Healthy diets on a budget

by Megan on · 15 comments

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Dieting is an important part of losing weight. However, it does not have to break the bank. So many diet plans out there require you to spend a ton of money and most people do not always see success. Try concentrating on a diet plan that is safe for your budget. Here are just a few ideas for healthy diets on a budget:

Change your lifestyle

Most people that go to the grocery store end up purchasing more junk food then they intended. The price of junk food truly is expensive and can drive up your budget. One way to stay on a budget is to make a list of healthy foods you want to purchase and stick to your list. Making this list is a way of changing your lifestyle. You could continue to purchase junk food and drive up your budget; or you could make a list of healthy foods that will help sustain your budget and figure.

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Keep it Simple

Dieting gets tricky when you start adding in expensive weight loss pills that are not proven. Instead, stick with what you know. Fruits and vegetables are one of the simplest ways to lose weight. Start by adding one or two servings of fruit or veggies to your meals each day. Your body will start recognizing the good stuff you are putting into it.  Overtime those extra servings of fruits and veggies will save you money on doctor bills and weight loss programs.  Occupational health professionals may be able to help you with your decisions.

Workout in Groups

We all agree that personal training can be expensive. Have you considered working out with a group? Your personal training session can receive a huge discount of others are willing to pitch in. Plus working out with your friends is so much more fun than doing it alone. Check with local clubs in your area and see what personal training options they offer to groups. Remember, dieting is more than what you eat.

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Cutting Back

Some of us eat entirely too much and that can be solved by cutting back. Losing weight is more about going on a diet but more about changing your lifestyle. Cut back on those chips, cookies and soda and you will soon discover that your budget expands. Of course, you should always treat yourself to a yummy treat, but it does not have to be at the expense of your diet and budget.

Get Creative with Your Diet

Who says diets have to be expensive? Follow the basic food groups and get creative with your diet. Add more whole grains and yogurt to your meals. Eat more foods that will help you stay full and less hungry. Some of those foods may include nuts and fiber. More companies are making foods full of the good stuff but that also taste good. Fiber One chewy bars are tasty, yummy and satisfy the budget cravings.

Make Your Calories Count

You have heard the expression…”count your calories” but have you ever heard “make your calories count?” Everything you put into your mouth has a calorie that is either commending your efforts or destroying your efforts. There is no need to have a perfect diet all the time but if you are serious about weight loss; you should care about what you are putting into your body most of the time. So start making the calories you put into your body count for your overall nutrition. The best part of this calorie effort is that it’s free and a healthy way to diet.

Budgeting a Diet

There are thousands of ways to diet but only a select few are actually healthy. You should know that a lot of dieting tips are free but require traits such as self-control and motivation. Consider using these healthy diets on a budget ideas and conforming them to your diet and exercise routine. Counting calories and watching what you eat are perfect and inexpensive dieting ideas that are completely harmless on the budget.

What is your  favorite way to diet healthy on a budget?

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1 Penelope October 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

I shop in season for healthy fruits and veggies- thanks for these great ideas!

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2 Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy October 12, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I also shop for in season fruits and veggies and try to plan our meals around those.

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3 Brandi @ Flip Flop Mama October 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Great tips! Sometimes dieting can be expensive. I’m terrible though and save all my calories for junk LOL

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4 Marcie W. October 12, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Wonderful tips. It’s sad that fresh fruits and veggies can be so pricey :/

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5 Donna October 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Great tips. I shop at our local Farmer’s Market for in season fruits & veggies.

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6 Grady Pruitt October 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I think it’s funny the difference between what I will buy and what my wife will. I’ll buy more of the vegetables, meats… basically what I need to fix something (usually specific). My wife will buy more of the junk foods (though she does buy more fruit than I do) than I do and always has several “sweets” in the house.

Deserts are fine, as long as you don’t over do them and only do a small one.

Vegetables and fruits are more filling, so you’ll feel full faster with them.

Thanks for sharing!

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7 Sheila October 13, 2011 at 1:24 am

It is hard to eat healthy when you are trying to cut costs. But, when we eat healthy we are not spending money on junk food, frozen foods, processes foods, and all that crap so right there is saving huge.
Also, we buy most of our veggies frozen. That way nothing goes bad.

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8 April Decheine October 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm

Great advice, I love keep it simple!

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9 Barbara Platt October 14, 2011 at 12:58 am

my husband and I shop different and eat different

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10 Virginia from That Bald Chick October 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm

We, too, shop differently, which is why I do the shopping. If I buy it and prepare it, he will eat it. So, they are eating healthy rather they like it or not. LOL.

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11 Kathleen October 14, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Awesome tips. I think that is the hardest part for anyone who is thinking of going on a diet. How to afford it.

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12 HilLesha October 15, 2011 at 12:34 am

Wonderful tips!

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13 Courtney October 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Great tips!! I get frozen vegetables when on sale too.

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14 Anne October 15, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Great tips, I think cutting back is the hardest for me.

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15 {Not Quite} Susie Homemaker October 19, 2011 at 1:46 am

It IS really hard to diet when you can’t afford all the expensive, good for you foods.. but these tips WILL help, thanks!

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