Noom: psychology changed my relationship with food

I knew that for me, making food-related changes was as much a mental challenge as it was physical, so I subscribed to Noom. Noom is a behavior change program focused on sustainable healthy eating and weight loss. If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably seen their ads all over social media.

Let me start by stating very clearly that Noom is not a diet. I learned about the psychological aspects of our eating and exercise habits and how to counteract some of the unhealthy habits I had acquired. If you’re a paying member, you have access to their daily articles, a goal specialist, a group coach and recipes. Some aspects of the program are better than others, but it’s all a matter of personal preference. 

I found the articles to be incredibly helpful until those near the end of the program. Many people don’t find those as helpful and feel a bit burnt out of the articles by then. I’d say I got a decent 2-3 months of articles that helped me though and that was worth the investment to me. It was enough to change my relationship with food and the scale, which made a huge impact on me. 

Additionally, there is a Noom Facebook group that is really supportive. It can be helpful to feel like you’re on a health-focused journey with others, and many of the posts are incredibly motivating! I’d say the biggest impact on me has been my mindset shift. I eat and exercise with intention now, one day at a time, and I don’t let mishaps deter me. 

A big example of this is how I measure progress. I used to only care about the scale but as I started Noom, I also decided to track my body measurements and take photos as alternative indicators. I no longer feel anxious stepping on my scale because I do it every day. I see the number rise and fall daily which desensitizes me to those types of changes. I care more about the trend now as I work to get into a healthier weight range. Most importantly, I know that regardless of physical changes like measurements or weight, I am making healthier choices for my body and that is a win in itself.

Now, for anyone considering Noom, I will say that there are a few downsides, in my opinion. I don’t agree with how low the calorie goals are in Noom. You can change the settings depending on how quickly you’d like to reach your goal weight but I definitely think 1,200 calories is too low for anyone.

The food database has plenty of inaccuracies too, which really frustrates some people. I found that it was accurate enough for my situation in the beginning as I didn’t buy a food scale or measure my portion sizes. For someone who wants to be more precise though, it may be worth using another tracking tool like MyFitnessPal or Cronometer. I currently use MyFitnessPal and I definitely prefer it.

I was fine with estimations and slightly slower progress initially as I knew if I went too precise, I’d likely burnout from the process. I wasn’t doing this for weight loss to begin with though, but rather I wanted to build healthier habits for myself and for a potential pregnancy, so my motivations may be different than yours. All in all, I would recommend Noom for the psychology lessons alone because mindset is half the battle and it really helped me reframe my relationship with food.

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