Budget Dieting

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It’s great to buy a book that outlines all your meals day by day, unless you’ve ever tried one. First, you spend hours grocery shopping at five different stores to find all of the ingredients, things that you’ve never even heard of before! Second, you spend so much money on food for the week because there are no two ingredients the same in any meal. Finally, you realize that you cannot afford to continue wasting your time, money, and a lot of food and completely give up on the diet.

Believe it or not, there are was to diet and eat healthy without blowing your budget dieting.

The following tips will help you to eat better without going bankrupt

  • Avoid eating out for every meal! It’s totally ok to eat out on occasion, but when you are not making the food, it’s hard to know what’s in the food and how it’s prepared. In addition, eating out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner can really hurt the budget! Bring meals and snacks to work or elsewhere, that way you can ensure that they are cheap and healthy!
  • Plan ahead! It may take some time, but sit down and make a meal plan. First, get out the grocery store flyers. Find out what is on sale and plan meals around what is cheap. You can find thousands of low calorie, low carb, or low fat recipes on the Internet. Figure out what you are counting and allocate a certain amount for each meal. Then, choose recipes based on those amounts and what’s on sale. Once you get the hang of it, it can be really easy!
  • Don’t waste food! When creating a meal plan, try to use every bit of what you buy. For example, you can use leftover chicken, celery, and onions from dinner to make a quick and healthy soup for your lunch. Be creative with meals, and try not to buy more than you will need!
  • Look for foods that are in season! Fruits and vegetables are way cheaper when they are in season, so pick up what is fresh, cheap, and local. You can also try a local farmers market, this is usually a great option for budget dieting.
  • Stick to the basics! There are lots of recipes with strange or specialty ingredients, but these can be very expensive. In addition, unless you can buy them in the quantities that you need, they will likely go to waste. Try to stick with simple ingredients, they make quick meals, are generally fairly cheap.

It is very possible to diet no matter what your budget! In fact, being smart about meal preparation and shopping, can help your waist line and may even save you money!

Also Read : Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Eating Out Without The Guilt!

These days eating is inevitable, we eat out for convenience, to socialize, or to just try something new. If you truly make a decision to change your eating habits and eat healthy, it is important to make sure that you can still it out on occasion. Otherwise, you will likely not be able to sustain your diet on a long-term basis. Eating out without blowing your diet and feeling guilty is possible if you consider the following:

  • Plan ahead! If you know you are going to be heading to a restaurant in the next couple of days, try to eat better ahead
    of time. Don’t starve yourself, but have a salad for lunch if you know you may be having some extra calories at dinner.
  • Always drink a glass of water while you are waiting for your food. This will make you feel full faster, and help you not to overeat.
  • Avoid extra calories by skipping the free garlic bread, dinner rolls with butter, and/or breadsticks. These items can increase the calories, and fat of your meal without you even realizing it!
  • If possible, have a side salad, soup, or steamed vegetables with your meal instead of fries.
  • Always ask that the dressing, sauces, and gravies be put on the side, to ensure that you can control how much of it you are eating.
  • Avoid the creamy stuff whenever possible. Creamy sauces, salad dressings and pasta dishes often have more calories than other options.
  • Bring home the leftovers! Restaurant portion sizes are often far more than you should eat during one meal. Try to eat slow, and stop when you are full. Having a couple of extra bites when you are already full, just leads to discomfort, guilt, and extra calories.
  • Consider how the food is cooked and the ingredients! Try to avoid foods that are fried or deep fried. Also, try to stay away from a lot of the extras (ie. the bacon added for $0.99, the extra sour cream for $0.75, or the extra cheese for $1.99), this will save you money and calories! In addition, try to find dishes made with whole grains, or with lots of fruits and/or vegetables.
  • If you are eating more calories with dinner, try to shy away from too much alcohol. Alcohol can dramatically increase the calorie count of your meal, if you really want to drink, limit yourself to one or two glasses.
  • If you have to have dessert, share it! Generally dessert portions are very big, and you are usually already full, so have half of the calories by splitting the dessert with someone.

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