Doesn't Eating Healthy Cost Too Much?
There is a common misconception that eating healthy costs a lot of money. Thankfully, this is not true. The U.S. Department of Agriculture notes that creating a personalized menu plan can help you avoid buying items you do not need, thus enabling you to stay within your budget. Such a menu plan can be made on your own but those who are serious about losing weight will want to get help from a registered dietitian or weight loss consultant.
There are many ways to save money on healthy foods before and while you are shopping. You can save money when you buy seasonal or frozen fruits and vegetables as well as cheaper low-fat proteins (i.e. beans or chicken) instead of beef. So, always try to find out when the store intends to sell off prime meats to improve your spend. You also can save generic or store-brand products instead of purchasing budget-threatening brand names.
How you shop can also help you save money. Look for coupons offering good deals on before you head out the door to go shopping. If you have kids, avoid taking them to the grocery store with you. Also, try to go shopping right after you eat a meal; doing so will make it easier for you to stick to your grocery list than it would have been otherwise.
While it is true that many healthy foods cost more than unhealthy ones, the opposite is also true. Healthy eating does not have to be an expensive venture if you plan your meals, buy only what you need and look for simple ways to save money at the grocery store. What is more, a balanced diet will not only help you lose weight but also keep your healthy, thus cutting back on the need to seek expensive medical care for health problems associated with being overweight.
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