Noom wants you to take control.
Imagine that you had a friendly, accredited group of people supporting your everyday weight-loss struggle. Complimentary messages of support, helpful prompts, suggesting foods that benefit you the most. Along with recurring questions directing you to change your behavior for the better towards your idea of healthy eating, diets, and what it means to transform, over time into your ideal self, wouldn’t that be remarkable?
The Noom app makes all the above possible and more. It is currently subscribed worldwide by over 45 million users. First coming onto the health and fitness scene in 2008, it is highly-regarded among health and diet professionals and has excellent, transformational results from the everyday punters who use the app consistently.
It would be unfair to call Noom just another fad diet app. It has been thoughtfully designed to change your behaviors gradually and slowly adjust your lifestyle over time, so you can safely lose weight and, more importantly – keep the weight off – sustainability.
What is Noom?
The app offers the following:
- Weekly challenges and fun educational tidbits to keep you engaged with your progress. It is varying from nutrition, stress management, goal setting, and healthy habit formation.
- Tracking progress. Meals, exercise, and body weight.
- Virtual Coaching. A goal specialist, group coach, and support group.
- Biometric tracking. These features help you monitor blood sugar and blood pressure.
How does Noom Work?
Similar to nearly all other commercial dieting apps out there and for a good reason – Noom helps you lose weight by creating a calorie deficit (Pretty much the only healthy way for all human beings to achieve this).
A calorie deficit is just a fancy way of saying – eat less, over a long period. Noom will ask you questions relating to your particular weight-loss goals such as your timeframe, current exercise schedule, height, weight, age, and gender.
Interestingly it will ask you current lifestyle questions, including your beliefs around different foods, alcohol, and how other health ideas can affect you mentally.
Because of this, Noom separates itself from its competition in beautiful ways – it wants you to understand both how and why you are losing weight, and therefore how to keep it off for the long-term – changing your lifestyle for better.
When you have typed in all your data and answered all the questions, Noom will use its algorithm to calculate the ideal calories you should be eating in a day. That takes out some of the hard work for figuring out and doing all the calculations yourself – but be aware that it’s still an algorithm, so accuracy may not be the highest, just something to keep in mind when on your health and fitness journey.
Noom requires you to log and track your food on the app as well as weighing yourself. Tracking the foods you eat and, in turn, the calories you’re consuming has been proven to be beneficial for long-term weight loss for a while. The idea of weighing yourself is, again, essential for progress, and it gives you a figure and number to work towards. However, do be careful not to get too attached and transfixed with the number on the scales – instead aspire for a more holistic approach and make sure you’re still feeling good – no matter what those scales tell you.
Why Should You Use Noom?
Long-term weight loss will always have multiple benefits over horrible quick-fix, 30-day fad diets.
Nutrient Density is a Big Factor
Nutrient density is a measure of how many calories your food provides in its weight.
The app places foods into categories and utilizes a color system – green, yellow, and red, which is all based on the nutrient density of each food – the foods that are lowest in thickness, or highest in the concentration of nutrients are green. In contrast, the foods with the highest calorie density but low in concentration get the red card. Yellow foods are just in between.
The usual suspect’s reign on top – fruits and veggies all contain more water and fiber, which the body loves and gets plenty of nutritional value from; also, for weight-loss, they are low in fat.
And on the flip side, the usual suspects are present for high-calorie-dense foods, such as desserts, processed foods, fast foods, fatty meats, and nuts. All of which lack sufficient water and fiber for Noom’s needs.
Using the traffic light card system, you will be eating more low-calorie-dense foods, which will help with hunger pangs, weight-loss and long-term health, and medical benefits.
Are there any Downsides to Noom?
Noom offers an extensive amount of methods to lose weight and achieve your diet and health goals; just like all methods which can have a narrow view on health and nutrition, there can be some negatives too.
The process of tracking your foods and calorie intake can lead to more psychological issues, including anxiety around foods you’re eating and having a far too restrictive diet, which will lead to even less nutrition for the body to both maintain and lose weight.
It isn’t cheap either: at a minimum, you’ll be shedding out $44.99 a month – which is a lot just for a dieting, nutrition, and virtual coaching app. There are many free resources out there that don’t cost this much; however, if the idea of paying for something then allows you to commit to it with the fear of losing money – do it.
Lack of Personal Touches here and there
Some people still prefer a face-to-face encounter with a health professional as it is an incredibly private matter for most. Noom only offers Virtual help, and it is all done through the app, no telephone or appointments – just instant chat, certainly up-to-date with tech, but less personable
Overall, Noom is a fantastic way to kick-start healthy habits and form a good relationship and education around foods.
Your weight-loss journey is in good hands with Noom.
Is Noom worth it?
Yes, it works. If you tried a standard method and you did not see the result that you want, you may try the Noom.
How much does Noom cost monthly?
$59 per month, or $99 every two months.
Is there a free version of Noom?
No, there is no longer a “free” version of the Noom app, but you can try the free trial!