Looking for diet tips that will help you eat healthy or lose weight when you’re on a budget? Some people think good diet tips are impossible to come by when money is tight. After all, who can eat healthy and lose weight when you’re on a budget since unhealthy food seems so much cheaper?
The answer is, you can. And with just a few useful diet tips, you can eat healthy and even lose weight while on a budget.
Diet tip #1: Forget buying lots of prepackaged food
Yes, packaged unhealthy food is a lot cheaper than packaged healthy food. A package of Ramen Noodles is certainly cheaper than a package of tofu or a Subway sandwich.
If your idea of eating healthy is buying packaged entrees from Jenny Craig, I hate to disappoint you. Jenny Craig and other prepackaged diet program entrees are budget busters. The next few diet tip swill show you foods you can buy that are both healthy and cheap.
Diet tip #2: Look for these cheap but healthy foods at the supermarket
There are many, many healthy foods out there you can eat that you can buy in bulk for cheap. Beans, rice, eggs, many fresh fruits, potatoes, wheat flour, oatmeal, powdered milk, and fresh, canned, or frozen vegetables are all healthy foods you can buy while on a budget.
Yes, even peanut butter and other nuts are cheap but healthy foods as long you eat in moderation.
Diet tip #3: What you don’t need to eat healthy
While on a budget, look to cut out these foods. Butter, margarine, added sugar, refined flour, high fructose corn syrup, soda, and cream are all foods you should remove from your pantry. Not only do they add empty calories, they cost extra bucks. They empty your wallet and expand your waistline. Even most cuts of beef fit into this category.
Learn to enjoy foods without high calorie extras, particularly butter, and your wallet and waist will thank you.
Especially don’t buy prepackaged foods like Twinkies, pizza, candy bars, chips, or other convenience foods. They’re loaded with calories and cost more than the healthy options listed above. Focus on the healthy foods and you can eat healthy and slim down even while on a budget.
Diet tip #4: I hope you don’t mind doing some cooking
Remember this vital diet tip. You’re going to have to cook if you want to eat healthy while on a budget.
The trouble is many of cheap healthy foods require cooking, something many people don’t feel they have the time for. You’re going to have to make time. Simple as that. If you want to eat healthy while on a budget, you’re going to have to cook. You’re going to have to soak and boil beans, bake your own bread with the flour you bought, or make your own pancakes instead of going to IHOP.
Doing all your own cooking gives you a distinct advantage, however. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just want to eat healthy, when you do your own cooking you have control over what you eat. When you know how a food was cooked you know how many calories are in there. You know if butter or unhealthy cooking oils were used. Having this control can easily save you at least 100 calories per meal.
Diet tip #5: Stop buying from restaurants and vending machines
Of all the diet tips, this could very well be the most important one to follow. I don’t care if a double cheeseburger from McDonalds is only $1. It’s still cheaper, and healthier, to make one from home. Probably tastier too. When you’re on a budget and trying to eat healthy, every penny counts. Of course, if you’re trying to lose weight, a cheeseburger isn’t something you want to be eating in the first place.
These are some basic diet tips, but following these diet tips will pay off, for your health, waist, and your wallet. After all, when you eat healthy you reduce the chance that you’ll need expensive medical treatment in the future.
How’s that for saving money while on a budget? Fewer medical costs.