Noom’s Green Foods List – How To Eat More and Still Lose Weight

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When it comes to losing weight, one of the most difficult things for many people is knowing what to eat. So for many, the solution to this problem is to eat less, not knowing more harm than good can be done using this method.

What many fail to realize is, that not eating enough can also cause you to gain weight. This is due to your body trying to conserve the energy that it does have, thus causing your metabolism to slow down.

With Noom’s Green Foods List, no longer do you have to worry about not knowing what’s good for you or not. You are given a list of foods that is rated based on a color coded system which I will get into later. But you’ll find that choosing food items are easier with this type of system.

So the goal of this article, is to show you how you can eat more and still lose weight with the noom weight loss program. So whether you’re already using the program or thinking about using it, you will find this article to be very helpful in understanding the basics of healthy weight loss.

Remember…Losing Weight Is All About CALORIES!!!

If you’re not aware of it by now, losing weight is all about putting your body in a caloric deficit. As long as you are burning more calories than you consume throughout the day, you will lose weight. So it’s important to make sure you are eating the right type of foods. So the goal should be to feel full and satisfied without consuming too many calories.

But is it possible to feel full without having to go over your daily caloric intake?

Yes, as long as you are consuming low-calorie dense foods. These types of foods provide you with a small amount of calories even if they are consumed in high volume. Compared to high-energy dense foods that contain a large amount of calories with a much smaller food volume.

For example, a cup of raisins contains about 500 calories. But if you take that same cup amount, and instead of raisins you consume grapes, that would cost you only 62 calories. You would still get that full feeling without all the added calories.

So how is this possible?…This is made possible by you consuming water rich foods. These type of foods will allow you to eat more and still lose weight in a healthy way.

Why You Should Consume More Water Rich Foods


Since volume plays a huge part in how full and satisfied we feel during a meal, it’s important to find ways to feel full without having to consume all the added calories.

And by consuming foods that are rich in water, the water dilutes the amount of calories in a given food. Thus allowing you to eat more without having to increase your caloric intake.

So when on the Noom weight loss program, you will find yourself selecting food that are considered water rich, and noom makes finding these type of foods simple.

With their very large food database, you should have very little trouble making better food choices to help you reach your weight loss goals.

Noom’s Food Database Has Over 3.7 Million Options To Choose From

What makes the noom weight loss program so effective is that you are able to bring it with you wherever you go. The fact that you can search their food database from your phone, helps you make better food choices throughout the day.

Not only does their database contain food items, but you can also select actual meals with portion sizes which is key to successful weight loss. The calorie amounts are listed next to the food items giving you a clear picture of how your choices will affect your daily calorie budget.

Now we all know that having options is always a great thing, but for many, it can be a bit overwhelming when trying to make the right food choices. So how do you know which foods are right for you? With noom’s color coded system, you know exactly which foods will work for your weight loss needs.

So What’s With All The Colors? An Overview of Noom’s Green Foods List

Noom has three different colors (green, yellow, red) to help users learn which food items are ok to consume. Each food is assigned a color based on calorie density. Not only are you given a color to help you know which foods are ok to eat, but you’re also given a list of the foods to help give you a visual of the foods you like.

noom food color guide

green foods list

Foods that are listed in the green category are low calorie density foods. These are foods that you can eat a lot more of than the yellow and red colored food items. This will allow you to fill yourself up more without adding any unnecessary calories to your diet.

yellow foods list

What also makes having this food list very helpful is the fact that you can find alternatives to some of your favorite foods that may not be so healthy for you. But regardless of your selection, having this color coded system makes choosing healthy food items that much easier for you.

red foods list

A Team of Experts Created This System To Make Eating Healthy Simpler

When it comes to many of the fad diets out there, one of the many concerns out there is who is actually creating them. It’s easy for anyone with some knowledge of how to lose weight to come up with a system to sell you that may not be all that healthy for your body.

But with the noom weight loss program, it helps to know that you’re getting a system that was created by a team of health experts. Experts that know what it takes to help you lose weight the right way. You’re getting advice from both nutritionists and registered dietitians, which gives you comfort of knowing your health is a priority.

This is especially true when it comes to the food database. You want to know that the information you’re getting there is accurate. And with a team of experts behind the scenes, you can feel confident that success with this program is achievable.

Noom Offers 2 Types of Programs

It’s important to keep in mind that Noom has two different types of programs created specifically for the user. There is both a Healthy Weight Program, and a Diabetes Management Program. Each program has a color system that is created specifically for the users dietary needs.

Basically, for anyone on the healthy weight program, the color coded system will have you focus more on calorie density foods. But if you are on the diabetes management program, the system will focus more on carbohydrate density foods. So for anyone that struggles with diabetes, it will be important to make sure you select the right program for you.

      More Reading: What Is The Noom Diet? – An Inside Look

Don’t Worry About Falling Off Track

We all know that trying to manage any weight loss program can be difficult. It can be so easy to get off track when it comes to healthy eating. The great thing about noom is that you get personalized feedback when it comes to your food choices.

As long as you are making sure to log all of your meals in their database, noom will make suggestions on many of your food choices to help keep you on track. They will even make recommendations if you find yourself struggling to make healthy food choices.

For many, this will be important since more people have found success with weight loss when having that extra set of eyes holding them accountable for their actions.

Interested In Trying The Noom Diet?

With any weight loss program, the toughest thing can be getting started. Not knowing if a particular program will work out for you is a legitimate fear for anyone. Well the great thing about noom is that they allow you to try out their program free for 14 days. If you feel that it something that will not work out for you, you can easily cancel before your 14 days are up.

This is a great opportunity to find out if this program can be the solution to your weight loss struggles. And with Noom’s green foods list, finding healthy foods to eat is that much simpler.

Get Started On Your Noom Diet Today

But if you’re still not convinced on the effectiveness of this program, I recommend that you take a look at my Noom Coach Weight Loss Review. It will give you a more detailed breakdown of what this program has to offer.

So if you have any questions or feel like sharing your thoughts on the program, please feel free to do so below in the comment section. I would love to hear from you.

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John - January 7, 2019

1. Is there a text based list that I can copy? The lists above are images. This would make creating a grocery list much easier.

2. Is the Noom food database (with 3.7M options) available on-line? It seems really cumbersome to have to individually search each food in the app. Again, this would facilitate making a grocery list much easier (being able to use a mouse, keyboard, copy/paste) particularly for items that are pre-packaged. I find it difficult/cumbersome to find Green/Yellow foods that already exist.

    Ralph - January 8, 2019

    Hi John. Unfortunately everything is done through the app on your phone, so I don’t think there is any text based list you could copy and paste it from. However if you find a meal you like, there is a list of ingredients where you could do a screenshot of. I hope this helps.

      dawn - January 18, 2019

      i do not have a cell phone that can do this. is there any other way.

    Gayle - January 16, 2019

    John, it would be nice to have the 3.7M options available more easily. It is cumbersome to have to individually search each food. The list above only shows about 40 green foods.

    What I’d like to see in the app is to go to the food list and have a way for it to show me a list of ALL the green foods in the 3.7M. I know there’s more than 40, but I’m not sure I “get” it yet. So many times I’ll go in and search individually for something I think is green and find out it’s yellow. Likewise I’ve been surprised to find out even more foods I think are yellow are actually red.

    It would be nice to periodically be able to peruse a list of all foods of a color.

Gail Ott - January 7, 2019

Can you use splenda or other sweeteners?

    Ralph - January 8, 2019

    You can use whatever you want. Just make sure to log it in so you are able to keep track of your eating habits. The app will let you know if it is recommended to use sweeteners.

    Charlotte David - January 17, 2019

    Gail, I use Truvia which has no calories. It is also the artificial sweetener that my doctor prefers.

Jeanette RATTNER - January 6, 2019

I am currently signed up abd just atarted the free trial period. I am not diabetic (although was told once i was pre-diabetic). I have been told i have a non-alcoholic fatty liver and the md said a low fat low carb diet. Should i switch to the diabetic plan? Can i do this? Also trying intermitten eating and coach doesnt know what it is

    Ralph - January 8, 2019

    Hi Jeanette. I probably would have selected the diabetes program, but you can definitely ask your coach.

Karen S Howard - January 5, 2019

Do you select the green, red & yellows by using a tracker? Is this program a contract or do I cancel anytime.

    Ralph - January 6, 2019

    Hi Karen. The colors are there to help make you aware of the foods you are putting in your system. Depending on the food item you eat, it will affect your calorie budget. So it’s important to make sure you log them in. Noom offers a 14 day trial in which you can cancel anytime before your 14 days are up. If you choose to go past the 14 days, you will then be charged. Hope this answers your question.

Linda Ruiz - January 4, 2019

Hi there I am interested in trying the 14 day free trial if I choose not to do it after the 14 days is it a struggle to cancel ?

    Ralph - January 4, 2019

    Hi Linda. If you decide you don’t want to continue with the program, you need to make sure to do it before the 14 days are up, not after. All you have to do is contact your coach within the app and tell them you want to cancel. Just make sure to do it before the 14 days. I hope this helps.

Virginia S Carreau - December 31, 2018

I have to watch the carbs I consume so my sugar level will stay closer to 100 when tested in the Am. Should probably go with the diabetic management program.

    Ralph - January 1, 2019

    Yea that makes sense Virgina. Make sure to also speak with your health coach about it as well. Thanks for commenting.

Patty - December 26, 2018

Are there recipes or menus?

    Ralph - January 2, 2019

    Yes they do Patty!

Denise - December 24, 2018

I have been on noom for 4 weeks. I have lost 10.6# i positively love this program.
I learned that my previous way of eating was nearly all red foods and a lot of yellow.
And very few green foods.
Now its the total opposite. Lots of green and yellow foods are moderate. And most of the time i am well under the red foods goal for the day!

I would recommend Noom to anyone who needs to control their eating habits and to lose weight!

I especially love how Noom gets into the WHY of how and how much and when and what we eat! I love the Noom nerds!

    Ralph - January 2, 2019

    This is so awesome to hear Denise! I’m glad it’s working out for you. This provides a lot of motivation for those on the fence about joining. Keep it up!

Don - December 11, 2018

I signed up & have been following the program for a week now. I have two questions:
1. How to look at the food database – the horizontal line drop-down menu icon doesn’t offer that option, as far as I can see.
2. I’ve read other comments alluding to a barcode scanner, but I don’t see any option to select it. How is it activated?
Any guidance you can provide would be much appreciated.

    Ralph - January 2, 2019

    Hi Don. Which device are you using? Android or IOS?

Rita - November 14, 2018

Hi, I am on the Noom program going on my 4th week and 4 lbs loss, and I love it. I like documenting what I eat daily as it keeps me on target. Actually, I am so surprised how much calories I was consuming when I documented my intake that I taught myself what a cup of rice “looks” like and just eat the a cup of spanish rice rather the shoveling the big serving spoon full of rice to my plate.

I also like the daily reading prior to completing my daily intake as it motivates me to keep going. Noom helps me prepare my mental state what I should eat and I am the one that makes the decision to move forward or go the lighter path.

So I am disappointed of what I am reading in the blogg, because I am successful of what I put into this program (and it is cheap enough) because it is all about me, myself and I. Noom is not shoveling the food down my throat, but guiding me in the right direction to make the right decision to reach my goal weight to eat the bigger portion or to lose the weight to eat the smaller portion. They coach me into making the right decision and I make a decision myself.

My coach is very good to me. What ever I ask she answers me right away. I also have communication with my group and I read their accomplishments and barriers. And believe me I have run into my elephants , but I think of the purpose of the program and think my elephant to go away.

It is what you make of it people. This is not a miracle cure that in one week you’ll be at your weight. It is all about hard work. It is better than weight watchers, as the program has some very good information about the “why” I ate or what I might eat that I have not received from weight watchers.

I’m done. I am at week 4. I paid my three months and I will see where I go from there. If I don’t make it, it is not Noom ‘s fault, it will be ME, I put on the weight myself, and with the guilance from Noom I will take the weight off.

Stop complaining and try it for a few months and work at it, you will see results, BUT you need to work on it. Read their daily encouragements speak chat with your “team” and motivate yourselves. Like I said, my coach is what the word is “coach” she is not a miracle worker, you need to put the effort in to see results.

    Ralph - November 17, 2018

    Awesome job Rita, Keep it up!

    Mary - January 20, 2019

    Thank you
    I’ve just completed my first week and you have inspired me immensely.

    I too agree with you about the positive & constructive help & support that Noom offers.

    I’ve tried others and have been so disappointed at my lack of continuous support leading to my failures

    I use the recipes data base and find it great.

    And the barcode facility is brilliant and makes it so speedy and easy to log food.

    So far I’ve felt less stressed, less afraid and more in control because I can turn to Noom for help.
    And if I have that I can build this knew me.

    Any tips for a sweet tooth that will keep me on the right path will be most appreciative.


Casey - November 10, 2018

Hi, are we not allowed to reply to other people on this feed, or is it just moderated? I’m a #Noom user and I tried to reply to a woman’s question about drinking wine with some of my experiences, but I don’t see my reply showing. I just like to share my experiences as a user to help people can decide whether or not they want to use this program. They are positive comments, I promise 😊

    Ralph - November 10, 2018

    Hey Casey! Yes the blog is moderated to make sure there isn’t any spam. I want to make sure that everyone that visits gets a pleasant experience. I usually respond to comments within 24 hours, so you should see your comment now. I really appreciate you sharing your thoughts and experience with the program. It really does help others that have questions about it come to an informed decision about trying it or not.

Amelia - November 4, 2018

Does this also provide a personalized workout?

    Ralph - November 4, 2018

    Noom offers customized plans for an additional fee.

    Tracy - November 7, 2018

    You can receive a personalized workout plan for a (reasonable) additional fee.

Margaret Eustis - October 26, 2018

This is a great app…it’s a behavior change weight loss course! Yes, I was skeptical and yes I felt like giving up as I usually do, but I am sticking with it through my ups and downs! I am currently in my fourth week as a Noom member! For everyone who is curious about joining, believe me when I say, I feel that this is the first program I have tried that is actually transforming me for the better…mentally and physically! I am thinking differently about food and drinks and consciously making better choices! My husband is trying to eat better too, since he had to go on cholesterol medicine. I was so happy to see him bring an orange into the living room, just now, for a sweet snack! He is very supportive and my healthier eating is rubbing off onto him…yay! 😁

    Ralph - October 27, 2018

    I really love seeing posts from people actually succeeding with the program. It really does give a lot of motivation and hope to others that are thinking about trying it out. Just know Margaret that you inspire a lot of people with your post, and I’m glad to see that you’re getting awesome results with it. Keep it up and please don’t be afraid to stop by and give us an update on your progress.

      Margaret - October 28, 2018

      I am assuming you meant… it really DOES give a lot of motivation and hope ??

        Ralph - October 28, 2018

        lol…so sorry Margaret. Yes I meant It does give a lot of motivation. Thanks for the correction!

Anna - October 26, 2018

Can you drink wine on this diet?

    Ralph - October 27, 2018

    Hey Anna! You sure can! Just make sure to log it.

    Casey - November 10, 2018

    Anna, you can eat and drink whatever you want, but as soon as you log it you’ll see wine is a Red food. I was floored by how many Red foods I was consuming that I thought were good or not that bad…turns out I was wrong! I love wine but I’ve found myself drinking much less of it due to how many calories it adds to your daily intake.

    It’s truly hard to log things then look at your day only to realize how many Red foods you’ve consumed. It really motivates me to try and get more Green and Yellow than Red, and I’m getting better and better at it. It’s a learning curve but Noom makes it easier, and whenever I have questions I just ask my coach and she helps me. I hope you try it, it’s a very unique program!

      Ralph - November 10, 2018

      Awesome post Casey! I’m so happy to see that noom is helping you better manage your calorie intake, thus allowing you to develop better habits. I hope that you’re getting great results along with the program along with improved habits. Thanks for commenting and providing input on your experience with Noom.

      Trina - November 29, 2018

      I just had to pipe up: I’m on week 3, coming off of Nutrisystem (which got a few pounds off then the scale didn’t budge.) I’m still eating a lot of the breakfast and snack bars. I love the “history” tab, where you can look at your overall diet, where each day is a pie chart of your red, yellow, and green foods. There was one day where my only green food was 1/2 cup applesauce. Not one single yellow food. The whole rest of the pie was red!! (speaking of pie, there was a slice of pumpkin in there!) But I find a surprising number of the Nutrisystem foods are red.

      I am learning a lot and liking the system so far, and have lost a couple pounds despite Thanksgiving being in there.

        Mary - December 4, 2018

        I’ve been on Noom for 5 weeks and think it’s great. I haven’t seen the history tab and pie chart mentioned. Where is this?

MARYLOU - October 8, 2018

Why is it only a phone based program. I prefer to read recipes etc on a computer which is easier to read.

    Ralph - October 8, 2018

    Hi Marylou! Unfortunately it is designed for mobile only. I would recommend just trying out their trial and see if it is something you can make work for you. Please come back and let me know how it goes. All the best to you:)

Tricia - October 4, 2018

I have a question regarding the noom process. My understanding is you can use only an android phone or app and I do not have an android phone so if I get an android tablet can I still access the program?

    Ralph - October 5, 2018

    Hi Tricia! Noom works for both android and apple devices. So you should have no issue using the program.

Linda stoll - September 3, 2018

Please let me no more I am a diabetic one and need to know if this day it would be good for me I do need to lose weight

    Ralph - September 4, 2018

    Hi Linda! Noom does have a program for diabetics, but it would be hard for me to say if it will work for you or not since I am not a doctor. So I would also consult with your doctor about this program as well. Hope this helps.

Darcy - August 27, 2018

Where do I find the food list? I have signed up but am wanting more info as to which items are in each group.

    Ralph - August 28, 2018

    HI Darcy! If you click the 3 horizontal bars in the top left corner, you should be able to access it. Thanks for commenting.

Mary - August 14, 2018

I like the program but do we plan our meals or does noom. Are we given options for each meal to choose from. I’d like to see more of what noom does

    Ralph - August 22, 2018

    Hi Mary! Noom doesn’t prepare any foods for you. They give you a list of healthy food items to choose from that fit your caloric needs. There are also recipes for those that struggle with ideas of what to cook. If you’re really interested in seeing what the Noom weight loss program has to offer, there is a 14 day free trial for you to try out. This will give you a chance to see if the program is for you or not.

Patririca Poole - August 13, 2018

Interested in joining the programme, well at least trying the 14 day free trial. I have multiple sclerosis and wonder if this will affect my suitability for the programme? I can’t see that it would, as diet is not something regularly discussed by MS health practitioners. I can only manage very small amounts of exercise, as I’m not very mobile. Can you help?

    Ralph - August 14, 2018

    Hi Patricia. You should probably consult with your primary physician to see what kind of program may be suitable for your medical needs.

dessy - August 8, 2018

Hi. I want to join the program. How do I sign up

    Ralph - August 8, 2018

    Hi Dessy! You can sign up using this link. Please let me know if you still are having any issues. Thanks

-L - July 23, 2018

Where exactly do I find the food data base with 3.7 million options?

    Ralph - July 24, 2018

    Have you signed up to the program? You should be able to view the list of food items after becoming a member.

      Zena - November 4, 2018

      I’m having trouble locating this as well. I am a member.

Karenina Cooper - July 20, 2018

Finishing up my first week and I’ve lost 3+ pounds already and…. I haven’t felt deprived or hungry. I even had a beer yesterday! Loving this!!!!

    Ralph - July 21, 2018

    Wow Karenina! I really do love hearing about members that are getting results with the program. As long as you keep consistent with this healthy way of eating, the results will only get better! Congrats on your success so far Karenina, and thanks for sharing it with everyone!

Connie - June 28, 2018

How does the program address the “mental aspect “ of dieting?

I am Type 1; does the Diabetic plan limit carbohydrates or follow the ADA eating plan?

    Ralph - June 28, 2018

    Hi Connie! We all know that when it comes to losing weight, eating healthy and daily exercise is necessary to get results. But for many, healthy eating and exercise just isn’t enough. A big reason for that are things like stress, depression, or lack of motivation, which can be huge factors in the type of weight loss results you get. As a personal trainer and kickbox instructor, I’ve talked to many clients and members who struggle a lot with those 3 factors I just mentioned. So having a trainer like me speaking with them is great therapy for them as they work towards a healthier lifestyle. So with Noom, they provide this type of therapy at a much affordable cost by providing you with a coach and support group.

    In terms of the diet plan, they have a diabetes management plan that will be designed just for you based on your answers to their questionnaire. Also, you have the option to choose which food items you eat daily, and noom makes choosing these items much easier based on their color coded system. I hope this answers your question Connie, and thanks for commenting.

Luana - June 23, 2018

I would like to sign up but do not follow the kilo / centimetre system…can I do this in inches and pounds.?

    Ralph - June 23, 2018

    Hi Luana. If you’ve downloaded the Noom app, you will find that you can change the metrics by clicking settings in the menu.Please let me know if you continue to have issues with it. Thanks for commenting.

Muzamil - June 22, 2018

I wanna to lose weight and shape my body plzz suggest me a healthy diet chat for daily use through which I can loose weight within mnth period

    Ralph - June 22, 2018

    Hi Muzamil. How much weight are you trying to lose? Because a healthy weight loss amount is anywhere from 1-2 pounds per week. Also how active are you in terms of exercise? if you combine both daily exercise and healthy eating, you should be able to get great results. And noom is a great weight loss program that doesn’t just focus on the physical part of losing weight, but also the mental side as well. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

Amy Fox - June 17, 2018

Happy to find Noom!

    Ralph - June 17, 2018

    You and a lot of people Amy! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it and hope you’re getting the results you’re looking for. Makes me happy to hear things like this.

Claudia Melear - June 15, 2018

I don’t quite understand about the diabetes
selection. Which is best? I am prediabetic.

    Ralph - June 18, 2018

    HI Claudia. I’m not a doctor so I wouldn’t be able to recommend which program would be best for you. If you are someone that doesn’t suffer from any form of diabetes and are just looking to lose weight, then Noom’s healthy weight program may work best for you, as they have designed their color coded system based on that particular program. Now if you are someone that does suffer from diabetes, then they do have the diabetes management program where they have designed their program to help those manage it better. I hope this answers your question Claudia.


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