When I first started my Noom journey, I candidly didn't get the hype. How different could another weight loss plan be? But I quickly realized the brilliance in Noom was that it isn't really about counting calories and fixating on dieting, it's about retraining my brain. The gist of the program so far is that every day, I spend about 5-10 minutes doing mini-lessons on the app. I'm learning to rewire the way I think about food, mindless eating, and curbing my bad habits.
I've found this approach has been incredibly effective in stopping my sweet tooth. I used to get a daily 4pm sugar craving and would satisfy it by eating anything sugary in the pantry. Now, I can (and have) walk by a plate of cookies or a cake mid-afternoon without even wanting a taste. If you know my love of candy, that's really saying something. I really love Noom and my personal coach so far. Admittedly, it's a little pricey, but I look at it as an investment in my health.
Here are the best takeaways I've learned so far:
1. Drink a gallon of water per day. I was a bad water drinker in the past, but I've found that using a cup with a straw allows me to consume a lot more water throughout the day. It's made my skin look much brighter and helped to make me feel fuller. Yeah, it's a cliche, but it works.
2. Walk outside for an hour, no matter the weather. I know it's cold, but I've started really looking forward to my post-work walks. They're great to clear my head and escape the house. It's also obviously burning calories.
3. Go green. I've created a game out of trying to maximize my green foods on Noom. These foods fill you up, have the most nutrients, and are basically freebie foods. When my 4pm sugar crash hits, I can eat as many strawberries or oranges as I like, without busting my daily budget.
4. Spice it up. Tajin is the real hero of my Noom journey. I sprinkle a little of the chili-lime salt on pineapple, strawberries, or oranges for a delicious afternoon snack. These chili crisps are technically on the red Noom list, but a little goes a long way. It's not an exaggeration to say that these are some of the best sauces I've ever had. They have me looking forward to every meal, which is nice when you're on a diet.
5. Log in daily, but don't quit if you can't. I try to log all my meals in Noom to create accountability. That said, I don't beat myself up if I miss a meal or two.
Breakfast: Banana Cookie Overnight Oats, coffee, and 32 ounces of water. These oats are on the green list (except for the chia seeds) and they're delicious. They're filling enough to make it to lunch and they never make me feel like I'm missing out.
Morning Snack: Carrots and hummus with a teaspoon of Moroccan Chili Crisp and 16 ounces water.
Afternoon Snack: Oranges or pineapple with Tajin sprinkled on top with 16 ounces water.
Dinner: Baked Brussels sprouts and asparagus, Instant Pot pork shoulder, strawberries, and 32 ounces water.
After dinner: Hour-long walk
Dessert (optional): Banana with sugar-free peanut butter.
So far, Noom is exceeding my expectations. It's something I can see myself sticking with even after I hit my goal. I love the accountability and the gamification of the app. Try it yourself and sign up today!