*This post was sponsored by Noom, all opininons are my own.
Happy Wednesday, I hope you are having a great week! As always, it has been a super busy one here for me. One thing I know is that one life gets chaotic, I do not always make the best choices when it comes to my diet. In fact, one of my New Year’s resolutions was to maintain a healthy diet this year; however, that had fallen by the wayside until a few weeks ago.
You Can’t Outrun Your Fork
I knew I needed to get back on track after I hopped on the scale and realized I had gained several pounds. Of course, my first reaction was “How can this be? I exercise all the time!” Then, a favorite meme popped into my head, which states: “Fitness is 20% exercise and 80% nutrition. You can’t outrun your fork.” Ok, ok…I’m not sure of the percentages, etc. of exercise to nutrition, but what always resonates is the part: “You can’t outrun your fork.” So, yes maybe I ran 6 miles, but that does not mean that it will undo the bag of chips I consumed while carpooling my kids from place to place. It was time to try something new.
I had heard several advertisements on the radio for Noom and I was intrigued, but I have never been a fan of diets, so I was skeptical too. However, once I did a little research about it, I relaized it was different than anything I had tried in the past. Noom is a weight loss program that focuses on using psychology and small changes to help people reach and maintain their weight loss goals. I decided to go ahead and sign up for the 14 day trial. What did I have to lose, besides the weight I had put on!
Noom is a program that is convenient and easy to use. It focuses on helping people to make long-lasting changes that will help lead to better overall health. Professionals experienced in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) coach each Noom user. They dive into one’s personal goals, areas for change, and potential barriers unique to each individual. During the first week, a goal specialist helps identify the “Ultimate Why” for losing weight. It was interesting for me to take a good hard look at this and realize it was about far more than seeing a certain number on the scale. It was about ultimately feeling better, getting more rest, and yes…being able to become a better athlete through a healthier lifestyle.
The has a phone app, which I love because it is always with me! For each day there are a few items in the program to go through, which are not mandatory. However it is not time consuming and I found the items incredibly helpful, here is a sample of what you will see:
Item #1: Typically some form of motivational message or story to get the day started. Yesterday, it was a short story about Alicia, who had tried several different diets. She discusses briefly why they did not work and how she has found success using Noom.
Item #2: Weigh in! Ugh, not my favorite part, but truthfully it really does help me stay on track. Not to mention, there is an abundant amount of research that shows that weighing yourself daily helps individuals reach and maintain weight loss goals.
Items #3 & #4: These are generally some tips and tricks for eating healthy and staying on track called Keystone habits. Yesterday, “Ditch the drinks” was discussed and then there was an excellent review on how to “Hydrate the right way”
Item # 5: “Logging your meals” which is an essential component of the program. I am going to go into a little more detail about that below.
Item #6: Reaching your step goal… The step goal gradually increases each day as you continue on in the program or you can set your own daily step goal. The app has a pedometer, so as long as you are carrying your phone, steps are being counted. Initially, this is what I did. However, after a few days, I discovered that there are a number of different devices that can be connected to the app. I have a Fit Bit, so I synced that and it has worked great to help me reach my goal!
Logging Your Meals with Noom
I think this is my favorite part of the program! I have tried a number of different diet apps over the years to keep track of my calories. As an endurance athlete, it is easy to go overboard eating at times, as I pointed out above. So, even when I am not trying to lose weight, I like to keep track of my calories to stay on the right track. Noom is by far the best and most comprehensive “calorie counter” I have used! I have been able to find every single food item that I have looked for in the app(even things like “stuffed bell pepper soup”)! Another thing I LOVE about it is that food is given a color code: Red, Yellow, or Green. Red foods are the most calorie dense and should be eaten minimally, while yellow foods are to be eaten moderately. Of course, green foods are the best option and can be eaten more freely. Finding Better Choice with Red, Yellow, and Green Foods!
The color coding has been a huge help for me to reduce my daily caloric intake. For example, I used to treat myself some afternoons to a Latte Macchiato, but realized it was a Red Food the first time I logged it…Yikes!
So, I decided to see if there might be a better alternative and I discovered that a Cappuccino is a Green Food and has a lot less calories. So, I have made that swap and still enjoy it as my afternoon treat without all of the extra calories.
By making small changes like this one, I have dropped those dreaded extra pounds too. I continue to track my weight and calories daily through the program to help me stay on track!
So Tell Me…
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