We Tried It: To Noom or Not to Noom

Can an app help you keep your resolution to lose weight?

A pesky 10 pounds stand between me and slender, so I decided to try Noom, a popular diet app. The first few weeks were great. I loved logging my meals and my weight, reading the inspiring and informative articles and taking the quizzes.

Noom also provides a personal coach who checks in with you a few times a week, and you’re placed in a group where members virtually cheer each other’s victories and offer consolation when the scale tips in the wrong direction.

I lost five pounds in five weeks – shazam!

But then, just as quickly, I gained it back after a week with three hefty bowls of pasta. After my binge, I realized that the best part of Noom is the calorie calculator and being able to see which food groups you gravitate to.

There are plenty of free apps that offer these services (I’m going to give MyFitnessPal a try), while Noom charges a significant $45 a month. For me, Noom is not worth that premium.

This Story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s 2020 Winter Playbook

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Editor-in-chief Carole Nicksin has worked in publishing for over 20 years. Prior to joining the staff of Milwaukee Magazine, she was the style director at All You, a Time Inc. publication. She also served as decorating editor at Home magazine. Carole has written for the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, InStyle and numerous other publications.