- It may seem like it’s hard to lose weight on a budget, but it’s actually a lot easier than you think! So if getting in shape is one of your goals for 2016, don’t let your budget hold you back. Here are our tips for losing weight on a budget:
- The NHS offers a free 12 week weight loss programme online. Getting started with eating healthier and understanding nutrition can be a daunting task, but this programme makes it easy: http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Loseweight/Pages/Loseweighthome.aspx Take advantage of free resources whenever you can!
- Before you start making changes to your diet, it is best to talk to your GP. They can assess your health and tell you what types of changes will be safe for you.
- Spend Sunday evening prepping your meals for the week. You’ll have no excuse to eat out and it will save you wasting food.
- You can do the same thing with snacks. Instead of buying overpriced 100 calorie packs, you can make your own. Just use a kitchen scale to weigh out a snack sized portion.
- Buy frozen vegetables. They’re generally cheaper than fresh vegetables and have all the same nutrients. This will also help you reduce food waste.
- Even if you’re not a vegetarian, have a few meatless days every week. Meat can be pricey and there are other, cheaper protein options out there such as beans.
- To save money on meat, cook a whole chicken on Sunday and eat the leftovers for the rest of the week. Whole chickens work out to a lot cheaper than buying smaller packs of chicken pieces. It’s easy to re-purpose chicken into many different meals. Cook it in a slow cooker to make things really easy and much healthier than frying it.
- Buy own brand instead of costlier brands. They usually taste the same at a much lower price.
- You don’t need a gym membership to exercise. If you have internet access, you can easily find workout videos on Youtube that you can do at home and won’t even require any equipment. You can also go jogging or hiking when the weather permits.
- There are also many outdoor gyms you can use for free. To find your local outdoor gym, click here: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/parkactivities
- To save money on your weekly shop, use comparison shopping website https://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/ to find out where to get the best deals.
- Take advantage of the reduced section. You’ll usually find the best deals in the reduced section at the end of the day. Just make sure the food won’t go off before you can consume it.
- When food shopping, compare the price by the weight instead of by the given price. You might find that something with a slightly higher price will actually cost less per g or kg. It often saves to buy in bulk. Get more for your money!
- Check out the local market for deals on meat and produce. Try the market in Victoria Centre or something more local to you. Smaller markets will likely only be open on certain days of the week, so find out in advance. To find your local market click here: http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/article/23554/Find-your-local-market
- Don’t buy pre-made sauces and dressings; they’re usually high in sugar and sodium and will be more costly than making it yourself. All you need for a simple pasta sauce is chopped tomatoes, olive oil and some herbs. A quick Google search will get you plenty of inspiring ideas.