For the average person, a weight loss plan can present numerous obstacles. We dedicate ourselves to helping clients establish an eating plan, find time to schedule workouts, and overcome other obstacles in their way. For some, getting healthy can seem out of reach due to a restricted budget, but it doesn’t have to be that way! As you renovate your eating style, these six tips can help you save money, too.
Shop the sales. If you eat meat, purchase a few packs when they’re marked down and stash them in your freezer. Buy produce seasonally, when it’s on sale, and plan your meals around what’s in season. When you hit a good BOGO sale, stock the pantry with non-perishables.
Focus on whole foods. Skip the packaged foods, and stick to the produce department. Add in some lean proteins, whole grains, and some healthy fats like olive oil, nuts, and seeds. Yes, you need to plan a bit more carefully and might find yourself cooking more often, but cutting out convenience foods can really trim your budget.
Consider less expensive proteins. Getting healthy or following a weight loss plan doesn’t mean you must splurge on grass-fed meats or wild salmon. Plenty of affordable protein options exist, such as ground turkey, canned tuna, eggs, or whole chickens. Try vegan options, too, like beans, legumes, and tofu.
Frozen produce is okay. Some fresh produce is not really that fresh, because it just spent a week traveling across the country in a truck anyway. Many frozen varieties of fruits and vegetables are plenty nutritious, and often more affordable. Grab bags of frozen veggies for quick stir-fry meals, or frozen berries to toss into smoothies.
Don’t shop when you’re hungry. Head out to the grocery store after a meal, so that you’re not starving as you browse the aisles. You’re less likely to give into temptation for junk foods this way.
Work out for free. There’s no need to join a gym or a pricey subscription service. Walking, jogging, and biking are free. YouTube offers plenty of free workout videos, or you can just put on music and dance around the living room.
For more help with your weight loss plan and sticking to a budget, call us to schedule an appointment. We can offer the nutritional guidance and support that you need to reach your goals.