We all know that with the expansion and bloom of the fast food industry there has been an increase waistlines and decrease in money in our wallets. Some how and for some reason we’ve decided to accept that fast food bills are a necessary expense.
We tend to believe that we have to incur these expenses and some of us have even given up on eating better or going a diet. Fast foods, lack of self control, laziness and lack of exercise are just part of the reasons obesity rates are rising in the US.
Two Differences of Opinions on the Subject
According to Barbara O’Neill, co-author of “Small Steps to Health and Wealth”, if a half-portion dinner has 240 calories instead of 480, you could also lose 20 pounds in a year by eating half a food portion. Whereas, Jay Zagorsky, economist at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, who has studied the relationship between weight loss and wealth, points out that “smaller portions do not always save individuals money”, negates O’Neill’s view that you might lose weight eating only in the finest restaurants because the portions are small, but you won’t end up saving money this way.
Money and Calories How They Add Up
If you can’t learn to manage your money and your calories you can’t find a solution. It’s a proven fact that losing weight can improve your physical and emotional well-being. According to the National Institute of Health, $75-$125 billion is spent on indirect and direct costs due to obesity-related diseases.
By keeping your weight under control, you can avoid doctor’s bills and medication. However, it is important to note that the effect of a poor diet may not show up until many years into the future. So, people should understand that losing weight may not result in savings right away.
You should know that a lot of people tend to waste several hundred dollars per month on junk food. Let’s look at some things we can do to eliminate gaining a larger waistline while stuffing our wallets/purses with more money.
Just Find Healthier Activities To Do
Instead of going to the cinema to watch a movie and munch down all those high-calorie snacks why not go to the park instead? It’s healthier to get some exercise into your system and guess what? For the most part its free if you count having to drive but then hopefully you can walk or ride your bike there.
Nowadays seems like we would just rather to do things the easy more costly way. Walk more, take the stairs, go for a bike ride instead of driving. Go to the beach instead of being on the Ipad and sitting on the couch. Instead of meeting for lunch meet for a walk in the park.
Don’t Stop Just Drive Past the Fast Food Chains
Drive really fast when you pass by a fast food place, (nah just playing don’t go getting a ticket or into an accident). Seriously though with so many fast food chains you really have to avoid them at all costs. A lot of people will say I will just stop and get a little something. That may work for a while but in the end you fall back into the same trap.
It is highly likely that after a while you will get tired of just getting a salad or one burger. Then comes the problem of ordering those meals that we tend to eat all of even when we get it SUPER SIZED!!! Usually we end up eating everything they give us in a restaurant just because we don’t want to waste money.
Cut down on the sodas
Half of Americans daily sip sugary drinks. I know this because I was one of those people who seems to always be drinking something other than water. When we order any soft drink, we are getting water mostly combined with a lot of sugar and a flavor. But that sugary taste is usually cheaper corn syrup, consisting of 45 percent glucose and 55 percent fructose.
Just one soda can a day can cause 15 pounds of weight gain per year. Drink water! A lot of water and you will save money by not wasting it on buying empty calories. Besides water is the healthiest option we’ve got.
Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. – Mark Twain
Ward Off Temptations
Willpower isn’t something that comes easy and even when you have it, it sometimes will fail you. The sad part is that studies have shown that when we increase willpower on some things, other goals get neglected. In this case, if we are focused on saving money it is not likely we pay attention to staying on a healthy diet. I know it sucks right?
For this reason you should set up a system that will help you make the right decisions, without having to trust your willpower. When it comes to losing weight, throw out your fat pants and when it comes to the fridge stock it with low-calorie treats for when you get a sugar craving. Make the decision not to go out to eat (yes, even throw out the menus to order from home too!), by eating at home you’ll save money too.
Don’t Spend a Lot on One Meal
There are a lot of great meals you can make for $5 dollars. Sure you want to make something great for the family, your guests or maybe just your significant other. But be mindful of how much you are spending on just one meal. When you planning we tend to go a little overboard to try and makes things “very special”, and not only does it being very special end up costing an arm and leg but it also tend to be high in calorie.
Think long and hard about buying all those ingredients that you are only going to use for just that one meal. And to you need all the wine, desserts, and bread that people tend to make. They can all be things that can add the calories and pounds to your waist while draining the wallet.
Do Your Own Freaking Chores
Don’t ask someone else to do your work. Sure you are busy tired or whatever else but you can get a lot of exercise doing work at home. Calories burned doing household chores can be a big part of trimming down your waistline. Hell they say you burn a lot of calories making love to your partner, would you outsource that?
Scrubbing the bathroom for 20 minutes will easily burn 200 calories and 30 minutes of digging in yard burns down 300 calories. So you see simple chores are a great way of exercising and you don’t even have to pay. That or just have sex more often!!!
Start Walking More
Walking is a perfect low-impact exercise and with my bad back its about the only thing that I can do that doesn’t cause issues. Walk to the grocery store instead of taking out your car if its close. Park farther away from the store or your job and walk. You save up on the fuel costs instead of driving around the parking lot looking for the closest spot. Walking is great for your health and also a way to get some fresh air.
Keep Your Eye on the Prize
Determination is the key to lose calories and save up money. Write down your goals and make them time bound. For example, my goal is to lose 15 pounds and $2000 online in two months. Make goals and work towards them!! You can set goals any way you want to but remember what’s realistic to you may not be realistic to everyone. Don’t lose sight of what you what to accomplish.
How have you been able to save money and lose weight at the same time? Have you found that when you are losing weight you automatically save? Sometimes it can be reversed as well. Be healthier can cost more such as gym membership higher cost of healthier food. But that’s a post for a later date.
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