Weight Loss on a Budget
Did you know that global statistics show 39% of adults are overweight, and 13% are obese? Weight control is a challenge for many people. Unfortunately, some don’t even bother trying to lose weight because they assume it is expensive. However, if you desperately want to lose weight, you can find an affordable body-trimming solution.
Obesity is the greatest health challenge globally because it leads to various health conditions, including but not limited to elevated blood sugar, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Giving up the fight against unhealthy weight gain means you are risking poor health.
The unfortunate thing is you will eventually be forced to lose weight when your health starts failing. So, why not start now? There is so much you can do on a budget and still lose weight.
Cook your meals
Eating out is not just expensive, but you are also more likely to order an unhealthy meal. If you have decided to work on your weight problem, then the first thing you need to do is start preparing and cooking your meals.
If you are concerned about not having sufficient time to cook every day, you can prepare your meals for the week and refrigerate. This way, you don’t need an excuse for eating fast foods when away from home.
Buy seasonal fruits and vegetables in bulk.
If you are worried that the cost of fruits and vegetables will keep you from eating healthy, you should consider buying the fruits and vegetables in season in bulk. This way, you will make a saving, not just when it comes to how much you spend, but you will be saved from making multiple trips to the store.
Go for walks if you cannot afford a gym membership.
The growing demand for gym services has unfortunately pushed the price up, making it unaffordable for many people. What’s even worse, is some people pay but struggle to show up, so they end up losing so much money. Did you know that while some people enjoy the gym, others are more comfortable outdoors?
Taking walks in the park, or hiking can help you burn calories. If you have a tight budget, it is best to take advantage of “free” weight loss strategies, including hiking, jogging, and taking long walks.
Use stairs instead of the elevator
One way to ensure you keep track of your weight loss journey, but on a budget is by making use of every facility you come across that can help you lose weight. How often do you use the elevator? If you do this often, using the stairs instead will go a long way in helping you shed a few pounds. Even better, this will cost you nothing!
Rethink how you move to and from work
Do you drive to and from work? How far is your workplace from your home? After getting used to one means of commuting, it can be a little difficult adjusting. However, if possible, consider using a bike instead of a car, especially if the route you use has a designated past for cyclists.
Alternatively, if the distance is walkable, you can opt to walk whenever you can. Even if you can’t do it every day, walking or biking a few times a week will positively influence your weight loss journey.
Use phone apps to keep track of your calorie intake.
You don’t need to pay a nutritionist to help you keep track of what you eat in this digital era. You can use several free apps to help you understand what you eat and what this means when it comes to your calorie intake. Besides using an app to measure your calorie intake, you should also find one to measure how many calories you burn.
Turn your television into your fitness instructor.
Having a fitness instructor, for most people, is mainly for support. Losing weight is a personal decision, but many people struggle to meet their goals because they don’t follow their weight loss plan.
Having a fitness instructor means you have someone who can hold you to account if you miss your workout or if you don’t follow your meal plan. However, you can also use your television as your fitness instructor.
As you prepare your weight loss plan, if you have a tight budget, it is best to have a list of activities you can undertake at no cost. Be sure to include drinking tons of water because this will help you lose weight much faster. You should also turn your plans into a lifestyle because you don’t want to gain the weight back.