How to Lose Weight Without Going Broke
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How to Lose Weight Without Going Broke

Posted on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 at 7:00 am
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There are two times every year when many people decide to try and lose some weight. The first is January, when people make weight loss their New Year’s Resolution. The second is Spring, when people decide to lose weight so they can look good in swimwear. Whatever your reasons for weight loss are, there are ways to lose weight without going broke.

Exercise for Free
Can’t afford a gym membership right now? Look for ways that you can exercise for free. Some people may be able to take advantage of the gym at the company they work for. Your employer might have an incentive going on that encourages employees to take walks, eat healthier, and lose weight.

Other people might be able to use the track at the local high school for free. If the weather is nice, you can go for a bike ride, walk down a bike path, or go for a run outside.

Try Online Workouts
There are tons of workout videos all over the internet. You can find plenty of them on YouTube. Many of these videos do not require any specialized workout equipment, so you can do them without having to make a financial investment. For best results, seek out videos that are made by professional instructors or trainers.

Check your Insurance Coverage
It is possible that your health insurance will cover some types of weight loss services or treatments. Most health plans cover free screening for obesity as part of guaranteed access to free preventable care. WebMD says that if your body mass index (BMI) is over 30, you qualify for free weight loss counseling. Some health insurance plans will cover weight loss medications, or a visit with a nutritionist.

Eat more Produce
The Eat This, Not That! blog suggests that people swap meat for plant protein. Plant based proteins such as legumes (lentils, chickpeas, peas and beans) have been shown to speed up weight loss. Typically, meat is more expensive than vegetables are. Swapping veggies for meat can help you not only lose weight but also save money on your grocery bill.

Pack a Lunch
You have already spent money on groceries. Use them up! Take the time to pack a healthy lunch that you can bring to work or school. Fill a reusable bottle with water. This gives you the opportunity to make healthy choices for lunch without having to spend any additional money. It also makes it easier to avoid the fast-food places on your lunch break.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.