Sometimes our desire to lose weight and eat better doesn’t necessarily match up with our budgets. Instead of spending every last dollar you have on a new diet book or an expensive diet program, be smart with your wallet. There are things that you can do to shed the pounds without going broke. If you need a few ideas, here are some tips to lose weight…on a budget.
Avoid Buying Into Fad Diets
Your best friend may be raving about the hottest diet trend of the moment. That doesn’t mean you need to buy into it, though! Every year there seems to be a new fad diet on the market. Millions of people follow the rules hoping to see results. If you’ve ever fallen into this trap, you’ll know that nine times out of ten, you wound up spending money and getting little in return. If you’re looking to lose weight on a budget, the first thing to do is avoid fad diets. There is no point spending your hard earned money on nothing!
Enjoy a Meatless Meal Once a Week
You don’t need to eat meat every single night of the week. There are actually other foods that you can get rid of those extra pounds. Even better? It will save you some money. There are plenty of meat substitutes out there that can give you all the nutrients you need. Things like beans, chickpeas, and mushrooms are ideal. They cost far less than deli meat and will help you change up your menu.
Don’t Be Afraid to Buy In Bulk
Buying food in bulk doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Sure, if you’re planning on buying double chocolate cookies in bulk maybe you should think again. Buying healthy food in bulk, though, is a great way to save money. Healthy foods can be more pricey than junk. When you buy a lot of it, you can stick to your budget and your weight loss goals. Buy things that won’t go bad quickly, like a large bag of brown rice, frozen vegetables, and so on.
Forget About Pre-Mixed Salads
They are everywhere nowadays. At every grocery store you’ll see pre-mixed salads complete with dressing and a fork. It has never been more convenient to get your greens in! Unfortunately, these pre-mixed salads or pre-washed bags cost a lot more money than buying the ingredients fresh. You’ll also be getting a lot less in each pre-mixed portion than you would if you bought a head of lettuce and used it for several different meals. To save money, buy what you need (and only what you need) and toss up your own salad at home.
Don’t Buy Convenience Food
Just like salads, there are other healthy convenience foods at your local supermarket. They may include bags of steamed vegetables, 100-calorie packs of snack foods, or even portion-controlled meals. Without question these can make weight loss simpler. The bad news is that they also cost a lot more money. You are paying for the cute packaging and sheer ease of use. When money is a concern, don’t be afraid to do a little extra work yourself. Try to separate your food into calorie smart portions after you buy it.
Losing weight and eating healthy doesn’t have to send you to the poor house. Do your best to avoid expensive dieting traps. You will still get the results you want without having to worry about the cost.