*This post is sponsored by Noom, but I tried out and used the Noom Coach, and all information included in the post reflects my own personal thoughts on the experience.
It is no secret that I gained a lot of weight over the past 2 years as I got sick and struggled to find out what was going on with my body and get an accurate diagnosis. In fact I gained 38 pounds taking me from being at a pretty healthy weight to technically overweight. I know this isn’t healthy for my body – it messes with my physical health and even my running performance, but it also impacts my mental health. The truth is I am trying to lose the weight, but it is hard with all the medical stuff I have going on.
So, when Noom reached out to me I jumped at the chance to try out Noom Coach and see what it is all about. Noom Coach is an app that is available for download on your phone so it goes everywhere you go. Now if you are like me you are thinking, “I already have a free app on my phone that I use to track food and weight loss. What makes the Noom program different?”
First, the Noom Program does all the things those other free apps do, but it is so much more. It allows you to track your food meal by meal in a simple easy to use manner. I found that most of the foods I wanted to track were in Noom Coach already, but for those that were not it was really simple to add them.
In addition to tracking food Noom Coach allows you to track you weight. In fact it reminds you to do this on your dashboard so you don’t ever forget. Also, the Noom program makes tracking activity super simple. After a long run with a friend I just entered how far I had run, and how many minutes it had taken, and Noom Coach calculated the pace and how many calories had been burned.
So, with apps allowing you to track food intake, daily exercise, and weight also – What makes the Noom program so different? First, Noom Coach gives you your own personal coach who is there for your throughout the process. They want to help you get to your healthy weight and develop habits that will make this not just a diet, but a sustainable lifestyle change. Coach Nancy was my coach, and we started off by introducing ourselves to each other and then I jumped right in with my ever flowing string of questions.
I also loved the Noom program dashboard. I found it important to have a set time every day to check in with my dashboard, for me it was while I had my morning cup of coffee. The dashboard is your daily to-do list, which is another wonderful difference about the Noom program. With Noom Coach it is about more than just logging calories, exercise, and weight – it is about education (the teacher in me loved that). Noom’s big goal is to teach people how to live healthy and develop permanent habits so they can stay at their healthy weight because of the lifestyle changes that have been made. When you check into your dashboard you see all your daily tasks to accomplish.
The icons of a paper with glasses are articles for you to read. Once you read each article you mark it off and the icon will turn gray to show you completed the task. There were lots of good articles at the beginning on how the Noom program was set up and how it works. Then when I get through all the introductory articles I started to get great stuff. I really enjoyed one article I got on how to calculate caloric density. It was something brand new to me and I really enjoyed learning it.
In addition to all the fabulous articles you will also see trophy icons in your dashboard. These are for challenges that need to be completed. I would usually get one new challenge a day to try out and it was a good way to make me focus on something that was beneficial for my health. The challenge below came after reading how Noom classifies foods as green/go, yellow/in moderation, red/rarely. The goal was to make sure 50% of my plate was covered with foods that would be considered green foods.
Overall, I am really pleased with my experience with the Noom program. I love that it has the dashboard full of daily task to guide you (as someone who loves to-do lists), I think the focus on not just weight loss, but also education for healthy living is so crucial, and I love that you have your own personal coach there to ask questions of. Noom Coach is a winner in my book.
If you are interested in trying out the Noom Program it normally is $199 on time fee, plus $60 a month. However, the Noom program is currently offering a great down to $119 one time and just $39 monthly. Be sure to sign up for Noom Coach through this link to take advantage of the special pricing!