When I decided to download the Noom app on my iPhone and start my 14-day trial, I knew that I would be dealing with a weight loss program that focused on calories. Not Points but good old calories. Fruit and veggies would no longer be “free.” (Can you tell I’m a former Weight Watchers?)
Needless to say, I was terrified. When I discovered how many calories I would be “allowed” to eat each day, I thought I would be starving. Quickly, though, I realized there was nothing to be afraid of.
Noom organizes food choices into three categories:
- Noom Green Foods
- Noom Yellow Foods
- Noom Red Foods
It’s important to understand that green does not mean go and eat with reckless abandon and red does not mean stop, don’t eat this at all. The colors are designed so you can balance all three throughout the day with your food choices.
You have to get out of this all-or-nothing, black-and-white or, rather, green-and-red thinking. In fact, addressing these kinds of “thought distortions” (as Noom calls them) are a big part of the program’s proven psychology. They call these Psych Tricks.