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dolares 04-27-2014 11:33 AM

I cannot afford to get in shape!
 
I want to get in shape I can save up to get the dvds equipment. The problem is the cost of supplement and my diet is the MAIN problem! Whenever I start to exercise my metabolism speeds up wayyyyyyyy too much and if I dont keep increasing my calories and protein I SEE NO RESULTS. I dont want to spend $600 or $1000 on groceries!

multicultcurly 04-27-2014 07:06 PM

If you don't know how to cook, then learn. You can make brown rice on the stove, buy canned beans or make beans on the stove. You can buy frozen produce or fresh produce for stir frys or salads. You can make many dishes with canned tomato puree. Buy whole wheat noodles or whole wheat tortilla. There is no reason you need to spend $600 on groceries per month for one person. I have a very high metabolism and easily eat 2000 - 2500 calories a day when I work out. I have never spent over $200 a month for groceries just for me.

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klloydmajestic 04-27-2014 08:06 PM

Another thing you might consider is visiting your local farmers market. Produce is usually much cheaper there than at grocery stores. You mentioned supplements? I'm not sure what you are using but that's another way to cut cost... Cut the supplements! I understand the pull of them because a lot of my friends are "independent" marketers of the various supplements out there that are sold in that manner. But really, you don't need them to get in shape. Good luck and don't give up! It's worth it!

Blueblood 04-28-2014 05:03 AM

Beans and pulses aren't expensive especially dried.

They also have the advantage of filling you up and containing protein. You can mix them with meats in stews, make soups or put them in salads.

Some are easier to cook from dried such as lentils than others such as kidney beans. The ones that are hard to cook from dried just buy canned.

I suggest you Google how you cook different kind of pulses and beans, and also recipes for all types of beans and lentils. Once you have a few ideas then go and buy some and try them out.

You will probably need to buy some herbs and spices as well but to be honest if you cook anyway you will have them in your cupboards.

BTW eggs and nuts aren't expensive either and both are a good source of micronutrients. Though don't go mad eating nuts as they are high in fat.

klloydmajestic 04-28-2014 07:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Blueblood (Post 2268863)
Beans and pulses aren't expensive especially dried.

They also have the advantage of filling you up and containing protein. You can mix them with meats in stews, make soups or put them in salads.

Some are easier to cook from dried such as lentils than others such as kidney beans. The ones that are hard to cook from dried just buy canned.

I suggest you Google how you cook different kind of pulses and beans, and also recipes for all types of beans and lentils. Once you have a few ideas then go and buy some and try them out.

You will probably need to buy some herbs and spices as well but to be honest if you cook anyway you will have them in your cupboards.

BTW eggs and nuts aren't expensive either and both are a good source of micronutrients. Though don't go mad eating nuts as they are high in fat.

Yes! I'm a vegetarian and eat beans frequently for the protein and micronutrients. Almost everyone on my Dad's side of the family have hypertension so I keep an eye on my sodium intake. Dry beans are cheaper, and also lower in sodium, so that's another plus!

Aleesi 04-28-2014 11:01 AM

It doesn't need to be expensive. Be creative and use things freely available to you. Also, as Klloydmajestic has already mentioned, 'you don't need the supplements'. Well balanced meals will provide the nutrients and energy you need for a healthier you. So your meal in conjunction with regular exercise should give you some results provided that you are eating a deficit. That is you are burning more calories than you are consuming. I think that naturally when you become active you eat more but keep in mind to eat burn more than you are eating. Some people also find that it helps to eat a lot of smaller meals throughout the course of the day - say 6 or so.

*I am no expert in nutrition/diet or exercise. I am, however, interested in most things fitness.

chupie 04-28-2014 11:35 AM

Look up Happy Herbivore plans. She gives you what it will approximately cost. You might have to supplement with lean meats if you are not a herbie but still, good recipes, meat easily added and very economical and super healthy.

chupie 04-28-2014 11:36 AM

PS the best way to eat healthy economically is to plan plan plan.

aspen 04-28-2014 02:35 PM

Eating healthy doesn't have to be expensive. I live in one of the most expensive cities in the entire world and still manage to feed both myself and my partner on our minimum wages.

The first thing you need to know is that weight loss is as simple as calories in vs. calories out, all the stuff about metabolism and genetics matters very little in comparison to that. Maybe 20% at the most.

For exercise you don't need to buy DVDs, there are plenty of free workout routines on youtube and all over the internet. The Couch to 5K plan is an easy and free program as well.

The most important thing you should do is calculate your BMR to find out how many calories you should be eating, and how many you will need to restrict in order to lose weight. Most calculators will even have an activity level you select so if you work out, simply hit 'active' or 'lightly active' and it will take what you burn off into account.

Seasonal fruit and veggies are cheap, and eggs are a great source of protein and also cheap. The biggest mistake most people make when trying to eat healthy is over complicating things. Start simple and then build up to 'fancy' recipes.

Here is an example of what I eat in a day:

Breakfast: A handful of large strawberries, half an apple, a small mandarin orange and a bowl of greek yogurt with granola and honey.

Lunch: Chicken and veggie stirfry, no rice or noodles needed!

Dinner: Frozen salmon baked with half a sweet potato over some raw greens with a little raspberry balsamic vinegar.

Funnily enough, junk food actually is MORE expensive than 'healthful' foods in terms if you sit down and do the math. For the same price as one large McDonalds meal you could buy rice and beans to last a week.

My experience comes from learning to be a personal trainer, as well as losing 60lbs and keeping it off myself as well as helping my partner lose 50lbs :)

P.S I spend about $120 buying groceries for my partner and I for two weeks. We ALWAYS have food leftover and eat very healthily and happily.


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