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Six weeks ago I got serious about losing the extra weight that I had been gaining for several years. This time I wanted to do it without having to spend any money. That’s why this post is about ways to lose weight on a budget. You won’t find any recommendations here for gym membership or buying expensive equipment. So let’s get started and get losing that weight on a budget.
MEAL PLANNING TO LOSE WEIGHT ON A BUDGET
One of the best things I have been doing to lose weight on a budget is meal planning, cooking in bulk and preparing my own meals. It is so much easier to know what is going in to your food and how many calories you are eating when you do everything yourself. I prepare for the week ahead and batch cook on a Sunday so I have all my work lunches ready for the start of the working week. This method also helps me save money and time too.
USE CASHBACK APPS TO BUY HEALTHY FOOD AND SAVE MONEY
Make use of the many apps out there that help you save money on groceries. Head over to my blog post on How To Save Money On Your Groceries for the full list of apps. If there are no offers for fresh produce then use the apps to buy your store cupboard ingredients and what you save you can use to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables. I also recommend you shop around for the best deals – don’t shop in the one place! For me, some weeks Lidl has great offers on fruit and vegetables at 39p for a bag of carrots which can be used to make soup for your lunch for the week!
DOWNLOAD A FREE STEP COUNTER TO LOSE WEIGHT ON A BUDGET
There are a lot of free apps on the market that helps you count the number of steps you take each day. I recommend you download one and start off with trying to hit the 10,000 steps a day. I have been doing this over 5 weeks now and am seeing at least a 2lb reduction in my weight each week. It’s also a great motivator to keep going and to hit your 10,000 step target each day. There are also some apps on the market that can track your calorie intake, so check out the best options for you.
CREATE A WORKOUT PLAN
As well as reducing your intake of food and meal planning, it’s important to have a solid plan for exercise. Plan your workout schedule for the week. Start off with exercising 3 times per week and go from there. You also don’t need to work out for hours. There are plenty of High Intensity Interval Training videos on YouTube you can do in 10 to 20 minutes. As well as my steps, I do additional exercise 3 times per week and I have seen a great improvement in my overall fitness levels.
INVEST IN A FITNESS TRACKER
If you have the money, I highly recommend you invest in a Fitbit. I have found it to be a great motivator as I have it set to remind me to walk/step at least 250 steps each hour. It means you get up and move and don’t sit down too long! It also shows how many calories you have burned, steps taken, how long you have slept and you can track what you eat on it too! It’s a great all round piece of kit to have.
DRINK MORE WATER
BE SNACK WISE
While you can have a snack be snack wise. Some snacks are just too high in calories and wouldn’t be worth having! Allow yourself a snack each day that helps with your sugar cravings but without going overboard! For me, I allow myself 2 chocolate digestives each evening with a cup of coffee. It allows me to look forward to that snack without feeling I am depriving myself. So there is a reward come the end of the day of being fit and healthy.
I hope the above tips will help you lose weight on a budget. I’m doing it and I’ve no doubt you can do it too. All you have to do is get started. I look forward to hearing your journey of how you lose weight on a budget.
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