Five Ways to Lose Weight the Frugal Way

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Five Ways to Lose Weight the Frugal Way

The following is a guest post by Alex from Weight-Loss Help and Tips.

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Saving money is definitely in. People are shopping at less extravagant stores and staying home more often to cut back in any area they can. This is no different with weight loss. Gone are the days of buying expensive diet pills and charging them to the credit card with little worry about when the bill comes. Not to mention they probably did not do much to begin with. Also, many people have begun to stop buying expensive meal plans in favor of designing their own low fat diets. There are many ways to lose weight the frugal way and save a ton of money. The five weight loss tips which follow will get you started on the right path to great weight loss.

1.  One of the cheapest and easiest ways to lose weight is through walking or running. These exercises can be enjoyed by nearly anyone and in a variety of places. Whether it is indoors or outdoors walking and running can be utilized to burn many calories. This type of exercise should be incorporated into your daily lifestyle to enjoy the maximum weight loss. Try to set aside a specific time each day to get your walk or run in.

2.  Another great way to lose weight and get stronger is exercising with a large used tire. This training has been around for a century but is gaining in popularity because of the results which can be accomplished. There are several different exercises which can be performed with a tire and provides great weight loss. Hitting a tire with a sledge hammer provides a tremendous upper body workout and burns a lot of calories. Also, simply flipping a tire over across a yard will burn calories and build strength.

3.  Swimming is a frugal way to lose weight. Swimming works nearly every muscle in the body and burns more calories than nearly any other exercise. There are many pools which can be used for low to no cost. Many local communities have indoor pools which are free to local residents or extremely cheap. Also, gyms and athletic clubs often have pools. If there are no public pools to use there may be a pool owned by a friend which could be used to accomplish your exercise.

4.  A great way to lose weight is to drink an adequate amount of water each and every day. Drinking plenty of water will help keep your metabolism at a high level and burn more calories. Water is also great at making your body feel full, which in turn will allow you to make it through the day on fewer calories.

5.  Lastly, nearly everyone knows that a low-fat diet is essential to lose weight. This does not mean you have to buy expensive packaged meals to accomplish this task. The internet is full of low-fat recipes which can be made for very little money. Many times you can make a very large portion of a low-fat meal and freeze single meal portions for even greater savings. This also allows you the convenience of having ready made meals which can be thawed and cooked in the microwave for quick meals.  Just be sure that low-fat doesn’t mean high-sugar, because sugars a huge factor to inhibiting weight-loss.

What are some of your Frugal Weight-Loss tips?

Alex has a weight-loss blog where he provides weight loss tips and other ideas to help you lose weight the healthy way.

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By | 2010-12-30T15:24:22+00:00 December 30th, 2010|Health and Wellness|10 Comments

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I'm a former sweet-tooth turned health-nut. After a difficult loss of a first pregnancy and having a second child with a heart condition, I became obsessed with health and wellness. I revamped our entire family's lifestyle, dropped seven pant sizes, and created a website where I could share our story and help support people wanting to make small changes day by day in order to live well. I also support my family by the work that I do here through advertising content, affiliates, and partnership/consultant links within content. When you click and/or order, it puts food on our table. Thanks for all your support, and may you live well and thrive!


  1. Emily December 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    For what it is worth, the idea that you have to be on a low-fat diet to lose weight is definitely up for debate. There are a lot of nutritionists who believe that a whole foods diet (including grass-fed butter, coconut oil, olive oil, etc.) is better for you than “low fat” foods.

    If low-fat worked for Alex, I’m happy for her…but saying “nearly everyone knows that a low-fat diet is essential to lose weight ” really isn’t accurate.

  2. Allyson @ A Heart for Home December 30, 2010 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    Instead of purchasing work out videos that you might not end up liking, check your local library first. Many public libraries carry workout DVDs and you can often renew your checkout for up to 3-4 weeks on DVDs. This will at least let you know if the video is something you’re going to stick with 🙂

  3. Celena December 30, 2010 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    I agree with Emily. Generally, when they remove fat they add sugar and other processed chemicals. Eating whole foods, close to nature, is the best way to go. We started drinking whole milk that has no hormones or antibiotics and is not homogenized, and it tastes SO GOOD that I can drink a SMALLER glass and feel more satisfied. This article is a favorite of mine on the heavenly homemaker blog:

  4. Jan December 30, 2010 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    You may mean a lower calorie diet not a low fat diet.

  5. melanie December 30, 2010 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    The author stated… “Just be sure that low-fat doesn’t mean high-sugar, because sugars a huge factor to inhibiting weight-loss.”

    Fats contain the highest caloric intake. We cut calories so we lose weight…if we are also expending more calories than we take in. The author did not imply that nearly everyone should be on a low fat diet.
    Losing weight is simple math. As easy as elementary math.

    • Emily December 30, 2010 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      You know, more and more scientists and nutritionists are coming to the conclusion that losing weight is NOT just simple math. Our bodies are so complex, and the idea of “calories in, calories out” doesn’t take that complexity into account. I have spent years trying to follow the typical “low calorie, low fat” diets, adding tons of exercise, with little success and much frustration. It wasn’t until I cut all processed foods and added back all the whole (and full fat) foods, without limiting calories at all that I finally lost weight.

  6. Dana December 31, 2010 at 9:38 am - Reply

    It’s a FREE website that helps you keep track of your food, exercise, water and much more. You can find community support there too. It helps with accountability, which I need.

  7. Bobbi B December 31, 2010 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Fresh fruits and vegetables are cheaper, more nutritious, and lower fat than processed food. Instead of stopping at Mickie D’s, just stop at your local farmer’s market or Trader Joe’s. Pick up some carrots, celery, apples and bananas. You’ll get crunch and sweetness. Eating healthy is a great bargain.

  8. Vdragon January 3, 2011 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Dana has the right idea. Studies have shown that if you write down everything that you eat, you are likely to eat less, just because you are thinking about having to write it down.

    Writing down what you eat is free and can make a huge difference when it comes to being aware of every single thing that you consume.

  9. Beth December 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    I belong to a site called free! Its all about calorie counting, eating right, and exercising…I lost 90 pounds in 6 months! 🙂

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