The topic of weight loss is always hot in January! Too much festive cheer over Xmas, New Year's resolutions, holidays booked and with that fears about stripping down! I get that! I also get that there is so much confusion about how to do that! Things like sugar is evil, fat is evil ,shakes are bad, diets are bad, breakfast is the most important meal, fasting is best, running is good, running is bad! And that's the tip of the ice berg! Then it hit me! What you eat is A LOT like how you spend your salary! Read on to find out the SIMPLEST way to understand weight loss!
Your total income
So what should you spend your money on?
There are certain expenditures that you have each month that are compulsory! Water, energy, rent, council tax! Think of these like the essentials in your diet, like protein (fish, eggs, dairy, pulses, beans) vegetables, fruit, fibre, and water!
You can skip paying your rent or council tax, but if you do there are severe consequences! Skip the essentials in your diet and you will get ill, feel lethargic, struggle to lose weight, even get injured!
Once you have covered the essentials , what you spend the rest of your salary on is UP TO YOU!
Now I want you to forget all the bullshit you hear in the media about sugar, and fat, and bread and everything else! I was chatting to my hair dresser the other day and she showed me a plan her "nutrition" friend was promoting! It had RIDICULOUS things in like don't eat bananas and blueberries because they have sugar! I hope you can see how stupid that is!
Bread gets vilified all the time, and it's one of the first things to go when people diet! Now unless you are Celiac or have some form of Gluten Insensitivity (and less than 1% of people do) you can eat bread, and everything else you want - as long as you have the 'money' to do so!
The simple fact is, as stated above, to lose weight you need to SAVE SOME MONEY. The more you save the more weight you will lose!
Common mistake number 1: Spending your money on things that cost too much
Now what you spend your money on is up to you! What you eat is up to you! Just be aware that, just like expensive luxuries that take all of our income up, certain foods have too many calories in and use up all of our allowance! These foods tend to be the really nice tasting ones! These foods are high in fat, sugar or both! (Essentially they are just high in calories!) You just have to budget, like you do with your money! If you want something that badly, make sure you can afford it and make allowances for it!
Common mistake number 2: Spending too much
Spend over your income and you go in to debt! Out comes the credit card and the debt builds! Eat too much and you get fat! And just like a credit card it takes time to pay back! The only way to do this, is to start spending less, under what we earn and pay back that amount! Again, nothing ground breaking here. The more you save, the move you can pay back! But if you aren't saving some calories you will see zero change! (I could go on to talk about getting in to too much debt but that;s for another time!)
Common mistake number 3: Blowing all your money at the weekend
We all love a good party! Meet up with friends, let the hair down and go out eating and drinking loads! The only problem is this contributes to the spending too much problem! Picture this, you spend all week carefully budgeting, saving money and then BAM the weekend hits, and bang goes your savings for that week!
I love this example as it's true for the money analogy, but also blowing all our money on alcohol and takeways directly adds to the calories we consume too!
Tip number 2: Spend money on things that cost less
If you want to save money, there are many ways to do that: Price comparison websites, cheap supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl, swapping energy suppliers. They are many ways to save some calories with food as well! Look at the picture below....
The "healthy natural bar" has more calories, fat and sugar than the flake! Eat the flake, save more money!
I hope this has cleared some things up for you! If you have any questions please contact me using the form here or via my facebook page
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Yours in good health
Resident health expert and owner, Dean Zweck.