Today I am writing about something near and dear to my heart- The Noom Diet Plan. I used the Noom Weight Loss App and finished the whole program, so I wanted to answer a common question that I get about Noom: What do you actually EAT on the Noom Diet? If my articles help you make the decision to join Noom, I would love it if you would join through my affiliate referral links, which I use throughout this article.
People ask me things like:
But one of the most common things people want to know is, What do you eat on the Noom Diet?
What is The Noom Diet Plan?
For starters, for anyone who is TOTALLY new to it, Noom is a smartphone app used to help you change your dietary habits and therefore lose weight. You start by taking their short online quiz during which you’ll answer questions about your weight-loss goals and preferred coaching style. The Noom quiz also gives you your expected weight loss schedule.
The main features of the app and the paid program include a one-on-one goal specialist, a coached group of fellow Noom users, a logging system for your food, weight and exercise- and most importantly a behavior modification program.
I will talk about what I eat on Noom, but first I want to mention the tricky part about telling people what foods to eat on Noom.
You see, the Noom weight loss app doesn't TELL you what to eat. They do have an optional add-on where they can create a 2 week meal plan for you (I tried it, and it had some great examples of what to eat, but I just found I'm not a fan of following meal plans.) But generally you have to plan your own meals. The thing that makes Noom different from every other program I've tried is the behavior modification program.
Any program out there that has specific meal plans to follow, specific pills to take, special shakes to make, or even food groups to cut out…they all overlook one thing: Your behavior.
You can do ALL those things, and lose all the weight. BUT THEN WHAT?
When you stop, or have to maintain those things for life, you are still left with the bad habits that led to gaining weight in the first place.
So I know everyone always wants the specifics foods of a diet, but Noom Weight loss app isn't really even about specific foods. It's about forming good habits when choosing foods. And then keeping those habits for life.
Because that is what we all want isn't it?! We want to live a healthy LIFE. For a lifetime.
So whatever choice you make about your weight loss journey going forward, ask yourself:
- Are you really going to make shakes or take pills for the rest of your life?
- Are you really going to follow those strict food guidelines for the rest of your life?
- What will you eat when it's time to stop that plan?
- What will you do at social gatherings or holiday parties?
- What will you do when you don't have access to the pills, shakes or specific foods?
- What will you do when you are stressed instead of stress eating?
This is why I think Noom is so powerful. The purpose is to give you the knowledge and ability to make healthy choices for life. And you deserve that!!
What is the Noom Diet and What do you Eat on Noom?
Okay okay okay. Healthy habits for the rest of your life, yeah yeah, yodda yodda. You still want to know what to eat, though, don't you?!
Here is a quick overview of the Noom Diet Plan, followed by some examples of a day in the life of a Noomer.
- No foods are off-limits.
- Foods are all classified using a red-yellow-green food system. Like a traffic light.
- Nutrient-dense foods are encouraged, they are your green foods.
- Proteins and starches are limited, they are yellow.
- Foods higher in fat and empty calories, especially things like pizza, candy, alcohol are red. While pretty limited, red foods are part of your allotment every day! You are just learning to balance them and eat them in moderation.
I will tell you that the first week when I logged my food in Noom…they were ALL red. All. Every one.
But that was okay. I think it was a vitally important part of my success to see that the foods I was currently eating were responsible for my weight. And if I changed my daily eating habits, I could lose weight.
Imagine taking a picture of the food you ate this week, and taking of picture of what you look like today. (When I did this, I seriously burst into tears.)
At the end of your Noom program, imagine taking another picture of all the foods you ate that week, and a picture of what you look like. (Okay fine, more tears but this time, happy tears.)
The journey that I made from day one to the last day seemed incremental, but the changes that I instilled for life were huge.
So, my first week on Noom, my food log looked like this:
- Breakfast – 2 slices of cheese, as an afterthought as I made the kids' school lunches
- Morning Snack – More cheese maybe? Or nothing at all?
- Lunch – Just whatever I could grab from the fridge and eat super quick, probably some deli meat, and more cheese..hey that's most of a sandwich after all!
- Afternoon snack – Handfuls of whatever the kids were eating, leftover snacks from the kids' plates after they were done
- Dinner – We ordered takeout a lot. I would stake my claim, eating half of everything my husband and I shared, despite the fact that he is 7 inches taller than me. I never considered how odd that was until Noom. You mean I don't HAVE to eat my entire half of the pizza??? Hmm…
- Evening – Wine, maybe cheese or junk food too.
After using the Noom App it started to look more like this:
- Breakfast – Better Oats brand instant oatmeal (yellow) with blueberries (green) and a small dab of almond butter (red)
- Morning Snack – An apple or cucumber slices (both green) with hummus (yellow)
- Lunch – I liked to make a sheet pan meal once per week and eat a little for lunch each day. I am not a great chef so it was usually veggies (green) I could just dump onto the sheet pan with a simple protein (yellow or red), salt, pepper, olive oil. Or I would have my leftovers from the Meal Delivery Box Dinners from the previous night.
- Afternoon Snack – I learned to eat this before the kids get home from school so I'm not tempted to eat any of their snacks. My favorite is to make a simple smoothie with a banana, frozen fruit, chia seeds and water. You can make whatever kind you like but you can usually find all green ingredients to make them. Having a snack before the kids are done with school also circumvented my stress eating response I had when the kids were being boisterous and loud.
- Dinner – Dinner used to be tough, partly due to my husband's taste preferences, but meal delivery kits made dinner SO much easier for me in terms of eating healthy. I talk more about it in my post Meal Delivery Kits for Weight Loss, but I would eat a half portion or whole portion of a meal delivery kit meal, from somewhere like Sun Basket or Hello Fresh. I also no longer feel the need to eat the same portion as my husband but that was a hard habit to break.
- Evening – If I had room left in my daily Noom allotment then I might have a glass of wine. If not, then I'd save it for another day.
As time went on I started to develop some favorite go-to foods for each color. But other weeks I had a hard time thinking of foods to get to satisfy my yellow or green foods.
I decided I needed to keep a handy list of my Favorite Noom Foods, so I made myself some printables.
They really don't mean anything if you don't actually JOIN NOOM and get your custom weight loss plan.
I hope this helps to understand more about what foods are allowed on Noom, and what the Noom Diet consists of.
And most importantly I hope you take the step to commit to yourself and Join Noom Today.