Lose weight without spending money

Here’s six tried-and-tested ways to eat well and lose weight for free to save your cash for more fun purchases than food, says New Body Plan’s Joe Warner

Buy frozen fruit to lose weight

Berries are packed with nutrients but they also cost a packet. If you buy them from the fresh fruit aisle. make your way to the frozen section, however, and you’ll save yourself some cash. In most supermarkets, a 200g punnet of blueberries will cost the same as a 400g bag of the same fruit if you get it in the freezer section.

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Choose cheap vegetables to get lean cheaply

We encourage you to eat lots of veg while you’re on the New Body Plan but, sadly, eating well can be expensive so if cash is really tight our advice is to be selective. Some vegetables, such as onions, carrots and cabbage are good value, so load up on them. Again, frozen veg can be cheaper than fresh options, and there’s even science to suggest that it contains more nutrients. Another bonus is that it is less likely to go to waste.

Bulk buy protein to lose weight for free

A couple of chicken breasts will usually cost about the same as a whole chicken. The breasts are convenient but the whole bird will give you twice as much meat. It’ll also save you time, because it’ll give you four protein portions.

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Bulk frozen fish to save cash

Unless it is covered in batter or breadcrumbs fish tends to be pricey. So if you’re not already there stocking up on frozen berries and veg, make your way to the frozen food aisle and get yourself a bag of white fish fillets. You’ll get double the quantity for the same price as the fresh stuff.

Batch cook your meals to lose weight for free

There are several reasons to batch cook. It saves time, which is always a plus. It helps you stick to the plan, because you’ve got healthy food to eat and won’t be tempted by a takeaway. And it saves you money, because of the economy of scale.

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Buy local to save cash and get lean

You may not be lucky enough to have a local fruit and veg stall but if you do, go and pay them a visit. They’ll often have things on special offer and even if they don’t, a lot of what they sell will be cheaper than your local supermarket. You can also feel good about helping a small business and smug about reducing your food packaging consumption.

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