You might even save some money. It’s a misconception that you need to sign up with some weight loss program and a health club if you’re going to lose weight. Don’t believe it. You can do any workout you need at home, but where you will save the money is in the food. Yes, good food cost money, more than cheap food that has no nutrition. This is a point to always remember; cheap food or snack food has no nutritional value. And the idea is to spend your money on food that will give you all the nutrition you need. Just in case you didn’t take a health class in school, Google nutrition, it tells you that the food you eat will keep you healthy, keep you from getting sick all the time. Definitely save you on doctor bills. That’s the whole idea of eating; to give your body the nutrition to keep going. Only buy what you need and if you have the time shop every day and just buy exactly what you need for the day. This isn’t a new concept, people in most countries shop this way. In most countries food is all natural, that’s all you can buy. I’m saying most not all, but in most countries people don’t make as much money and for them food is expensive and so to save money and because they’ve always done it this way, people shop for food every day, sometimes even twice or three times daily. Some countries refrigeration isn’t so common place and many homes have no refrigeration.
When you eat food that is high in nutrition, that’s the things your body needs to function properly, you don’t need as much food. Now when you first start changing your program and start eating healthy, you’re going to feel like you’re not full. If you’ve read my earlier posts I talk about changing your lifestyle. When you’re eating remember that you only need enough to get through the next three hours. I personally had to go to 5 or 6 meals a day; it depends on your schedule. I would eat a small meal every three hours. I’d start at 7a.m. and then 10, a small lunch at 1p.m., and then again at 4, and then dinner at 7 p.m. Never eat or even consume calories 3 hours before you go to bed. I know you’ve heard that before, but that’s because your metabolism slows down at night and when you lie down it almost totally stops so your body can change functions and begin to repair itself. So what I’m getting at is that your body is barely burning calories at night then first thing in the morning you need to jump start your metabolism again.
You can’t take this for granted; you have to consciously make the decision to do this. Eating small meals every three hours gives you those three hours to burn those calories. And don’t skip a meal because you’re not hungry. A meal doesn’t mean you have to sit down and eat. It could be a cup of yogurt and a piece of fruit at your desk. The problem with eating just three meals is that you always eat more calories than you burn and so your body stores all those extra calories and so you end up gaining weight. It’s not always enough to notice but after a week you might be 1 or 2 pounds heavier. You can cut down the quantity of your three meals but you’ll complain about starving yourself. And even if you can handle starvation, you’ll shut down your metabolism and you won’t burn any calories.
Once you get use to your new routine you’ll save money on food, and you will be eating less.
Today food shopping is so time consuming with reading all those labels and trying to stay to your budget that shopping every day is actually much easier and remember when you buy fresh fruit and vegetables there’s no labels to read. And when you buy meat, 4 oz. of protein a day is all that’s required for your diet. Buy white meat not red, fish, pork or breast of turkey or chicken. Dried beans are better than canned and you can prepare several days worth at one time and refrigerate them. Use them hot as a side dish at dinner or cold in a salad. So most of the foods you’re going to buy doesn’t require much work. Potatoes and pasta are o.k. but be careful what you add to them. That’s where all the calories are; in the add on’s. Butter is o.k. but in small quantities, and use real butter, no sour cream or those imitation produces. Small amounts of pasta are o.k. but don’t buy those jar sauces. Normally I don’t buy can foods, but can tomatoes are the exception. When you’re making sauce for pasta canned is better than fresh, just my opinion, but they’re always ripe and I think they have more flavor. So look at a list of things you might buy;
Fruits except for watermelon and any others high in sugars.
Vegetables including fixing for salads, remember that salad dressings will get you into trouble. When you’re home I use olive oil and wine vinegar in moderation. There are other healthy alternatives like lemon juice. You can look up recipes on the web.
White meats fresh not frozen
Garlic and other spices
Milk , yogurt and cheese
Bread but 100% whole grain and watch out for high calories per slice.
I’ve probably forgot a few things, but you get the idea. You don’t want to buy anything man made or anything made with processed ingredients like white flour. Try this kind of diet using these types of foods and you won’t have to starve yourself.