As a chronic crash dieter of over 10 years, I have made plenty of mistakes when it comes to losing weight. Luckily, I’ve been using an app called Noom that has taught me how to keep the weight off long-term. Looking back, I now can recognize these 3 of the most common mistakes I made in my journey to sustainable weight loss, and how I overcame them using Noom.
1. Consuming Too Many or Too Few Calories
In order to lose weight, one must be burning more calories than consuming. It’s very common to underestimate how many calories you eat in a day, which is why Noom really comes in handy. It has a feature that helps you track your food and calorie consumption in a way that is super convenient and user-friendly, so you never have to second guess or over-consume ever again!
2. Restricting Yourself to “Diet” Foods
When you eat low-fat or “diet” foods, what you don’t know is that they often contain tons of sugar or processed ingredients in order to improve taste. They probably won’t keep you fuller for longer either, hence causing you to eat more and becoming more susceptible to binging. Luckily, Noom uses a color system to help inform balanced dietary choices and calorie-conscious decisions, rather than forbidding, restricting, or encouraging harmful diet foods.
3. Having Unrealistic Expectations
I know firsthand how hard it is to not have unrealistic expectations when it comes to losing weight fast. But you have to remember that sustained, healthy weight loss is much more important and rewarding. Noom is so great because it uses cognitive behavioral management to promote healthy habits. The app gives you tasks to complete that inform you of nutritional and psychological information in a super easy-to-understand, approachable way. With Noom, you also have access to a community of health coaches and in-app peers right at your fingertips, helping to guide you through this habit-building process with kinship.