Thursday, January 2, 2020

Noom Healthy Weight Loss App Review

noom app

Wouldn't it be great to kick off the new year with a five-pound weight loss?  I decided to get a head start on my resolutions and do exactly that.  Five days ago, I started my two-week Noom trial and have already exceeded my expectations for early success.  Here's a quick review of how the Noom healthy weight loss app has helped jumpstart a healthier 2020 for me.

Noom has been all over the news lately.  I kept seeing the promos and decided to check it out.  There was really nothing to lose in giving it a try (except maybe a little belly fat).

First, you need to know that I am not a fad dieter.  I was glad to learn that Noom is not a diet.  There's no special food to buy and you can pretty much eat what you want (within certain parameters).

It was super easy to get started.  I set up a trial account with Noom and downloaded their free app (available for both IOS and Android platforms).  All of that took less than two minutes.

Next, I was asked a few questions about my health goals.  Noom is a program based on tapping into your motivation and encouraging the behavior changes needed to support what you wish to achieve.  Whether you want to lose weight, feel healthier, be more fit, or eat right, Noom is there to gently nudge you in the right direction.

I want to do all of those things.  After plugging my answers into the app, I was provided with a two-week plan.  That plan includes eating more nutrient-dense foods, gradually increasing the number of steps I take each day (with an eventual target of walking 10,000 steps), doing a daily weigh-in, and logging my meals.

After calculating my weight-loss goal, my age, my current weight, and other pertinent factors (like any physical limitations, energy needs, etc.), I was given a target of consuming no more than 1,200 calories per day.  That may seem restrictive, but I have found it reasonable and doable.  I'm not starving or feeling deprived (because I am eating foods that are filling and satisfying).

Noom wants me to focus on caloric density when I choose my foods.  Eating foods with a low caloric density is one of the keys to successfully achieving my goals.  The app will teach you what you need to know, but essentially, fruits and vegetables typically have the best ratio when it comes to low calories and high nutritional value (think foods with fiber and a decent water content).

Foods are categorized into three color groups: Green, Yellow, and Red.  I am allowed to eat what I choose within those groups, as long as I don't exceed the calorie recommendations for each.  The Noom app provides me with an instant analysis of my food choices.

noom calorie counter

Noom is a research-based program that makes us more conscious of the triggers that guide our actions when it comes to eating and healthier living.  We are shown how triggers lead to thoughts, thoughts to actions, and actions to consequences.  I find myself being more mindful about my choices.

Who might be drawn to the Noom approach to healthier living?
  • People on the go with a busy lifestyle.  
  • Anyone who enjoys the convenience of interacting with an app rather than having to be in a certain place at a specific time.  
  • Those who enjoy a light-hearted interface that offers up quick, easy-to-understand tidbits of health-related information followed by fun quizzes.  
  • The individual who likes to be affirmed for making progress.  
Noom provides you with a personal coach who checks in with you at the start of the program (and at least weekly).  You can message your coach any time through the app.  Your coach will make suggestions after reviewing your goals and activities.  I just received these messages from my coach this morning:

noom app messaging

To get the most out of Noom, I choose to engage in all of the opportunities on my daily action list.  When I log in each morning, I take a few minutes to check out these activities because I get a sense of accomplishment and enjoyment from doing so.  This was today's checklist:

noom app

In addition to the basics, there are a number of extras that can be added on.  Once your trial concludes, you have the option to continue for a monthly subscription fee.  I'm still in the first week of my trial, but can say it has been working well for me.  I would have been happy losing two pounds my first week.  To lose five pounds makes me ecstatic.

Having to weigh myself daily as a part of my Noom commitment is not my idea of a good time, but I must say that the accountability of doing so, and logging that weight, makes me try harder.  The same is true of logging my daily meals.  I'm not going to eat junk when I have to post it for someone else to see.  Accountability makes such a difference.

You know what else keeps me going?  Affirmations.  It is so nice to receive a high five when I do something right.  It's the little things like this that make me want to stay the course and keep on keeping on.

messages from noom app

Earlier today, I asked one of my friends about her Noom experience.  This is what Jan had to say:
It was easy to lose weight, the daily information was fun to read, the program was/is sustainable.  I didn't participate often in the large group support activities and my personal coach was ok but not great.  I loved that I was able to recover from two knee replacement surgeries (low activity levels for several weeks) and still lose weight! 
Jan also mentioned that she had referred others to the program and was recently thanked for doing so.  One woman who lost 14 pounds as a result of that referral shared that it had changed her life.  It doesn't get much better than that!

I have no doubt I will reach my ultimate goals (and sooner rather than later).  Why don't you join me on Noom.  Give it a two-week go to see what you can accomplish in a short window of time.  If you use any link in this review, you will receive a free trial (I paid for mine) and a 20% discount on a Noom subscription.  Click here to try Noom for free.

Let's make 2020 our best year yet.  We hold the power to do so within us.  All we have to do is unleash it.

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  1. Congratulations on a successful beginning to your weight loss/healthy living behavior change. The Noom app sounds like a good motivator. I have a weight loss/exercise daily goal in mind, but find it hard to get started each day. Something that motivates and tracks your goal sounds very helpful and encouraging. Best of luck in your healthy lifestyle change

    1. Thank you, Elf. I wish you much success as you find your own best way to jumpstart your 2020 healthy living goals.

  2. You are the most active person I know Diana. Between your doggie adventures, photo shots, and home building projects, I bet you are already in excellent shape. I'm glad you found an encouraging app to assist you. It is pretty cool that you have already lost 5 lbs and you are still in the trial period. Counting calories has always given me a challenge (when I try). Unfortunately for me, if I focus too much on what I am eating, or how much I am eating, it makes me want to eat more simply because I am thinking about food. I would like to see the food suggestions though. I would imagine that would be very beneficial to anyone.

    1. I was in excellent shape, and my weight was where I wanted it to be, until I started having some joint and back issues. I've gained weight because of these mobility challenges. With some physical therapy, and healthy weight loss, I will be able to get back to my former level of fitness. That will feel good! As for keeping track of calories, and logging meals, I hear you. I never really wanted to do much of that in the past, but I find that the app is making it simple, and some of my meals that I previously thought were healthy have turned out to be duds. Better to know then to keep on making innocent mistakes (like with certain salads, for instance).

    2. roflol, Diana! I went on a salad diet several years ago. I only wanted to lose 5-10 lbs. just so my clothes would still fit. I ended up gaining weight instead. Seems you can't eat thousand island dressing on a salad every day and lose weight :) The dressing choice never even occurred to me before.

    3. Oh, yes! It is the salad dressing that is doing me in... creamy caesar is my crime. I must banish it for now. Back to the balsamic vinaigrette. Sigh.

  3. I was very resistant to tracking my daily food intake, even though I knew from past experience how important and helpful it can be when trying to lose weight. When I radically changed my way of eating 7 months ago, I started using an app designed specifically for low-carb eating approaches (Carb Manager). It has been incredibly helpful and a significant factor in my 43 pound weight loss (so far). Having an accountability partner and/or coach can be extremely helpful as well. Noom sounds like it could be a valuable tool for anyone looking to improve their health and fitness in 2020, and the free 2-week trial makes giving it a try totally risk-free! Congratulations on taking full advantage of your trial period, making yourself accountable and achieving an impressive weight loss in such a short period!

    1. The research backs up the importance of tracking our food intake and our physical activity. People who do so (log these things) achieve their goals at much higher levels than those who do not. Your success has been incredible. I will also check out the Carb Manager app. Thanks for sharing your personal testimony. We are all in this together!

  4. Diana thank you for this review it sounds. It sounds like a great program. I am a diabetic and have a similar app that I have used in the past. However I’ve been lax and have not used it for the past few months. You have just inspired me to get back On my program and on my way to a healthier lifestyle. Thank you.

    1. Anything that helps inspire us to ever greater health is so valuable. It makes me happy to hear that you feel even more motivated to get back into your healthy living program. My parents were both diabetic. I know how critical it is to keep that in check with exercise and nutrition. One of the extras that I noted with the Noom app is that it does have a feature that enables diabetics to link up their blood sugar monitoring. I wish you the very best of health in 2020, Mary Beth.

  5. Oh my, another thing to get a handle on this year. Now I'm binging on getting all the bad stuff out of my house. I have often wondered about NOOM, now I know more. Thank you for sharing your review and for your encouragement to get healthy.

    1. I have lots of things I need to work on, but I figure I won't be able to accomplish any of that unless I am truly healthy (in every way). Here's wishing you an amazing 2020. May you achieve what matters most to you in the new year.

  6. I've seen a lot on this program as well. Congratulations on your early success and getting started on changing your life for your own personal reasons. Just deciding to make a change can be difficult. I agree with a point you made above that Noom seems ideal for those with busy lives - the convenience of the program could certainly work for those on the go. As I mentioned in a few other articles, I too made a change, starting in May 2019, and am down 50lbs. I used Keto - and still do - it's not really a diet, it's more a way of eating for me. It agrees with my body, I'm healthier, and like you, my joints needed the relief. If was on the go more (working outside the home) Noom would be appealing I suspect.

    1. We are sure becoming a healthy group of writers! What amazing success you are experiencing. As you say, each body responds in its own unique way. We tend to know when we have found a good match. I'm very happy for you. Wishing you all good things in 2020.

  7. I have never heard of Noom before. Thanks for an introduction. I don't feel that I have to do weight loss but I can always benefit from eating better!

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