So here we are, it’s the 9th of January 2020 and my Noom App has just congratulated me for making it through the first week of the programme *little happy dance*
So where am I at? How has the week been? And perhaps most importantly, have I lost any weight?
Well, here’s a little snapshot of some of the things I’ve covered with Noom this week.
I met my goal specialist, Mark
At the start of my programme, I answered a few questions about the kinds of things that keep me motivated and what I would need if I fell off track. The answers to these questions helped Noom to match me with my goal specialist, a real-life human, not a robot, who would help me set goals and find ways to work towards them. The information I gave Noom resulted in me being paired with Mark, we’ve spoken a couple of times in these first 7 days and he sends me high fives for logging my meals and being active through the App. Here’s an example of our first conversation.
I weighed myself for the first time in a long time
Although weighing yourself is just one way to measure weight loss progress and some people prefer not to focus too much on the scales at all, there is evidence to suggest that those who weigh themselves every day are more likely to lose weight than those who don’t. Noom encourages its users to incorporate weighing themselves into their morning routine as a way to track their progress, which meant, dusting off my scales (or ordering a new set off Amazon as I’d somehow lost mine) and facing up to the number before me. The truth is, the number wasn’t as bad as I had first thought it would be, and actually having faced it I felt a lot better about seeing it again for the next couple of weeks.
I started logging my meals
When it comes to weight loss there’s no denying that diet is perhaps the single biggest factor, which is why food logging is an important part of the Noom programme. You may have tried food logging before with apps such as My Fitness Pal, or Lifesum, but I can tell you that Noom’s food logging platform is the best I’ve used and focuses less on calories and more on eating a good amount of ‘green’ foods, a decent amount of ‘amber’ foods and a small amount ‘red foods’. Noom explains this better than I can, so here are a few screenshots from one of their learning segments explaining the theory behind their green, amber and red approach.
Believe it or not, I actually really enjoy logging my meals and I find it a real source of motivation. There’s something so satisfying about seeing the breakdown of my foods into their green, amber or red sections and it has helped me overcome food distortions about ‘bad’ foods and I now feel more comfortable knowing that I can have anything in moderation. Here’s how the food logging section looks in the app, starting with the option to log foods under different meal times, how the colour analysis looks, and an example of what it looks like when you add a portion of food.
I learned about my eating habits
Every day you open the Noom programme you’ll see a set of tasks, these often include a couple of educational articles to read, prompts to log your food and to weigh-in as well as quizzes to test your learning.
In these first 7 days I’ve learned about the caloric densities of certain foods, what kind of eater am I (spoiler I’m an emotional eater), what kind of though distortions I have and how to combat them and the importance of walking more throughout the day. I’ve also created an SOS plan in case I need a bit of extra encouragement throughout the programme, worked out my ‘ultimate why’ and created my first SMART goal. Now Noom knows that we’re all busy people and all they ask is that we commit 10 minutes a day to completing our tasks, which is why they’re all laid out in an easily digestible format and can also all be saved of later should we want to return to them at a later date. Here’s an example of how a task looks:
So what were the results of week 1?
Well, I’m proud to say that simply logging my foods, reading the articles, believing in the programme and showing up to put 10 minutes in every day has resulted in a week one loss of 1.2kg. But losing that first increment of weight is just the tip of the iceberg. The last 7 days have reignited my passion for cooking from scratch, have motivated me to get out more and keep my step count up, have left me feeling less bloated in the mornings and have made me excited to continue on the programme.
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