Noom vs Weight Watchers comparison.
Noom vs Weight Watchers
Different people need different approaches for weight loss. I have had some success with Weight Watchers, but I know there are some people who truly work the program and don't have any luck.
I want to share what I know and my experience using Noom so you can decide for yourself if it would be beneficial for you or not!!
Free Trial of Noom
I love free trials for many, many things. It gives me a taste of something and I can hopefully determine if I want to invest my money in the program or product.
First things first…you DO have to give your credit card number in order to receive the 2 week free trial. The big KEY to this is to set an alert on your calendar phone, etc a couple of days before the 14 days is up so you can decide if you want to cancel or not. DO NOT FORGET or you will be charged!!
Some trials are only a few days and that isn't always enough time to get a true feel for the program. I felt like 14 days provided me with a good understanding of how the program would work for me.
There is a free version of Noom available.
The Bare Bones of Noom
I want to outline the basics of how Noom works. You can sign up via the app on your phone or on their website.
First you will answer a series of questions about your current height, weight, age, overall health, fitness level, goal weight, etc.
You start off your first few days getting information about how Noom works and getting your coach.
Yes you can connect other fitness programs to Noom so that it will track your activity level.
Noom has daily activities. These are tips, challenges and strategies to help you with your day and help you start taking action toward your goals. I like the daily activities and they don't take much time.
This program is customized for you and your goals. It is not a one size fits all plan.
Everyone who signs up for Noom is assigned a personal coach. The pair you with a certain coach based on your profile. The coaches appear to have a lot of credentials. Many are registered dietitians, master's degrees, etc. The coach will tell you about their background when they introduce themselves to you.
This is more than an online coach. You are able to message the coach and also talk to them if you choose.
Weight Watchers does offer coaching with online subscriptions. These coaches are available to talk via phone or messaging. WW does not specify what credentials these coaches have so I am not sure.
I love the idea of coaching and think it can be a turning point for many people. Being able to connect to a real person who will encourage and guide me would really help!
Your coach can help send you reminders for certain goals you have. They may even send you relevant tips and articles to help you achieve these goals.
I didn't have time to really get into groups during my 2 week trial, but it is a feature I love. You can join Noom groups and connect to people who have similar goals. This is another layer of accountability and encouragement during you journey.
Weight Watchers offers group support if you attend meetings online and also has the Connect program on the app where you can get encouragement and give encouragement to other members around the world.
It is a Wellness Program
Years ago I would not have really classified Weight Watchers as a wellness program. Luckily for us they changed their focus from solely weight loss to our overall health. That is one reason I love Weight Watchers.
Noom is also a wellness focused program. There is a big focus on the mental part of weight loss and how our minds matter more than we realize. I really loved this part.
The focus on research based psychology seems very sound and they have a lot of respected physicians who created this program.
This program has a serious focus of being able to change our mindsets, habits so that we can lose weight and keep it off. They do not want you to have to continue paying for this program for life. They are really trying to teach you what you need to know and you will be set!
Any Food is Okay
Weight Watchers is known for allowing you to eat any food, but in moderation. People who can't deal with deprivation (like almost anyone, LOL) like a program that won't restrict certain food groups.
Weight Watchers uses a point system to help you track your intake and help you realize if this is a high calorie food or if it is a healthier option based on how many points the item is.
Noom is the same way. It doesn't totally cut out any food group. It shows you the pros and cons of different foods and food groups, but you still make your own choices.
They have a really simple color coded food system. There are green foods, red foods and yellow foods.
The green foods are just what you guessed….green is for GO. These include things like veggies, fruits, whole grains and foods that are the least calorically dense. Noom wants you to eat at least 30% of your daily intake of green foods.
Yellow foods should make up about 45% of your daily intake. Yellow foods include dairy, meat, starchy foods, etc.
Red foods are foods with the highest caloric density. You can have them each day in smaller portions up to 25% of your daily intake. No one is saying that red foods are bad, but they just shouldn't be eaten in large quantities due to the high number of calories they contain. Foods like peanut butter fall into the category and it is not unhealthy, but it is high in calories.
Extra Information Available
The Noom app has a lot of great information.
You will receive a daily article and I found these to be very informative and helpful. The articles aren't very long so it doesn't take but a few minutes to read.
I also like the logging capabilities with Noom. Besides tracking my weight, food intake and exercise it also has a place for me to track my blood pressure!
The app actually has a built-in pedometer so if you are walking and you have your phone on you it will automatically track your steps. This didn't benefit me very much because I don't carry my phone with me at all times.
Weight Watchers has a living section where you can find new recipes, get tips and read articles.
What I Liked, What I Disliked
One thing I didn't like about Noom is that you can only use it on the app. I do not like using my phone for everything. Small screens are not my thing. I prefer to do things on the computer and unlike Weight Watchers…there is no option to use the actual website. Long term use of an app for me probably wouldn't last.
Now I know that this will not be an issue for many people, but it is for me.
I love the fact that Noom really focuses its attention on changing underlying behaviors and habits for lifelong wellness. They want you to look at the big picture goal and it doesn't have to be a number on a scale.
The pricing I am listing is what I see on the website TODAY. Obviously this can change at any time and they may have specials running too. For the most current pricing go to their website.
You will pay much, much less when you sign up for a longer commitment. They really push their 4 month plan, but I know for me that would not be long enough. 🙂
- Month to Month is most expensive at $59 per month.
- 2 Month plan is $99.
- 4 Month plan is $129.
- 6 month plan is $149.
- 8 month plan is $159.
- 12 month plan is $199.
If I was signing up I would definitely choose the 12 month plan. I feel like the longer plans are somewhat comparable to WW pricing, but are a little higher.
I can tell you that the Weight Watchers pricing changes OFTEN. I receive emails about promos they are doing almost every week. They have the digital (online) program, the digital and meetings program and the digital and coaching program. Typically prices are listed per week. You can check the current pricing for your area HERE.
I was very impressed with Noom. This is the perfect program for people who do not do well on DIETS. It really isn't a diet per se.
There is no doubt that the younger generations will enjoy this totally app based program. How many young adults want to go to the same Weight Watchers their parents and grandparents went to? So I do see it being something younger adults would benefit from.
There are many similarities between Noom and Weight Watchers. Honestly my Noom vs Weight Watchers verdict is split. If I wasn't already so familiar with Weight Watchers I would definitely consider using Noom!
Let me know if you have tried Noom and what you think! By the way…this was NOT a sponsored review…I just wanted to share my experience with YOU!