Hey all! I've been using Noom for the past four months or so and thought I'd give my take on it, and explain why I've ultimately decided not to renew, in case there are others like me who are debating whether to sign up, and for how long. I started Noom after a friend had amazing success on it. I had a baby earlier this year and have been struggling with some lingering baby weight. I've done keto in the past with great success, but found that to be unsustainable long term (for my life anyway). Pros: * Gentle accountability * The first eight weeks (or so) of articles were helpful * My coach was initially helpful and engaged * My group was engaged and active initially * I lost 12 lbs over 2.5-3 months Cons: * The app is a pain in the ass (Android user) and I was constantly having to click through the "Yay! X Number of Days Using Noom" streak counter every single time I launched the app; plus logging meals was clunky * The food database sucks and so much of it is wrong. The barcode scanner to add items rarely worked. * My coach largely dropped off the planet after the first month or so. Any interactions recently have felt more like a chat bot than a person. * The group started as a helpful engagement tool, but after several mergings and Group Coach changes, I felt like it wasn't reliable or useful anymore. * I started to really be annoyed by the way the articles/lessons were written. What seemed novel and kinda cute initially, started to frustrate and annoy me after a few weeks My frustrations with the app, group, and coach after the first two months, coupled with the fact that I'm in the process of moving, and cleaning out our fridge/pantry and just eating whatever is left in there to get rid of it, I've gained back a few pounds. But I'm still down about 10 overall since I started Noom. So I definitely benefited from it. But as I was looking at my upcoming renewal, I was trying to decide if it was worth it. "Eh, probably not" was my response. Maybe it is for some. My hope is that once I move, I can get back into MyFitnessPal for calorie tracking and that will help me lose this remaining 15 lbs of baby weight. But I don't plan to go back to Noom. Reddit, in general, has been far superior for group support, and MyFitnessPal + my Garmin watch the better trackers/apps.
FitBit has my favorite food and water tracker so far AND the actual heart rate monitor. But I would not have gotten to the point where any of that matters with Noom psychology lessons with typos and dad jokes.
I had never gone on a 'diet' before noom. I thought the lessons in the beginning were fantastic and has taught me tricks on how to defeat my hunger without eating high calorie foods. The 'keystone habit' articles were the most useful. Having said that, I had have had the same experience as you. I started logging my food on LoseIt! Because noom's database is terrible. I think noom gave me the lifestyle changing tools I needed, but I can continue my last ten pounds and maintenance on better calorie counting apps that don't cost as much money.
I started Noom in July and renewed once. The core of their app is the food database and it is horrendous. I’m not sure if Noom devs read social media (they should) because I made an effort on several sites to mention about how Schweppes Tonic Water is not zero calories. If you look at the database today, it is still showing as zero calories. If there is no effort to fix the database, I figured why pay for it? In fairness, Noom did work for me and my wife. I started at 190 and lost 15 and my wife started at 160 and has lost 22 - both in about 4 months. Both in our 50s and just wanted to get our BMIs below 25. We have adopted a healthy lifestyle now and see no reason to keep a subscription. There’s nothing compelling about the app.
Congrats on your baby and your weight loss! I couldn't agree more with your Cons list, these are exactly the complaints I have after only a month on Noom. Wishing you much success in continuing your journey!
This is almost exactly my experience after 3 months. I’m not planning to renew either. I’ve had some success but I’m finding the app and the way the content is written genuinely irritating now, to the point that I don’t want to use it. I’m in the process of migrating over to other apps.
Thanks for this. You summarized my experience extremely well. The tongue-in-cheek humour became very tiresome after a few weeks. I wished I could toggle the humour on or off. The food database was atrocious with incredible young low calories for many foods. I tried to report many of these errors but I had no sense that it was making a difference. I think the personal coaching may be liked by some, but I found that my coach was a parody of a bad psychologist: every answer I gave was followed by a question like “ How does this make you feel?” And, finally, while the group was initially encouraging, it grew tiresome with some people looking for group affirmation on everything they did. The good news is that I lost 15 pounds and developed better habits, but I didn’t think that a renewal was warranted.
As someone warned me before i joined, they spend way too much money on marketing which is a red flag. They clearly don't invest that money to actually make a better app and experience for users
I 100% agree with your assessment. After about 2 months I realized the best thing for me was the calorie tracker. As soon as I hit my goal weight about 2.5 months in I stopped using the app and switched to a different calorie tracker for maintenance purposes. I do think the noom program itself was helpful but I really only needed the first couple weeks articles to change my mindset. It frustrated me that (on Android at least) any time I had to type in a response it was not saved in the app in any way. I do think noom is a great way to lose weight and I like the color system. It really has changed the way I think about and eat food. I think the other reason I stuck with it is because my initial investment was so high that I didn't want to give up and "waste" the money I paid. I didn't like the app very much at all but I can't deny the program worked for me
I'm not planning on renewing my Noom subscription either. I'm still going through the lessons, and once I complete them, will tell them not to renew when the time is up. I've already stopped tracking water, exercise, and food in the Noom app, and use the FitBit app instead. I did try MyFitnessPal, and liked it a lot, but I don't want to have a lot of different apps that all do the same thing. The FitBit app does have issues with the food tracking, and is not as good as MFP, but it's a lot better than Noom. The main thing I like about FitBit over MFP, though, is tracking exercise. I would use MFP if they could sync from FitBit to MFP, but it only works the other way - MFP to FitBit. And since my watch only connects to FitBit, it doesn't make sense to enter it in manually in MFP to sync back to FitBit, and then have to delete the entry in FitBit that it got from the watch. But Noom has been the program that got me to where I am, and what I learned in it is something that I'm hoping I will carry on with once I reach my goal. Even though the lessons are written kind of lame (in my opinion), they have a lot of very good information in them. And now, the only time I go into the Noom app is for the daily lesson, so the pop-up about my progress is not a problem for me anymore.
Noom needs to buy all of MFP’s data. I never had issues logging food on that app. Also, if I accidentally click the wrong meal, it takes several clicks to exit the food menu and get back in to pick the right one.
I've been on the fence with Noom, more on the no side, can I ask which groups you are using for support (if different than this one). I need to start using MyFitnessPall again, I just upgraded my Garmin and am excited to see all the features!
This has been my experience as well, though my coaches have seemed like question bots from the get-go. The Android app is seriously awful, even lacking smaller but useful features like zooming out on your weight chart. Started only using it for the articles, since I log food, weight, steps, and exercise with other functional and syncable apps, but after it switches from the audio and seemingly well-done ones they started to feel incomplete. I paused by subscription and it gave me essentially another month before it charges me again, but I'm going to cancel before then.
Do they offer discounts when you try to cancel subscription? Asking for a friend 😆
I never even got a group. It was such a disaster. I have Digbi now through my insurance. For less money I have a human coach, got a scale, got a Fitbit and a food sensitivities test. Noom is a big bark with no bite.
Omg SAME!!! Except I moved in august. Same all the way through, sister! Since then I too have found ways to be more health-conscious on my own. Thanks for posting, made me feel less bad about not following through with another subscription
Thanks for this great review! I laughed reading it because I am a week into my new year Noom app and I find it clunky, annoying, not up to date, and in many respects unrealistic. Obviously if all I eat are fruits and vegetables I will lose weight. Do I really need an app to tell me this?? We need protein in our diets and mine allowed for barely an amount for a child. The step counter didn't update well either. The psychology is common sense if you have a brain. Not renewing for sure and will definitely try My Fitness Pal which I heard great things about.
I used noom a few years ago for 3 months. It was too pricey so I left. I didn't lose much weight bit I wasnt focused. Fast forward to this year. I was extended a percentage off for a year. My thought was OK. I got 2-3 week trial for $5 and the additional year for about $75 total. It's not perfect. I have android and the messages from group and other members has disappeared. Food log needs help but I don't eat a lot of packaged food and I weigh most food. Joined late Feb and down 55lbs. At minimum I'd like to lose at least 1 pound for each dollar I spent. I have 20 pounds left to lose by late Feb but will not be renewing either.
this was my experience after 2 months too. thanks for sharing.
Just want everyone to have an updated review of Noom, the "weight watchers for millennials" &#x200B; There is nothing about this service that is unique. There are 100 other free apps/services that do the same thing. They understand this and tout a monthly charge, but then when you sign up for a trial say "you have to switch to the monthly charge option during the free trial". That is not clear. Then when requested to refund the difference, as I was willing to try it for the full month they refused even to go that step. There is a whole option when you try and cancel that is "I didn't realize i would be paying in one lump sum" which proves this is a common issue their users have. They offered "65% off AFTER the period when I had already paid - which makes the cost $19/month. That tells me, that that is actually what there service should be valued at. &#x200B; Ultimately they are just another crap company that preys on peoples insecurities and tries to take as much of their money before they realize it's nothing unique. &#x200B; As to the actual app, it's pretty - that's all I can say. The "support" is generic" and not really personal at all. It feels cut and paste and robotic. Even if it is actual people messaging you, it's obvious they are following a script and there was no personal touch involved. &#x200B; I'm sure it "works" if you follow the instructions day to day - but again, you can get all of this value literally EVERYWHERE else.
I keep getting targeted ads from them telling me that it's the same price as a pair of shoes or twenty lottery tickets. Bitch, you think I have some kind of shoe/lottery ticket fund?!? That I'm getting bored of and looking for something else to spend it on!? Thanks for trying it, I could tell from the start that it'd be a waste of money.
I wondered about this. I've tried weight watchers last year for like 3 ish months and it was kind of depressing where lot of weeks I'd lose less than .5 even following the plans correctly. Now I've done my own thing for 3 months and I've lost 30 lbs. Thanks for letting us know
I did the free trial and agree it's not worth it. First, the red/yellow/green foods only work if it's something in the Noom database already, if I enter the calories and info for a recipe I've calculated on MFP, it won't show as a color, and that's like 80% of the food i eat. Second, the support was SUPER generic, sometimes took a day + to respond to a text and it would just be a link to the FAQ. No thanks!
I used it and at first I loved it. But when I would ask my "coach" for advice she had NOTHING to offer. I once asked for some help identifying green and yellow foods I could buy at the grocery store because I was having trouble and she sent me the same list that comes with the app when you first sign up. Nothing different that I didn't already know. I already have that "list" which wasn't even a list to begin with. They also had be identify my triggers and signs that I was falling off the healthy habits wagons: 1: not logging on the app in 2 or more days, 2: not logging my food in 3 or more days, and 3: not responding to messages from my coach in over a week. The idea was that when these things had happened my coach would know she needed to hold me accountable and be a little harsher with me. However, when they ultimately did, she sent me a message that said "You haven't been responding in a while, just wanted to let you know Im here when you need me." And that was it. The app stopped notifying me and I didn't get any messages from her. There was ZERO accountability and the everything felt so robotic, generic, and never ever really wanted to help me out. I was constantly referred to their FAQ and the PDF I got the day I signed up. It was super discouraging. I ended up cancelling after 2 months when I hadnt lost hardly any weight. Also, I used their scanner to scan everything I bought and 80 % of their food and labels wouldn't be in their system which was super frustrating. The only positive was that their app was beautiful and well made. I will give them that.
the "support" irritated the crap out of me. I canceled before the end of the two week trial. MFP and HappyScale are my go-tos now.
A lot of their food is entered incorrectly too. They have a scanner but dozens of times I scanned labels and their information was off from the nutrition label. Nooope.
I started my free trial of Noom in October - right before my grandma passed away. At that time, I knew I would be an emotional mess and would not be able to actually "try" at the program. So, I quit after the free two-week trial although I had lost 12 lbs. during those two weeks. Next came the holidays, and well, who wants to "diet" during the holidays? Amiright?! Fast forward to the new year, and I received a promo email for Noom. "Now's as good a time as any, I guess," I said to myself. Let's give it another two-week trial and see how it goes... Another 10 lbs. gone. I signed up for the official program and am set to hit my goal of losing 100 lbs. by September. I hit my first milestone yesterday, and it's the first milestone I've ever hit in my dieting life. And let me tell you, **I've been dieting since I was 15 years old.** I'm 36 now. I thought I would **BURST WITH JOY** when I saw my weight hit that first milestone line! It's not going quite as fast as I thought it would go (I'm about two weeks behind schedule on my weight loss, but I've also had some family emergencies in there, too. I'm trying to make one change at a time. First was weighing in every day. Then it was taking my lunch to work rather than eating out. Now it's logging my food. Next will be increasing my activity. One of the things I love most about Noom is that I don't personally know anyone in my "Group." I am a highly competitive person, and when I was LoseIt or MyFitnessPal with friends and family, I always felt like I was competing with my friends and family. And, if they were "beating" me at loss, I would give up. The most I ever lost in either one of those programs was 20lbs. I'm officially down 31.9lbs with Noom. In Noom, I'm just competing against myself, and if I fail miserably, the only person who knows it is me, and I can pick right back up where I left off and start anew. That is what is working for me. In the end, any of the information in any one of the dieting apps or online programs is available for free somewhere. Each person needs to evaluate how the information is delivered, how data is tracked, what support (if any) is offered, and how they're held accountable to determine which program/app/website is best for him or her. There's no right or wrong program - maybe just what works best for you. **COST:** I did, however, get a much better deal after I did the first trial and completely canceled. It took maybe a month or two for the higher % discount offer to come through. So, if you are able to do a trial and wait to really start the program, that will hopefully save you some money. I think I ended up paying around $80 for 9 months of the app, so around $9/month.
I used it for the full four months and I agree with most of what is above. However, if you read the articles and participate in the group stuff, it's more than what you get from MFP or LoseIt. I have tried NutriSystem, WW, Atkins (back in the day) and all manner of weight loss programs. I have had a more marked success with this, but YMMV. This one actually works to help you identify why and when and how you eat through self examination. It was worth the $129 for me for that. I have canceled because it definitely fell off in it's help in the 18th week. I agree with the cut and paste help from the coaches, not at all helpful for real progress.
I agree with some of your points. I did the same thing of cancelling because I did not realize it was a lump sum and then ended up paying $29 for the entire 9 month program- which I was much happier with, but also seems ridiculous that they do it that way, it is borderline fraudulent in my opinion. I also had the issues with the "support" and everything. However, I have since come to like the app because a multitude of reasons: I do enjoy the articles and tasks they give each day. They help keep me accountable and critically thinking about my journey to trying to lose weight. I think they have some really helpful tips in there weekly tasks and such. And when I said to my coach after a check in that I was struggling and she came back with a generic congratulations on your success, I replied back that she must be a robot. She then said "No, just a person who likes to focus on the positive" so I told her nothing about my message was positive and that it's fine if she doesn't give a shit about my struggles, because she was a stranger but if NOOM was going to tout itself as a coach based system then they should really get their act together because you have been less than helpful. To my surprise she agreed, and said no, she hadn't read my message really at all and actually began to give me some support, linking me to recipes and asking me to make specific goals giving me tips and ideas to achieve them. So I do suggest every person just call out there generic crappy "Coach" and tell them to start coaching. Apps like NOOM Survive on ratings and they are constantly asking to rate them. Rate them poorly if it isn't up to your standards, and perhaps they will listen to you concerns. I haven't been using it, or on this journey at all long enough, to credit them with helping me loose more than 2 pounds. But so far it is the longest I have every kept at something- including just generic trackers. I would disagree that you could get the bite sized tidbits in their articles, tests, and tasks EVERYWHERE, at least in such an easily consumable format.
I agree that the payment is weird- when I did the same cancellation option- that the lump sum was too much, it gave me the option of $29 total for 8 months! Which it originally was per month. So that gave me a shady opinion of them. But I did sign up since that didn't seem like that much money if it will help me lose weight. But, since I've been doing it for 3 weeks now I've dropped 5 lbs. I had hit a wall with CICO on my own. I do find that the articles and tips in the app do help. It helps with some of the issues I have with binge eating and emotional eating. I agree with those that say that the database isn't the greatest. For example it says in their list that while grain wraps are a "green" food but when I enter in the brand I used it comes up as "red". I mentioned this in my group chat and got no explanation from noon. I guess overall I like the approach and guidance of eating less calorie dense foods and filling up with veggies and fruits. I think it focuses on nutrition as a whole instead of just calorie numbers. When I'm counting on my own, MFP doesn't care if you eat 1400 calories of junk. I think it's better to focus on nutrition as it makes my body feel healthier.
One thing I really didn’t like about Noom was their red/yellow/green food systems. I understand the logic but classifying almonds and chocolate cake the same sounds like a recipe for disordered eating.
Noom has been great for me. It has much more structure than other programs I've tried in how it relays health and nutrition information in bite-size, easy-to-digest chunks (ha!). I'm learning a lot of useful things over time. The series of daily tasks and goals helps keep me on track. The coaching so far has been generic and obviously cut-and-paste, but since my group is so supportive I just ignore the "coach". I joined during a deeply discounted promotion thing, so I admit that makes me more blase about the parts that aren't as cost-effective. Yay for anything that works, man - if it doesn't work for you definitely try something else, but I'm glad it's worked for me so far and am really trying to internalize some of the healthy life choices I learn from there and this sub so I can keep on keepin off, so to speak.
anything targeting a subgroup of people such as "millennials" or "seniors" is probably a scam./
Is there a free app that you would recommend that is comparable to this?
I had a similar experience — I liked the lessons at first, but also the “coaching” they promised was a joke. The group chat was also not a strong community like r/loseit. it is oretty and you can still use the app to track calories and weight after you cancel.
I also tried this. I cancelled before my 2 week free trial was up. I liked the daily click throughs, but then they got boring and I got into a good routine. The logging options weren't as good as other apps out there. I've lost 15 lbs with MFP since the first of the year.
Thanks for the post. I had been wondering. I couldn't see from the advertisements any additional value beyond what you might receive almost free of charge by using MFP and a FitBit, knowing it would be impossible for any app to offer "personalised" anything.
I really really liked the articles and the idea of bite-size chunks learning, but I agree about the specialist advice. It is subpar. The group is okay and people try and support eachother but it cannot compete with this community and probably other free communities. Edit: few words for clarity
I cancelled the paid version of the app IMMEDIATELY after the articles ended and my subscription/free trial ended. I got a good deal for a free month. I hated the robo-coach and had no interest with talking to a group. I still use the free version only because I like the weight graph and Im used to it... But youre right- half the time the food is off. Or non existent. I just do my best and try to use FDA standards.
Interesting. Thanks for sparking such an interesting discussion.
I will say the app is great but the paid version is nearly worthless. As far as calorie tracking goes I find this app to be one of the most intuitive. But the coaches are a joke and provide no real value.
The diet advice isn't new but the psychological part is what sets NOOM apart. I'm not a millennial but finding it helpful to view food in a more mindful way.
Thanks for posting this as I literally read it minutes before starting the free trial, and your review was the common sense voice in the back of my head as I read through the info on the site..."Waste of MONEY!" Need to lose the weight but like some have said in previous comments this just isn't worth the monetary investment when all the same info is available for free a million other places on other sites.
You should file a complaint with the CFPB or the FTC about this. It is such a deceptive practice.
Today, I decided to give noom a shot. Long story short, I was offered a price membership plan and I denied it. An hour later I was curious so I went to their site directly (and not through an ad this time). Same membership plan and length this time was 150 dollars cheaper for 8 months. That's a huge difference. So I signed up for that. However I was denied because my email was cache for the 263 version (I never accepted the 263 version) I emailed support asking them to release my email so I could get the 126 version. They responded by pushing through the 263 version (they never read the email) So while I am trying to get this fixed, I go to their BBB site just curious how they stand with other folks. They're rated a "D." Comments are pretty bad. Believe it or not I am still considering it if they fix their error but has anyone here had amazing experiences with Noom? If so please let me know!
Yes, its completely worth, it now it has been 3 months with noon so far I getting very good result from Noom.
Noom has helped me so much. I can honestly say the ads aren't lying. My relationship with food has improved a ton, and I actually inderstand moderation now. I am still on the program, and I've learned a lot. All that being said, their pricing is anything but transparent. Your best bet is to tell your goal specialist you want to cancel after you've gotten started, then follow the link that pops up. Tell it you're canceling because you thought it would be monthly payments, not a lump sum, and it will offer you the program for $19 per month. ETA: I've lost 18 pounds so far, started late May. Sometimes it feels a little bit slow but it's definitely sustainable and that's the most important thing to me. I am not about yo-yo diets.
For me, it is. Is it something I could do myself? Yup. I can download a free food tracker. The articles don’t really say anything earth shattering. What it does is put everything in one package. A step counter, food log, color coding your food choices, a couple articles to start your day thinking healthy, a daily weight tracker so you can see your trend down, and a couple real life people to maybe make you feel like you’re supported. Is all this free if you want to put in the effort? Yup. Did I apparently succeed while doing this for free? Nope. So for me, I think it’s a benefit. I’ll prob use it for 6 months, get the weight off, and not renew and try and maintain using my own calorie tracker. But I can say that after only 2 weeks I’m down 5 pounds and feel great
I’m 10 days in and 5 pounds down. I ate Ben and Jerry’s at 2:30 am last night. I’m eating delicious and nutritious food. It’s INSANE. I can’t recommend it more. I’ve tried keto for years, IF, and so much more. My entire relationship with food was dysfunctional. Nobody taught me how to eat. Food was a respite for me; it was an indulgence and a way I soothed myself. I can genuinely say that I feel like my body has become my friend now. Instead of saying “I’ll start working out or dieting or eating better tomorrow” I’m saying “I had ranch popcorn today, if I want to have some ice cream, I’ll have that tomorrow” because the whole point is moderation. I love how it’s reframing the way I look at food. I never feel deprived and I’m holding myself 100% accountable. I don’t really talk to my coach. For me, the CBT lessons, the building a habit every day of weighing myself and doing my lessons, these are the things that are so helpful for me. If you want a quick fix or a miracle? I’d say noom isn’t it. If you’ve struggled with weight your whole life, or have a decent amount to lose and diets don’t work for you, 11/10 would recommend noom!
Yes its work for me I have stated it 2 months ago
I’ve been on Noom for just about 4 months now and have lost (and kept off) 35 pounds so far. That’s including two week long vacations where I worked on maintaining rather than actively losing AND about a 3-week long plateau/weird fluctuation due to medical stuff. I’ve tried multiple times to lose weight and, honestly, this was the only program that “stuck” with me. I think it was the way they look at food and how things are classified based on recommended portions rather than fully cutting out things. I hate diets that limit what you can eat, so that helped a lot. The app works great as a helpful guide and I’ve actually enjoyed the lessons a lot because it taught me how to think differently. However, when you join Noom, know you’ll need to dedicate time and energy to logging and being diligent! I liked Noom for being an accountability partner with my weigh-in, meal, and workout reminders. Now that I have a good routine down I’ve considered cancelling before my next renewal since I’ve learned a lot and have shown I’ve made good progress, so now I think I just need the tracking abilities from here on out. TLDR: If you already have a good plan and just need basic tracking, try something else. If you want lessons and need to change your thinking, give Noom a try.
The paid version of noom helped me lose 25 pounds in like four months last year. I was super dependent on the daily prompts and checking in with my group. I had gotten a year membership but after a few months the paid features just were not worth it because noom is amazing at training your mind how to make healthy choices and recognize trigger points for eating mindfully. After that, the only thing I used was the weight and food trackers. Maybe it was just my coach, but the coaching feature was essentially useless to me. Overall, I still use Noom to track my foods! I’ve tried so many others (MFP, WW, Loseit!, etc.) and i come back to noom every time! It really helped me recognize and break my toxic habits with using food as a crutch and reward.
I have sinup for noom 1month ago,after getting benifit from it,I didn't think I made a wrong decision.
Yes its work for me I have stated it 3 months ago
I tried about a year ago. My experience wasn't that great. After several weeks of logging food, exercise and water, I had some questions and concerns about diet food I was eating (specifically South Beach diet) and how the Noom program didn't count those types of food in the green category. When I asked my coach why the diet foods I was eating fell into the yellow and red categories, I was told that those color categories Noom provides is just a guideline and that you eat what you want. To me, that answer meant Noom wasn't as concerned about what I ate and that I have to hold myself accountable. So I cancelled Noom and I began to log my own foods and water in MyFitnessPal app for free and began my own workout routine and have lost quite a bit of weight on my own. My point is that for me, Noom sounded like it might be good, but for me paying that amount of money to not have better coaching other than "Noom is there, but it's up to you" mentality just felt off, especially with how expensive Noom could be. Over the weeks, I don't feel as though my Coach did anything to motivate me to continue. As a matter of fact, it seemed that my Coach ignored some of my messages altogether.
I can only comment on my own experience! Before I had a kid I lost weight mostly through tracking in mfp and some through Beachbody. I kindof got a mental block where if I tracked I would feel deprived so tracking often led to binging and beachbody felt overwhelming with an infant (now toddler 😭) so I gave up and decided to be overweight. A friend's therapist actually recommended Noom to her, she tried it and said she binging had basically disappeared so I figured I would give it a shot. I signed up for the free two weeks after I got a good offer in my email, like $120 Canadian for three or four months, thinking I would just do the two weeks and probably quit anyways. I started tracking and polished off a Costco sized tub of chocolate covered raisins and gained a few pounds. I talked to my coach and she suggested trying some of the healthier alternatives offered in the program instead of the chocolate covered raisins. I had frozen bananas so I made the banana and oats "cookies," and that's when I saw a turning point for me. The coaches, the lessons, the philosophy just felt doable to me. Long story short, I'm down 25 lbs now, I'm past my goal and really didn't feel like I was missing out. I did not lose weight everyday, but I trended downward and this feels like a lifestyle now. Some food for thought before diving in, the coaches are somewhat handcuffed to the script because it's been proven to work, they're slow to respond, but they want to see you succeed. Be direct about what you need from them. The logger isn't the greatest, get a cheapo food scale and just weigh everything. Threaten to cancel and they'll give Noom to you for $20/month. If you've had a kid in the last 24 months they have a new mom's program and you might get a year free. VeryWellFit has a nutrition calculator for recipes. Using the recipes in the app are both delicious and easy for logging though. People I saw sharing to the group, even if it felt like screaming into the void as someone said in here, or on this subreddit tended to be more successful. Try keeping up on the lessons, get them out of the way as early in the day as you can!
I'm still undecided. If you really want to lose weight it will help. But if you really really want to lose weight you could just start food logging and read into the psychology of weight loss. If you need motivation to do that then I suppose noom is worth it. I'm not amazed by it yet,, but it is early days and I have lost weight already so I do hope I will also get to read a few tips etc. To interest and inspire me.
I love it because there are so many conflicting diets out there, and yeah they all work if you work really hard at them. But keto just didn’t do it for me last time I tried, even though it had worked in the past. I was frustrated and just worked into a corner. I just want someone to help me. Noom is helping a lot. And once the pounds start coming off, it’s undeniable. Chasing more good things for myself and that’s bled into other areas of my life. But everyone is different. I feel very lucky to have bought into the hype.
If it leads to the outcome you want, yes. I’m tracking my calories every day because of it. I’ve had myfitnesspal in my phone for 10 years. For whatever reason this is working. And I’ve wasted this amount of money on stupid things before. If the $160 leads to the outcome I want, it will be well worth it.
I am having a great experience with it. I don’t have anything to compare it to as it’s my first diet/lifestyle program whatever it’s called but I’m in the middle of my 4th week and I’ve lost 10lbs, I’m way more active then I’ve been in like a decade! It’s showing me how to change my thinking around food. I would highly recommend. Definitely worth it ETA: they explain a lot of stuff about why your body behaves the way it does during a diet and why you sometimes stall (a plateau), things that many ppl would have experienced with other diets and given up - but you don’t with Noom coz it tells you why and gives you tool and tips to help push through. There’s no shaming no foods are off limits. If I think of something else I will try and add another edit
I am glad that noom can help some people but they use very nefarious means to suck you in. I made some inquiries, decided it was not for me and and am now being pestered to 'join for free' for 14 days. Except you have to give your bank details and pay $1. Why? So that they can then charge you $199 at the end of 14 days (for a period of 6 months at so much per week but paid up front). Easiest $200 they ever made and I assume they do it over and over again. And despite asking them to stop messaging me they do not. Noom is constantly at the top of recommended apps for weight loss and 'wellness' and I would like to see an independent inquiry as to why. They are worth over $2 billion in a very short time. I know plenty of online companies use this method but does that make it OK?
I found it was too expensive once I signed up so I cancelled to my coach and a generic automated link comes up and pushes you through to a cancellation page. They will send you an offer just before you cancel and offer you the full programme for 19$/ month (paid each month). It’s definitely a lot more manageable (: Noom also led me to intermittent fasting which has helped me lose 3lbs within one week! That’s been pretty exciting!
Week 3 for me. 8 lbs lighter. I am understanding that food is not all there is to life and moderation is the key. I have 32 lbs to go and plan on keepin' on keepin' on until I reach that goal and beyond. Good luck to you and your journey!
I tried it for a bit but counting calories and seeing foods listed as red was really upsetting for me. I don’t have a ton to lose (15lbs) so I cancelled and signed up for weight watchers instead. I’m having a much better experience and losing consistently. Noom was only allowing me 1100 calories per day was made me kind of ragey, especially since I workout every day
I like it but I don't lose weight under self imposed pressure. They refunded me full amount without any hassle after gaining weight on program. Mybweight gain documented using Ihealth scales that connect with Noom. I got them on Amazom.
Yes, I know I'm just a guy on the internet, but I'd really, really recommend it. For what it's worth, my brother was semi-senior on the counseling side at Noom almost since they were just a startup. He was so, so, into the company, because he's a do-gooder and was excited to have found a company that was legit. From their internal numbers even, they find users (that try even a little) have way better results than any other program.
Why do these comments all feel like they were made by noom employees lol
I signed up for a trial and while I think the program has benefits, I just think the app and interface needs work when you consider the price tag. For context, I have been a long time user of LoseIt Premium and have dabbled in MFP. Pros: - I like the idea that you take daily modules to encourage mindfulness in thinking about food, and that the general focus of these is on moderation and small changes. - Gradually building up activity is smart and leads to more sustainable improvements over time. I found that seeing only moderately higher steps than the day before made it feel more achievable. - The premise of 1:1 coaching helps with accountability especially if they give you direct feedback on your foods. -I really did see an uptick in my consumption of green foods and I think the color coding is what drove this. Cons: - The database is awful. There are so many missing foods and often they’re coded as the wrong color, which you can report but it is frustrating to do that again and again. Support wasn’t super helpful on this front and said it happens often, but I’d expected the color coding to be the differentiator from the free apps. - adding and editing recipes is super clunky. It takes several clicks to get back to a recipe if you realize you need to edit portions or ingredients and the only way to do it is to add a new item to your food diary (i.e. there isn’t a Recipes section you can visit to see all of the custom recipes you’ve added) - no previous meals feature, which would be helpful if you have the same thing every day - navigation on the main page is wonky. It takes two clicks to get to a page that shows you how many calories you have left, and you have to click on the analyze button to see it. I realize this isn’t a huge deal but it loses on app interface to LoseIt, which is visually simple and gives you all the info you need for quick reference if you’re planning your meals for the rest of the day. - the coaching feature is a joke. They hardly ever answered my questions and pointed me to boilerplate resources. It felt like talking to a lazy bot. This is supposed to be a differentiator for Noom and the quality didn’t feel like it was giving me the bang for the buck. - Noom coins make no sense as an incentive because you can’t trade them in for anything. - it is expensive for what you get vs what’s available out there on other apps for free or much less. On sale I can get LoseIt Premium for $20 for an entire year and it does basically the same thing, less the audio modules, but with a more complete database and better user interface. You can also do LoseIt or MFP for free. Overall, my experience was fine with Noom but my takeaway is that no, it’s not worth it.
I find the program childish. This is my 4th attempt to cancel and they have again dinged my account. All I can assume is that they are thieves who have set up a grift to steal from unsuspecting and vulnerable seekers. They should be ashamed of themselves. A warning to potential and current users - you are being scammed.
I just stumbled upon this today after shelling out and I feel better. I was pretty scared to drop so much money on something like this, but I feel better seeing all this success! I'm feeling more confident and empowered :3 Thanks again, everyone ❤
It's great, despite being deeply flawed. I've lost over 3 st and have not had any issues with being hungry throughout. When eating out, you just need to make some smart choices, maybe plan it into your calorie budget for the day and think about your order ahead of time. Same is true for alcohol, but tbh this has been more of an issue for me (bc I'm stuck in my ways on this, more than any issue with Noom). The weight loss just comes from running a calorie deficit, but Noom teaches you how to change your habits and thinking so that this is a lot easier and more sustainable. I 100% recommend it!
I think hunger is driven by your food choices. Eating sugar will send your blood sugar soaring, with a subsequent crash and then raging hunger a few hours later. Bread, pasta, and starchy foods like potatoes will do the same. If you choose satiating foods (proteins, healthy fats) and get enough fiber and non-starchy vegetables, your blood sugar should remain stable, and hunger will be manageable. Noom doesn’t forbid any foods, or eating out. It provides a suggestion that you consume a higher volume of “green” foods (low calorie density). You can follow this suggestion, or change it up to whatever works best for you. It ultimately comes down to counting calories, and logging your food. You can choose the speed you want to lose. Choosing the fastest speed gives you about 1200 calories a day, which many find too extreme and hard to stick to. Exercise will increase that amount. I recommend choosing a slower speed to increase your calorie budget and the chances you’ll stick to it. Remember that restaurant food is *loaded* with salt, and can slow your progress. Noom doesn’t talk much about sodium, and soup is even a “green” food. Salt has no calories, but it can definitely cause you to hold on to water, making you “gain” pounds, which can be demoralizing. If you do eat at a restaurant or have a higher salt day, follow it up with lots of water, and perhaps a day of eating less salt. A high carb day will also cause you to hold water, so I think it’s best to keep those to a minimum to avoid frustration on the scale. Noom gives you daily lessons, a coach that checks in with you regularly, a group messaging board, and a place to log your food, water, and exercise. The logging function is mediocre… there are much better apps for logging food. Some find the lessons annoying, the coaching more like a bot, and the groups worthless. Bottom line is that you will get out of if what you put into it. There’s nothing magical about it…you still have to put the work in. For me, the coach is *the* thing that is keeping me on Noom- the thing I lacked before. I know how to lose weight on my own- I’ve done it countless times! But having someone who checks in with me regularly and actually *wants* to talk to me about how I’m doing… that’s what I lacked and apparently really needed. You know yourself best… do the trial and see if it clicks for you.
The diet part of Noom is really not much different than other diet plans. You keep track of what you eat, and try to eat less a couple/few hundred calories less than what you burn for the day. Other than surgery, this is the way to lose weight. Noom does it with color code system, with "high caloric density" foods (those with higher calories per unit of measure) in the red group, "low caloric density" foods in the green group, and those in-between in the yellow group. The idea is to eat more low caloric density foods to feel fuller during the day, but it's still OK to eat high caloric density foods, but in moderation. They don't restrict anything from your diet. You don't have to worry about fiber content, sodium intake, or anything else. But, most foods in the green group happen to have healthy levels of these. This doesn't mean that healthy foods cannot be in the red or yellow groups, though. Avocados, for example, are in the yellow group because they contain a lot of fat (good fats, though) that do add more calories. So those should be eaten in moderation. The part that really sets Noom apart from other plans (IMO) is the daily lessons they assign to you. These take you through the science and psychology of eating, and teach you how to eat more mindfully. Where other diet plans end once you reach your goal, Noom teaches you a new lifestyle so when you reach your goal, you can keep the weight off by continuing to eat properly, and not put the weight off. One example you learn on the first day is to weigh yourself everyday. This creates a new habit for you, and allows you to keep an eye on your weight, making adjustments if you see it progressing back up. And that's really the idea - PROGRESS, not day-to-day numbers. This is all taught to you through the lessons, along with many other "tricks" you can use to keep the weight off. Can you still eat out and have alcohol? Sure you can. There are no restrictions. But it teaches you how to to do mindfully, and not let other people decide what you eat and drink. One of the "psych tricks" they teach you is if you are eating out with others, order first before they do. Then you don't have to worry about trying to match what they are having. If everyone else is ordering burgers, you may be tempted to have one yourself. But ordering before them, you can order with no temptation based on what they are eating. And restaurants are notorious for serving large portion sizes. Noom also teaches you that you don't have to clean your plate. If you have food left over, you can always take it home and warm it up for another meal the next day of you want. Or just let them throw it out of you want. And if you end up gaining a little bit of weight from overindulging, Noom teaches you that it's OK and you are not a failure. We are only human after all, and humans do make mistakes. So just pout that behind you, keep your "Big Picture" in mind, and continue on. (And no, it's not an excuse to fail all the time. You'll never reach your goal if you take that attitude.) For me, I've tried other pans in the past, and I gave them up after just a few weeks. But I've been doing Noom now for over 5 months, and have lost about 65 pounds in that time. I still have a long way to go, but I'm confident that using what I've learned with Noom, I can get to my goal. In fact, one of the lessons a few months into the program even states that they hope you don't renew your subscription with them. Even if you're not at your goal yet, you should have the skills to get you there without them.
I just started It’s day 2 for me, the fist day of tracking. I did the reading (less tedious than listening to the lessons) and have been tracking food and water. A BIG thing for me was, I actually measured my food. I weighed cheese. My lunch was delicious, satisfying, and tracked…. And I didn’t eat a brick of cheese with. So far, that’s a win for me.
Others have given more detailed reviews, but what Noom has really done for me is help me start when I didn’t feel like I could. By that I mean that I felt like I “couldn’t” lose weight because I never had done so in an intentional and healthy way. Now I’ve lost nearly 10 lbs in about 5 weeks. I think that Noom is a good program if losing weight feels difficult or impossible to you, but you’re ready to commit to the journey. If you’re more experienced it may feel tedious.
If you have lost weight before, but have never been able to stick with it, Noom can help you to understand yourself better and give you the tools to actually change your life. You gotta be ready for it and you gotta lean in though. You have to do the work. It's not magic. Cons are they set most people's calorie budgets too low, but that's an easy thing to change. Also their volume eating is not for everyone. It's a tool to help you stay within your calorie budget, but if you're able to do it without the stupid colors, then you're good. So if you already know you can lose weight and you know what works for you, then do that and Noom helps you with the psychology aspect to help you make lasting change that withstands what real life has to throw at you, which is the key thing missing in all other weight loss plans. So if the what to do isn't hard, but the HOW THE FUCK DO I STICK WITH IT??? is, then Noom finally offers that.
I’m a little bit new to this program and enjoy it so far. It’s something of a diet along the lines of Weight Watchers (just in that it gets you to think about red, yellow and green category foods) but without the points system, and gets more into the WHY your eating habits are what they are. The psych aspect has been fun so far. My biggest complaint is the food tracker isn’t nearly as user friendly or well put together as some that are on the market. I’m on the road a decent amount and can’t find basic fast food items at times in the tracker (Dunkin’ and Chic-Fil-A were recent misses for me). If you’re going to sign up, definitely look for discount codes! *edit* fixed spelling and whatnot. Needed coffee lol
Honestly, Noom isn’t for everyone and I learned that the hard & expensive way. I’ll lay out some pros and cons I wish someone told me before starting Noom and hopefully that will help you make a decision. Pros: Noom makes you very conscious of your food choices and the reasoning behind them. They focus mainly on calorie deficit which sounds a little scary at first but isn’t actually bad at all. After about a month you’ll get used to tracking foods and planning for meals so you can stay full all day and meet your green/yellow/red daily goals. Noom also provides you with a personal coach and a group that you can talk to for motivation and advice. I really enjoyed that aspect of it because it makes you feel like you’re not alone. Cons: Noom simply is not for everyone. I joined while already dieting and eating in calorie deficit. I also was already pretty active upon joining (weight training 5-6 days a week, walking to classes, running occasionally). I think this is why Noom didn’t work for me. If you take their quiz prior to signing up, you’ll see a date where they promise you’ll hit your goal weight. In my case, I was only trying to lose 35 pounds and it told me in 4 months I would. After committing to the program however, I lost an initial 10 pounds in a month then nothing for the next 2. Noom doesn’t account for plateaus and all my coach had to say was “you’re still doing great”. It was honestly depressing and ultimately led me to deleting the app and getting a refund. Now, I track my macros with myFitnessPal and eat more red foods than Noom allowed and I actually saw weight loss for the first time in 8 weeks. I think that’s just because Noom wasn’t right for a 21 year old active college kid who wasn’t trying to lose a lot of weight to begin with. Overall, worth a try but genuinely depressing once that goal weight date gets pushed weeks back. I would suggest tracking your food first using myFitnessPal, and if your caloric intake is higher than you’d prefer then try Noom because that’s what they’ll help you with.
I'm on day 74! I've lost weight as expected. I'm actually less hungry than I was before I started trying to lose weight, because now I know how to eat foods that make me feel full. Definitely allows eating out and alcohol and gives strategies for eating out. It's working for me! I think it's worth a shot. I was pretty hesitant to try it but I'm really happy I did. It's been a very healthy experience for me as someone who has always been afraid to try to lose weight.
I think it's worth it for a brief period. I used the paid version for 2 months, did the lessons every day (even though I thought they were cringey), used the meal tracking to first learn what my current habits were and found ways to improve them while also loving what I ate and not feeling restricted. I used a Garmin watch to track my steps so I never actually entered any work outs and tried to stay in budget- I have a sedentary job and I was only walking so I didn't find it significant enough to enter in and get the extra calories. My life became a bit rigid for a while, eating one of two meals for breakfast every day, snacking on veggies and hummus, finding calorie wise meals (I aim for around 700cals because my husband works an active job) but i lost 45lbs.
Its expensive for what it is. The lessons are great but its ultimately a food tracker encouraging you to stick to a certain level of calories, which you could do for free with fatsecret or cronometer app. I am now doing low carb but still completing the lessons and using the tracker, but wont bother to renew again.
I really like it. As others have said, weight loss is self is not a magical concept. On some level it is calories in vs. calories out. For all of us who have gained weight, we’ve taken in more than we have expended. If it were easy to lose, that understanding would be enough and we could just do the opposite. But it turns out that’s really really hard for many of us. Why? That’s what Noom offers that is unique. I have a much better understanding of why I wasn’t on track and they have given me strategy upon strategy of how to figure out what does work for me. I lose a pound a week (way slower than I was initially “promised”) but I’m happy and I don’t feel like I am dieting or hungry. So that rate works for me. Plus I’m way more active now. I wasn’t successful in doing this for myself so I’m very happy with Noom. Lastly, they make you weigh yourself daily. First I was put off with this but then came to realize daily changes don’t mean much and it made me much more relaxed about the ups and downs along the way. Good luck!
I lost 35 pounds on noom by following the steps religiously. I even allowed myself weekly cheat meals. I’ve gained some back but only because it my own doing
I have liked it. I lost 20 pounds on it and it has helped me make lifestyle changes that I think I can keep up. It's been about 6 months since I've done it and am still working on the last 5-7 pounds I want to lose, but I have my membership for a year, so it'll be good for me to go back and review the lessons in January when I get motivated again to finish reaching my goal. I love that it's not a fad diet but a lifestyle change. Honestly it was just what I was looking for as someone who doesn't believe in diets.
I got removed from my group when i fell back a bit and wasnt at the same level regarding lessons etc. I found that very demotivating since i enjoyed seeing their progress and now wonder they didnt inform me. I just realised over time that i no longer got notifications. I felt excluded which did not encourage me at all, as well ad feeling a little ripped off since i paid the same as everyone else. Im still using it for now until the subscription ends, but i dont think its anything special.
I was never hungry because Noom wasnt about deprivation. I used to binge eat in the evening, instead i ate a whole grain PBJ, so i didnt feel hunger pains, just not the pleasure of icecream. after about 10 days i no longer wanted or needed any food in the evenings. It was a great bridge for me, because every diet before would leave me insanely hungry The main thing I learned was balance and moderation. I went to a kids birthday party, i had a big slice of pepperoni pizza and a huge slice of ice cream cake. I balanced that out with grilled chicken,veggies, whole grain rice for dinner. I used to give up and binge eat for "slipping" and changing that mentality, to no, you can have the cake just balance and plan it.