If you’re looking to lose weight on a budget diet, you may feel discouraged with the cost of so-called “health foods.” You may feel like you can’t afford it. This couldn’t be further from the truth. For one, you’ll be eating less food than you would be normally, plain and simple. Secondly, you don’t have to buy high-priced brand foods to achieve your goals.
You’re going to want your diet to include lots of fruits and vegetables, so instead of heading to the produce section, try the frozen foods aisle. There you’ll find plenty of natural foods that will keep in your freezer for a long time. In addition to being less expensive, they can even be healthier than the fresh alternative sold out of season.
Buy whole grains in bulk. To save even more money, consider shopping where you can buy grains like rice, quinoa, and other grains by the weight rather than spending extra money on fancy brand packaging. You can get the same or higher quality this way. You can also often buy nuts, flours, and even dried fruits in these sections as well.
Effective meal planning is what is going to help you stretch a meal over the course of the week. When you cook a healthy meal, consider making more than you will eat in a single sitting. You can package up portioned lunches to help monitor how much you’re eating. The best big meals are ones you can freeze. Soups and casseroles are easily frozen to later in the month.
When you’re keeping your diet journal, note the cost of your groceries to help you stay on a budget diet. When you eat out, note how much you’ve spent. You can even keep a tally of what you’ve been spending to help you understand just how much money you’ve spent on meals.