Stay Slim and Healthy on a Budget

Many overweight and unhealthy people have numerous excuses for not losing weight. At the top of the list we hear “I don’t have the time”. The second excuse is “It’s too expensive to eat healthily”.

There is a misconception that in order to look great we have to buy ‘special’ food. Inexpensive, low calorie meals can be prepared even by using leftovers. Nor is it necessary to prepare extra meals for one person. Slimming just requires a little planning and, combined with some exercise or sport, you will be on your way to regaining your once slim and healthy body. If you dislike outdoor activities, indoor sports might be the answer, especially if you prefer team sports.

The word ‘diet’ often puts people off. Perhaps keeping to a healthy eating plan is more encouraging. In fact, a slimming diet shouldn’t be all that different from the meals that you already prepare for your family. You can eat similar meals but avoid piling too many carbohydrates and fatty foods on to your plate. Remember that carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes, spaghetti and rice are not all that high in kilojoules. It is what you add to them that creates the problem.

Let’s take an example. 100 grams of white rice contains 130 kcal/554 kilojoules, which won’t break your diet bank. However, as soon as the rice is fried, the kilojoules are almost doubled. So, where do the extra kilojoules come from in this example? Fat! We all tend to consume too much fatty food. A breakfast pileup of fried eggs, bacon, sausage and mushrooms with a couple of slices of thickly buttered toast will probably provide your quota of kilojoules for the day.

We all need a certain amount of fat in order to keep healthy, but meat already contains fat so it isn’t necessary to fry bacon and sausage in even more fat. Whether we cook in oil or butter, remember that both are high in calories, although it is healthier to use oil. Butter contains saturated fats, which is not healthy if consumed in high quantities. By becoming aware of what we eat combined with daily walking exercise or other forms of team sports, we can soon regain healthy bodies.

If you feel hungry between meals, don’t grab the cookie jar. Rather keep some vegetables in your fridge. Carrots, tomatoes and celery are just a few items that will stave off your hunger. Low calorie soup is also an excellent substitute for high fat food. The idea is to take one day at a time and after a while you will get into the habit of living a healthier lifestyle.