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 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 emphasizes 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. Another suggestion was to add more protein to each meal because it helps fill you up so you aren’t as susceptible to cravings.
The Noom weight loss program assigns you a weight loss specialist as a coach 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 maximum calorie count was automatically set at 1200 calories so that I can lose weight faster. But, the program lets you enter any exercise you do that will add extra calories to your budget. This gives you an incentive to get off your butt and move. I found that 1200 can be 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 are healthy but instead of eating an entire avocado during the day, I’ve cut that in 1/2.
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.
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. I just eat too much. If I mindlessly snack on even healthy, nutritious foods I will 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.
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
To be continued – 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. 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. 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 my age. Still, I have developed good habits and health is more important. I feel pretty 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 am still tracking my weight and food intake which I believe is essential if you are a foodie who is an emotional eater. My 10 lb weight loss is still holding but I need to get seriously back in gear to drop some more.
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. However, I have found the app easy to use. I tend to be more tech-savvy than many people over 50 I still think it’s fairly simple to figure out.
For me, accountability yields result because I have something to commit to each day on my phone and since I take it everywhere with me, it makes sense. Sure, you can start a food diary on paper and record your weight and measurements but you don’t get the ongoing support that Noom offers. That makes a difference. I also love that I don’t have to order expensive “diet food” or drive my car to a group weigh-in.
If you’re ready to give the Noom weight loss program a try, let’s do it together:
Have you tried a weight-loss program that works? Please leave a comment below.