Chasing Health Targets with Noom’s Help

At first, I was annoyed with Noom. I forgot which link I clicked on, but Noom’s ads kept appearing when I opened Facebook. I ignored or skipped them multiple times until I became curious about what Noom is and whether it’s legitimate or not. After reading several reviews, I became interested in trying it. However, I canceled the trial because I was bombarded with many questions as soon as I signed up, which made me hesitant to proceed.

But Noom didn’t give up easily. Its machine learning algorithm and big data kept sending me notifications to try again, which I still ignored until one day when I was relaxed, I decided to give it another go.

So, Noom is a kind of diet app, but it focuses more on the psychological side, daily tracking (weight, food intake, drinks, etc.), and mindset change. It might suit me since I enjoy reading and improving my mindset.

During the initial registration session, I provided my target weight of 70 kg. Noom then calculated and estimated that I could achieve it by early June 2023.

How can I reach that goal? That’s one of the benefits offered by Noom.

Every day, Noom provides short readings on mindset, knowledge, and useful things about food intake, workouts, eating patterns, and our daily behaviors. For example, Noom provides insights into calorie-dense food categories with healthy nutrients. In the Noom concept, food is divided into three categories: Green, Yellow, and Orange.

Green food is a category of food that has low-calorie density and high healthy nutrients. Usually, this type is green food, vegetables, raw food, fresh fruits, and so on.

Yellow food has relatively high-calorie density and fewer healthy nutrients, such as garlic, low-fat cream cheese, low-fat yogurt, orange juice, rice, noodles, and so on. Yellow food can be consumed in moderate portions, so try to have small portions.

Finally, orange food is food with high-calorie density and low healthy nutrients, such as red meat and desserts or snacks like cakes, frozen food, processed food, and so on. Noom does not forbid consuming the above foods, but balancing their portions is recommended. Don’t eat too much of the orange food type.

In addition to the above, there are three benefits of Noom that I have experienced so far, namely:

  1. Recording food and drink intake. This way, I can know the portion of each category and what I should add or reduce. I can also record how many glasses of water I drink compared to my initial target. Every day, I make a target of drinking 10 glasses per day or about 2.5 to 3 liters of water.
  2. Recording the number of steps or walking. There is a daily target, usually starting from 2,000 steps per day until eventually reaching a target of 10,000 steps per day. Noom synchronizes with other health apps, such as in my case, Noom synchronizes with the Fitness and Abs Workout app. Currently, my average steps/walks are only around 3,000.

    To increase the number of steps, I replaced the habit of riding a motorcycle or bicycle with walking when picking up my car in the garage, which is located away from home. Then I also park a little far from my daughter’s school, so I can walk from the parking lot to the mosque and vice versa.

    I even plan to eventually place Bumblebee at the Excellent Premier Serenity headquarters and then walk to the Aktiva Danita headquarters for daily work. By doing this, the daily walking target can be fulfilled.
  1. Recording health indicators every day. For example, weight, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and others, as a form of early detection and getting used to knowing the progress of activities. Luckily, I have been routinely recording them every day, so the process can run smoothly without feeling burdened.

The process is still ongoing, but my knowledge has increased a little, and I can better understand the health patterns that should be applied.

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