Noom, a subscription-based platform, allows you to track your exercise and food intake. A key component of their program is a psychological approach to weight reduction.
What if you could just stop your forever diet and weight-loss programs? “simple”Program that will change your eating habits, how you sleep, and how you believe in yourself. One that isn’t a diet at all but a psychology- based platform?
They claim that the program can be downloaded from their website. “based on the latest proven behavioral science to empower people to take control of their health for good.”This is what I love! It’s focus is teaching life long skills that can help you with maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight.
After reading this, I knew I had to dig a little deeper.
Get Started with Noom
1) Fill out this Questionnaire
The first thing that you do upon getting onto your computer is to get on it. The Noom website is hereOnce prompted, you can fill out a questionnaire. It asks basic questions such as height, weight, and exercise. The questionnaire then dives into more specific questions such as:
- Why do you want weight loss?
- When did you notice weight gain?
2) Download Noom and pay:
After answering the questionnaire, the app will prompt you to download it and pay a fee. Because Noom is a subscription based plan, you aren’t able to access anything with out it.
What Does Noom Cost?
For a monthly Subscribe to NoomIt costs $59 (as at 2022).
The cheapest plan for a 12-month period is $17.79, or a total cost of $213.43. The base subscription includes a health coach and the ability to input all of your recipes, meal plans, and exercise.
Bundling subscriptions allows you to add more, starting at $49 for both a workout and a meal plan. $29 for a customized workout plan and $49 a custom meal plan.
Overall, it’s kind of pricey compared to other plans out there. This program might be worth looking into if you’re looking for a single-source solution and a coach who is available to you whenever you need it.
3) Use Noom:
Once everything has been paid, it is time to create your account and profile. You are introduced to the program. The motivational quote is the first thing you’ll see. This quote says:
Noom requests that everyone gives the program a fair try. Noom recommends that you use it for no less than 5 minutes per day, and for up to 12 minutes for modules. They encourage you to complete different tasks each day, log your water and food, weigh in, and talk to your (free) coach if necessary.
They walk you through every step of the process, which is the best part!
Each day you are given tasks to complete. You will be asked to take quizzes, write goals and encourage yourself mentally.
It is very easy once you get started with the program. This aspect of this program is extremely beneficial as it encourages you and teaches how to live a more fulfilling life. It does take time.
Noom’s Food Categories and Logging Food
Food elimination is the first thing that comes to mind when someone thinks about weight loss programs. However, Noom is a little bit different than most, if you’re familiar with Weight Watchers it is similar to this program.
There are no restrictions on foods. They encourage you not to eat certain foods more often than others. This is why they categorize food into colors.
The database used to log food is small. The database is not large enough to allow you to enter specific brands, even if they are popular. You can enter them manually with all the different macro’s and nutrients, however, it is very tedious and takes time. (The database doesn’t have nearly as many options as something like myFitness Pal)
The way they categorize food is what I find most frustrating. As I mentioned, they divide foods into colors.
- The first is green
- Second red and
- third yellow.
It would be easy to assume that green is good, yellow okay, and red bad. However, it’s a bit more complicated than that.
They break down colors into proportions that can be eaten. Green: 30%, Yellow 45%, and Red 25%. “Red”Foods with a lot of calories and not feeling full are red flags. This I don’t believe to be necessarily true and I believe that eating all of the foods in moderation is the key.
The foods that are put in the “green”This category includes foods high in water, such as whole fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. “Red”Foods can be anything you would cook with oil, nuts, seeds, cheeses, or any other food.
Noom has some great solutions, especially for those who can benefit from a one-on-one support group. This is why it is slightly more expensive. You can find a variety of delicious recipes on the program. The price is worth it if you put in the time.
If you don’t have at least 10 minutes a day to listen to the program and then additional time to log all your activities, food, water, weight and meet with others or give the program 100% an effort, maybe something else will better fit your needs.