Does Noom work with a low-carb diet?
- Noom Weight’s customizable program supports all variations of the low-carb diet, from keto to Atkins to low-carb Mediterranean.
- Noom’s coaches and daily lessons will help you overcome common low-carb diet challenges like weight plateaus and cravings.
- Noom’s database of over 1,000 recipes can help you plan a variety of enticing low-carb meals
We get it—sticking to a low-carb diet is tough.
Especially when you go out to eat and your friends all order pasta and all-you-can-eat breadsticks.
But Noom can help.
Because Noom leaves the choice of what to eat up to you, it’s the perfect companion if you want to lose weight while following a low-carb diet.
Our food logger and 1:1 coaches can support you to reduce your carb intake in a way that feels sustainable.
And our recipe database can help you find low-carb meals that you’re excited to eat.
Even better, you don’t have to give up your favorite foods (yes, even that plate of carbonara).
Note: Please consult with your medical provider before making dietary changes.
Why use Noom if you’re eating low-carb?
Research shows that eating low carb can lead to 2-3 times more weight loss than a low-fat diet. Fewer carbs often translate to less water weight, lower insulin (so more fat is used as energy), and more protein (helping you stay full longer).
So why use a weight-loss program? Because anyone who has gone low-carb can tell you it’s not easy to maintain alone.
Besides fighting cravings, people often face a number of side effects:
- Keto flu: Those on a low-carb Keto diet can experience flu-like symptoms two to seven days after they begin the diet. You might feel nauseous, develop headaches, and have difficulty sleeping while your body tries to adjust to a reduced carb intake.
- Short-term fatigue: As your body switches from running on carbs to running on fat and ketones, you may feel tired—even from basic tasks like bathing, meal prep, or driving.
- Boredom: Unless you’re a trained chef, you’ll probably struggle to think of creative pairings between fruits, veggies, and proteins.
When you’re feeling low-energy or uninterested, it can be hard to stick to your low-carb goals.
Noom Weight is here to help you stay low-carb without restricting the foods you love.
How Noom helps if you’re going low-carb
Log food to keep your carb and calorie intake on track
It’s hard enough to cut back on carbs (with keto, you only eat 50g a day). Add choosing healthy food options to your to-do list, and you’ll likely find yourself overwhelmed.
Noom makes it easy to eat nutritious, low-carb meals with its color-coded food tracker. This tool helps you divide your daily calorie intake across:
- Green foods (low-calorie density foods like brown rice and strawberries)
- Yellow foods (mid-calorie density foods like lentils and grilled chicken)
- Orange foods (high-calorie density foods like chocolate and potato chips)
Use your daily logs to spot potential road blockers, like eating too many calorie-rich proteins that could cause weight gain or kidney stones.
And don’t worry, you won’t have to break out your calculator to log calories. Noom does the heavy lifting for you and calculates the calories in each meal you log.
Log meals manually by choosing from the list of foods in the Noom program.
Or, if you cooked a meal using a recipe from the Noom database, you can automatically log the number of servings you had.
You can also scan food item barcodes with your phone, and Noom will add them to your log.
Get past weight-loss plateaus
In the first few weeks, low-carb eaters often lose weight quickly…only to slow down after a few weeks.
This weight-loss plateau can happen for a number of reasons.
You might be done losing water weight, and now your body is gradually losing fat.
Or, you might be consuming too many calorie-dense foods .
Even if you reduce your carb intake, a large amount of cheese and milk could still keep you from losing weight.
Whatever the reason for your plateau, Noom coaches can make suggestions and share information to help you reassess your weight-loss plan.
They might suggest eating more water-dense foods. For example, you might choose to eat grapes instead of raisins or zucchini noodles instead of pasta.
Avoid repetitive meals with Noom’s recipe database
It can be hard to think outside the box when you’re mostly eating veggies and proteins.
You might get tired of hard-boiled eggs for breakfast every morning and snacking on carrot sticks all day.
The Noom recipe database (including thousands of meal ideas) can show you how to use low-carb foods in creative ways.
Here’s a sampling of low-carb meals from the database that you could eat.
- Morning:Whole Grain Apple Bread Pudding
- Afternoon: Curried Chicken and Vegetable Soup
- Dinner: Insalata Mista
- Snack: Spicy Glazed Pecans
As you plan your meals, remember that all foods (including carbs) are welcome in moderation. The key is balance.
Pay attention to what orange foods you love, and you can plan to adjust calories elsewhere to fit them in.
Say you want that slice of pineapple upside-down cake after dinner. Just log it in the morning, and you’ll know to focus on more green and yellow foods throughout the day.
Sustain your diet with a support system
Noom coaches are here to help you get through the hard days.
In the beginning, they’ll help you figure out which variation of the low-carb diet works best for you.
You might go with a low-carb diet that includes carbs from fruit and veggies rather than going with keto, which is more restrictive.
When dealing with cravings, coaches can suggest alternative actions—like taking a walk to center yourself or including snacks into your food budget.
Noom’s Daily Lessons will also teach you how to handle common challenges, like stress-eating.
If you have a hard time following your set plan, your coach can help you get back on track.
They’ll help you avoid falling into the guilt cycle of blaming yourself and provide tactics for eating a balanced, low-carb diet.
Coaches also help you navigate tough social situations.
Say you couldn’t stick to the diet because you had dinner at a restaurant that serves carb-rich foods.
Your coach might recommend checking out the menu beforehand the next time you eat out, so you have a plan to make healthy choices (and still enjoy yourself).