Making Weightloss Affordable

May 5, 2012 · 3 comments

This is a guest post by Lisa.

Contrary to popular belief, losing weight does not have to be expensive. There are many ways things that people can do to lose weight without putting a hole in their pockets. Saving money also eliminates the need to apply for one of the best cards for bad credit. Below are some tips for saving money and losing weight:

Skip the gym membership

Many people think that they will increase their chances of losing weight if they join the gym. However, a gym membership can cost anywhere from $20 to $50 a month. Many gyms today also require that one sign a contract. If a person chooses to work out at home, he can save an extra $240 to $600 dollars per year. Additionally, one can also save money on transportation if he chooses to work out at home. All a person needs to work at home are free weights and a couple of work out DVDs.

Walk as much as you can

The price of gas has skyrocketed over the past few months, and it will probably increase again before it decreases. Many people spend a lot of money relying on their cars to get them places. One of the simplest things that one can do to save money and lose weight is walk. Walking can be done by almost anyone at anytime, which is what makes it one of the best exercises.

Drink more water

Sodas and other sugary beverages are loaded with calories. Swapping out sugary beverages for water not only helps a person save calories, but it also helps him save money. A person should strive to drink at least eight cups of water per day.

Use coupons

Healthy food is usually much more expensive than junk food. That is why people should always make sure that they use coupons when they go grocery shopping. A coupon can help a person save over 20 percent on groceries. That might not seem like much, but it will add up in the long run. For example, if a person normally saves $20 per week on groceries, he can save over $1000 in a year.

Cook at home as much as possible

The typical American eats out about four or five times per week. Restaurant food is filled with sodium, fat, cholesterol and sugar. That is why people should try to eat at home as much as possible. Home-cooked meals are both cheaper and healthier.

Losing weight doesn’t mean that you have to join a high-priced gym or sign up for a weightloss meal program that will cost you $400 a month. You can easily shed pounds simply by watching what you eat and taking advantage of your own body and the outdoors. All you really need is portion control and the right level of determination, and you can lose weight without spending a fortune.

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Kate May 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

These are some great tips. I particularly agree with swapping water for sugary drinks. Personally, I find water kind of boring unless I am really thirsty, so I have been drinking carbonated water with a bit of lemon juice or mint leaves in them. Actually, mint leaves and lime juice mixed with carbonated water kind of reminds me of a mojito!…..sort of.

Mary Ann MacKay May 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

Saving money is definitely a focus for many people these days. Thank you for the helpful tips to save money and improve your health at the same time!

Instead of a gym membership I joined the local community center. It is a lot less expensive, and they have many features and amenities included in membership that were an additional cost at the regular gym.

As for coupons, I find it challenging to find coupons for most of the foods I purchase. Many coupons are for processed foods, which I avoid completely. I find organic foods well worth the price, though, because I consider the long term cost to my health and well-being, not just the short term cost of that meal.

There are ways to save on organic food. I plant a big garden every year, and put up a bunch of produce to last me through the year. I also shop at farmer’s markets in the summer, and have relationships with local farmers to get the best deals.

Andy May 17, 2012 at 10:37 am

Some good tips on here but i have to disagree about skipping the gym.

Sure if you have no intention of doing resistance training then you don’t need to go to the gym. However, if you want to get the most from your weight loss you will need to be doing resistance training. Many studies have shown how beneficial it is for fat loss in both men and women.

That being said, in the long run, if you can afford to build your own home gym, you will be able to get rid of that gym membership. That is what ive done and it has cost me around $600 to get absolutely everything i need. But at least i save $30+ a month in gym fees.

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