Jessica’s 90 Day Noom Review – 30 Days In So Far
Hi there- Jessica here! You may have read a review or two of mine where I talk about my love of skincare and beauty products as a whole, but you haven’t seen me talk about my experience with my health and my weight. There’s a reason for that: my size has always been a source of shame for me, so throughout my entire teenaged and adult life, I have done almost everything I could to make sure my weight was not up for discussion. I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone when I agreed to join this group review and publicly share my feedback and experience using the Noom app out but, like I’m sure many of you have experienced, Covid was a big derailment to my overall health and weight once it came like a wrecking ball into my life.
What I Hope To Achieve With Noom
The year before Covid entered the picture, I was actually the healthiest I’ve been in my life. I was religiously tracking what I ate with MyFitnessPal, meal planning and portion controlling like nobody’s business, working out 5-6 times a week and loving it (I still miss the gym I had access to as an LSU law student- it made working out so much more fun), and the scale was showing a lower number every time I stepped on it. Towards the end of 2019, I started to slack off with my good habits; it’s a ten-week wait from the time you take the Louisiana bar exam and the time you get your results, and since I was having difficulty finding a job as an attorney even though I had already graduated from law school, I was working part-time as a hostess at a steakhouse. All of that stress combined meant less time and energy to work out, less structure to be able to eat pre-planned meals at set times during the day, and a lot of weekend nights at bars trying to have a tiny bit of fun in an otherwise miserable time. All of that is to say that it’s not completely Covid’s fault that my good habits disappeared, but once the shutdown of all non-essential businesses came around, it was just me, myself, and an intense boba craving with nothing really to do except doom scroll in horror.
Covid has been a part of our lives for a while now, and I definitely acknowledge that only I can take charge and be responsible for changes in my health, good or bad. I’ve heard about Noom in passing, and even know a friend who has lost a significant amount of weight following the program. I know it is possible for me to be a lot healthier than I am- I was literally living that exact life two years ago. But I need help getting back on track, and I am hoping Noom can help me right the ship and get back to being the healthiest version of myself I can be- especially since I am still young enough that my weight hasn’t caused any comorbidities, and I would like to keep it that way.
My First Impression
Noom asks a lot of questions during the sign-up process, and honestly, towards the end, it started to stress me out. At one point in the process, it gives you a timeline and an estimated amount of weight you could lose if you followed the plan. Noom told me it thought I could lose 70 pounds in ten months. That seemed like an unrealistic timeline, and I started to become slightly panicked as I kept answering questions, while Noom kept shaving off time until the app was telling me it thought I could lose 70 pounds in eight months instead of ten. I’ve spoken with doctors, nutritionists, and other health experts at various points in my life about my life, and that just felt insanely unrealistic based on the information I have been given by medical professionals in the past. Noom makes a big point to talk about how you have to believe you can be successful in order to find success, and then I stressed that I was already setting myself up for failure for questioning that timeline. Nevertheless, I pushed on, but I did so being incredibly cognizant that I did not want my Noom experience to result in disordered eating.
It was easy for me to sync my Apple watch to the Noom app, and since I always am wearing my watch (as an attorney, I need to keep track of the workday by the minute- a watch is a non-negotiable part of my uniform), I have no issues with reliable data being uploaded to Noom. I started off by exploring the courses, and I like that you can see a path that you’re following as you go through each course and learn more information. I am hoping to become better at mindfulness and intuitive eating, so some of the small chunks of information really were food for thought- I was fascinated by the lesson on caloric density. After a few days of doing the lessons, I realized I had a question, and that is when I utilized the coaching feature Noom offers and sent a message off to my coach, Monica. I appreciated how quickly she responded, and I like that that is available as an option.
I think my favorite thing so far with Noom is that they still have information that is new for me to learn; I thought I knew it all by now, given how long I have obsessed and negatively thought about myself and my weight, but I still am able to go through the courses and learn new things. I have noticed that I do have a shifting mindset regarding some foods, and I mean that in a positive way. I have it engrained in my brain that all carbs are bad (even though I know that’s false), so I have a hard time associating anything that’s carb-heavy as something that is good for me. After the lesson on caloric density though, I realized that oatmeal isn’t the enemy, and I actually now look forward to the mornings I order it for breakfast along with an herbal (read: calorie-free) tea from Starbucks. That already is a small victory for me that comes from using the Noom app, and I appreciate it.
Time will tell where this journey will take me beyond the first 30 days. I had a birthday trip at the end of August where I indulged and had an absolute blast (and then was extended when Hurricane Ida canceled all flights into New Orleans for almost a full week, but that’s a story for another time), and I did not track a single thing I ate. I look forward to seeing how Noom continues to help me in my day-t0-day life, and what future lessons may spark in my mindset.
My Experience After 60 Days
My Experience After 90 Days
Check out the other reviewers’ perspectives here:
- Kelly’s 90 Day Noom Review
- Geraldine’s 90 Day Noom Review
- Salina’s 90 Day Noom Review
- Nancy’s 90 Day Noom Review
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