The ‘Noom Diet’ Has Been Dubbed A Game Changer For Weight Loss

The ‘Noom Diet’ Has Been Dubbed A Game Changer For Weight Loss

by | Jan 9, 2019

Every (wo)man and her dog is talking about the Noom eating regime right now. It even beat ‘vegan,’ ‘paleo’ and ‘intermittent fasting’ to take out the number one spot on Google’s 2018 Top Trending Diets #YearInSearch list.

But what does it entail and why are 47 million people worldwide hooked on it, exactly? Here’s everything you need to know.

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What is the Noom diet?

Primarily, Noom is an app that contains handy digital tools (such as a food diary, meal planner and fitness tracker) to help users keep track of their calorie consumption. It also comes with personalised one-on-one health coaching to facilitate behavioural change around food and exercise.

When signing up online, users are asked a series of questions about their body type, goals and activity levels. They are then provided with a program that’s inspired by the traffic light-system. For example, foods with low-calorie densities are labelled ‘green’ and are supposed to make up the majority of your day on a plate. While ‘yellow’ foods are to be eaten moderately, and ‘red’ foods only on occasion.

It’s similar to the way Weight Watchers points are logged in that nothing is off limits. Instead, it’s about consuming all foods mindfully and in moderation. 

“This colour-coding takes both the quantity and quality of food into account,” Adam Fawer, Noom’s CEO told Shape. “Even ‘red’ foods are expected to make up a fair allotment (about 25 per cent) of your daily caloric intake.”

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Here’s a sample of each category:

Green

                        Apples

                        Coffee

                        Egg whites

                        Nonfat yogurt

                        Oatmeal

                        Skim milk and nut milk

                        Sweet potatoes

                        Tomatoes

Yellow

                        Avocados

                        Beans

                        Beer

                        Eggs

                        Grilled poultry and seafood

                        Hummus

                        Low-fat cheeses

                        Quinoa

Red

                        Beef

                        Bacon

                        Cake

                        French fries

                        Full-fat cheeses

                        Pizza

                        Nut butter

                        Wine

What makes Noom different from all other diet apps out there?

According to Fawer, it’s the accountability factor. Users have someone constantly checking in on their progress to motivate them and keep things on track.  

“Noom users develop a meaningful one-on-one relationship with their coach, who schedules the basic sessions, checks in to praise them and keep them accountable, and takes a personal interest in their progress,” he explained.

Essentially, it’s about making small positive changes daily that, overtime, lead to long-term results.

“Participants in our program learn how to outsmart their own impulses, which means they’re learning skills that will stick with them after they stop using Noom,” he added.  

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