Do you want to lose 10, 30, 50 or more pounds? Have you recently reached your weight loss goal but want to maintain it? Are you willing to dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle? Then this blog is for you!

I have lost 118 pounds and have maintained the weight loss for two years. One of the things I have learned during the weight loss process is that it is much easier to reach and maintain your goal weight if you surround yourself with like-minded individuals to support you in the process (whether they be in person or online).

I also have learned that learning as much as possible about healthy living gives you the knowledge and expertise needed to lose weight the “right” way. So this blog includes regular posts, a book list, website list, TV list, video list and book and website of the month. In addition, there is a recipe of the month and product review section. Visitors to Weight Loss Aficionado can just enjoy the site for informational purposes or can comment on posts, ask questions, share resources, their triumphs and pitfalls during the weight loss process.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Diet on a Budget!

Healthy eating can get expensive but it doesn’t have to be. If you are on a budget there are three words you need to ingrain in your mind: sale, coupons and Costco.

Each week I look at multiple supermarket fliers and figure out what items will be purchased at which supermarkets. For example this week the Pathmark in my area has Weight Watchers Smart One meals for $2.00 each and fresh broccoli is 99 cents!!!  The local Fine Fare has La Yogurt on sale 10 for $3.99 and fresh 2 bunches of Cilantro are 99 cents!!! For items that are not fresh I purchase large quantities, usually a months worth. For items that spoil I buy as much as I can eat before the anticipated expiration date. So, it is important you know how long each fresh fruit and vegetable you buy lasts. 

You can get coupons online and in the circular section of the newspaper. Coupons can be helpful, but only cut coupons for items you regularly eat and/or you would like to try. Do not buy things just because you have coupons for them! Also, make sure you shop at stores that offer double coupon days. This doubles your savings!

Costco, what would I do without Costco. This is where I buy most of my food. You cannot beat the prices and since everything is large in size it limits the number of days each month I need to go food shopping. You can save even more by looking through the monthly coupon circulars they send to your home. Lastly, you get to try free samples of the food they sell each time you go shopping there! Whenever I go shopping there I don’t each lunch and eat the samples as my lunch, estimating the calories as I go limiting myself to 300 calories! So, use these three tips and you can eat healthy and save money!

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