Noom has been one of the most popular smartphone apps and diet coach services for a few years now. I recommend all of my clients at least use the free food tracker app to create a food journal, and make the journey to their health and fitness goals a little easier.
But I also wanted to find out how other people had changed their lives using the app and Noom Coach, so I started engaging with other users in forums and Facebook groups.
I tried to filter out all the slim fast success stories and focused on those that looked and sounded legitimate.
Before I share those stories, let me start with some definitions.
How Do You Define Success?
Basically, I looked for people who had used the Noom diet plan and showed proven and significant weight loss results.
They also had managed to better deal with health problems like diabetes or common sleep issues, and generally experienced a sustainably healthier lifestyle.
What I was actively filtering out is all the hyped up comments of instant gratification and extremely fast weight loss that just didn’t sound realistic for the average person.
This was actually quite a challenging process, and I found a lot of very entertaining and inspiring stories.
Where Did We Get These Success Stories?
Fortunately, there are a ton of health and fitness forums and Facebook groups out there where people are more than happy to share their positive and negative results.
But I also reached out to people on my mailing list and social media followers to see if anyone had achieved some sustainable weight loss results. And the good news was that we found a ton of great people who shared their experience.
The Top Success Stories We Found
Story #1: Cindy from Missouri
Cindy is a mother of 3 and basically married to the Navy. This means that she often has to juggle kids and a household alone, and over the years that meant there was little time to focus on her wellness.
However, with the help of Noom coaching and the support groups, she managed to start sustainably losing weight. How much weight? An amazing 44 lbs in just under 6 months.
That’s about 2 lbs per week and something that I call a body transformation.
By putting a lot of thought into the foods she ate, checking her daily steps, and do all this while taking care of her family at home, I really think that she should be all the motivation people need.
Story #2: Matt from New York
Matt has been struggling with his weight ever since he left high school, and in a matter of 20 years, he was obese which made him struggle with health issues. (1)
From being exhausted in the evenings, and then struggling to sleep at night, he knew the weight was the problem.
Having tried both medical and natural sleep aids, he stumbled upon Noom and started to make a huge change in his lifestyle and eating habits.
The result was an extreme weight loss of 75 lbs in 8 months, which is nothing short of spectacular. While he does exercise more, one of the main reasons he highlights is the simple calorie diet plan.
Story #3: Hollie from Missouri
In her story, Hollie describes how she has managed to lose weight at several stages in her life, only to pile it back on again.
It’s that dreaded yo-yo effect that in many ways, is the most disheartening thing about it. (2)
It was in her home city based health wellness center that someone introduced her to Noom, and with the help of her personal and group coach, she has managed to shed 40 lbs and remain on a healthy weight.
To get an extra boost of motivation, Hollie got some friends and family to join the same group as her so that they could provide encouragement on a daily basis. A simple comment on someone’s new weight entry really makes quite a difference.
Story #4: Laura from lalymom.com
I saved one of the most inspirational stories for last, and what I love about Laura’s experience is the long-term results that she has been able to demonstrate. She goes into great detail how she used the different tools at various stages.
As a mom of two and managing a very popular blog, Laura struggled for time to go to appointments with dietitians or health coaches. She really needed something that could be squeezed into a 10-minute gap in her schedule.
And that’s where Noom really quite literally fit in.
First of all, she found it very easy and fast to log all her food. In less than a minute after each meal, all the calories are counted and added up. Then, before the next meal, it was very easy to adjust portion sizes to not exceed the daily amount.
Then comes the coaching service and support community which can be accessed at any time. She highlights that it doesn’t require hours of time and yet you quickly notice how much your behavior and attitude towards food changes.
Laura’s is a truly long-term success story.
It's been a year since I started and I am happy to report that I am BELOW my Noom goal weight. I could not be more ecstatic with these changes. I still use my Noom Food List Cheat Sheets as reminders of my go-to favorite foods of each color.
Story #5: Carla
Here's another success story from Carla who lost 100 lbs. while using the app. Watch this video below to be inspired!
Is Noom Worth The Try?
If you think it’s time to change your life and head on a journey to create a better relationship with food and exercise, then Noom is a really good starting point.
The above stories demonstrate how the simple psychology of tracking the foods you eat is the first major hurdle to achieving your healthy weight loss goals. Just make sure you follow the recommended food list that you can read here.
If you’ve been following my blog and social media channels, then you’ll know that it’s certainly no secret that I love simple life hacks and tools.
And just so you know, practically all my clients use Noom. Try it out for yourself and check out our designated Noom review page details on the program and plans on offer.
1. NHS, Obesity Overview, retrieved from https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/obesity/
2. Matthew Thorpe, MD, PhD, 10 Solid Reasons Why Yo-Yo Dieting Is Bad for You, retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/yo-yo-dieting