In July 2021, the American Psychological Association published that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in undesired weight gain. The main factors attributed to the weight changes included changes in eating habits, sleep patterns, daily routines, and activity levels. Thankfully, such problems can be easily eliminated with mobile apps like Noom, a subscription-based app that tracks a person’s food intake and activity levels. Apps like these can also help in terms of health insurance and saving money - the healthier you are, the less money it costs to insure yourself. Still, once you read the word “subscription-based,” you must be tempted to ask yourself how much does Noom cost so you can start your weight loss journey? Here’s everything you need to know about the app, its costs, and if it’s worth it.
The Trial Period Will Cost You
As with most apps, Noom allows you to make an informed decision by extending a 14-day trial period. As Mashable enlightens us, during the two weeks, you will be connected to a weight-loss trainer just for you. They set up a plan based on the 10-minute typical questions that you answer online, depending on whether you want to keep fit for good or lose weight. The quiz lets them know more about you-̶ your age, gender, height, weight, and reason for wanting to lose weight. It also assesses your risk of certain diseases like diabetes, your level of activity, and your diet habits. Within two weeks, you can evaluate if it is a good fit for you, and if not, you can cancel. If you are pleased with what you see, then you can commit to their subscription plan.
However, you should note that even the trial period is not free. According to Patricia and Carolyn, you will have to part with $0.50 for a seven-day trial period. The payment activates the trial period, although other sources report that downloading the app does not cost a dime. Considering that with the price of $0.50, you get access to an extensive range of the Noom Coach features, it is a worthy investment. The features include a weight-loss expert, a community of other users if you need some inspiration, and all the courses available. Remember that you will get an automatic monthly bill once you sign up for the trial period unless you cancel in time.
The Subscription Cost
If you decide to go ahead and subscribe, you get to choose among various options. According to Black Alliance, the default system bills you $129 for the first three months. As the article explains, the longer you want to commit to the app, the more they reward you by reducing your monthly subscription fee. For instance, if you opt for a five-month subscription, you will be billed $149; compared to the three-month bill, there is a difference of $20. Therefore, a monthly subscription costs the highest at $59, while an annual subscription is the least expensive going for $199, which translates to $16.68 per month. While these costs may seem fair, primarily the annual subscription, you should note that whatever you respond during the survey questions can have you digging deeper into your wallet. As Parade informs us if during the survey questions you said that you want to lose 20 pounds within two months and by the end of that period you are yet to achieve your goal, they will urge you to purchase another subscription. As such, unless you lose weight as fast as you hoped you would, you will be forced to continue paying to keep using the app.
Canceling Subscriptions and Getting a Refund
While most Noom users get frustrated and delete the app, thinking that it will cancel their subscription, it doesn’t. You have to ask for a refund and cancel your subscription from the subscription portal or the Noom app. You can talk to your weight-loss expert and ask for a refund or cancellation of your subscription. Luckily with Noom, you can cancel your subscription any time you wish, and if you delete the app before you cancel, you will have to download it again to complete the process. Until you get a confirmation message that your subscription has been canceled, it is best to wait before deleting the app. If you don’t cancel after the trial period, you cannot be refunded the $0.50 or any other fees charged once the trial period expires. It is advisable to cancel your subscription 24 hours before the trial period lapses if you are not interested in subscribing to the services.
Is It Worth It?
Is paying $59 per month worth what you will be getting in return? To most users, they swear it is worth every dollar. However, it all depends on what you want to achieve and how much is too much to lose. According to USA Today, you will lose your money if you cancel before the period for which you subscribed is over. As the article explains, should you subscribe for six months at the cost of $150, then change your mind after a month, they will not refund you for the remaining period. It does not work on a prorate basis where you would expect at least they should take the fee equivalent to a month and refund the five months’ worth subscription fee. Still, if money is not a problem, then you can get more than just a weight-loss coach. Customized meal plans and workout plans will cost extra. Such add-on features cost you between $80 and $100 more than the regular subscription fee, the fluctuation being dependent on the time you access that app or the person reviewing your request. While it is ideally designed to last only 16 weeks, they encourage a year-long subscription to keep fit or lose weight “for good.” It is quite a good app to try for anyone with a long-term goal of maintaining a healthy weight without restricting themselves to certain foods. With Noom, no food is off-limits so long as you do not go beyond your daily calorie intake, making it a welcome option for anyone who doesn’t want to confine themselves to bitter concoctions and bland food.
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