Top 10 tips to know to lose weight economically
A number of friends ask me How is it possible to live healthy on a really tight budget?â€ Well, let me tell you first of all that it is very possible and I am just like most of you, I am living on a budget myself. You might need to do a little bit more planning, a little bit more research. By all these works put into it, you will be able to live healthy and also to your goal. I am going to share with you my top 10 tips on how to eat healthy on a tight budget.
The first tip is to forget about Brands. Buy generic brands or store brands.
Raw food like rice, pasta, and frozen vegetables taste the same. What you are saving is a lot of money because you are saving on the nice fancy packaging from the brands that you get. A market man told me supermarket places profitable products within your eye level, so if products are targeted at you, it is around the mid-shelves. If it is targeted to the kids, it is at the lowest shelves. Value products with less fancy packaging are always placed right at the bottom of the shelves. So when you are in the supermarket, look right down. You still find what you want, equally good quality but it costs less with less fancy packaging.
The second tip is to buy reduced items or items which are on sales.
So if you are really on a tight budget, most supermarket will reduce items which are also most expiring, something event up to 90%. So go to the supermarket later at night, you will find lots of reduced items and also items on sale. Another example is that I got this organic can of tomato for 15% discount. Usually it costs a lot more because this item is currently on sale. I would buy them and stock them up. So be wise, be smart, do some research, do your shopping and see what items are on sales which are healthy and you can have them as parts of your daily meals.
My third tip is to buy in bulks.
So if you know there are products that you like and it is on sales. Why not buy them in bulks and store them up because you know that you will eat them. So I bought these tomatoes which are 15%, I got 2 jars of raspberries jam which was buy one, free one. And also buy in large quantity because they always cost less. Something it is really cheap and we eat them a lot. So buy them in large quantity, it will last you for long time and it will save you lots of money as well.
The forth tip is something I apply a lot which is to buy frozen vegetables.
If you are in the Western countries, buy frozen vegetables because they are so much cheaper and they last you for month. If I buy fresh vegetables, the trouble is that I will not finish it on time and it will go off and dry away. That is why I prefer frozen vegetables. It is much cheaper and lasts you a long time and you are still getting the entire nutrients in it, it is not losing any nutrients. The vegetables are picked and then frozen at peak ripeness. Thus, frozen vegetables contain most nutritionally dense. And you will see that I always use frozen vegetables in my recipes.
The fifth tip is to back on vegetables.
In comparison to meat, vegetables are so much cheaper and they are large in quantity. So why not pack your meal with lots of vegetables. First thing they will save you money. Second thing I will trim down your waist line and that is what we want. So treat your meal with lots of vegetables because they keep you satisfied and help you to lose weight at the same time.
The next tip is to buy cheap protein.
Of course, we need protein. Buy it is always expensive protein. It is not in my case because my favorite protein are egg which are absolutely cheap. Chicken fillets must cheaper compare to red meat that is what in order to lose weight, eat healthy. Another source of protein is fish. I know these are salmon. They are more expensive. But they donâ€™t have to buy salmon, buy any other fish. It costs less in your country. They are always protein that costs less. So buy cheap protein, pack your meal with this protein is really good for body, occasionally red meat or protein that cost more money.
Tip #7 is important tip to help you lose weight which is to buy whole food and not processed junks.
Think about it most time, processed foods are not cheap. Whole food are always much cheaper. For example the chicken breast would cost me 4 pounds in comparison if I buy, I would get very little quantity, fewer source of ingredients and they will cost me 2-2.5pounds. That even not satisfies me. To treat you by whole food, you will control the ingredients. Processed foods are not cheap and they are not good for your health. Why waste your money with processed food, even know you can get cheaper and better quality food when you buy whole food.
The next tip that lots of people donâ€™t agree with me but when you are living on a budget is forgetting about organic, just go basic.
Of course, it would be great if we eat organic food because they taste much better, much healthier for you. But when you are living on a budget, you got to go basic. For instance, frozen are basic. What I got here is a bag of frozen and basic berries mix, it makes me great smoothie, it is much cheaper organic berries. And I am still getting the nutrients and the health benefits from it. So really go basic. These tomatoes are basic, they are not organic. So what you have to make sure is that salt them for at least 30 minutes before eating them. And I buy case egg because case egg costs so much less. My focus is to get protein from it. So fortunately, when you are on a budget, just buy basic food. What do you want is protein out of it, the vegetable consumption that what you need. Eventually if you can afford it, you can go for organic. But for now, keep it to basic.
The next tip is one I practice a lot which is to buy seasonal fruits and vegetables.
When you go to supermarket, go in open mind what you want. You need vegetable fruits, but you need specific vegetables and fruits. The answer is no. Go to the vegetable and food session, see what is in season and buy the cheapest vegetables and fruits you can get. And change your meal plan; change your food intake according what is in season and what costs less.
Last but not least, tip #10 is shopping on local market. Sometime, supermarkets are not always cheaper, so go to a local market and look at vegetables and fruits. They will be cheaper and fresher in comparison to your big supermarket. And something we have reduced items in bunch for example bananas. I love bananas and whenever they are reduced, I will buy them in bunch. What I do is slide them off and freeze them up and use them later on. That is another way to shop smart and cheap as well.
These are my personal tips to eat healthy and to live on a budget. I am just like you, I am on a budget myself. Therefore, you will notice that in my meal plan, I donâ€™t usually use organic food at all. By applying these tips, plan a little bit ahead, you can get the healthy food you need and match that with your budget, you will be able to live healthy, eat healthy, lose weight, look good and feel good.