There are a lot of things you can do to lose weight and become healthier. However, a thing that we most unlikely think of with weight loss is saving money. Going to the gym, buying organic food and healthy meals can really be expensive. Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle and weight is difficult enough without thinking about your budget.
Though, there are minor tweaks you can do every day to actually help you lose weight and save money. A little adjustment here and there, and a bit of organizing can help you get on your way. Here are some everyday tips to help you lose weight and save cash.
Cooking at Home
Going outside to eat can be an easier choice if you want to relax, but there are a lot more cons when you’re trying to lose weight. First is the temptation of the different items in the menu, second the lack of healthy options on most establishments and lastly the price.
These three are the main concerns when dining out when trying to lose weight. You can cut out all of these factors by simply creating your meals at home. You are able to create more food that you can store and reheat than going out to eat. Cooking healthy food is difficult in the beginning, but with some quick recipes you’ll be able to get the hang of it in no time.
Plan for The Week
One of the things that is critical to healthy eating and weight loss is learning to plan ahead. Plan your meals and your work outs early. Are you planning on hiking or staying at the gym? Should you buy the ingredients for smoothies or full meals? Deciding your weekly menu plan and workout schedule can help you save a lot of money.
Going inside a grocery store without any plans can definitely cause you to buy more than what you really need and make you more prone to temptation buying. Planning your workout ahead can also help with groceries. Buying protein pack ingredients to help with muscle building workouts or fat burning ingredients for cardio day can make a huge difference. Buying everything at once can also help with portions. Buying in bulk and creating in bulk can help you portion them out within the week and save you time.
Many weight loss programs offer you the type of food you can easily prepare yourself, but with the added bonus of proportioning them. This is why most programs make you fill up forms or interview you. This allows them to understand how much calories you need, what amount can help you lose weight and what type of food can help energize your body. All of these things you can do in your home with the help of some website and apps. All you have to do is to answer them honestly. Sedentary living can give you smaller portions than people with active lifestyles.
There are also websites that can help you prepare a weekly meal plan depending on your weight, BMI and level of activity. The best thing you can do when you get the right information on calories and portion is to follow them to the T. Use measuring cups, small Tupperware and so on. Make sure to refresh the details weekly.
It is likely that your portion size or calorie intake will go down as you lose weight. This can help you save money by not using any fad weight loss programs and dishing out on expensive pre portioned meals. Another thing you can do is to use an app or journal to list down your meals, workouts, weekly budget and weight loss. This can help keep track of everything and see which ones cost more, affect your weight loss, etc
As they say “out of sight, out of mind”. This tactic is incredibly effective when it comes to temptation. Going through your refrigerator and seeing indulgent snack can cause you to snack rashly. If you live alone, try your best not to buy any of these temptations. If you do live with someone, (roommate or family) you can ask them to do the grocery. In case they do buy any temptation food tell them to hide it or not tell you about it.
This will prevent you from looking for them in the first place. Some money saving tips when it comes to healthy snacks is to opt for ones that will last. Fruits are great, but they can be expensive and can rot easily. If you are someone that can eat fruit snacks before they go bad, do it. But if you are someone that is prone to throwing them away, buy healthy packed snacks such as nuts and protein bars.
Spending money on fad machines, fad programs or diets and fancy fitness classes is pricy and most of the time unnecessary. You don’t need to drop a lot of cash to lose weight. Start with simple adjustments. If you can’t afford to go to the gym, start at home or make use of free trials. Build up your home gym or buy necessary items such as dumbbells and a jumping rope. You can save up on food by finding local organic shops or going to farmer’s markets. We hope these tips will be able to help you save money and lose weight wisely.