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Noom vs. WW: how do they compare?


Compare Noom with the WW (Weight Watchers reimagined) weight loss program.
We'll look at what you'll eat, the health risks and liveability of both options.

If you’re in the market for an effective weight loss program, you may have come across both Noom and WW (Weight Watchers reimagined).

While both programs are designed for weight loss, the differences between Noom and WW are plentiful. For one, WW has been helping people lose weight for more than 55 years, thanks to decades of research and constant innovation designed to meet the needs of members at every life stage. Read on to learn more about how Noom and WW compare.


The main differences between Noom and WW


While both Noom and WW are designed to foster weight loss, Noom relies on old-school calorie counting and assigns a red, yellow, and green colour to each food. WW combines powerful behaviour-change science and our science-backed SmartPoints® system, which takes a food’s complete nutritional profile into account by boiling down calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein into one easy-to-use SmartPoints value. Here's why you should track SmartPoints instead of counting calories.

On WW, every member gets a personalised SmartPoints Budget based on height, age, weight, and sex that consists of daily SmartPoints, weekly SmartPoints, and rollovers for added flexibility, plus a list of ZeroPoint™ foods you don’t have to track or measure.


Noom vs. WW: program philosophy


The WW program is based on proven principles of nutrition and behaviour change science to help you build healthy habits around food, mindset and activity. Developed by a highly-credentialed, dedicated Science team that partners with preeminent researchers around the world.

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WW also provides in-person support. There are hundreds of expertly-trained WW Coaches who share science-backed techniques for weight loss at weekly in-person and Virtual Workshops and via 24/7 Live Coaching chat on the WW app and website, plus hundreds of WW members who attend local Workshops and/or post on Connect, WW’s exclusive, members-only social platform.

When following Noom, you get a personalised calorie budget, checklists, worksheets, and digital messaging to help you manage mental and emotional barriers to weight loss.

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Noom vs. WW: food


No foods are off-limits with either program. Noom has 3.7 million food options to track, with foods grouped into a traffic light system of green, yellow, and red foods to guide your food choices within a calorie budget.

The science behind the WW SmartPoints system stems from the proven theory that not all calories are equal: some foods leave you feeling extra satisfied while others may stoke your appetite for more. So while you can spend your SmartPoints Budget on whatever foods you’d like, members tend to naturally gravitate toward whole foods with higher protein and away from processed foods with higher sugar and saturated fat content, and achieve sustainable weight loss without deprivation.

Everything is on the table: WW’s database has over 42,000 foods, including meal options from 70 restaurants and 5,500+ WW recipes.

Based on myWW, the customised program that’s helped millions lose weight, the myWW+ is our most holistic approach to weight loss—ever. It starts with a new in-depth personal assessment that gets to know how you eat, move, sleep, and feel to give you an even more personalised plan—because science shows it all matters when it comes to weight loss.

Then, members are matched with a personalised SmartPoints Budget and a list of ZeroPoint™ foods that may include fruits and non-starchy veggies, lean proteins, and/or whole grains, depending on the colour food plan they’re matched with.


Support and personal coaching


There are no in-person meetings or groups on Noom, which offers digital personal coaching through the app. After two weeks on the program, you're put into a digital support group with other members.

WW offers several modes of support to fit your lifestyle, schedule, and learning style: Digital members can participate in 24/7 Live Coaching via chat and a members-only Connect social network, where you can find inspiration and get real-time advice. Both are available in our award-winning app.

For even more support, you can also join in-person weekly Workshops, or log-in to Virtual Workshops from the comfort of home, which are led by expertly trained WW Coaches; or upgrade to one-on-one Personal Coaching, with weekly phone calls and unlimited messaging.

WW delivers a curriculum of weekly topics that are covered in Workshops and in our digital tools to make creating healthy habits simpler and fun through science-backed techniques. By tracking activity along with your food, you earn FitPoints® so you can celebrate your progress toward your goals. We've added new food, activity, sleep, and mindset features designed to make weight loss easier, along with new weekly check-ins, progress reports, and action plans.


How much does Noom cost?


Noom’s app costs $49.50 USD per month. A WW Digital membership—which includes access to our award-winning app featuring our digital food database and tracker, 24/7 Live Coaching via chat, a food barcode scanner, a members-only social network, and more—costs $33.50 AUD** per month. Workshop memberships cost $71.50** per month, and one-on-one Personal Coaching costs $96.50** per month.

**This price represents standard pricing. WW may run promotional offers that can lower costs. Check our current pricing here.


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What can I eat?

No foods are off limits. The myWW+ builds on our proven SmartPoints® system, which converts calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein into one easy-to-use value. There are different ways to follow myWW+ that provide varying SmartPoints Budgets and ZeroPoint foods that you don’t have to track or measure.

No foods are off limits. You will still count calories, but foods are grouped into a traffic light system of green, yellow, and red foods to help guide food choices.


How it works

The program has been developed based on principles of nutrition and behaviour-change science to build healthy habits around food, activity, sleep, and mindset. Our easy-to-use features, including our new "What's in Your Fridge" tool that suggests recipes based on what you already have, techniques that you can learn through new 5-minute audio coaching sessions, and weekly topics help guide members towards smarter food choices, moving more, sleeping better, and more helpful ways of thinking.

In addition to a personalised daily calorie budget, the Noom app includes checklists, worksheets, and digital messaging to help their members manage mental and emotional barriers to weight loss.


Community and support

WW meets you where you are: With our app, website, and in-person and Virtual Workshops or Personal Coaching, you can choose the level of support that fits your life. Plus, all members have 24/7 access to Live Coaching and Connect, our exclusive members-only social network, where you can find inspiration—and get real-time advice.

Support is digital through a digital coach. After two weeks on the program, you are put into a digital support group with other members.


History

WW has over 55 years of experience in the science of behaviour change, and we’re using it to give people the proven tools they need to achieve their wellness and weight-loss goals.

Noom was founded about 11 years ago and launched the Noom app in 2010.

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WW app and social community to help you reach your goals.

Workshops + Digital

Inspiration and support from your Coach and fellow members.

Personal Coaching + Digital

Create a weight-loss & wellness plan and reach your goals with your personal Coach.