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Orthodox1

Joined: Mar 21
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Posted: 16 Jun 2021, 13:45
Has anyone tried NOOM?
What is good about it?
What is bad about it?
Does it work?
Have you tried anything better?
oldehippie

Joined: Jun 21
Posts: 1

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Posted: 16 Jun 2021, 18:36
Tried it just recently but quit after 3 paid months and 20 pounds lost. May still go back, and some of their articles were very informative. In Noom I mainly used the calorie counter, and FatSecret has a free one and it works in my browser on PC - a plus here.

What I found bad about it??? Well it constantly nags with messages to log meals upon opening one's phone, but that probably helps effectiveness. Clearly it works and I've not tried anything better, however am hopeful about FatSecret.

BadJujugurl

Joined: Jun 21
Posts: 11

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Posted: 16 Jun 2021, 22:03
If you want a 'coach' bugging you on the daily, and paying high fees and they decide the plan for you. Noom is for you. If you want to simply track your own food and exercise journey like in Spark this is better aligned. I'll miss the nutrition reports from Spark tho.
liz-andra

Joined: Jun 21
Posts: 153

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Posted: 17 Jun 2021, 18:53
I'm finishing my 4 month stint with Noom at the end of the month. Here is my experience.

I joined to have a coach. I did not find the coach helpful. She was nice, but not helpful.

The curriculum is good if you have issues with emotional eating to help you better understand what's happening. You can find all the information for free elsewhere. They have aggregated it for you and put it in a fun format organized to move you through in an way that makes sense and helps you retain the information.

Paying for it creates a buy in you don't have on a free site.

The program is ableist. If you have mobility issues, they aren't going to help you find alternative ways of exercise. Actually, they do very little education about exercise overall and mostly they have you track steps.

The program is ageist. It assumes you're in an age group where you are working. If you're retired, they aren't talking to you. They also assume that you are living in a family setting of some kind. If you are single living alone, they aren't talking to you. They also assume you are working in an office with co-workers and break rooms with goodies. If you work alone, they aren't talking to you. Their response to these complaints (and the abelism) is to take what works and leave the rest. The problem is not that. The problem is that you aren't giving me what I need. No answer to that.

They start you out with very low calories. You have to figure out that you can change it on your own and then dig around in settings to adjust that. And they don't have you set it by calories. You choose by icons. Do you want to be a cheetah or a turtle or something in between. Give me the numbers, please. I get the appeal of cutesy, but come on.

I did lose weight on it. More importantly for me, I did learn to let go of worrying about the daily scale fluctuations. The end of the journey on Noom is learning about eating intuitively, listening to your body, finding joy in food and movement, getting out of the diet mindset. If you read my journal entries, you'll see that I am fully bought into making this how I live going forward. This has been a huge gift to me, and made the entire trip worthwhile for me.

Finally, very first day of the program they included a statement that absolutely spoke to my heart. I wrote it down and posted it on my computer at work. It says "You don't have to be perfect to be successful." I am adopting this for my entire life, not just how I eat.

For me, it was a mixed bag, but overall, I got enough out of it to make it a worthwhile investment.
Gratefully,
Liz
Orthodox1

Joined: Mar 21
Posts: 9

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Posted: 28 Jun 2021, 03:40
Thank you everyone!




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