Noom Review: My Completely Honest Opinion

A couple of months ago, I got an offer from Noom to sign up for their affiliate program. After reading they were a weight loss company, I wasn’t really sure that was something I wanted to promote. There are so many diets and exercise programs out there right now, and I have tried a few of them. None of them really worked for me long term.

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Since I had about 20-25 lbs to lose, I decided to give it a shot. Plus, I would feel much better about making a decision on whether this was a company that I really wanted to partner with. When I was getting started, I was actually pretty skeptical of whether this was really going to work for me. I downloaded the app, and got started with my first day.

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What I didn’t like about Noom

  1. With Noom you are counting calories. I have NEVER counted calories in my life. This seemed really tedious to me.
  2. You weigh yourself every day. I was really afraid that this was not a great idea, because if you don’t see any progress, it might be easy to give up.
  3. Coming from a Keto or High Fat Low Carb mindset, I was pretty disappointed that I had to be careful of eating so much bacon. Bacon is one of my favorite things!

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What I do like about Noom

  1. They don’t throw a bunch of new concepts at you all at once. They take it slow with you and it keeps you from becoming overwhelmed.
  2. Noom is slowly helping you to change your mindset using psychology. They slowly walk you through the subconscious process that controls every action you take. And they provide tips and tricks to overcome thinking that sabotages the process.
  3. They make you count calories. I was not really happy about this part at first, but WOW my eyes have been opened! Some of the crap I was eating had so many calories in them. No wonder I was gaining so much weight!
  4. You can still enjoy a dessert without sabotaging your process. Moderation is key, and making sure you save room in your calorie budget for a dessert. I don’t want to have to totally give up sweets and with this program I don’t have to. Complete deprivation has never worked well for me.
  5. I have lost 13 lbs just in the first 7 weeks. This is solely from watching what I eat, because I haven’t done much exercising yet. (However, moving forward, that is something that they are starting to ask of me. But since they are gradually adding better habits, it isn’t overwhelming!)

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After trying out Noom, I feel that I can confidently recommend trying it out.

The app is easy to use, and the activities that you complete daily don’t take very long. They assign a goal specialist to you who checks in with you once a week to help you identify your goals for the week and provide resources to help you along the way. After the first couple of weeks, you are assigned to a group where you can discuss your progress and talk through the process together. I have found both of these things help add accountability to the program and keep you from feeling that you are alone.

Some of my dislikes have actually turned into likes now. I still don’t love counting calories, but the app makes it very easy to put in your meals. The color code helps you choose your food wisely, and I am no longer eating mindlessly. Most of all, I feel encouraged every day and that makes me excited to continue with the program every day.

If you are tired of trying all the diets and want to make some real lifestyle and attitude changes, I highly suggest giving it a shot! To get started with your 14 day trial for $1 –click here!

Meal Planning Tips and Tricks: A Busy Moms Guide

My biggest pitfall when it comes to meal planning is forgetting to plan according to my schedule that week. I don’t know how many times I have had the best intentions and planned out all these great meals, done my shopping, stayed on budget, but then thrown half the stuff away because I didn’t have time to cook it.

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On Friday, when I am throwing away bad chicken, and I am looking at the price on the package, I feel like a failure.

“Look how much money you wasted”, says the snarky voice in my brain. That snarky voice is my worst enemy and I wind up feeling defeated and frustrated at my inability to handle basic things like cooking.

So, I decided to stop planning to cook every night, and overwhelm myself with  tasks that are completely not feasible.

Here are my top tips for a successful week of meal planning:

1.Look over the next weeks schedule before you ever start meal planning or go grocery shopping.

What nights do you have therapy, gymnastics, ball games? How long will they last?

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2.  Plan ahead for nights you can’t or won’t have time to cook.

Will you be home before 6? Crock pot meal. Will you be home before 7? No? Plan to eat out or bring dinner with you.

3. Budget money for eating out or plan something easy to take along.

During middle school soccer, I ran home before the game and made two frozen pizzas. I cut them up and put them in foil pans. I packed paper plates and napkins. We ate pizza while we watched the soccer game and threw away the trash as we left the game. All I took home was a little leftover pizza.

Grab some pizza at a quick place like Little Caesar’s, or on your way home go to a kids eat free place like O’Charley’s.

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4. If you will be home before 7, prep a crock pot meal the night before (or wake up a little early) and turn it on before you leave the house. There are some great crock pot and instant pot meals at Eat at Home!

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5. Make your busiest evening a leftovers night or make Friday night a leftovers night.

We all know how done we are on Friday, and that makes it the perfect night to designate as a leftovers night. The kids can choose something they really liked that week and all you have to do it put it in the microwave.

6. Prep your ingredients ahead of time.

If you are cooking a couple of meals that use ground beef, cook it all on Sunday afternoon and either freeze it or refrigerate it. Chop your vegetables and put them in plastic containers. Make two of one meal and freeze one to eat next week or the week after. Assemble your meal ahead of time and put it in the fridge. You can pull it out when you get home and it’s ready to bake.

7. Do yourself a favor and buy some paper plates. I recycle. I know it is kind of wasteful, but it saves so much time in dishwashing. Or you could make it a habit to clean the kitchen as a family after dinner. Many hands make light work!

Planning out your weeks meals according to your schedule can alleviate overspending and take the stress out of your week.

Don’t start your meal planning until you have checked your calendar. Plan some easy, no hassle meals like my One Pan Enchilada Casserole or my  Overloaded Baked Potatoes. It is also fine to eat out during the week. Just plan it and budget for that, so you don’t have to feel guilty. Here is a list of restaurants where kids eat free!

What are some meal planning ideas that you are already using that work for your family?