We all know that fad diets, with their absurd restrictions and celebrity endorsements, come and go just like any other trend. And the extent to which they may (or may not) be successful is always a little questionable. (Remember that smoothie-based detox plan that was all the rage for a hot minute?) But with a plethora of weight loss diet plans flying around these days, it can be hard, if not daunting, to decide which approach is right for you.
The makers of Noom, a recent app-based diet trend, say they’ve got you covered. By offering personal health coaching and a chat-based community, Noom eliminates the creeping fear we all face when starting a new diet: going it alone. With a personal coach and nutrition plan, the app provides motivation and professional guidance for users to make easy lifestyle changes on their own.
But some questions remain. Will it help you lose weight? What are its downsides? Are the nutritionists available 24/7, like when you need an emergency voice of reason to steer you clear of that oatmeal cookie? To answer all these questions and more, we discussed Noom with two dietitians in private practice, Amy Gorin, RDN, who’s based in New York City, and Angela Lemond, RD, who’s based in Plano, Texas, to find out whether this app-based diet is really worth the download and the monthly fee.