Noom? What's it all about?

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ALemonyPea Mon 16-Dec-19 15:27:07

I've seen it advertised loads lately, is it just calorie counting? Was thinking of signing up after Christmas for the free 14 day trial.

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Isbutteracarb Tue 17-Dec-19 16:56:15

Also interested so placemarking!

Justkeeprollingalong Tue 17-Dec-19 17:39:04

Me too

Loopytiles Tue 17-Dec-19 20:45:27

I did this from June to October.

Yes, it’s calorie counting with more foods that have a lot of volume/nutrition for the calories, they’re labelled red/amber and green. I found this v useful to start off with, raised my awareness of how to eat well and feel satisfied, eg most cereals and white bread etc is red.

The main element of Noom IMO is daily info about the science/psychology of weight loss. Lots and lots of useful tips and info, but at times could be very heavy going to read IMO. Tricky language, took about 15-20 mins a day and quizzes, without doing any of the recommended thinking/writing tasks.

The calorie counting took around 15 mins a day too, but the food database is much more limited than My Fitness Pal.

You’re assigned a “coach” who encourages you to set goals: very formulaic. Puts everything back to you.

And a group chat thing, with a “group coach” posting, v few participants post.

You’re required to weigh in daily.

I found the information and food categories good, and lost around 20lbs, but have put around 7lbs back on since stopping. Getting to goal really freaked me out somehow and went back to binge eating.

It’s not designed to help with binge eating issues. The coaches ignored comments/Qs about bingeing. The discipline of logging was useful for me, and eating enough to feel well.

So a mixed review from me!

I preferred it to weight watchers and slimming world, but not to my fitness pal which is what I plan to return to.

ALemonyPea Tue 17-Dec-19 21:52:36

Thanks! I like the support bit, sometimes I think it's needed for myself. Might give it a whirl.

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ringletsandtwiglets Thu 26-Dec-19 13:04:46

@ALemonyPea, you can do a trial for two weeks, where you choose how much you want to pay. I think it's meant to be £16, but you can choose £1 or £8 or the full amount for your trial.

I did it for a week but found the advice a bit patronising. I'm still not entirely sure whether my 'mentor' was a real person or just an automated message every day.

MFP works just as well for free.

Chihaha Thu 26-Dec-19 13:08:32

I started this and found it to be shit. It focuses on volume - I'd go for calorie counting on mfp over wasting money on this.

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RandomMess Thu 26-Dec-19 13:21:55

I read that the on line support was only available 9-5 so not much use if it's evenings you struggle with!

Gemma2019 Thu 26-Dec-19 16:25:11

I use Noom and it's the best thing I've ever done for my health. It's not just a diet as such, it's calorie counting but it's a full wellness program with articles and training all designed to help you create better habits and lead a healthier life. It focuses on the mental aspect of losing weight as well as the physical aspect.

I've been doing it since March and I've lost almost 60lbs and no longer have binge eating disorder. I'll never regain the weight as I no longer crave crap foods. I've never looked or felt better.

You do have to stick to it rigidly, don't skip any articles and follow the advice. There's a FB group called the Unofficial Noom weight loss support group or something like that, and that is much better than the app's support group.

You can do a free two week trial to see if you like it, but you don't get a group coach or goal specialist until you are on the paying program. It's rubbish that the support is only 9-5 as the team are based in California.

Gemma2019 Wed 01-Jan-20 14:31:16

If anyone does fancy trying Noom, I've been sent a discount code - HOLIDAYS - which takes off about 80%, bringing the price down to $75 total for the year

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