10 Ways to Lose Weight – By Cutting Your Budget
Posted by Girls Guide To on June 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM
The weight loss industry is a big business. Americans spend millions each year on products and services designed to help us lose weight. But guess what? You can lose weight without buying into that business. You can even lose weight by saving money. Mmmhmm. Cut your budget and trim your waistline, all in one effort.
Sound too good to be true? Not at all. Of course, you have to get a little creative and stay determined, but there’s no need to spend tons of money on a fancy gym or the latest juice cleanse. If you want to lose weight economically, here are 10 ways to lose weight by saving money.
So often we are tired from work, doing the grocery shopping, the cooking, sat down to dinner, and now…you’re just ready to pass out for the night. The urge to just throw out those last few spoons of pasta and veggies is so strong because – what was that? The housewives are calling your name? Take the two minutes to spoon it all into some tupperware and put it in the fridge. You will be so happy tomorrow when you don’t have to make yourself lunch and you can just dress up the leftovers for a healthy meal.
2. Cook Bigger Portions
You’re probably wondering why this is on the list, right? I mean, we’re supposed to eat less to lose weight, yes? Yes, eat smaller portions, but make bigger ones. In a busy lifestyle when you are working and going out and living on your own, there is no longer time to prepare dinner or lunches in advance. You often find yourself out of sheer exhaustion, stopping at the store on the way home and grabbing a few frozen pizzas for dinner, which is not a way to help you lose weight inexpensively. Cook extra helpings the night (or weekend) before, and then just heat it up for lunch the next day, or even dinner the night after.
3. Meatless Mondays
Food is really not cheap anymore, and these days meat has become almost a luxury in the family home, especially for free range and organic meat products. A good way to lose weight and cut down on grocery costs would be to introduce one or even two days a week that are meat free. I know what you’re thinking – you’re going to miss it. False! Embrace chilis and stuffed pepper made with beans or make baked potatoes with veggie fillings. Invest in a really good vegetable/vegetarian cookbook or find a fave veggie blogger and you’ll be surprised how many brilliant, tasty and healthy, and of course, cheap, dishes are possible..
4. Cheap Workouts
Joining a gym is not always the most practical option when losing weight thriftily; you will have to actually get there and the joining fees can initially be high. Why not take advantage of all the free exercise inspiration on Pinterest? There are tons of different workouts, from yoga to cardio to stretching, and you can work out in the comfort of your own home. Also free? Get outside for a run with a friend! You’ll get fit and enjoy the health benefits of being outdoors.
5. Buy Fresh
It can be very enticing when going to the grocery store to buy those pretty little steamer bags full of colorful vegetables. In realtiy, losing weight on a budget requires you to eat lots of vegetables, so the small handful of chopped up butternut is hardly going to get you to your quota. Instead, buy fresh from the grocer, or if you can get to a Farmers Market, even better. Prepare your fresh veggies yourself; you can get double the amount for half the price when you buy fresh.
6. Check Your Prices
Often we make the mistake of buying smaller packets of items in the store, because when we glance at the price we think we are getting a good deal. But, if you take the time to compare the unit price of a smaller packet with the unit price of the bigger one, you will find in almost all the cases that you are paying way more for a smaller packaged item than the larger counterpart. Save your money and check the fine print on the labels.
7. Ditch Diet Food
Diet soft drinks, diet breakfast cereal, diet bread and even diet ice cream? Forget about ‘em. At the end of the day those products are full of additives and have way less nutrients than their full fat buddies on the shelf. I mean have you tasted diet ice cream? No wonder people on a diet are always miserable. Instead of wasting money on ‘diet alternatives’, incorporate nice treats in moderation, and don’t spend your money on expensive fad products just because they have the word diet on them.
8. Ride or Walk to Work
It is not always possible, but if you live close to work, why not hang your car keys up and get on your bike to get to work? Or if you can, walk to work! For one, you will be in such a good mood when you get to the office, because you avoided traffic and waiting in lines to get on the bus, and you will save lots of money on traveling expenses to get to and from work. Not to mention that extra bit of cardio work out you are getting for free – major advantage when you want to lose weight cheaply!
9. Plan Ahead
Many of us, because of our busy lives, wait until we are hungry to think about what we are going to eat for lunch, or what we feel like eating. When you are already hungry, you are not exactly craving a veggie roll, you are more after carbs, high fat foods and well, whatever you see first. Off we head to the deli around the corner and blow our diet and our budget. Take some leftover food from dinner, or make your lunch before you go to work. Plan your meals in advance and this will help you lose weight on a budget.
10. Get Your Friends Involved
Losing weight can be a huge lifestyle change and if you don’t have the support of your friends and family at home, it can be that much harder. Make healthy meals with your roomie. Instead of meeting your girls for happy hour (and spending $20 in the process), meet for a walk around town instead. Chances are, they want to get a little healthier too!
Losing weight cheaply can be successful and these strategies can be easy to incorporate into any lifestyle. A bit of forward planning can help you lose weight on a budget and instill some worthwhile lifestyle changes that continue even after those excess pounds have been shed.
How do you lose weight and save money at the same time?