What do you think of when someone says the word “diet”? Most of us are probably thinking something along the lines of “restricted” or “no, thank you.” For years dieting has been associated with unpleasant thoughts, yet statistics show that about 50% of adults in the United States are dieting at any given time. Not only that but its been suggested that about 95% of diets generally fail…and then you’re left starting from square one. If one ask me, that’s the part that sounds unpleasant. You can be left spinning your wheels, not seeing the changes you want, and most likely, you’ll see the weight come back. So what’s the solution? We need to STOP dieting! Here’s how one app (Noom *cough, cough*) can help.
The best weight loss app for someone else may not be right for you
With so many places to find nutrition and diet information out there it can be tough to sort through it all to find what will work best for you as an individual. No two of us are alike and we will all react to differently to certain foods and exercises. You may join a program with your spouse or best friend (accountability can be a game changer) but you may progress at different rates all together! It’s important to get away from a one-size fits all approach that most fad diets use. Noom individualizes calorie intake, nutritional strategies, exercise, stress management, among so many other things, to help you discover what will work best for YOU! An article published by Mayo Clinic found that an individualized approach and one-on-one coaching doubled the likelihood of weight loss success.
Sure, there are some things that we all need to consider when it comes to healthy behaviors. The National Weight Control Registry found that out of those who maintained weight loss for a year or more, 98% continued to eat in moderation and 94% practiced regular exercise. These folks created actions that worked for them that eventually became habits and part of their everyday lifestyles over time.
Lifestyle before “diet” mindset
We generally don’t enter into a relationship with a diet thinking it’s going to fail. Most probably think about the calorie restrictions, juicing, or fasting being temporary (no pain, no gain, right…?). But that’s the kicker. Diets are temporary and the fads aren’t realistically sustainable. So, in the end, we divorce our diet and go back to our old ways. Noom takes a more holistic approach to help make lifestyle changes, not just diet changes.
Why is this shift in thinking important you ask? Because it’s what creates long-term success for keeping your weight off. It’s also helps us keep in mind other aspects of your life because your habits don’t exist independently of each other. The real difference here is that Noom takes this process for what it truly is: a journey. This generally results in being kinder to your body, slowly and sustainably losing weight, and creating new habits in a realistic way that works for you. The road may be long and winding but you’ll have a coach helping you the whole time and a group of other Noomers supporting your every step. This combination can yield some pretty incredible results outside of going down a few notches in your belt.
Speaking of mindset…psychology
Losing weight is just as much (if not more so) of a mental process as it is a physical one. If you’ve ever struggled to lose weight, you know exactly what we mean. There is a constant internal dialogue happening with yourself. What if there was a way to hack into this dialogue, learn about it and from it, to help you reach your health goes? Noom’s psychology based curriculum does exactly that! This is almost as far away from simply just “dieting” as you can get. Instead, you’re learning about your thoughts and actions behind your behaviors and working to change them for good.
Developed by experts in the field of psychology, the curriculum walks through a variety of lifestyle and wellbeing topics ranging from social situations to coping with stress and emotions in healthy non-food ways. Working through these areas on a cognitive level can create consistency in your habits and help you take control of your eating in a way that you maybe didn’t have before. This encourages a healthier relationship with food by removing labels you may have used in the past (the good, bad, and the ugly) and places focus on balance instead of just the weight you’re seeing on the scale.
The Bottom Line on weight loss coach apps
Basically, there is more of losing weight than just dieting and we know that “diets” don’t always work in the long run. Lasting results takes a lifestyle based approach that is tailored to you as an individual, because you and your workout or accountability buddy are drastically different. We don’t know entirely why some diets work and some don’t per se but we do know that success is pretty unlikely with a one-size fits all approach. There is also a huge psychological component to changing your eating habits that drive your relationship with food. Thinking you may want to stop dieting? Give Noom a try for just $1.