For anyone who wants to lose weight, what foods to eat are what primarily come to mind. The Noom Weight Loss Program has developed a simple system. Every food has a place in the system and falls in either a green, yellow, or red category. We tend to focus on green foods because they are low calorie and healthy for us. Red foods have the highest calorie count and tend to be the least healthy. Yellow foods are in the middle and something most people think about the least. Yellow foods do have a place in our daily eating habits and we will be talking about that in this article.
How Does The Food Work at Noom?
A healthy lifestyle is for life and Noom believes that it must be sustainable to last. This means that no foods are off-limits at Noom. This does not mean a “free-for-all” however. If you love ice cream, you can have some but a smaller portion and in less frequency would be the preferred choice. It means you learn what healthy eating looks like and how low-calorie dense foods work well in this picture. To find out more in-depth information about caloric density, please read my article, “Green, Yellow and Red-The Food System at Noom”.
Because of the tiered system of food, we often think of the “best” and “worst” choices we could make in foods. If you are thinking that we often correlate green foods as the “best” choices, and red foods as the “worst” choices, you would be correct. We seem to constantly be striving for the “best” green equivalent when it comes to our foods. When we’ve had a really “off” day with our foods, we often think of all the “red” foods we had. So where do yellow foods fit into all of this?
The Yellow Foods at Noom
The yellow foods at Noom are (you guessed it!), the middle of the road food choices. Middle of the road concerning calorie density. Middle of the road when it comes to healthy choices (in some cases). It’s okay to eat these foods, but be aware of your portion sizes.
Noom wants you to track your food daily while on the program through their extremely easy to use, Noom app. You will be allotted a certain amount of calories per day. As you enter your food intake for the day, the app will also be calculating how much of each food category you are using. With repeated use of this app, you become very aware of the kinds of foods you are eating and how healthy they are! Each day, Noom does want you to allot 30% toward the green category (but you’ll never be penalized for more green foods-only applauded), 45% toward the yellow foods, and 25% towards the red category. So why the higher percentage in the yellow category?
As I mentioned, all foods are in one of the three color categories. The category these foods are in is based exclusively on their caloric density. There are a number of healthy foods in the yellow category but have a higher caloric density than in the green category. These foods are healthy but should be taken limited in quantity. These foods are also healthier and have a less calorie density than red foods (in the majority of cases).
Food Substitutes and Yellow Foods
You can definitely concentrate on yellow foods when you are looking for a substitute for a red category food. For example, a leaner cut of red meat would be a yellow category food as compared to a fattier form of red meat which would be in the red category. You could also take an example of not liking the taste of skim milk (a green category food). You might opt for a slightly less healthy 1% milk (a yellow category food) as compared to a 4% milk which is in the red category and least healthy. This is the feature I think about most when choosing my yellow foods and making my 45% per day commitment.
Some Yellow Food Examples
Some examples of foods in the yellow category would be:
- low-fat milk, cheese, and yogurt
- lean pork
- yellow rice
- orange juice
Get Your Noom Food Lists!
When you are on Noom and using their food app, they have a wide range of foods in their database (including restaurant offerings). This makes it easy to track your food at any time. Sometimes, when you are meal planning for the week, you may find it convenient to actually look at a printed list. This comprehensive list includes many foods in all three categories. If you would like a copy of the food lists, please sign up below.
The One Big Takeaway Here
Understand that yellow foods have a place here at Noom. We are often consumed with the idea that our foods should be in the “green” category or that we eat way too many “red” foods. Don’t underestimate the value that yellow foods have. They can be a good substitute category for us. Yellow foods can also still offer a lot of nutritional value. Just think of chicken and avocado. We just need to be mindful of our portion size because it has a higher caloric density than green foods. Download this Noom Food List and become more aware of the yellow choices you have. There are benefits there not to be overlooked!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Many yellow foods are still very healthy and contain many nutrients, including many meat proteins. Just be mindful of your portions. Noom wants you to consume 45% of your daily food from the yellow food category.
Think of yellow foods when you want to make substitutions from the green or red category.
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!