Noom Food List – What Can You Eat?

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If you are looking for the Noom food list, welcome. In this post, I will walk you through the different food categories and help you understand what foods work well with Noom and what food, if any, you should avoid. Please stick with me as I guide you through this innovative weight loss program.

If you haven’t tried Noom yet, but are curious to find out more about it, one of the things you may be looking for is what foods you can eat. A good weight loss program will guide you through making healthy food choices, and Noom does an excellent job in that department.

The basic idea behind losing weight is taking in fewer calories than you burn. It sounds so easy, and for some people it is, but for the rest of us, putting this into practice, can be very challenging. That is one thing I like about Noom, they take a pretty simplistic approach to weight loss.

Diets that make you go “all in” and deprive yourself more often than not will fail, been there done that. Sure, you may lose a few pounds, but most likely it’s not a long term approach. Noom takes a different, more realistic approach, and this program is designed to help people lose weight and keep it off.

I will get more into the food categories in a bit, but first, I want to introduce you to the program itself quickly.

What is Noom?

Noom is an innovative weight loss program designed for long term success. Simply download the app from the app store, you will be guided through a series of questions about your weight loss goals, and away you go. There are coaches and a community of like-minded people who are there to encourage and guide you through your weight loss journey.

One of the great features of Noom is that they teach you about the psychology behind weight loss, and this includes dealing with food triggers and forming new habits. There are daily articles you can read and save for later. Noom provides you with bite-sized (pun intended) pieces of information each day, so you don’t get overwhelmed. This approach is simple, efficient, and effective.

What I learned from Noom

One thing I learned from my experience with Noom (read my review here) is that it is possible to unlearn what you have learned. By this I mean, that you can unlearn bad habits and form new, better habits when it comes to making food choices. Noom talks about the psychology behind how our brains are wired and how this relates to weight loss, which I found fascinating. Ultimately it’s up to you what you do with this information, but I love this approach.

If you put your mind to it, you can kick your bad eating habits to the curb and reinforce new eating habits that will help you meet your weight loss goal. Losing the weight and keeping it off is the end game with Noom and changing your behavior is key to long-lasting success.

Food triggers

Life presents us with lots of different situations involving food. As such, there are food triggers. One such trigger is social triggers, like when you are at a party and everyone is eating fabulous hors d’oeuvres and you feel compelled to join in.

There are also emotional triggers, for instance, after a tough day at the office, I crave chocolate, potato chips, or other junk food. These are a few of the many food triggers that exist, and Noom can help you manage these very challenging triggers.

Noom is designed to be a way of life to help you lose weight and keep it off. Helping you be a healthier you. Noom is a lifestyle change, not a diet plan.

Noom food categories

So, let’s get into the Noom food categories. Noom has designed the program with food fitting into specific categories, so it’s easy to keep track and manage your daily intake. Foods are broken down into three categories, green, yellow, and red. These categories are based on caloric-density, or how many calories are in the given weight of the food.

Noom food categories
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Foods with high calorie-density have a lot of calories given the weight, like nuts. Foods with low caloric density have fewer calories for the weight of that food, like an apple. You want to fill your plate with foods that are naturally rich in water, like fruits and vegetables, lean meats, etc. These types of foods help to fill you up without all the calories.

The goal throughout the day is to consume most of your calories from the green category, be more mindful (moderation) of foods from yellow and limit foods from the red group. One thing to note is the green category is not necessarily “greens,” but instead foods that are encouraged within the program.

Noom food list

With all of that said, let’s get into the foods that will help you succeed with Noom.

Noom green food list

These are what the bulk of your food should consist of since they are low in caloric-density

  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Strawberry
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Skim milk
  • Whole grain bread
  • Whole grain tortilla
  • Whole grain pasta
  • Whole-grain pita
  • Egg whites
  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Brown rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Sweet potato
  • Non-fat Greek yogurt
  • Tofu

Noom yellow food list

These foods are okay in moderation

  • Grilled chicken
  • Black beans
  • English muffins
  • Eggs
  • Low-fat milk
  • Avocado
  • Hummus
  • White rice
  • White bread
  • Pasta
  • Beer
  • Salmon
  • Lean meat
  • Diet soda
  • Quinoa
  • Turkey breast
  • Tuna (fresh or canned)

Noom red food list

These foods are the most calorie-dense, so limit your quantities

  • Hamburgers
  • Red meat
  • Bacon
  • Nuts
  • Hot dogs
  • Pizza
  • Cake
  • Mayonnaise
  • Butter
  • Potato chips
  • Peanut butter and other nut butter
  • Wine
  • Sugar
  • Pancakes
  • Whole milk
  • Ham
  • Ranch dressing

This is not an all-inclusive list, and if you download the app and try a 14-day trial, you can see much more. I am guessing a lot of the items on these food lists are not a huge surprise. Also keep in mind that this is not to say that “red” is terrible and “green” is right. There are a ton of great foods to choose from and really nothing is off-limits.

Is the Noom diet restrictive?

This one thing I love about the Noom weight loss plan, there no foods that are off-limits. You can eat your favorite foods, in moderation, and pair them with other foods, low in caloric density, that fills you up. This way, you can still eat portions of your favorite foods to satisfy cravings and also feel full.

For example, you can eat potato chips and pair that with some sliced deli meat or an apple. It’s all about managing your intake and not completely giving in to your cravings.

So you can still eat your favorite foods in limited quantities to satisfy your cravings, and pair that with a low caloric-density food.

My favorite food example

Personally, I love Ghiradelli dark chocolate chips (60% cacao), and I have to be very careful when I have these in my pantry. Heaven forbid I have a bag at work LOL. Anyway, these are not off-limits in any way, shape or form, BUT, yes here is the BUT, these do count toward the red food category.

I can tell you from my experience logging these into my food entries, they add up quick. For me, the red category got out of hand in a hurry, and I wasn’t even trying. That was pretty eye-opening for me.

Conclusion: Noom food list

I hope this post has been helpful, answered your questions, and maybe even piqued your curiosity. As you can see, this list is probably not a big surprise as to what foods need to be limited and which are okay to fill up on.

The Noom app will walk you through tracking all of your food, and you will be able to see rather quickly where changes in your diet need to take place. I was pretty surprised at how quickly the red category filled up for me, which, when I think about it, isn’t a huge surprise for me.

If you are up for the 14-day trial, I highly encourage you to give it a try. If you decide you want to continue, it’s entirely up to you, and you can cancel at any time before the 14 days is up.

With the Noom weight loss plan, you have access to a coach and a community of people, who are there to help and motivate you. If you have any questions about particular foods, you can reach out and get help. When you are trying to lose weight, having people who support you really goes a long way.

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