You’ve probably seen the Noom weight loss program being advertised but wondered how it really works. I did too so I was excited when Noom offered me a limited 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 2020. 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
Most weight-loss programs have specific diets that you need to follow or sell you pre-made food in the correct portion sizes. Noom doesn’t tell you what you should eat. It gives suggestions of foods that will help you stay within your calorie limits, and they do it in a light-hearted way. Essentially, you can eat whatever you want. It also puts an emphasis on 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 such as fruits, vegetables, and soup, as well as items that contain fiber.
The Noom weight loss program assigns you a weight loss specialist and you can choose how often the two of you 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 phone 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 a host of 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 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 is always a short list of tasks to accomplish during the day that imparts weight loss tips, education, psych insights, and motivation. As I mentioned before, Noom focuses on how emotional eating causes you to gain weight. You may be bored, stressed, angry, or not paying attention as you stick a French Fry and then two or three more in your mouth.
I know for me emotional eating is my main problem. I don’t have a big sweet tooth, don’t drink soft drinks or junk food and always strive to eat healthily. I just eat too much. As much as I love avocados and nuts, which are both nutritious foods, if I don’t watch out, I 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 of. 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 your calorie count will increase fast.
The Noom weight loss program also takes exercise into account and if you log them in, you will have extra calories allowed for that day. That is a great motivation to get moving.
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. It also addresses 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
To be continued
I will be adding to this post as I go through my journey.
6/29/2019 – At 10 days in, I’ve committed to it and have lost approximately 5 lbs.
So, what’s stopping you?
I’ve found that accountability yields results and if you have something to commit to each day on your phone (which you take with you everywhere) it makes plenty of sense. Sure, you can start your own food diary and record your weight and measurements but you don’t get the support that Noom offers. That makes a difference and you don’t have to order food or drive your car to a group weigh-in.
And as Noom is sometimes described as a program for millennials, as long as you can operate your smartphone it works especially well for Baby Boomers too.
If you’re ready to give the Noom weight loss program a try click here.
Let’s do it together.
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