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I Tried Noom for 30 Days and This Happened

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I tried Noom for 30 Days … and this is what happened! 🙂 Today I'm sharing my experiences with this weight loss app. My wife is now on week 2 with Noom, so you'll hear about her results as well.

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I Tried Noom for 30 Days and This Happened

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the photo where my friends noticed my results!

What is Noom?

Noom is a health app designed by behavioral psychologists to help you lose weight and keep it off. It focuses on making healthy choices without cutting out entire food groups like some diets do. Oh, and before I forget, Noom is not a diet. 😉

Take a free 30-second online evaluation to see how much weight you could lose with Noom. Keep reading to find out why I love this app!

Pros and Cons of Noom

There are pros and cons to any weight loss program. I want to get right into it, in case you're short on time and can only read part of this post… this is the part you want! 😉

Benefits of Noom

  • Free trial to try before you buy
  • Built-in pedometer to track your steps
  • Easier than tracking Points when you don't have the app handy
  • Daily actionable steps to take
  • Optional reminders to track every meal
  • Extensive food database and recipes
  • Compatible with all other eating styles like Keto, Vegan, etc

Drawbacks of Noom

  • It's a new program to get used to. When you've been with WW for a decade or more, new can be scary.
  • Noom isn't free. But, it's less than the cost of a personal trainer and health coach – and comparable to other lifestyle/diet plans that are less interactive. This is also not a true “drawback”, because paying for something makes me much more accountable.
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7 Things I Learned From Noom

I've been using the Noom weight loss app for about a month now and I have learned a lot, even though I haven't been as diligent as I could've or should've been.

1. Tracking doesn't have to be complicated.

We all know calorie counting alone just doesn't work for most of us, but what's the solution to tracking food without it being too tedious?

I love Weight Watchers and iTrackBites (must click link from mobile if you want my 40% discount), don't get me wrong, but if I don't have my phone with me for some reason – or it doesn't have service – I like knowing that Noom's principles can be used wherever I am. Their “green, yellow, red food system” is genius and has helped me literally stop (like at a “red light”) before over-indulging in certain foods. I know which foods are yellow and red, so I eat them less. It's a weird trick for your brain, but it works.

Just like with WW, no foods are off limits and portion control is key with “yellow” and “red” foods.

Related: Check out my FULL NOOM GUIDE and MEAL PLAN!

2. You don't have to walk 10,000 steps right away.

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I always push myself as much as I can and getting at least 10K steps in is always my goal, but it doesn't happen every day. Noom has taught me there's no reason to be bummed if I get less than 10K steps, I just strive harder to get them the next day. Noom helps me celebrates the little wins in my daily life, so I stay motivated to keep going.

3. There's no one-size fits all.

With other weight loss programs, it has felt like a “one size fits all” approach, and it never worked for me. Noom encourages me based on the answers I've given to their questions, which are different than the answers my wife gave. We have different goals and Noom helps us each achieve them individually.

As a comprehensive solution, Noom delivers weight loss through a framework of psychology and community. It adapts to individual lifestyles and serves as a high level, expert resource–not as a one-size-fits-all “diet”–a word not even in Noom’s vocabulary. 

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4. Every day is a new day.

Noom is so motivational and encouraging, it's like having your own personal cheerleader in your pocket all day! In the past, I've had issues with diets affecting my mental health. Noom is not a diet.

When it comes to vulnerable matters like weight loss, a failed weight loss attempt can be as costly to your wallet as it is to your mental health. Whether it’s something as mild as low key discouragement or something more serious like depression or an eating disorder, it’s important to invest in a weight loss endeavor that keeps mental wellness and psychology in mind. 

5. You must hold yourself accountable.

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I'm guilty of skipping gym day sometimes, when I'm “too tired” or just don't feel like going. Noom reminds me that I've committed to a healthy lifestyle and that takes work every single day. I feel like it's another brain trick, having to press the “I commit!” button.

You're the only one who can take that next step towards your weight loss goals, but Noom is holding your hand every step of the way.

6. We all have bad habits.

Whether it's snacking at night, skipping the gym far too often, or overall just making poor eating choices, we all have bad habits we need to break.

Learning what a behavior chain is and how it affects my weight loss journey has been a real eye opener. Triggers are all around us: environmental, biological, mental, emotional, or social. When you're out with friends and you have the habit of ordering fried mozzarella sticks every single time, that's a tough habit to break for a few reasons.

First, they taste really freakin' good. Second, your friends are going to be like “what the heck?”. That can get awkward because you tell them you're trying to lose weight and they either tell you that you don't need to, or they laugh it off because you're “on a diet”… again.

7. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

You may log into your Noom app, record your weight, and notice you've gone up a bit or haven't lost any weight this week. The truth of the matter is, weight loss is about getting healthy. That means it's a marathon, not a sprint. Especially if you have a lot of weight to lose, you can't undo all of the previous weight gain in just a few weeks or sometimes even a few months.

Noom is great at keeping you on track long-term. I have easily lost interest with other apps because, well, tracking food is boring and not very interactive at all. With Noom, it's an interactive journey every single day that motivates me to make better food choices and move my body more.

Have I convinced you to lose weight the smart way? Start your journey today for FREE!

Can you lose weight fast with Noom?

You might be wondering at this point… is it really possible to lose weight fast? It is. And the truth of the matter is, you don’t actually need a fancy diet supplement or a state-of-the-art piece of exercise equipment in order to do so. Instead, the next time you’re looking to lose weight quickly and easily, rather than buying in to some commercial gimmick, consider relying on basic science-supported techniques like these:

  • Weighing in daily
  • Staying hydrated
  • Eating mindfully
  • Keeping full with fiber and protein-packed meals
  • Cutting back on refined sugars and simple carbohydrates
  • Getting a good night’s rest, practicing self care, and minimizing your stress
  • Engaging in your exercise of choice: cardio, strength training, or interval training  

These simple principles can help you lose weight just as fast as any supplement or fad diet. And the best part is, with techniques like these, you’ll be losing weight naturally – and it stays off!

You might be wondering:

Before I signed up for Noom, I had lots of questions! Here are a few of the most common questions about Noom. If you have others, leave a comment below and I will try to answer them!

What do you eat on Noom?

Noom has recipes already created for you when you sign into the app, and they teach you how to “calculate” all other foods on the green, yellow, and red light system. It's a simpler system than others I've tried, and doesn't require having the app on hand all day.

You get to eat real foods like butter, meats (ham, beef, chicken, turkey), french fries, and even pasta. The nutrition of each recipe is listed in the app along with the instructions.

How much weight will you lose?

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A few weeks after starting Noom

noom before and after results

I didn't take “before” pictures, but everyone noticed my weight loss when I posted this pic from the parade I rode in the other day so I wanted to share it. 🙂 I feel better because even though I haven't lost a ton of weight, I've been making better life choices all around and it shows.

I've lost 10 pounds in the last 30 days. Your results will vary based on your food choices, water intake, exercise level, and any health issues you may have. My wife has no thyroid so she loses weight VERY slowly, but she lost 5 pounds in 10 days on Noom so I know it works!

Why is Noom better than other programs?

Noom is a great program that is better than calorie tracking. For me, it's also been better than counting points. That doesn't mean I'm abandoning Weight Watchers, but I do enjoy using Noom far more than I enjoy the WW app so I'm going to keep using it. I will still create amazing recipes for you with WW points calculated, but I am going to add in more info about Noom recipes as well. 🙂

Will Noom work for me?

I'm not your doctor, so you may want to ask them before beginning a new program, but I'm a strong believer that Noom can work for anyone. It's about understanding the psychology behind your habits, and pushing yourself to ditch them. Noom is about accountability and interactive weight loss.

Who is Noom best for?

Noom is best for those who have struggled with other weight loss programs in the past and want to try something new. You will enjoy Noom if you need a cheerleader in your corner, or if you've failed in the past and are hung up on that in an emotional or psychological way. Because the trial is free, everyone should at least give it a try.

What's the bottom line?

I'm glad you asked! The bottom line is this: You can try Noom for free, which means you have NOTHING to lose… except your bad habits and extra weight. 😉

Noom has truly helped me change my mindset and behaviors, all while losing weight in a fun, interactive way. If you're bored with your current set up, or aren't getting the results you feel you should be getting, try Noom for free and let me know what you think.

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17 Comments

  1. […] HAVE! – to watch my carb intake. I'm not sure which plan is going to be best for me yet. I've been trying out Noom and loving it, even my wife who has thyroid issues has had success, so who knows what 2020 will bring for me. […]

  2. Leanna

    Not free, costs $10 for 14 days

    1. admin

      It’s free for 14 days if you sign up through my link. I just tried it again. Says this after you finish the assessment:

      “Try all of Noom for 2 weeks!

      Starter fee waived, saving you $20

      Risk free 14-day trial”

      1. Michelle

        Where is your link to try. I just went to register and it also told me I had to pay. thanks so much

        1. Smileys

          They have made the trial $1 – did you see that option? I’m going to update the post!

  3. Kitty Pentecost

    Thank you for posting this. I understand what you mean by if you don’t have your phone or don’t have service with WW. How do you carry the color coded food list for noon?

    1. smileyspoints

      The system is truly that easy, You don’t have to carry a color-coded food list with you. You will learn the different color codes in about a day or so. My 13 year old learned them in one day and helps us stay on track 🙂 what I meant was if I left my phone at home or I was in a store that didn’t have cell service, in the aisle where I was trying to scan the item. I have had that happen several times. I would end up carrying the food towards the front of the store so I could scan it.

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  5. Chelsea Lyle

    It sounds like Noom is the app that WW rolled out for kids (kurbo) that everyone had a fit about. I like how it’s more of an online ww meeting where you get that personal coach to be accountable too, as a ww member that did just online and previously did meeting I love the accountability the meetings had.

    1. Smileys

      I didn’t have good luck with in person meetings, I just didn’t enjoy them. I don’t understand why people threw a fit about Kurbo. Our 13 year old LOVES it and it keeps her accountable while other kids are eating 50 pieces of candy.

  6. Jednick

    I thought Noom was pretty good, but I got very frustrated with its database. They don’t seem to screen the user submissions, so you’ll see the same food item entered many times, each with a different calorie amount. That would be acceptable for a free service, but Noom isn’t cheap so I expected they would perform some “due diligence”.

    1. smileyspoints

      I have contacted them about this and will update you when I hear back from them about fixing this issue.

  7. Erin Carignan

    I have done the ww program MANY times. I lose 20-40 lbs then get off track and gain it all back. The best part of weight watchers used to be to do the program for a few months and then get on simply filling where I didn’t track at all but was just able to make healthy choices. I was hoping that this is what noom would be like- to provide that training of healthy choices again. I am almost half way through my second week and have lost 4 lbs- but I always feel like in the beginning the week comes off quickly. Do you feel this is more of a sustainable program then Weight Watchers because you’re not beholden to calculating points all the time? I’m getting close To the point where I’m going to have to pay for Noom in a few days – doing my due diligence! Thanks!

    1. smileyspoints

      Not necessarily more sustainable as I still think WW is a very sustainable program. The new programs make it easier to stay on track and continue to lose weight. I like noom because it is different than WW. and for some people, they need something different to maintain their weight loss. I use iTrackBites instead of WW now because the cost is lower and you can use whatever past plan you want. WW has three plans to choose from with iTrackBites you get 6 all of WW past plans plus keeping it Keto. All this for a fraction of the cost. I hope this helps.

  8. Cindyj

    I have now been on Noom for 24 days. I walk about 7.5 miles everyday.EVERYDAY! My coach has urged me to eat 1200 calories per day even though I feel satiated with 1000. I have lost ZERO weight. My Apple Watch logs in all my exercise which has been tracking since I got the watch for Christmas….so six months. And my eating patterns pretty much match what I input to Noom for the past six months and I’ve lost NOTHING. I paid for Noom having bought into the notion that it was “different.” 1200 calories plus 7.5 miles doesn’t work. What does? I need to lose 30 pounds which is what I weighed before breast cancer 2 years ago. So I’m not Morbidly obese 5’6” 168. Based on my exercise over six months, which the watch turns into daily calories and a 1200 calorie diet, I should have lost 31 pounds in six months…I’ve gained 18 in those same six months (18 in two months and no loss in four months) I measure my food thinking I’m kidding myself in portion control. I started drinking afternoon coffee to rev me up. I sleep well. I drink 2 liters of water on top of routine fluids ( milk, water with medication, coffee ) this is confounding me and Noom is disappointing me.

    1. smileyspoints

      Hi Cindy, I will address a few of the issues you have mentioned to the best of my ability. Let me tell you first I am not a doctor or a medical professional. I can only tell you what has worked for me and some of my readers in the past. I tried noom for 30 days and I personally saw some weight loss. First I would ask your doctor if the medicine is working against you as far as trying to lose weight. some meds have side effects that include weight gain. If you are working out and drinking enough water and eating as suggested by your coach then there is something else affecting your weight loss. I am proud of you for tracking everything and following the plan exactly. Unfortunately, each individual is different and we all lose and gain weight differently. I would try increasing your caloric intake as I don’t think your coach took into consideration the amount of exercise you are getting. With Weight Watchers I started eating my weeklies when I noticed I was starting to plateau and this helped me out. Several of my readers have had similar results by eating their weeklies also. I do not know if this is the case as you are feeling sated with only 1000 calories.
      Try eating to fuel your body not to get to a calorie number so maybe eating until you feel full and not eating again until you feel hungry and tracking what you eat and how many calories that is. We are all different I have a journal I keep of what I eat and how much exercise I am getting every day. When I get to a rough spot where I am not losing weight I can go back in my journal and see what I did to overcome the last plateau and I can duplicate that to produce similar results. noom is different because of the amount of direct ongoing support you have. I think you get more interaction with noom. If you are wanting to try a different program that is similar to myWW but cost a less give iTrackBites a try. I am a big fan of them also. In my opinion, I would start with the meds and see if that is the cause of your weight gain and your stall. From there try different approaches to see what works for you. Try eating until you are full tracking those calories using a journal to track the information. See what calorie intake you “feel” the best at. Rate it on a scale of 1-10 and then try eating more or fewer calories and rate yourself again. it is a tedious process but the results will help you get to where you want to be. I truly hope this helps you and others who read this. Thank you for coming to my blog and commenting. Please share your results with us and keep me informed on your journey.
      Your friend in health,
      Kevin

  9. Cassie

    I’m kinda using noom to track my weight and blood sugar. I do have my fitbit and smart scale hooked up to it but I don’t read any of the articles and rarely log my food. 🙁 No real change so no success yet.

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