Mal’s Thoughts: Noom Weight Loss Program
I am the QUEEN of starting a new workout routine and doing great for 3 days and then forgetting about it. Finding time and motivation to exercise has proven itself to be difficult for me.
The trendy diets that have come out over the years have never interested me. If I choose healthy foods most of the time that is good enough for me. (*Side Note* speaking of diets I recently started adding turmeric to EVERYTHING lately and have seen such positive results!) Exercising is another issue. No matter what I did I could not consistently exercise. It was never at the forefront of my mind and I just couldn’t figure it out.
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Heart disease is prevalent in my family, so it is important that I do activities to maintain a healthy heart. I knew I needed to start some sort of consistent fitness routine while I was still young. Finding
Noom is a company that focuses on behavioral change to help their customers lose weight and meet fitness goals. I wasn’t trying to lose a ton of weight, but it really helped me to change the way I think about exercise and adding it into my daily routine.
Check out my thoughts below to get more of an idea of how the Noom process works.
The first thing I did when I went to the Noom website
Some of the questions asked included:
- Height and weight
- Lifestyle (If I am healthy or have healthy habits or if I need a lot of work)
- Which area do I want to work on first (I chose physical activity)
- Physical or Dietary restrictions
- If I eat at the same time everyday
- What my goals are and if I want to work at a slow, moderate, or fast pace to reach them.
After I answered all of the questions I received a timeline of when I would reach my goals with their plan.
They reserved my plan for 15 minutes while I decided if I wanted to move forward with the 14-day trial. I went ahead and did it because there really is no risk and I wanted to get started.
My main goal of the program was to be able to run a 5K by the end of it. Most people’s goal is directed more towards weight loss but I figured if I ran more the other piece would come naturally. I chose to move at a moderate pace in hopes that if I eased into this I could be more successful.
The beauty of this app is that I only had to get on it for 5-10 minutes per day. During this time I did some of the behavioral modification lessons. These lessons helped me to break bad habits and get ahead of other bad habits (such as stress eating) before they become a problem. These lessons helped me face the issue as to why I wasn’t meeting my goals.
Another piece of the app that was helpful is that I got my own personal health specialist. My health specialist helped me set goals and talk about how to reach them. There is also group support available for people who are motivated in that way.
Inside the app I could log:
- Meals: This part of the app told me how many calories I had left for the day. They provided me with TONS of recipes, which was awesome because I am always looking for new and healthy meals to make. I really liked how I got to pick what I ate each day. This didn’t feel restrictive at all which is why it was so easy to be successful.
- Steps: I created a step goal that included me going on extra walks or runs each day.
- Exercise: If I did any extra exercise I could log it into the app. This was fun because I was able to see on paper (but really through the app) that I was getting stronger.
- Weight: I have never really kept track of my weight, so this was interesting to see that number go down as I went through the program.
- Blood pressure and Glucose: I do not have any issues with this area of my health but this is a cool feature to track this and see if there is a correlation between exercise/healthy eating and better number
You can TRY NOOM for $1 for 14 days!! If you do this, you will also save on the $20 start-up fee. Below is the price breakdown:
- 14-day trial: $1
- Start-up fee: $20 (This is waived if you do the 14-day trial)
- My price after the trial: $99 (for two months)
**This price is tailored to my plan and goals so it is subject to change based on how long your goals will take.
If you complete the 14-day trial, other pricing looks as follows:
- Monthly auto-recurring plan $59 USD
- 2 month auto-recurring plan $99 USD
- 4 month auto-recurring plan $129 USD
- 6 month auto-recurring plan $149 USD
- 8 month auto-recurring plan $159 USD
- Annual auto-recurring plan $199 USD
My favorite part of the Noom program is the behavioral modification lessons. Though this program does not do everything for you, it teaches you how to change your behavior and become more mindful of making better decisions when choosing foods and exercise. Learning these skills will help me in the long term.
The course is developed by world class doctors and psychologists that focus on behavioral change. They stress the importance of setting small goals because reaching small goals will help you to stay more motivated. The daily articles about creating healthy habits had a lot of great information on staying motivated to reach goals.
I have done a little bit of research on this company so I thought I would share some statistics about them:
- Most people who do the program lose an average of 18 pounds over 16 weeks.
- 78% of Noom users sustained weight loss over 9 months.
- University of Sydney’s Medical Center ranked Noom the number 1 out of 800 weight loss programs.
Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes. Whether you are trying to lose weight or just develop healthier habits, the Noom program is a great program that was worth the initial price.
If you have tried Noom, drop a comment below and tell me what you think!