Oh, to be a celebrity-fame, wealth, and the ability to get personal trainers and dietitians to speed dial when you want to lose a few pounds. However, for mortals, losing weight is not easy. (Actually, that is great, losing weight is hard AF.)
That’s a fitness and weight loss program that Noom comes into play. But what is that? What makes Noom different from other weight loss programs or apps? This is my personal view of Noom as a registered dietitian. The short version: I see the Noom weight loss app’s real potential and some drawbacks for specific people-please read on.
First of all, what exactly is Noom?
According to its website, Noom claims to be “the last weight loss plan you will ever need.” It’s like putting trainers, nutritionists and health coaches in one place (for example, your mobile phone).
However, Noom differs from other apps; it focuses on behaviour changes around dieting and weight loss. The app will show you the best food (its evaluation of the food goes from green to yellow to red). Although usually, I wouldn’t say I like to mark certain foods as o” red” or “bad”, I do think that Noom’s excellent performance does not cause fear on certain foods, but instead adopts an educational approach to help its users learn how to keep people balanced. Choices and why they recommend specific foods over others. The app will also prompt you to read tidbits about healthy habits and rate your motivation-and will ask you later.
The app may sound boring (who has time to read and take quizzes all day?), but it may be the key to successful, sustained weight loss. If you want to lose weight sustainably, the educational elements contained in the app (such as how it teaches you to reduce your calorie and carbohydrate intake and how to increase physical activity) are beneficial and vital information.
It also can get support and feedback from others participating in the program-45 million in total. Not only is it a message board or automatic message, but you can also chat with other people in real-time in a group chat.
(You should also note that Noom provides users with “Health and Wellness Coaches” recognized by the “National Association of Health and Wellness Coaches Certification”, although this does not necessarily mean that they are trained professionals, such as registered dietitians or Certified coach)
When you change your behaviour, you can also get rewards. Besides, you can get social support. Positive reinforcement and accountability coaching have proven to help achieve long-term goals.
When you download the Noom app, the following will happen.
When you download the free app for the first time, Noom will ask you how much weight you want to lose, how fast you want to lose (ratio from tortoise to hare), age, height and current weight-all very standard diet tracking information.
From there, the app will request permission to access your smartphone’s “health” app. It will automatically record your exercise but will ask you to record everything you eat during the day (the app has a food database for you to choose from). No actually takes these calories and subtracts them from the daily calorie goal (depending on the factors you shared with it before) to show the calories remaining in the day.
Noom will also track your actual weight loss. You enter your weight every week, and the app will graph your progress.
How much does Noom cost?
There is a free one, although Noom also offers a paid version (approximately $59 per month, but you can buy it for multiple months simultaneously for less money). In the paid version, you filled out detailed questionnaires about your lifestyle and health goals, as well as questionnaires that might prevent you from achieving your weight loss goals.
But that’s not all: Noom’s paid apps also rely heavily on educational features-for example, it can help you realize that salads are low in calories and nutritious, rather than just telling you that salads are a healthy choice.
This is a weight loss app that wants you to understand why and how to lose weight, not just help you lose weight.
Can Noom help lose weight?
Advantages: Noom can help you stay responsible and make smart choices on your own. Therefore, Noom cannot fully provide you with a daily menu or a specific diet plan that you want to follow. Instead, it requires you to enter all the foods you eat in the daily food log and use traffic light colours (red, green, yellow) to understand how healthy your diet is.
Green foods such as fruits and vegetables have the lowest calorie density and contain the highest healthy nutrients. Yellow foods contain more calories but are not necessarily harmful to you think about meat and dairy products. Red foods (such as processed foods and desserts) are the foods with the highest calorie density and the lowest nutrient density.
Red foods are not contraindicated foods; the purpose of the app is to let you know that they are high in calories and low in fillings, so you can understand what it means to maintain your daily calorie goal.
So, will you lose weight on Noom? It can definitely help—but you have to commit.
It is possible, but it depends on whether you will continue to use it.
FWIW, according to a 2016 research in the journal Scientific Reports, Noom can help reduce weight. Researchers analyzed data from 35,921 users of the Noom app over about nine months and found that 77.9% said they lost weight. An interesting tidbit: Those who neglect to record dinner in the app lose less weight than those who regularly record dinner.
So while the app can help you lose weight, you must use it as I mentioned. If you use the app every day and enter honest, real data, then the Noom program should help you lose weight. In other words, please listen to the opinions of experts and follow the plan to achieve the goal.
The ideal user might be a busy person (hey, almost everyone on the planet!). Those who enjoy similar ideas (who speak up to millennials) who appreciate virtual support may also benefit from it.
I like that the app is realistic for long-term results and will not try to make its users follow restrictive or popular diets (e.g., keto, gluten-free, raw food, etc.).
Noom can also help users understand their diet throughout the day. This is usually the first step to sustained weight loss-focusing on what you eat-without judgment or not marking your eating habits as “good” or “bad”. Then, once you are conscious, you can address the reasons for eating when you are not hungry, choose food after getting rid of stress, and then adjust as needed.
What are the downsides to Noom?
I saw some for some people. If you are in the poor physical condition and cannot lose weight, the app will not know this, making you feel frustrated.
I suggest you talk to your doctor before trying it (you should do this before entering any weight loss program). You will then know if you are experiencing insulin resistance, thyroid problems, or hormone imbalances, and you can solve these problems first.
Its price is also relatively high, more than $50 per month, which is cheaper than the most expensive Hui Weight plan, but it is much more costly than just counting calories by yourself.
Remember, it is what it calls a weight loss app. Therefore, if you have been trying to lose weight in the past, or have a history of eating disorders or eating habits, it is best to insist on one-to-one guidance by a registered dietitian.
Also-obvious alarm-but the app will not go to the grocery store to cook for you (or drive to the gym), so you must take some proactive actions to follow the recommended healthy habits.
How is Noom different than Weight Watchers (WW)?
The similarity between the two is that they both use a food “ranking” system (for WW, a point system, and Noom, a colour system) to divide food into fewer and fewer nutrients. But Noom can say that it has more grasp of the psychological factors behind weight control, and can help you explore why you have specific eating habits and choose your food. On the other hand, WW has a strong community that can provide a lot of responsibility and external support. Noom’s price is also higher.
Which one is better for you?
It eventually depends on your personality and budget. Consider consulting with a dietitian to help you choose or ask friends and family members who may be experienced with these two procedures.