Ten Lazy and Cheap Ways to Lose Weight
In Your Own Time and On Your Own Dime
* Drink lots of water; it is filling and will improve your kidney function. Further, if you drink water straight from the tap, it shouldn't cost you a lot (besides what you pay on your water bill). I don't like the taste of tap water so we drink filtered water at my house. Even then, we purchased a $30 filtered water jug that goes into the fridge and requires us to change the filter every other month. The total cost of our filtered water for a family of four is less than $100 a year. Water is cheap and good for your body.
* Replace high calorie or high sugar snacks with carrots and celery, both of which are low in calories (celery being so low that it actually takes more calories for you to digest it than the amount of calories you're getting in the veggie). Not only are carrots and celery low in calories, they're high in fiber AND they're some of the cheaper veggies you can purchase in the produce section of your supermarket.
* Do you crave carbohydrates? Squelch those carb cravings by eating more protein. Eating more protein makes it so that you don't long for carbs. It doesn't happen immediately but it does happen if you stay the diet course with proteins. In part, this is the strength of the Atkins diet. (Make sure to consult your physician as well as drink plenty of water when increasing your protein intake). Think of all the money you'll save if you're not buying refined carbs!
* If you're going to increase your protein intake, eat lean sources of protein like chicken and legumes. Further, they're cheaper sources of protein as well. I like to cook with boneless chicken breasts which cost more than thighs, wings or a whole chicken. So I wait until I find a sale on boneless chicken breasts and then I stock up and freeze it all for later use. For legumes, you can buy either the dried varieties and cook them yourself in a pot on the stove, your crockpot or a pressure cooker. If you have more money than time to prepare your meals, you can buy canned prepared beans (which is still cheaper than most cuts of meat and some dairy products).
* Eat smaller meals frequently throughout the day. This will keep your blood sugar stable instead of
* Make your meals (and your family's) out of natural foods, not processed ones. Don't let any one bring high fat foods home and just say no to buying them yourself. There's a part of my brain which knows that moderation is a good thing. But then there's the part that thinks moderation is a sham and that I will do better with my weight loss if I outlaw high fat and high sugar foods. That's the side of my brain I listen to if I want to lose with minimal effort and cost on my part.
* Stop eating out. Not only will this save you money overall but it will help you lose weight. The portions that are served at restaurants or fast food joints aren't conducive to healthy eating. If you're trying to lose weight, you often have to reduce the amount of food you eat. It is easier to control your food portions at home and when you're trying to lose weight.
* When you experience emotional lows or highs, find another way to self-medicate or celebrate besides eating. It is smarter (and cheaper) to generate a list of other activities you can do to get your mind off of eating and pull from it when you want to do some emotional eating. For example, you can take a bath, go for a walk, play solitaire, or any other number of things to keep yourself from eating when you're happy or sad.
* Don't eat in front of the TV or the computer. When we eat while doing something else, we are not eating mindfully. In fact, we're eating rather forgetfully. Ever eat a slice of pizza while watching TV only to be surprised when it's gone because you don't remember eating it? Distractions like the TV or computer will do that. If it takes 20 minutes for your brain to realize you're full, that's plenty of time to help yourself to more food especially since your brain was distracted during the first helping and probably didn't realize you'd eaten in the first place. Avoid the mindlessness of eating in front of the TV or computer all together.
* Work out you when you can. Remember that exercise doesn't mean you have to wear yourself out. Taking walks is just as beneficial as running especially if you're more likely to keep walking because you find it more enjoyable and easier to do than running. Go with your interests and your strengths when considering the kind of exercise you should do.
You can lose weight without dragging yourself to the gym or spending a lot of money in general. With these tips which, yes, are mostly focused on nutrition, you too can become a part of the person you used to be. While you may not get ripped (that requires more effort and cash than you probably want to put in if you're reading this article), attaining the ideal weight for your body is quite possible at your own pace and on your own dime.