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RUNNINGYOGINIRE Posts: 28,191
6/19/14 2:15 P

nope, havent noticed that is expensive to lose weight. it is cheaper to eat healthy. i agree with what other people have posted.

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6/19/14 2:05 P

Well...for me I just eat less food, so less to buy. Not into any gimmicks. Diet & lots of exercise.


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BANKER-CHUCK Posts: 5,847
6/19/14 1:37 P

I actually save a lot of money when I go on a diet....several thousands of $'s.

Here is a Blog on mySparkPage. that I show how I saved money: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
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Chuck

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7/11/13 9:32 A

I think it's cheaper! We definitely eat out less. We buy less junk food and sodas since we mainly drink water. And we eat at home more so we're not throwing food away from the frig because it went bad.

We actually eat the food in the frig. We also don't even shop the packaged or canned goods aisles so all that money isn't spent and sitting in our pantry (just to expire and get thrown away too).

Every now and then we use the coupons and do the junk food drive thru and yep, that's a cheap meal!

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7/11/13 9:23 A

nope, I've always eaten healthy

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,035
7/11/13 9:02 A

It depends on what "healthy choices" you're spending your money on. NutriSystem, Jenny Craig.... yes, they're expensive. But they're not exactly "real food". And you're paying a lot for their advertising. Bottled water costs about the same as a soda. But tap water is just about free. Baby carrots are usually more expensive than "regular" carrots that you peel and cut up yourself. Tomatoes are expensive (and relatively tasteless) when they are not in season. I love watermelon but I only buy it in the summer when it's in season and cheap. I'm not going to pay $7 for one of those teeny watermelons in the stores in December. We eat a lot of salads when greens, cucumbers, peppers etc are in season and cheap. Not in the wintertime when that stuff costs so much more.

For me, it's not more expensive. It's actually cheaper because I'm not buying a lot of junk food and not eating the quantities I used to. I cook from scratch most days of the week, unless we're eating leftovers. But I don't shop for a lot of convenience stuff and I don't pay a premium for out-of-season produce. I don't eat those 100 calorie packs of anything or all the special, low carb or sugar free or whatever stuff. I just eat "normal" things and adjust my portions accordingly.



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DLBROWN93 Posts: 887
7/10/13 10:46 A

Eating healthy is a lot more expensive for me than going through a drive thru and picking up something unhealthy. Fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables are really expensive.

AUTUMNGLORY7 Posts: 847
7/10/13 10:42 A

it depends. for me it's less expansive when I'm tracking, cook my own meals, watch my portions...I shop between 3 grocery stores and keep my food expense low that way...

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,447
7/10/13 9:10 A

Everyone wants a "quick fix" and so the market is happy to provide you with options - at a price.
I lost over 200 pounds eating right and exercise with no gym membership either.

You can do it if you look inside yourself and not the media/market place

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EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
7/10/13 8:56 A

No. I have noticed how expensive it *CAN* be, if you fall to the commercialized version. If you just eat real whole foods, and cook much of it yourself, I've found it's actually *less* expensive. Fast food and diet plans with preprogrammed meals are horrifically expensive. I agree. But then, marketing is marketing. They're not in it to help you, they're in it to line their own pockets. Alas.

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7/10/13 12:20 A

Our food bill also decreased. Husband lost 50# and I'm eating minimal also. But, that is interesting if the salad is costing more? Wonder what's up with that.


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7/9/13 9:26 A

Overall, my food costs have dropped. Eating better food and a lot less of it. Now the big expense of new clothes. I hate shopping for clothes.

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7/9/13 9:23 A

For me eating healthy was cheaper

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7/9/13 9:01 A

I can see what you are saying, but Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig and WW are not must haves when it comes to losing weight. It can be done without spending too much $$ and will be less expensive in the long run compared to the cost of being sick.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
7/9/13 8:53 A

have you priced Cancer or any other disease lately? Eating healthy is much cheaper.
I don't do nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, WW, or any other over the counter thing on the market. With most of those, WW included, they don't necessarily teach you to eat right even though WW is better than most (i just don't agree with the point system. I liked the exchange system better).

I actually spend less on my grocery bill since i stopped eating processed food. I only buy fresh. i stock up on my 100% green fed meat once every few months. The only other time my grocery bill is high is when I have to buy my cleaning supplies, but that is only a few times a year too.

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7/9/13 4:08 A

For me its about the same I used to eat a lot of fast food and processed food and they aren't exactly cheap. I spend that money now on grass feed beef & mostly organic dairy, fruits & vegetables. If I pay attention to sales and shop farmers markets its even cheaper. Just need to do your homework.

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7/8/13 6:47 P

I'm definitely on the side that its cheaper to eat and live healthy!

Hamburger: $3.69lb; Broccoli: $.99'lb today...
Hamburger Helper: 1.59 Corn on the Cob: 2/88cents
So cut back on the hamburger portion, and double the Broccoli...skip the "Helper" and have a piece of Corn.....

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Bicycling: ($450 bike- five years and 3390 miles ago...!!) now, 2 tubes a year/ $12.00

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7/8/13 5:44 P

I disagree. I feel you can be creative and eat healthy for the same price.

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B3FARMS Posts: 21
7/8/13 2:23 P

Yes, it is more expensive to be sick. I don't go to a gym either. I use dvd's, walk outside, and do yard work. I just wish I could get better fruits and veggies at our local supermarket!


LOUIE-LILY Posts: 2,479
7/8/13 2:14 P

No. It's far more expensive to be sick. I won't pay for gym memberships anymore - I know I won't keep going. Instead, I work out at home with dvd's, stationary bike, walk/jog outside. I vary my exercise more. In the gym, I was far too comfortable going to the same machines or taking the same classes over and over. I hope to keep this going.

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ELLES26 Posts: 447
7/8/13 2:11 P

Yes, but worth it. Being overweight and unhealthy was even more expensive in my opinion.

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7/8/13 1:51 P

For me, it is less expensive. I eat less meat, more veggies and fruit and hopefully I will spend less on doctor bills in the future.

DIETER27 Posts: 6,680
7/8/13 12:51 P

yes but in the long run it is you on the road to getting healthier that counts!

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,042
7/8/13 12:37 P

It does seem that way on the surface, but in the long run with your health and your mental perspective it is not. How many overweight people are on meds, depressed, chronic conditions caused by being overweight, and the shortened life expectancy. To me those issues are far greater in price than eating healthy and exercising.

We ate out at a fast food place recently, since we were driving for a short vacation and it cost us $25 for a family of 5. I cringed when we paid that since I was thinking what I could have bought in groceries for that like milk, eggs, tuna, yogurt, lettuce, veggies, fruit, oatmeal, nuts that would have covered way more than 1 meal. We eat out maybe a few times a year. So once you start eating at home and not spending your money on fast food processed food etc in the long run it is so much cheaper.

I do have a gym membership and use it 6 days a week and it was what really got me in such great shape. I pay $24 a month, but I am using it and getting good use out of it. I did recently find inline skates almost new for $4, 10 pound and 15 pound weights for $20 for both, yoga mat for $2, a brand new mini trampoline with fitness bar for $10 which retails for $150, a baseball bat and ball for $2, and the P90X fitness dvd's given to us by a family member. So as you can see not much money spent on fitness equipment if you shop around at thrift stores, craigslist, garage sales etc.

As far as weight loss gimmicks and pills etc, they are typically a waste of money. They target those of us that want a fast quick easy fix for weight loss. Who doesn't want an easy way out. The problem is they don't work for the long haul. Once you stop them, you typically gain back your weight and then some and then have to start all over. What works is changing your lifestyle and being consistent. That lifestyle change is necessary and permanent.

Don't allow the expense to get in the way of your health. Think outside the box!

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LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,332
7/8/13 11:08 A

As others have said it depends on your choices. You don't have to spend much money to lose weight.

Walking, hiking or running is low cost. There are free exercise videos online. This site has actually has videos. You don't have to have a gym membership or a lot of equipment to exercise.
Bring water from home. If you want it filtered, then a water pitcher with a filter is cheap compared to buying a bunch of bottled water.
Buy (or grow) a head of lettuce and make your own salads. Pack food from home instead of eating at restaurants. Food from the grocery store, farmer's market or your garden can be less expensive and healthier in the long run than buying restaurant or pre-made meals.

I think diet pills are a bad route to weight loss regardless of cost.


ANARIE Posts: 12,577
7/8/13 9:22 A

As others have already said, there are lots of ways to avoid paying for those things you mention.

But even if you DO choose to buy all of those things (except the diet pills; those are like pouring your money down a rat hole), this is a good example of how you have to look at the difference between cost and value.

Think about it. Lots of things that are necessary for your health and well-being are expensive. Snow boots cost many times more than plastic flip-flop sandals. My winter coat cost almost $100; I could buy 20 cotton tank tops for that price! Yet do you ever hear anybody talking about how expensive dressing warm is?

You could choose not to spend your money on a coat and buy those 20 shirts instead, but in the long run, you would pay for that choice in discomfort and maybe extra medical bills. So even a person who is very poor figures out a way to find less expensive warm clothes, or lives without some tiny luxury, or makes her own coat out of worn-out clothes and fabric from the Goodwill. And the great thing is that as she does that, she finds ways to save on OTHER necessary things-- if you learn to make your own coat, you can learn to make your own dresses, and if you're good at it, you can even sell them.

It's the same with all the things you mentioned. If you learn to cook for yourself, you'll save money the rest of your life. If you cut out cable to afford a gym, you'll realize that there are a million other options for entertainment that are free. If you find consignment secondhand shops to get exercise equipment, you'll find consignment secondhand shops to save on everything from clothes to books to appliances, and even to sell things you don't need anymore.

And even if you don't try to save, even if you pay out of pocket and buy every gadget and the most expensive out-of-season produce and never shop anywhere but Whole Foods, remember that losing weight increases your earning power for the rest of your life. Obese and overweight people, especially women, get paid less.

www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2011/11/28/s
hould-legislation-protect-obese-people
/the-obesity-wage-penalty


abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=117168&page
=1#.Udq7HKymUkI


Depending on who they ask and how it's calculated, the difference is between 2% (for the general population) and 18% (specifically for white women.) Even if you go with the lowest estimate, an obese person at a job that would pay an average person $24,000 a year would lose $480 a year. You can buy a pretty nice exercise bike and a lot of fresh spinach for $480 a year. So... losing weight might be expensive, but being overweight is, too.

GUDDIGO Posts: 1,081
7/8/13 8:46 A

yes...but it is still cheaper than gaining weight.

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7/8/13 12:06 A

I guess it depends on how you choose to lose weight.

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BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,359
7/7/13 10:58 P

I do agree that often, the poor/unhealthy food choice is the most economical - processed foods can be cheaper than unprocessed fresh ingredients.... it's really quite ridiculous, if as a society we want better overall health outcomes for our population in general, things need to be arranged so that the "better" choice is the easier choice.

However - it does not have to be expensive to be healthy.

First off, ditch the idea of "supplements" or "diet pills" - those ARE costly and in almost every case are of absolutely no benefit, or a benefit so minor that it is simply not worth it.

Secondly, choose to prepare food at home vs eating in restaurants. Yes, salad at a fast food joint is likely going to cost more than the burger and fries. But a salad you make yourself? WAY cheaper. If i go to a fast food place, it will cost me five to eight bucks (or more!); I can make breakfast, lunch and dinner for eight bucks if I pay attention to what i'm buying.

Thirdly, consider that although things like fresh cherries cost more-per-calorie than a Snickers bar - the idea is, you want to consume less calories anyways... So instead of having a 300-calorie chocolate bar, have a 100-calorie handful of cherries. Same price give or take.

My overall food bill is significantly lower these days than it was prior to changing my eating habits. I ate fast food several times a week, plus weekend better-restaurant food, plus Timmie's coffee, donuts, snacks... the cash I have saved by eliminating these expenditures covers my "new lifestyle" groceries and then some.



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HUEYFAN4LIFE Posts: 8
7/7/13 10:06 P

I guess it depends on how you look at it, but yes, I agree with you that filing up your cart with fruits and veggies is way more expensive then chowing down on boxes of mac n cheese. I guess that's how most of us got this way.. and it tastes so darn good!
BUT I have an Aldi store in my area and the fruits and veggies are VERY inexpensive... and I feel better about eating those.
And water is always FREE and the best thing to drink anyway... drop some lemon juice in there and it doesn't get too boring either :)

Just hang in there and don't worry about the money....
Take a walk and sip some water, you feel like you won the lottery (at least that's true for me!) emoticon

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7/7/13 10:00 P

yes

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7/7/13 9:59 P

For me - I do as many outdoor activities ie. skating, swimming, biking, rollerblading etc that I can and it keeps the expense way down.

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7/7/13 9:18 P

Great points everyone!! It's all about perspective! If one chooses to participate in a weight loss program to help with weight loss, depending on the program selected, it could get expensive; the same goes for joining a gym or purchasing workout equipment for ones home... The bottom line is, each of us has to decide what's going to work for us... keeping in mind what we can afford....



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NIRERIN Posts: 12,433
7/7/13 9:11 P

1. it might depend on the actual salad to burger comparison, but in general the burgers can lower cal than the salads at most places. and based on the quality of salad you get [iceberg, two rounds of cucumber, a tomato or two and a light dusting of carrot] you probably get more nutrients out of the burger. as a general rule i try and avoid fast food salads. especially because i can pick up a really good, premade salad at the grocery store for a fraction of the price [the last one i bought was 2.55 for a 16oz container of salad [that actually contained just under a third of a pound of salad] that had spinach, baby chard, apples, walnuts, frisee, dates and several other vegetable things that were quite tasty but i forget what. and it was very heavy on the greens and the fruit eliminated the need for dressing].
2. instead of asking for a bottle of water, ask for a cup, they're free just about everywhere i have ever been. and, at least in florida, the health department mandates that food places have cups and free water available. if you don't specify the employees tend to be trained to give you the water that costs money, but if you ask, they have to provide the free water.
3. diet pills aren't a necessity for most people.
4. weight loss exercise programs are basically paying for low person to person attention. most people can create a personal support network that does the same thing for free. if it's a medical place you might need to add a little support from your primary care physician or if it's a trainer you might need someone to teach you basics or technique, but it doesn't have to be full time. if you think this is a must look at the results, even with something like biggest loser. the long term results of these kinds of programs aren't that great.
5. the local gyms around here have a 50-100 sign up fee [that every few months they waive as part of a promotion] and they start at $10 a month. the y is a little more expensive, but it tends to have more machines, more rooms, more kinds of classes offered at more times and is just bigger than most of the other gyms in the area.
6. outside. walking/jogging is one of the best kinds of cardio there is and it's free and available to everyone. yes, you might need to get warm pants for the winter and yes that means you actually have to go outside when it is cold. but that can be a great motivator to move a little quicker.
7. for basic weight training you just need a set or two of weights. yes, you can buy the fancy adjustable ones for $75 and up [if you start to get the bench and the whole adjustable system]. but to get started a 15lb basic weight is about ten dollars. two of them would be twenty. if that's way too much weight for you you can buy smaller weights for less money. if that's not enough weight for you the cost will go up some, but the bigger basic ones top out at about $30 a pop. remember that your goal is to strength train, not enter the world's strongest man competition.

with weightloss, as with everything else, if you're paying someone else to do the thinking or the legwork you will end up paying more. it's just like having to pay a delivery fee if you order your dinner in. or paying a courier to take something across town. or a mover to pack up and move all of your belongings. or paying a yard service to landscape your lawn.
and as with everything else as well, the best options tend not to bother with marketing to you because they don't have a marketing department to do so. think of the grocery store. the last ad you saw on tv was probably for doritos or some other product that had to try and tell you why you wanted or needed it. when was the last time you saw an add for eggplant, which is arguably much better for you? the better things tend to be there and at the right price, but if you pay attention to the marketing the advertisers will lead you away from the reasonable options to the option that will line their pocket.

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EMPRESSAMQ Posts: 5,077
7/7/13 9:09 P

For me, it is way less expensive to stay at a lower weight as I eat less and I spend less on health issues and on clothing that becomes too loose and then too tight again. Over time, I also have felt less and less need for gym memberships as I internalized exercise and came to need it in my personal life, to do simple things like run (now only walk), lift cheap dumbbells, do yoga and pilates with my own body.

I do spend money on bottled water because where I live it isn't (IMO) drinkable, but I'd use bottled water whether watching my weight or not.

Have actually tried some of the meal systems (not tasty to me), bought workout DVDs, etc., but all these expenditures were really not necessary, just took me some time to figure all that out, so really, worth the money.

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JILLIANWILLIAN Posts: 650
7/7/13 8:45 P

Great principles to follow Trevor....you're doing great! I was in need of a reminder about drinking my water. Thanks!

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TREV1964 Posts: 5,115
7/7/13 8:14 P

I actually find that if anything I am saving money because I am eating less.
Most diets a mainly focused on making money not helping you loose weight.
Personally I try to keep to a few principles as best I can.
I avoid as many processed foods as I possibly can.
I avoid as much added sugar as it is possible to do.
I always have at least half a pint of liquid before any meal, and I try not to eat excessively in any way eating to avoid hunger not to feel full.

Cheers

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7/7/13 8:02 P

I have noticed how expensive food is so yes, I guess you might say I have. It seems on a regular basis food prices have increased. We rarely eat out for dinner-sometimes for breakfast as a way to get out. We go to this place called the Little Restaurant-good food and low prices.
As far as my food shopping budget I get $600 for 2 people a month which some people might think is high.

However, my husband thinks I should be able to put some of that aside as a little fund for myself. It takes awhile to accumulate anything as I also buy cards and some gifts for my 3 grandkids from that-however, my husband pitches in on that.

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7/7/13 7:26 P

Being healthy can be expensive but being overweight is more expensive. Before I started eating healthier we ate out or ordered in at least twice a week...at 50 bucks a pop plus 150 a week for groceries. Now, we rarely eat out and I spend 50 a week on food. But, I shop the sales and use coupons. I freeze a lot of stuff and try to eat in season so food is less expensive.
I don't buy pre made food or packaged foods, just meats, dairy and veggies. We rarely buy soda, or ice cream or chips...stuff that used to be staples in our home.
I know I eat a lot better now.

I bought a used Nordic Trak ski machine for a hundred dollars and use it at least 3 x a week. I also work out to the videos on Spark and have bought used workout videos at our local used book store.



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7/7/13 7:17 P

Expensive will be different to all...and I do spend a bit, but it's worth it.

I pay for Weight Watchers - which is working wonders for me.
I pay for a gym membership - swimming is my sport...and I ain't got no pool at home.
I pay for fresh veggies and fruits, some organic. I like eating, one of the reasons I gained weight...the good news is I cook and honestly feel this is less expensive than eating out or buying pre-made dishes. So worth the cost to me.
I pay for cloths, I've gone from a squeezing int a 22 to an 18 and know I will keep on dropping sizes...and I am a professional, doctoral student, and need to keep a mini closet available through this process. Cloths are also a reward for me.

That said, the costs are worth it to me. The cost of a heart attack would...well you know be higher. The cost of being angry and sad and alone are far greater than a few bucks towards my health and happiness.

Thus, to me, the cost is minimal. And I'm worth every stinking penny.


Edited by: MOODPURPLE at: 7/7/2013 (19:18)
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7/7/13 7:16 P

Another great motivation to losing weight THE NATURAL WAY!!!!

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7/7/13 7:10 P

Mine is not expensive at all .......... When my gym memb'ship expired, I did not renew! On purpose ........... It became incredibly overcrowded and inconvenient for me for a # of reasons ........... I made ONE purchase and am so glad! Bought a new stationary bike, w/ resistance and fan ............... and it has paid for itself w/ the cancel of gym. I often use various Nicole's workouts right here in Sparks ............. so that is free! .......... And as one said ............. "We have feet and we can walk ........... outdoors and it is FREE!!! ........... And I never partake of such things as Nutrisystem, WT. Watchers, or any of those gimmick sales .............. No thanks!

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SPOORK Posts: 1,193
7/7/13 6:43 P

It doesn't have to be expensive. It's all about your approach. You don't need to eat out or eat fast food, use diet pills, buy exercise machines, or join a gym. I find it to be quite inexpensive to be healthy. I avoid processed foods, make my own food, and exercise at home.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,577
7/7/13 3:40 P

You don't need the nutri-system, the diet pills, or the expensive gym membership, or to purchase bottled water, in order to lose weight. You're right, all that is pretty much a drain on your money for very little return in most cases. The gym membership has value if the climate you live in doesn't allow for outdoor exercise very often, but is not strictly necessary for everyone.

You do need to buy better food than is available at fast-food restaurants, and you need to plan ahead to shop for and make your own meals. It's more a commitment of time than money, though, and an exercise in time management and prioritization. That's hard to carve out when you are a younger adult, and a lot of your life involves working and socializing with friends.

Actually, that's one way you could socialize AND eat better. Team up with some friends with similar goals. Go jogging outside together, or go shopping for produce & split the bill. Or learn to cook together. It can be done!

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7/7/13 3:31 P

TVUONG0730,

I was just talking about the price of salad bars with a friend. I'd forgotten lunch last week and had to go foraging for food. I found a salad bars that was reasonably priced at $4.99 a pound, but that still seemed high to me. I asked a friend why were salad bars so high as compared to hamburgers. And they made a very good point.

Salad bars (fruits/veggies) have a very short shelf life. There is a very short time fruits and veggies (in particular salad greens) are considered fresh. Ever see how fast lettuce wilts even if it's in a frig ? You can freeze burgers and buns. They have a longer shelf life. That's why salad bars are so expensive it's because the food has a short shelf life.

I've noticed that fast food isn't that cheap. In my eating days, I would typically buy the 4 piece meal at KFC. at the time, it was $5. that seemed like a great deal to me. Not too long ago, I went past a KFC and was appalled at how expensive that same meal had become ! it was just under $10. For that kind of money, I can go to a nice sit down restaurant and have a burger plate for around $7-$10.

I keep hearing that fast food is cheaper than healthy food, but I don't think it is. I do feel that on the whole, healthier food is cheaper when you home cook your own. Eating out is expensive. period. You can eat more economically if you home cook your meals.

Yes, veggies are expensive. they're even more expensive if you eat organic, but you don't have to eat organic to be healthy. It would be nice, but it's not necessary. a person can eat healthy on a budget. Buy frozen veggies instead of fresh veggies. If you'd like fresh veggies, buy what's on sale and in season.

I've heard that the Nutrisystem meals are extremely expensive and not as tasty as they claim. However, some people like the convenience of having meals already portion controlled for them. They like the idea of just taking a meal and popping into the microwave. Some people don't like cooking and will pay extra for this sort of service.



Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 7/7/2013 (15:42)
LOSE4LIFE47 Posts: 58,046
7/7/13 3:22 P

It depends on what you do to lose weight as sometimes it is cheaper. I cut down on food & used weights & walk so it isn't more.

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7/7/13 3:21 P

Everything Jennilacey said and more. It's all what you make of it. I did have a friend who kept asking me why poorer people seemed to be fatter. I believe that starches are a cheaper food source and proteins and fresh fruit and vegetables do cost more.

Americans are the heaviest population. We eat in excess and throw out half out food. Fast food should not be an option for a healthy lifestyle, nor should gimmicks and pills.

Your feet are your best exercise source and you were born with them. Start walking.

JILLIANWILLIAN Posts: 650
7/7/13 3:20 P

Hi TVUONG0730 - I would agree that the commercial weight loss programs and gym memberships can be expensive. They tend to market to those of us who are looking for an easy fix and hope we'll pay for it.

I've found that I eat out far less these days - dinner out one a quarter, and then only somewhere I can check the nutritional info online for what I plan to order. You appear to be far younger than I am though so you will probably be challenged more simply because of a more active social life.

As for groceries, I have a system that I've been using for a while now. In our area, we get the flyers in the mail on Thursdays. I use these to plan out our dinners for the week. I'll make enough for dinner so that I take leftovers for lunch the next day

As for exercise machines... I've fallen into the trap and currently have both a treadmill and a bike in our rec-room. Rarely used, even though my logic in purchasing these was to exercise more. Just never happened. I find that I like the WII though - keeps me more entertained and this is what I also use to track my progress. Walking when the weather is nice is my other habit, or jogging around in our pool when it's way too hot.

Sparks is so great for helping us get healthier without the expense - on line videos, trackers, articles, message boards.... all for free.... just awesome!

enjoy your journey!

jillian



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7/7/13 3:17 P

It isn't. Only if you go that route. If there is something that can be capitalized on (a want, a need) there will be people to capitalize on it.

I don't use any gimmicks, pills, diet aids, "systems" (other than Spark, which is free) to lose weight. I drink tap water (our city has the best purification system in the Canada). I never eat at fast food joints. I buy raw ingredients for the most part and cook from scratch, grow a lot of my own veggies/fruit (at least in the summer). I don't have a gym membership. I use free online fitness videos, adjustable dumbbells my in laws gave me and my husband's workout bench and barbell he's had for ages.


Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

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"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
TVUONG0730 Posts: 62
7/7/13 2:53 P

I was just watching a commercial for nutrisystem and it occurred to me, has anyone ever noticed how expensive weight can be? i mean when you eat out at fast food joints, the salad is always three times the price of a burger and a bottle of water is the same price as a soda if not more. any sort of diet pills will run you into poverty and weight loss exercise programs are always pushing a hundred dollars if not more. gym memberships are ridiculous and buying the exercise machines are worse.

why is it so darn expensive to be healthy? wheres the logic? how do you beat the prices?

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