You’ve probably seen the Noom weight loss program being advertised but wondered how it works. I did too so I was excited when Noom offered me a six-month membership to try out their program. After 2 months straight of going to Emmy parties, I overindulged and put on more than a few extra lbs. in addition to my over 50 weight gain over the last 2 decades.
My goal is to lose 50 lbs. by December 2019. When I went to the Noom website to sign up, I was asked a series of questions about my height, weight, age, and goals. Then a target date was calculated to give me an idea of what is possible if I follow the program.
The next step was to upload the app to my phone and enter my login details so I could get started immediately.
Noom offers a 2-week trial in case you decide it’s not something for you.
Why the Noom weight loss program is different from most weight-loss programs
In many cases, weight-loss programs have specific diets that you need to follow or they offer pre-made food in the correct portion sizes. Noom doesn’t dictate what you should eat. Instead, it makes suggestions to help you stay within your calorie limit in a gentle and light-hearted way. It also addresses emotional eating, which is where most of us get into trouble.
One suggestion, which makes plenty of sense to me, is to eat foods that contain the most water or fiber such as fruits, vegetables, and soup. Another suggestion is to add more protein to your meals because it helps fill you up so you aren’t as susceptible to cravings.
The Noom weight loss program assigns you a weight loss coach and you can choose how often you want to connect based on your personality and needs. I chose to speak to my coach once a week. She sends me messages and answers my questions within the Noom app.
Connect to fitness devices you already use
When I first set up Noom on my phone, I connected it to Google Fit. (using my Google account login) It tracks my steps if I have my phone with me. You can also connect the following third-party apps and wearables to track steps and blood pressure. This is the current list.
- Bewell Connect
- Garmin Connect
- Life Trak
- Misfit Wearables
- Moves App
- Sony Lifelog
My maximum calorie count was automatically set at 1200 calories so that I could lose weight faster. But, if you do any type of exercise you can record it to allow extra calories to your budget. This gives you an incentive to get off your butt and move. I found that 1200 is sometimes tricky to achieve without feeling hungry, but it makes you think about what you are choosing to eat that can add to your daily count. For instance, I adore avocados and they’re healthy but instead of eating an entire avocado during the day, I’ve had to cut back the amount I consume.
My daily routine
Every morning I step on the scale to weigh in. It’s best to do this on an empty stomach and preferably using the same scale each time. If you weigh in using a different scale, you may see fluctuations in weight due to the way the scale is calibrated. I admit that I hadn’t stepped on the scale for quite a while since I finished a recent detox and it made a huge difference.
There’s always a shortlist of tasks to accomplish during the day that includes weight loss tips, education, psych insights, and motivation. As I mentioned before, Noom focuses on how emotional eating can cause you to gain weight. You may be bored, stressed, angry, or not paying attention as you stick a French Fry or two or three your mouth.
The image below is an example of my agenda for the week.
Emotional eating is a big issue for me. I don’t have a sweet tooth, don’t drink soft drinks or junk food and always strive to eat healthily but I eat too much. If I mindlessly snack on even healthy, nutritious foods I’ll add massive calories to my day.
Foods are grouped into colors. Green foods contain the most water and fiber so that’s what you want to eat the most. Yellow foods, like avocado, are more calorie-dense so be careful about how much you eat. Red foods have the most calories so go easy or they will significantly add to your calorie count. They aren’t forbidden. If you want to eat bacon or an ice cream sundae, go ahead, but realize it will add to your calorie count in a big way.
A little humor makes it more fun
The tips and quizzes are injected with playfulness but also give you valuable insights into what you can do to achieve success. They address some of the frustrations you may have as you go through the process. I’m finding it to be a positive and effective experience overall.
To join and get started is affordable in my opinion. It’s sort of like purchasing a nice pair of shoes but won’t hurt your feet. As of 6/29/2019, this is the pricing structure.
- Monthly auto-recurring plan $59 USD
- 2-month auto-recurring plan $150 $99 USD
- 4-month auto-recurring plan $240 $129 USD
- 6-month auto-recurring plan $360 $149 USD
- 8-month auto-recurring plan $480 $159 USD
- Annual auto-recurring plan $750 $199 USD
My weight loss journal
I will be adding to this post as I go through my journey.
I started my Noom weight-loss program on Tuesday, June 18, 2019
- 6/29/2019 – At 11 days in, I’ve committed to it and have lost approximately 5 lbs.
- 7/31/2019 – I’m now down 10 lbs. Yippee! I may have reached a sort of plateau because, for the last week, I keep hovering at about the same weight. There are pros and cons of doing a daily weigh-in. The pro is that it keeps you accountable but on the con side, your body will go through fluctuations when you’re in the process of losing weight. That can be frustrating when you’re watching it daily. It may be that you’ve gained some muscle weight or are slightly constipated. I’m sticking to my daily weigh-in for now, although sometimes I think I may be less frustrated if I only weigh in once a week. You can do whatever you want. Noom won’t make you feel like a loser and you won’t get a demerit if you miss your weigh-in.
- 8/28/2019 – I’m still sticking with my program, logging my weight every morning and my food intake. Except for one party day, I haven’t slipped. I’m down 11 lbs and a little frustrated that it isn’t going faster but I realize that I’m over 50 and it’s harder to lose weight at that age. Still, I’ve developed good habits and my health is most important. I feel peppy and am not automatically sticking food in my mouth, especially in the afternoon. If I get a craving I eat radishes or some grapes rather than devour a half a bag of walnuts. I enjoy the coaching notes each day.
- 10/5/2019 – Still going on Noom. However, I did experience a few stressful situations and had a couple of cheat days. I gained a couple of pounds right afterward but then got back on track. I also fell behind on reading all the coaching information. We all have challenges. However, I’m still tracking my weight and food intake which I believe is essential if you are a foodie like me who’s an emotional eater. My 10 lb weight loss is still holding but I need to seriously get back in gear to drop some more.
- 12/1/2019 – Well, I’ve screwed up and gained some weight back. It’s my own fault though, and not the fault of the program. If I don’t weigh myself every day, I slip. I was hoping to lose a bunch of weight in six months but only lost 11 lbs and then gained back 5. (Thank you Thanksgiving!) I stopped reading all the coaching in the app because I got too busy. Even still, I think the program is valuable as long as you are determined to follow every step. The key is staying accountable to yourself. My coach has been very diligent about keeping me on track. I may not have reached my goal in my desired time frame but I know what I need to do to succeed.
What I like best about the program
As a person who loves to eat, I appreciate the fact that the Noom program doesn’t promote a restrictive diet. You can eat what you want as long as you track what you’re eating. Since I don’t eat junk food or sweets, as a rule, and stick to “real” foods, I never felt deprived.
Sure, I could go all vegetarian or vegan but that’s not what I enjoy and I don’t think it’s necessary to stay healthy. Most centenarians that I’ve met or heard about eat whatever they want in moderation and that’s why I prefer a Mediterranean-style diet.
I also don’t think you have to cut out carbs or go low calorie unless you have a specific medical condition or take potentially dangerous appetite suppressants or fat burners.
For me, accountability yields good results because it forces me to stay committed. Since I carry my phone with me everywhere I go, it makes sense. I also love that I don’t have to order expensive “diet food” or drive my car to a group weigh-in.
What I don’t like about Noom
No program is perfect. There will always be bugs and I want to be honest about what they are. One thing I have found frustrating is that my steps don’t record accurately on the Noom app and don’t correspond to my phone’s native tracking app. My Samsung Health app may show I did 10,000 steps and in Noom it may show 5,000 or even less.
Even though the food database for recording calories is fairly extensive, it’s not always easy to get an accurate calorie count especially if you go out to a restaurant and have no clue what’s in your food. But that’s true in any program where you’re keeping a food log. You either have to guess or find something similar in the database.
So, what’s stopping you?
Noom is sometimes advertised as a weight-loss app for millennials. That’s because young people tend to be permanently attached to their smartphones. As Baby Boomers, not all of us are tech-savvy. I think the app is easy to use and figured it out right away. However, I’m sort of a tech geek so that may not be the case for you.
You could start a food diary on paper and record your weight and measurements but you wouldn’t have the ongoing support that Noom offers. That makes a difference.
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I’m an affiliate for the Noom weight loss program and they gave me a 6-month complimentary program to write this review. However, my opinions are my own.