So, I’m trying Noom, the weight loss app thing, and here’s my honest review after the first week.
Warning: I’m going to whine about it!
First, let me explain a bit about why I’m trying Noom.
The last time I dieted was in the 7th grade and I’m not kidding. I’ve always been able to exercise a few times a week, eat what I want within reason, and stay within 5-10 lbs of the weight I was on my driver’s license at age 16. But as I approach my 50th birthday and “The Change”, aka menopause, this is no longer the case. Waaaaaah.
I’m about 10 pounds heavier than I’ve ever been, except when pregnant, and it only took me a couple years to get this way. I haven’t done anything different except get older.
So I decided to try Noom, which is a program 100% in an app on your phone. It consists of articles with tips and encouragement, plus logging your food and exercise each day.
Surprise! Noom is a diet
Even though they sell you that it’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with the articles and far-out thinking about life, Noom is a diet. For me, Noom instructs me to eat 1300 calories a day rather than > 2,000 calories. You can read all the CBT articles you want in the Noom app, but if you limit your calories, then that’s why you’re going to lose weight.
So I don’t like that it’s a diet, because I was hoping it was something more. Truly, I need guidance about eating better. You do log your snacks and meals and your foods show up as green (good), yellow (meh) or red (NO!). I’m just getting the hang of that and will save my comment for a later time.
Also, I don’t like the price. It’s weird. I’m paying $10 for a 2-week trial and then my plan is prepaid $74.25 for 2 months. But others got a free trial and then have to prepay for 4 months. Huh? And no matter how hard you Google, you can’t find a solid answer to how much it costs.
Then there is the upsell. Noom is like the salesperson at the car dealership that tries to get you to buy the floor mats and paint protection. Noom tries to upsell you on things like menu plans that are on top of the price of the program.
Also, they ask me at least once a day to refer a friend and get $20. Like, I’m on Day 5 and I’m hungry, and why would I try and sign up my friends when I don’t even want to tell them that I’m getting old and developing a soft middle? (Note: I did not even link to the Noom program in this post because I’m a bad salesperson.)
So there you have it. My whiny baby review of Noom, the first week. Stay tuned to see if I can stick it out! Or if I become all body positive and just love my midlife self!