A healthy diet is the best way to lose weight and a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ Open 2013;3:e004277) shows that this doesn’t have to cost a fortune. So you can’t use cost as an excuse and the other big plus about healthy eating is all the health benefits that accompany this way of eating.
The study found that on average eating a healthy diet will cost you about £1 a day more. The authors comment that “This meta-analysis provides the best evidence until today of price differences of healthier vs less healthy foods/diet patterns. Twenty seven studies from ten countries were included in the analysis so this is one of the first truly comprehensive assessments of the cost of healthy eating. A lot of people will be surprised at the figure of £1/day but you can’t argue with the numbers. If you now want to consider the cost to an individual of long-term illness not only in time off work but general quality of life then this really does pale into insignificance. Plus, how many weight loss plans/books have you tried, just calculate the cost of these?
What a lot of people fail to grasp is that the best way to lose weight is to follow a healthy eating regime. You still have to create a kcal deficit, in other words eat less than you are using (burning). Other than this though the rules are the same; you need to eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, drink plenty of water. Add to this reducing alcohol and caffeine intake and increasing your levels of activity and you are half-way there. I say half-way there because the fact of the matter is that your busy lifestyle will now come into play. Convenience food and take-away’s seem like a great choice when you’ve had a busy day and are tired. The trick is to plan for these occasions by always having the correct foods available. Batch cooking will help, so there is always something in the freezer or fridge that you can re-heat. Healthy meals do not have to be hours of preparation they do have to include a bit of forward thinking. Slow cookers are a big plus because you can throw everything in and switch them on as you leave the house and when you come back through the door your meal is ready. You just need to do a quick search online to find a wide variety of great recipes for slow cookers.
So the next time you are thinking about losing weight why not switch that around to choosing a healthier lifestyle. This will give you more energy, less illness and you’ll lose weight as an added bonus. This latest research also demonstrates that a healthy diet for weight loss will cost you no more than most slimming clubs or gym memberships. What is more the membership benefits of the healthy eating club are far more attractive and longer lasting.
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