In this day and age, there is a huge variety of expensive superfoods and dieting products, and it can be easy to forget about your weight loss goal and focus more on how pricey it can be to lose weight. However, you can absolutely eat well and slim down on a budget, you just need to go back to the basics. In this post, you can find some tips on how to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Buy frozen and canned produce
When it comes to buying fresh fruit and vegetables, it can get quite expensive and the total quickly adds up. Frozen fruits and veggies are often overlooked as they are not seen as nutritious as buying fresh, however they can be just as nutritious as their fresh versions, and they are also usually low calorie, providing you buy them without any added sauces. Buying frozen fruits and vegetables can also mean that you save time on food prep and they are easier to incorporate into meals too. By buying canned vegetables, it is a great way to ensure that you always have veggies on hand. Make sure to choose canned vegetables without added salt, or compare cans to find one with lower sodium content.
Reduce your food waste
Considering that the average family of four wastes about £1500 worth of food every year, you can save at least £100 per month by buying foods that you can easily repurpose for different meals through the week. For instance, if you buy eggs you can incorporate them into different meals such as eggs on toast for breakfast, boil them as a snack and use them in a salad later on in the week.
Stock up on simple and healthy staples
You don’t need to go out and buy a whole lot of fancy foods such as chia seeds or organic foods to lose weight, you can just keep it simple and stock up on some basic veggies, fruit, lean protein, canned beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains that you can use to mix and match to make a variety of meals.
Once you have spent some time brainstorming your specific weight loss goals, whether that is the amount of time you would like to spend exercising each week, or if you would like to lose a certain amount of weight, it’s time to think about how you can be successful in your journey. You can use this weight loss goal calculator to determine how much you will need to change your diet and exercise routine in order to reach your weight loss goals. You just need to enter in some basic details such as your age, weight, height, goal weight and how many times you work out each week and everything will be calculated for you.
Go back to basics
Some of the things we have learnt from our peers and parents when we were younger can often stick with us in adulthood, which can form unhealthy ideas about dieting. Therefore, it is important to correctly educate children about eating healthy and help to familiarize children with food, farming and cooking. You can check out some fun children’s cooking games here that will do just that!