Noom vs. MyFitnessPal
Managing weight, whatever your goal may be, requires some due diligence. You have to track what you eat, figure out the macros, and decide on a course of action. There are programs like Noom, that base themselves around calorie counting but provide extra support and services to help users lose weight. Then there are calorie-counting apps like MyFitnessPal that allows users to easily track the calories in the foods they eat to help them make healthy changes to their lifestyle.
We’ll go over both Noom and MyFitnessPal to help you choose the best option for you. Also, we will go over the Modern Fit Program which sets itself apart from programs like Noom.
Noom Weight Loss Coach System
Noom is a program that revolves around meal planning, fitness tracking, and a motivational life coach. It’s often seen as the new Weight Watchers, and with its popularity we can see why.
Noom takes a slightly different approach to traditional weight loss. While programs like weight watchers focus more on the physical side of weight loss like calories, Noom focuses more on the mental side of losing weight for long-term weight loss and maintenance.
The Noom’s interface (app) is intuitive and quite simple: on a daily basis, you’re presented with a list of tasks for you to complete. These tasks start with logging your meals, current weight, and exercise hours. You also get new information on nutrition and fitness, which you’re prompted to read, and often quizzed about later. You’ll also be connected with a personal coach that actively checks up on you and helps set up “SMART” (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-oriented) goals.
Members will also added to a group of similar individuals where you can exchange ideas, share your success, failures and get your questions answered.
According to a 2016 study involving 35,921 participants (published in the journal Scientific Reports) on the efficacy of Noom, it was shown that about 76% of women and 84% of men lost weight while using the app. Approx. 23% of the participants experienced more than 10% weight loss on using Noom.
There is a free version of the app helps set up a weight loss plan based on caloric intake using information such as height, weight, goals, etc.
The premium version is a bit expensive compared to other programs – $59 per month. Programs like Modern Fit have similar features (personal coach and plans), but won’t break your piggy bank.
The big benefit of using Noom is the education you receive. You get a full course and knowledge in losing weight in a healthy matter, preventing diabetes, and avoiding hypertension.
Pros: Calorie, weight, and exercise tracking; food diary; personal coach and support groups (premium); educational
Cons: A bit expensive compared to other programs ($59 a month), coach might not be as educational and helpful as some want
We compared Noom to a Modern Fit Program, and we’ve found that Modern Fit to be cheaper, more effective and realistic when it comes to lifestyle and sustaining the program. Get a free consultation here.
MyFitnessPal is a food diary app that helps keeps track of food intake. Like Noom, you are given a daily calorie and macronutrient target and plan. Users log every ingredient, meal, and drink they consume throughout the day. The MFP app will keep a running calculation of your daily calorie, nutrient, and vitamin consumption based on your food log. The goal is to stay under your daily calorie limit and be able to analyze your eating patterns and find out where you need to make improvements. As a food tracking app, MFP also does not impose any specific restrictions aside from allotting a daily calorie limit.
MFP is often touted as one of the best calorie counting apps on the market because it has a huge food database and is easily compatible with most devices. Like Noom, MFP offers a premium version. However, it is much cheaper at $9.99 a month, or $49.99 a year.
With the free version you can track calories, weight, activity, and a few other metrics. But the premium version offers the ability to track macros and nutritional content. You can also track a large variety of metrics and customize your goals more. The premium version also offers some exclusive content like motivational and workout videos. You will also be able to import CSV data files directly into the app.
Pros: huge database of foods to easily track anything you eat; very compatible with devices; not too expensive
Cons: tracking macros requires premium; exclusive content isn’t very compelling
Noom vs. MyFitnessPal
Noom and MyFitnessPal are similar in that they both offer food logging. You are able to log your food and calculate the calories you are consuming every day. While MyFitnessPal may offer a better database, Noom offers an educational aspect that MyFitnessPal doesn’t have. Users are encouraged to learn about how to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Because Noom offers this aspect, along with a personal coach, the program is a lot more expensive than MyFitnessPal. One year of MyFitnessPal is just one month of Noom.
Thus, the big difference is that Noom is a dedicated weight-loss program, whereas MyFitnessPal can be used with flexibility.
Modern Fit stands out from the rest because of all the benefits members receive. Not only will you be assigned to a fitness coach, your coach will take your lifestyle and tastes and come up with personalized meal and fitness plans. The beauty of the meal plan is that it comes with a grocery list, recipes, and complete macros, so you know exactly what to buy and eat. Say goodbye to spending hours planning your meals and workouts and wandering around the grocery store. Get Modern Fit today by signing up for a free consultation!