Losing Weight Doesn't Mean Losing Money


It’s one of the most common pledges at the start of a new year: eat healthier and lose weight. But you don’t have to spend the money on a gym membership or a personal trainer in order to achieve this goal. There are ways to lose weight while saving money.

Cutting out restaurant meals with massive portions and cutting out trips to the drive-thru can over time give you a fatter wallet—and a slimmer waistline. Liquid calories are a sneaky way that many of us add extra calories to our daily intake without ever realizing it—this can be remedied by cutting back on those $5 coffee drinks that suck money from our bank accounts while packing on hundreds of calories simultaneously.

Consumer Reports recently found that a whopping 79 percent of Americans don’t count calories. Simply being more aware of how many calories a day you are putting into your body can help with weight loss.

Time lounging around the house can also be used for simple exercising. Ab workouts, push-ups, stretching or simple weight lifting with dumbbells can all be done while watching TV. If you already own exercise equipment, stick in a DVD and exercise to one of your favorite shows or movies. If you like to talk on the phone, try pacing around your home while chatting. It's a sneaky way to burn some extra calories.

Experts say that in the long run, a long-term approach is more effective at keeping the weight off. Simple lifestyle changes are more likely to become a habit, giving you better odds at keeping the weight off versus losing weight due to a quick fix like diet pills.

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