How I Lost 80 Pounds This Year
11- Sample or buy small quantities of diet foods that you can’t return.
I bought a few things that I thought I’d love and when it came down to it, they were hard to even swallow. (I.E. some clear liquid protein drinks, a veggie based protein powder, and a few other items). I was lucky that I was able to return some of them for a full refund. The other ones that I couldn’t return cost me a pretty penny. If the item is new to you, buy a sample or smaller portion first—unless you know you can return it.
12- Eat filling foods first.
If you eat the filling foods first (protein and veggies then complex carbs) you won’t have room for the rest. Instead of snacking on a small bag of chips, eating a few cookies, and grabbing a bag of fruit snacks I can eat a cheese stick and a chicken salad and be just as full and satisfied for longer for less money. Eating your filling foods first and stopping as soon as you feel full (save leftovers for later) will cause you to eat less and save more.
13- Use smaller plates.
You can’t fit as much food on a smaller plate and it does trick your mind into thinking you are eating more than you are. Which helps you lose weight and save money.
14- Use free tracking apps and a FitBit.
I really like Fooducate, My Fitness Pal, and Cardiio apps and they are all free. FitBit is unique because it is on your wrist and updates the free app it syncs with. Unless you are getting some handholding or personal one-on-one help, you shouldn’t be paying a monthly subscription for tracking and informational sources. These free apps are great and are just as good or better than the paid subscriptions.
15- Make money on DietBet.com.
I joined one or two Diet Bets and made a small amount of money by winning. What you do is everyone joins with the same goal (losing 4% or something similar) and pays money into a pot. At the end of the bet, whoever didn’t meet the goal forfeits their money and those that did win split the ‘winnings.’ I honestly was very motivated when I did Diet Bet to not forfeit my money, so it did motivate me to lose weight. I did win some cash (albeit not a ton). Yet, at the same time, if you don’t meet the goal your money goes down the drain. Diet Bet is not a foolproof way to make cash. I recommend only participating if money motivates you.
Well there you have it: 15 ways to save money while losing weight. I wish you the best in your weight loss goals!!