The app calculates a recommended daily calorie intake based on the user's current weight and their goal weight. Using a daily plan that includes a food log, it allows the user to enter meals eaten, and receive instant feedback on calories consumed and the remaining calories left for the day. It also includes motivational tips, reminders and allows the user to log exercise.
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Reviewer:Dietitian App Review Working Group, Auckland DHB, July 2015. Clinical score: ★★★★☆ Review: "An easy to use self-monitoring tool for motivated people wanting assistance with weight management. Some concerns around daily calorie goals and database is American based often requiring amount eaten in ounces rather than grams. The app markets and strongly encourages upgrades to Noom Pro to allow the user further (promised) functions for a monthly fee. Safety concerns:The goal calorie intake seems low. All reviewers were set daily goals <1350kcal/day." New Zealand relevance: ★★☆☆☆ Comment: "Many of the foods in the food database are not available in New Zealand - based on the foods available in the US".
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Reviewer:Sara Jebreil, July 2016 Technical score: ★★★★★ Review:
Security: This app is secure it requires login for use is password protected
Performance: Perfect/timely response; no technical bugs found/contains a ‘loading time left’ indicator
Impact of the app on battery life and device performance: Does not reduce device performance using on average 64 MB of data over 3 hours.
Interactivity: Very high level of responsiveness through interactive features/feedback/user input options
Customisation: Allows complete tailoring to the individual’s characteristics/preferences, retains all settings
Data sharing: Yes, various options are available such as google drive, Dropbox, GoogleFit, apple health app, MMS and email services
Multiple device syncing: Yes
Use of locations services such as GPS: No
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