The road to getting and feeling fit as well as weight loss can get expensive with the gym memberships, bougie foods, meal plans and more, but it doesn’t have to be that way! There are many budget-friendly options that can help you achieve your goals without breaking the bank.
Here are some budget friendly ideas for weight loss:
Budget-Friendly Weight Loss Ideas
Ditch The Gym
The gym is a quick way to rack up costs, and many people find that getting to and from the gym fuels the ‘I don’t have time’ excuse. With the majority of them closed at the moment, we need alternatives. You can get an effective workout in the comfort of your home, in your garden, or whenever/wherever you have the time by using a fitness app, like 30 Day Fitness Challenge for example that has tailored programs, like this intense leg workout to do at home. You won’t think twice about cancelling your gym membership afterwards. Hint: Look for deals on fitness equipment either online or on Facebook Marketplace.
Discover Free Resources
Mixing up your workouts makes exercising a lot more fun. You can use free resources such as YouTube to find fitness routines you like created by motivational trainers and content creators.
Buy Healthy Foods In Bulk
You can make significant cost savings by buying healthy foods in bulk. You can keep some protein in the fridge and freeze the rest to take out for when you’re ready, buy bulk items such as oatmeal, etc.
Meal prepping helps to reduce costs, save time, eliminate food waste, eliminate the stress of wondering ‘what do I eat?’, and reduce the chances of reaching for or buying an unhealthy snack. Meal prep before you go to the grocery store so you only buy what you need and avoid having tempting foods in your kitchen! Be sure to remember to meal prep snacks and mix up your meals every week so you don’t get burnt out on foods.
I like making 5 servings of overnight oats on Sundays so I have breakfast for the entire work week. All you need [per serving] is a 1/2 cup steel cut oats, 1 cup almond milk [or whatever milk you prefer] and a handful of fresh berries. Put it all in a dish with a lid at least one night before you want to eat it and you have a quick and healthy breakfast the next morning. Yum!
Walking gets your movement in, reduces stress, helps you lose weight, and more. Incorporate daily walking into your routine, opt to walk rather than take the elevator, walk to the grocery store or to work if possible and recruit a friend or family member to meet up for walks and hold each other accountable. This is a low-intensity form of exercise that is low impact on your body, but that you will really feel a difference with. Start slow and with a short distance, then build up from there.
We all know about clipping coupons! It is one of the immediate ways you can save money on your grocery bill. Look for stores in your area that include double or triple coupons, as well as the option to buy in bulk. When you do some planning and organization for your grocery shopping, you will see the results of your efforts in your grocery budget as well as your health.
Eat More Budget-Friendly Proteins
Proteins keep you full and are key for weight loss, but they are also a major add to your grocery bill. Remember to eat plant-based so your plate is full of healthy and colorful vegetables, with the addition of protein. You can save significant amounts of money by eating more budget-friendly proteins. You can opt for beans instead of meat a couple times a week, and include eggs in your diet for an affordable protein option.
Weight loss is possible even without spending hundreds of dollars every month. All you need is some creativity and a lot of determination.
What are some of your budget-friendly weight loss ideas? We would love to hear them! Please share either in the comments below or on our social media channels.
*This post was written in collaboration with Mary Davis.