How to Lose Weight without Blowing Your BudgetNovember 26, 2019 10:45 am Comments Off on How to Lose Weight without Blowing Your Budget
Each year, many Australian’s fork out hundreds of dollars for weight loss interventions that often provide short-term results costing them more in cash than they reap in results. If you’re on a budget, losing weight may seem like an expensive adventure but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to keep costs down while losing weight.
10 budget-friendly ways to lose weight
Losing weight can be challenging, as often you are juggling busy schedules to follow a regular fitness routine and then trying to stay motivated to keep up with the routine. Not to mention the food cravings and temptations! Achieve your weight loss goals with these inexpensive expert tips that won’t blow your budget or add additional stress to your weight loss journey.
1. Stay away from fad diets
Avoid fancy pills and potions that promise big weight loss results but cost you an arm and a leg. These products often produce little to no weight loss results and eventually get too expensive or tedious to keep up with. Instead, choose a weight loss program that will help you change your eating habits so that you have the skills to help you maintain lost weight later.
2. Meal plan
Have a weekly meal that outlines what you will be eating for each meal. Being organised allows you not only greater success but also reduces waste. You can plan your meals to include foods that can easily be repurposed for different meals. Why not use the Tony Ferguson Weight Loss meal plans and recipes to get started?
3. Plan your snacks
Avoid buying snacks when you are out and about. A few dollars spent on snacks when buying your daily coffee can easily be saved if you plan and prepare a couple of options on Sunday to last for the rest of the week. The Tony Ferguson 12-Week Program Sample Meal Plan has plenty of snack ideas that will help you lose weight (not extra dollars!).
4. Prepare you grocery list
Make a shopping list before going to the supermarkets and only purchase food items on your list. When preparing your list, keep in mind your weekly meal plan. Be mindful about adding perishable items that will need to be consumed within a short period of time. Keep an eye out for specials and stock up on them if you have freezer and pantry space. Buying in bulk is a great way to budget for long-term savings and achieve weight loss. A massive bag of rice or oatmeal will be more cost effective than individual, ready-to-eat packs which may also not be as nutritious.
5. Seasonal produce
Seasonal produce is not only cheaper, but also fresher and more nutrient rich. Buying at farmer’s markets gives the added advantage of buying in large quantities and negotiating a good price. Consider growing your own produce if you have the space. Chillies, herbs and cherry tomatoes can be grown even in smaller spaces.
6. Make your own
Forget the takeaways and cook your meals from scratch at home. Not only is it cheaper, there are no added nasties such as excess oil and salt, to harm your waistline.
7. Steer clear of prepared foods
When at the supermarket, avoid choosing items that are pre-cut or already prepared for you as these tend to be more expensive. Instead, make time to do some meal preparation yourself. You can cut up a big batch of vegetables and store them in airtight containers. This way weeknight meal preparation will be much easier. You can also quickly put together a salad for a snack.
8. Drink plenty of water
Reach out for water to quench your thirst, rather than fizzy drinks and sugary beverages that won’t do much to help you lose weight. Water is not only calorie-free and important for hydration but also much cheaper.
9. Workout at home
Create a little wellness corner in your home. Spread out your yoga mat or get some basic equipment, which can be shared in rotation with friends to keep things interesting.
Rethink your commute to work, school and the shops. Put on your walking shoes and walk to places as much as you can. If walking is not an option, think about cycling to give your muscles a good workout. You could also take the stairs instead of the elevator. This is a much cheaper alternative to a gym membership and reduces your fuel costs.
Remember, losing weight is about embracing a lifestyle of healthy eating habits and a fitness routine that you can follow through even after you have lost the excess weight. Speak to your dietitian about your weight loss goals and discuss ways to eat healthy and slim down on a budget.
Author Profile – Gloria Cabrera
Gloria Cabrera is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Personal Fitness Trainer with over 8 years’ experience working closely with clients in the weight loss and weight management industry. She has collaborated on developing national and international weight loss and weight maintenance programs. Owner, Dietitian and Personal Fitness Trainer at Nutrition Savvy; Gloria helps her clients achieve improved wellbeing through better nutrition and fitness. She specialises in nutrition and dietary consultations for type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease and food intolerances.
Gloria is passionate about supporting her clients to embrace a permanent lifestyle change through suitable nutritious meal plans and personalised training.
When she’s not consulting, Gloria enjoys cooking and experimenting with new flavours to develop her own unique weight loss recipes.