It seems like it should be a no-brainer, you’ll be eating less so surely you’ll be saving money. Sadly though, for a lot of people who want to lose weight, this isn’t the case. The cost of a slimming club, a diet book, special ingredients, so many different ingredients, meal replacements and a gym membership all add up and make it seem like successful dieting is only for the wealthy. However, this needn’t be the case, there are ways you can save money and lose weight, and all it really takes is a bit of extra preparation. Check out these X tips to see how you can do it:
Cook in bulk and freeze
Cooking in bulk and freezing is one of the most cost-effective ways of eating well for less. It’s also a great way of eating different meals rather than the same meals over and over. You can cook yourself a healthy chicken curry, a casserole and a chilli and freeze all of them separately in small portions. Then take them out of the freezer as and when you want them. It’s like having a microwave ready-meal, but you know exactly what’s in it and you know it’s healthy because you made it.
If you don’t know how to make soup, it’s easy! Vegetables are cheap, and all you need is a blender. There are tonnes of healthy soup recipes which are really cheap to make, they taste delicious and are really low in calories too.
You’ve probably heard of meal prepping and while cooking in bulk and freezing is a form of that, you can prep meals for the whole week so that you don’t have to think about what you’re going to eat, check out these other meal prep ideas from BudgetBytes.com.
Exercise for free
It’s very common for people to think that if they don’t have the right gear or access to gym machines, then they can’t lose weight, this is just an excuse. Before you even think about going to the gym, try exercising for free, and if you need some guidance, there’s plenty out there. Try Couch to 5k, a guided 9-week program, each week taking you from never running to running five kilometres in 30 minutes. If you don’t feel ready to run, then just start walking.
Only eat between certain times of the day.
You may have heard the term Time Restricted Eating (TRE), which is a very popular way of dieting today. It is a form of daily fasting wherein the time of the day during which you eat is limited. For example, you might typically eat during an 8- to 12-hour daytime window and fast during the remaining 12 to 16 hours. Try this, and you’ll soon notice that you eat less because you have less time and it cuts out those unnecessary evening snacks.
Cut down on the booze.
You don’t have to give it up altogether, but if you start cutting it down, you’ll soon notice you’re saving money and losing weight. Try the One You Drink Free Days app which monitors what you drink and encourages drink-free days.