With the advent of apps in the world of the Internet, the platform has become extremely cluttered with competitors flooding it trying to gain the attention of their audience. Finding common stages between multiple trending hot topics has become a new trend. And in that process apps that cater to the field of weight loss have become extremely popular. Standing out in the plethora of platforms that crowd all the space is a herculean task and some platforms are doing their job pretty well at it. Noom and Nutrisystem are two different platforms helping people maintain their diets and lose weight safely. As such, choosing between these platforms by comparing the two can be difficult due to the huge difference in how they essentially function. A little detail-oriented approach can help in resolving the confusion of choosing one of them.
The following are the various differences between these platforms.
How do they work?
The platform of Noom greatly helps people in the process of losing weight firstly by providing them with different eating plans which are specifically designed for individuals by registered dietitian nutritionists (RDN). Along with this, in order to help the individuals stay focused on their tasks, Noom allows its users to maintain a log of their meals, track their physical activities, access different plans of workouts, find information about various recipes, read articles, set certain practical goals, and finally receive coaching from personal health coaches (different from RDNs). Along with this, the app creates space for people to maintain track of their levels of motivation, to see their progress virtually, and also connects individuals with similar goals. The platform majorly targets behavioral patterns and helps in addressing the issues with emotional eating, and how eating habits can largely be influenced by factors such as stress and boredom. At the same time, Noom also isn’t big on restrictive eating. What it essentially encourages its users to do is to eat food that is rich and dense in nutrients.
One of the major aims of the Nutrisystem is to simplify the process of weight loss for individuals. In order to do that, Nutrisystem does not require the individuals to count calories, control the portion of the food they are eating in most of the cases, and make difficult decisions regarding which food products could fit into the diet in a particular meal. However, that does not mean that the individuals can eat whatever they want and that is because most of the food products involved in the individual’s diet would be coming from Nutrisystem itself. Nutrisystem has built a process where every single day the individuals who have signed up for the platform would receive breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. Side items like veggies, fresh fruits, etc. can be bought from the grocery store additionally as per the individual’s choice. the downside to this plan is that it is slightly restrictive and against consuming any food from outside. This plan should not be taken up by pregnant women, people suffering from chronic kidney disease, several types of allergies or specific dietary needs.
While the platform does have a positive spin to it as it promotes behavioral change actively, signing up for the platform is also expensive. The price to become a member on Noom is about $50 every month and the plan is designed to go on for about 4 months or 16 weeks. At a cost above the membership price, the app also provides its members with additional options to choose such as meal plans and customized workouts.
The cost of the plan offered by Nutrisystem depends upon the plan an individual chooses and how they customize it for themselves. A lot of variables like age, gender, vegetarian/ non-vegetarian food, health specification come into play while deciding the cost of a particular plan on this platform. However, on a general basis, individuals can expect the plans to range between $230 and $300 every month without counting in any food items the individual would have to purchase from the grocery store. There are various web-based tools, an online community, and also provide any required help by phone. One major concern the program offered here could leave is that it would be difficult for the individuals when they get off the program to make their own meals all by themselves. But this platform takes care to adequately answer this concern by providing information to its members on how to handle their diet plans once they leave this platform.
Adaptability & ease
One good aspect of Noom is that it allows its members to plan for the food needs of various upcoming events such as meetings, parties, or vacations. This kind of planning helps in bringing about a change in long-term behavior towards food habits. However, in the process of inculcating long term good behavior, one aspect about the platform that the members tend to dislike is the tracking. Continuously tracking every single item of food that has been consumed seems quite cumbersome.
The procedure in which Nutrisystem’s weightloss plan works out leaves very little work for the members to do in terms of planning and accounting which is a great aspect of this plan as it minimizes the tension and effort that has to be put towards planning and pre-planning everything related to food. However, depending extensively on the meals provided through this platform could come in the way of continuously following through the plan for people who move around quite a lot.
Nutrisystem vs. Noom- The Verdict Given how different both the weight loss platform’s plans are, labeling one plan better over the other would be a purely subjective decision. For people who would like to build long-term habits and find the time and space to choose to lose weight autonomously, Noom can be a great platform to be on. On the other hand, people with busy life schedules who would like to take the stress away from the process of weight loss and not spend a lot of time, effort and thought in deciding what to eat could head to Nutrisystem to be able to do the next best thing.