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How a Virtual Health Coach Helps You Lose Weight

Cecilia Snyder, MS, RD

In the past, working with a health coach to lose weight likely meant taking time out of your day to schedule an appointment with your coach, drive to a meeting spot, participate in a coaching session face-to-face, and then drive back home again. And although face-to-face interactions certainly have their benefits, for some of us, there’s just not much room left in our busy schedules to participate in regular coaching sessions like these on top of all of our other appointments and responsibilities.

This can be frustrating, especially when losing weight or working on your health is one of your top priorities. But let me let you in on a little secret… with today’s technological advancements, there are other options out there! Like Noom’s virtual health coaching platform, for example. With any Noom subscription, you receive full 24/7 access to not one, but two of your very own personal health coaches. All from the comfort of your own home… or from your workplace, or the subway train, while on vacation, while under the weather, or in any other set other set of circumstances as long as you’ve got internet connection and a working phone.

Now, if virtual health coaching is something you’ve never tried, it’s understandable that you could be having some hesitations about an idea like this. You might be asking yourself right now, “But how will my coach really get to know me?”… or thinking to yourself “Yeah right, how is a virtual robot ever going to help me lose weight.” But as one of Noom’s own real life health coaches, I’m here to assure you that online health coaching in no way means that you’ll receive less personalized support or attention than you would during face-to-face coaching sessions. Still not convinced that we aren’t all robots? Keep an eye out for our dad jokes and our funny autocorrects!

So you want to know more about the benefits of a virtual health coach?

Maybe you’re considering giving virtual health coaching a shot. If so, you might end up discovering that there are more benefits to these types of online interactions than you had ever imagined. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what some of those benefits might be and the type of results that you can expect with the Noom app and your very own virtual health coaches.

For starters, you might be wondering exactly what a virtual health coach even does. At Noom, your coaches’ primary roles will be to guide you along your weight loss journey by helping you set small weekly goals and making sure you are staying motivated and on track. But things won’t just stop there. On top of assisting with weight loss, research shows that working with a health and wellness coaches can lead to significant improvements in mood, lower stress levels, and even higher quality of life overall. Did someone say less stress? Sign me up!  

Now here’s the kicker! Your coaches won’t just help you set small goals to improve your health, but better yet your coaches will also help to hold you accountable to those goals! They’ll be checking in with you each week for an update on your progress and to help you determine how you can continue building on your healthy habits again the next week.

Virtual health coaches: Even more benefits!

By now you’ve probably got a clearer picture of the benefits that come along with working one-on-one with a health coach. But you might still be wondering exactly how all of this can be achieved online? Through the Noom app, you’re able to message your coaches 24/7.

Got a question on your mind? Need to release some steam after one of your favorite trigger foods got the best of you? Feeling proud of yourself for meeting your steps goal each day over the weekend? No more waiting for your next appointment–you can message your coach and share these thoughts at any time. And once you do, your coach will be back in touch to soon whether it’s to celebrate your successes or to help you work through the roadblocks you’ve encountered.   

Plus, your coaches are here to make sure you are getting the most from your Noom subscription. Having trouble figuring out our highly acclaimed food database? Let your coach help you with that! Read up on a topic in your daily Noom articles that seems really interesting but also a little bit confusing? Let your coach explain! Starting to lose sight of the big picture in all of this? Your coach can help you explore those thoughts and remind you of what brought you to Noom in the first place.

All in all, your Noom coches can recommend healthy snack options, help you develop a self-care routine, help you meet your steps goal and more!

Now picture this:

Each and every one of the benefits we’ve covered so far is available right at your tips of your fingers! Whether you’re in need of technical assistance, wondering about your subscription details and when you’ll be charged again, or if you’re wanting to dive deep into some topics like mindfulness and intuitive eating–your coaches are only a message away.

So what’s the secret?

We’ve talked about the perks of having your very own virtual health coach. But what about the results? In a study of over 140 Noom participants, researchers found that participants who engaged with the Noom app and communicated regularly with their health coach lost an average of 9% body weight in just 5 months time. And in another study, researchers found that Noom participants who logged their weight, meals, and physical activity regularly were twice as likely to lose weight and keep it off. Guess who can help you with that?  

Want to know the best part of virtual health coaching?

Now we know exactly what your virtual health coach can do for you. But the absolute best part about all of this is that your coaches #1 goal is to teach you how to do all of this yourself! That’s right… on your very own. No coach necessary. We’re okay knowing that you might not need your Noom subscription forever. In fact, we love to celebrate when our users say that they are feeling to maintain their weight loss and their health all on their own. That’s how we know that our job is done and that you’ve got a handle on your health for good.

Ready to give virtual health coaching a shot, stop dieting, and still lose weight for good? Sign up today and lose weight for good!

Author: Cecilia Snyder, MS, RD