12 Habits to Help You Lose Weight on a Budget, Get In Shape, Eat Less and Look Your Best on a budget.
Did you make a New Year resolution to live a healthier life and shed a few extra pounds? If so, you might not be sure where to begin. Luckily, there are simple habits you can implement to help you lose weight without a ton of fuss. By establishing these habits now, you can get into a healthier routine and meet your weight loss goals. Here are 12 Habits to Help You Lose Weight you should try!
Ideas to Lose Weight on a Budget
1. Invest in a quality water bottle.
You should drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Using a quality water bottle that keeps your water cold or even allows you to infuse it with fruit will help. Find a quality water bottle that has clear markings so you can track your intake daily.
2. Download calorie tracking apps.
There are tons of free apps that help you count calories and track your eating habits. Consider downloading a calorie tracker app or food diary app that helps you track your consumption so you can see where changes need to be made.
3. Utilize technology to track your steps/activity.
Most iPhones come with a pre-installed activity app you can use to track your steps. If not, FitBits and other devices can be used to track your steps and physical activity. Consider one of these tracking devices so you can make sure you are getting plenty of physical activity in.
4. Try walking or exercising with a friend.
Having a partner can help you feel more motivated to work out and even build accountability. Try walking with a partner so you can motivate each other and encourage each other. Having that support can make a huge difference.
5. Stock up on foods high in fiber.
Foods high in fiber keep you feeling full longer and help you feel more satisfied. Plus, your body needs fiber to stay healthy and regular. Stock up on high fiber breads, bars, crackers, and vegetables. This way you stay full longer and don’t get the urge to snack.
6. Switch out soda for water.
Anytime you dine out, forget ordering soda or a cocktail. Switch out all beverages for water with lemon instead. After awhile your body will crave the water instead of the sugary drinks. Your waist will thank you and so will your budget.
7. Keep a scale in your bathroom.
Keep a scale out so you can weigh yourself regularly. This way you can track your progress with weekly weigh ins and celebrate when you see a difference in the numbers!
8. Keep healthy snacks well stocked at all times.
Don’t allow yourself to fall off track when a snacking urge hits. Keep healthy snacks in stock at all times so you can grab and go. This might include granola, fruit, veggies, hummus, low fat peanut butter, etc.
9. Plan your meals by the week.
Make a weekly meal plan so you know what you are eating each night. This way you don’t resort to ordering unhealthy fast food at the last minute.
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10. Use non-food rewards when you meet weight loss goals.
Find ways to reward yourself when you reach a goal. A non food reward could be a manicure or new book you have wanted to read.
11. Find a fitness class you enjoy such as pilates or yoga.
Find a physical activity class you enjoy and attend weekly. Pilates, yoga, or Zumba are all great ideas!
12. Keep simple exercise equipment on hand (free weights, yoga mat, tension bands)
Keep simple equipment on hand so you can get in shape when you have down time. There are easy an effective workouts you can do with hand weights, tension bands, and yoga mats to keep burning those calories.
Implement these 12 healthy habits now and see what a difference they can make to your body and health in the new year!