Spring is nearly here, which means that soon we will be discarding heavy jackets and coats in favor of short sleeve t-shirts and shorts. If your New Year’s Resolutions have fallen flat, you still have time to drop some weight and get in shape before the summer season. However, doing so doesn’t have to cost a bundle. There are plenty of ways to save money when trying to lose weight.
What Weight Loss Plan to Choose
Generally, you will spend the most money if you choose a weight loss plan that requires you to buy their food. You will have to pay for all of their prepackaged food plus enrollment and/or meeting fees. Instead, choose a weight loss plan that teaches you how to eat right using food that you choose and prepare.
Also, depending on your personality, you may want to consider an online weight loss plan. For instance, Weight Watchers offers members the option of coming to a meeting weekly or of following the plan online. However, the online plan is nearly 50% cheaper than the meeting option. If you don’t need the supportive environment of a weekly meeting, you could save quite a bit of money following the plan on your own at home.
What Food to Buy
Despite what marketing executives would like us to believe, you don’t have to buy any expensive food or special weight loss foods. In fact, the foods that are best for your body are often some of the cheapest. Buying basic produce such as carrots, celery, apples, pears, and bananas, you could pay less than $2 per pound, especially if you buy them in bulk. In addition, healthy carbs such as oatmeal and barley are also low cost.
How to Save on Exercise
A key component of any weight loss plan is to also include exercise. However, you don’t have to join a gym and pay a monthly fee. There are several low cost fitness options:
-Follow an exercise DVD. You can buy these at a steep discount on a site such as eBay.
-Play outside with the kids. On nice spring days, take your kids out for a walk. Challenge them to a race or play a game of tag. You’ll feel like a kid again, and you will also be burning calories. If it is a rainy day and you are stuck inside, put on some music and dance around with your kids. They will appreciate your silliness, and the whole family will get some much needed exercise.
-Buy a piece of exercise equipment you love. If you like walking on a treadmill or using an elliptical, for instance, ask around to see if anyone you know is looking to get rid of one. Chances are you could get it at an excellent price this way. Another alternative is to check Craigslist. Don’t be afraid to haggle with sellers.
Losing weight will improve your health and make you feel better about yourself, especially in the summer months when there is not a sweater or jacket to hide behind. Losing weight doesn’t have to be expensive. Stick to low cost options, and you can drop the pounds without hurting your wallet.