does noom work?

We get asked all the time, “Does Noom work?” Well, today marks exactly eight months since we started using the Noom weight loss app. Together, we’ve lost a combined total of 126.3 pounds (yes, we count every ounce) and all while traveling regularly. We lost weight while taking a road trip to North Dakota, trying new restaurants in Rochester, Minnesota, and even while sampling foods from 20 different restaurants on a foodie tour in Kansas City, Kansas, including 1889 Pizza pictured below.

1889 Pizza Kansas City

Many of you have asked about how we’ve done it. So, we’re taking a few minutes to answer the questions you’ve asked most about our weight loss journey.


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Update on our weight loss journey

We started Noom March 26, 2019. You can read all about how and why we got started in another blog post HERE.

As of Nov. 26, 2019, Steve has lost 62.7 pounds and reached his weight loss goal this month. However, he’s kept going just a little this week to pad his numbers in anticipation of Thanksgiving (and gravy). He had previously lost about 55 pounds on program diet 10 years ago, but quickly gained that weight (and more) back.

noom weight loss for Steve

Ann has struggled with weight most of her adult life. She’s lost weight three other times but could never lose more than 50 pounds. So far on Noom, she has lost 63.6 pounds and reached the half-way mark this month toward her goal of losing 120 pounds.

ann on noom weight loss app

Q&A about does Noom work?

What have you like most about Noom?

Steve: I like the freedom that it gives me. I can basically eat whatever I want, as long as it is within my calorie budget. I’ve learned some good skills on how to feel full and still eat the foods I crave.

Ann: I love the convenience of not having to go to a meeting, not having to order special foods, and that I get still get to cook my meals (since I enjoy cooking). I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I also like weighing myself every day. I feared the scale for so many years and even put off going to the doctor at times because I didn’t want to weigh in. Noom has shown me the benefits of weighing every day and I do it diligently. We even take a scale with us when we travel. I’ve come to see with my own eyes that my weight fluctuates regularly and I don’t feel defeated anymore when my weight goes up.

Why does Noom work?

Steve: I feel like I’ve been able to understand weight management better. I’ve learned how to implement portion control on my own instead of just purchasing a pre-portioned meal. I’ve also learned how to incorporate real food like fresh produce, lean meats, and even bread into my diet. I don’t rely on processed bars or snacks anymore to get me through the day.

Ann: For the first time in my life, I’m addressing the mental and emotional part of healthy eating and it’s kind of fun. I’m becoming more mindful of what I eat, why I’m eating it, and how it makes me feel. This is also the first time I haven’t felt deprived while losing weight. I still have ice cream at least three days a week and enjoy an occasional glass of red wine.

Steve's noom journey

What has Noom taught you?

Steve: I can be around sweet, crunchy, high calorie foods (I’m talking about peanut M&Ms and cookies here) and not eat them or feel deprived. Noom showed me the importance of exposure to these foods and I gained discipline from it. For instance, Noom encouraged me to take a stroll down the chip and cookie aisles at the grocery store without putting anything in my cart. Not only does that give me exposure, but I also get a few more steps in on my shopping trip.

Ann: Noom has taught me to get over it. Through the short lessons in the app I’ve learned to be mindful of what they call “red foods” (read ice cream and wine) without cutting them out altogether. I’ve learned that a 0.2 lb. weight gain is not a character flaw. And Noom has taught me to practice progress and not perfection.

What are your tips staying healthy while traveling?

Steve: When reading a restaurant menu, pay attention to the cooking methods of the dish. Avoid dishes with descriptions that include the words deep fried, pan fried, candied, and dehydrated. Instead, choose items that contain the words steamed, broiled, or baked.

Ann: Plan ahead. Look at menus before going to a restaurant so you don’t just order what looks good. Pack your own snacks instead of looking for something on the road. I typically wash a big bunch of grapes before we hop in the car. I take them off the vine, count them out (for logging) and put them in a plastic cup. They make a great snack in the car when I get the munchies. I also take fresh fruit, veggies, and flavored water on most car trips. Also, remember that most towns have grocery stores. Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to eat fast food.

Does Noom work at chain restaurants?

Steve: Short answer is yes! And most chain restaurants have nutritional information to make it easy. Here’s where we like to eat out.

HuHot – I load up on fresh vegetables and lean meats like chicken and pork. I avoid fatty meats like sausage. For the sauces, I stick to no- or low-calorie ones like garlic and jalapeño broth and I never use the oils. I love that the calories per serving and serving size for each item are listed right on the buffet. HuHot also has a great app where you can build your own meal and check the nutritional information.

Chipotle – I skip the 300-calorie tortilla and get the burrito bowl instead. I usually get brown rice, steak (which actually has fewer calories than the chicken), fajita veggies, salsa, and lots of lettuce. I leave off the sour cream, guacamole, and cheese (don’t hate me). I do love cheese, but it’s not where I choose to spend my calories. Chipotle also has a great nutrition calculator on its website.

Ann: Olive Garden – I love the soup and salad option for lunch or supper. Olive Garden prints the calories for each dish on its menu and offers four soup choices that range from 110-230 calories a serving. We order the salad with fresh parmesan and Olive Garden Light dressing on the side. Then, we measure out about two tablespoons. If I plan ahead and am craving the warm, buttery breadsticks, I ask the server to bring just one and log the extra 140 calories.

Subway – I’ve always liked Subway sandwiches and regularly eat there now. Most of the time I get a 6″ turkey on white with no cheese. I ask for lots of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, green pepper, pickles, banana peppers, salt, pepper, and grated parmesan. I skip the ranch, mayo, and olive oil and just use yellow mustard for added flavor. My sandwich made that way is about 280 calories.

ann's noom journey

What are your best tips for losing weight?

Steve: Measure everything you eat and be honest about the amounts. I use a food scale and weigh my meat before each meal. Eight months into this, I still get out a tablespoon and measure my salad dressing every night. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables to feel full. Always save calories for the treats you like most. I love ice cream and try to save at least 200 calories a day so I can have a small sweet treat at night.

Ann: Fill up on what Noom calls “green foods” like grapes, oatmeal, shrimp, bell peppers, and broccoli. Don’t deprive yourself. If you crave bread, have bread. If you want a cookie, work it into your weekly plan. Find someone to walk alongside you on this journey. It has been great to have Steve doing this with me, but now that he’s at his goal weight, I’m also enlisting the support of friends to encourage each other along the way.

Does Noom work if you don’t exercise?

Both: With the exception of an occasional walk, we haven’t been exercising. We learned through Noom research that “exercise doesn’t really help with weight loss” (we’re proof). Noom says that “while exercise does help you keep your metabolically active lean muscle tissue alive and well, it really doesn’t move the needle when it comes to weight loss. There are lots of other benefits to regular exercise, but studies show that people who change their diet and exercise versus people who just change their diet lose about the same amount of weight.”

That said, Noom does encourage regular exercise and our next goal is to incorporate more movement into our daily lives for a lot of reasons, including the health benefits. We were introduced to the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program this fall. We have plans to to return to Rochester, Minnesota, next month for a three-day visit to the Healthy Living Program where we hope to learn more about exercises that we can do while maintaining our travel schedule. Wish us luck!


We hope you’ll understand that we are NOT trying to sell you Noom or convince you it’s the greatest weight loss app in the world. Noom does not employ us and this is not a sponsored post. In fact, we’re paying customers. We’re just sharing what’s worked for us, which you are free to take or leave. If you are interested in trying the Noom app, you can click HERE for a discount code for 20% off. While we are not an affiliate of Noom, like any other user who refers another person, we do receive a credit for each referral who continues past the free trial.

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We met Deb and Massi of @italyunfiltered a few years ago when they created an amazing food and wine itinerary for us. We've remained friends and it was so good to see them, even if they were a world away.
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Instead, her cardiologists called her from their homes and her scans and tests will likely be delayed until June or July. We'll keep in close touch with them if anything changes, as well. We are so grateful for all of the healthcare professionals who are continuing to work crazy hours from home as well as in our hospitals around the world.⁣
This is such an unprecedented and stressful time for all of them. Words will never be enough to convey our gratitude for the roles they are playing in the battle against this deadly virus while caring for those with other diseases and illnesses at the same time. ⁣
Every healthcare provider we've talked with in the last two weeks has had the same message for those of us who don't have to go to work at a hospital. ⁣
Just. Stay. Home.
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Last night, we made chicken and shrimp vindaloo and learned online how to make homemade naan.⁣
It wan't as good as our favorite Indian restaurant, The Oven, but it did satisfy the craving we've had for Indian food. ⁣
What are you craving these days?
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  • Our daughter, Meghan, is a cardiac ICU nurse. Despite all of the current uncertainties in healthcare during this pandemic, early this morning she put on her scrubs and went to work a 12+ hour shift. 
She is not alone. Across the country and around the world, healthcare workers are putting the safety of themselves and their families at risk to help others. It's what they do. Every. Single. Day. 
We are incredibly grateful that there are selfless people like this in the world and we pray for them and we hope you'll join us. 
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  • Trying to decide where we’ll travel this weekend. Covered porch? Living room? 😉
  • We are staying home. 
We've been here for almost a week now because Ann is one of "those people." You know the ones. Those people with an underlying health issue. Those people with a suppressed immune system. One of those people who could become seriously ill, need hospitalization, and even die if exposed to the coronavirus.  Those people need your help to stay safe and live. And all you have to do is stay home when you don’t NEED to be out.

Over the past few days, we’ve seen photos, videos, and witnessed first hand people of all ages (but mostly young people) gathering in groups for what us mid lifers would consider “non essential” reasons: birthday parties, movies, youth sports practices, St. Patty’s Day celebrations at the bar, spring break at the beach, and the like. 
We don’t understand it. 
We try not to judge. 
But just for a time during this worldwide pandemic, could we ask people who are participating in non-essential activities to consider who “those people” most at risk really are?

Those people are already battling serious illnesses.

Those people want to see their grandchildren grow up.

Those people need to do their jobs as nurses and doctors.

Those people are first responders. 
Those people run the grocery store, and the pharmacy, and the gas station. 
Those people pray for you and your generation. 
And what about those other people? 
The ones you know.

Those people who made sacrifices to meet your needs.

Those people who took care of you when you were sick.

Those people who went to your games and cheered you on. 
Those people who taught you in school.

Those people who helped you pay for college.

Those people who cooked your favorite dish for you.

Those people who taught your Sunday School class.

Those people who have forgiven you.

Those people who will always love you unconditionally.

We keep wanting to scream, “It’s not about you, it’s about those people!” But the truth of the matter is, IT IS ABOUT YOU. 
You have the power to help.
You have the power to influence others.
You have the power to flatten the curve.

And by not changing your behaviors, you also have the power to harm. 
How will you choose to use your power?j
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