Save Money Diet


The Save Money diet is a way of life. There are no foods that you really eliminate, however, you must honestly record nutrition information in the diary. There are no required foods that must be consumed, though to reach your ideal weight and maintain it, you will tend to have to favor some foods in greater quantities (i.e. high protein, high fiber).

(brysonkido's food tips)

 Foods you can have

Breads, Grains, Cereals, Pasta, Rice
Meat and Fish
Fruit and Fruit Juices
Vegetables and Legumes (e.g. Beans)
Dairy Products - Milk, Cheese, etc
Eggs and Egg Substitutes
Nuts and Seeds
Fats and Oils
Herbs, Spices, Sauces
Others, Snacks, Sweets, etc

Not OK

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 How To Follow Save Money Diet:

Use of FatSecret daily logs is a must. In the beginning you want to consume calories equal to your basal metabolic rate (not including exercise or other activities). If you look at my logs, you'll see that the only additional quantities I measure (other than the standard resting / sleeping values) is gym exercise. By hitting your BMR in calorie consumption, you ensure that you don't throw yourself into a starvation mode and burn calories through daily activities and gym exercise.

If you are extremely overweight, I would consider a larger calorie deficit; i.e. calculate your BMR at your ideal weight (not your current weight) and use that as a guideline. Over a period of days you may need to increase the calories if you lack enough energy.

Meal timing is also very important. Prior to working out, you should consume adequate calories to effectively weight train or do cardio. For must of us with relative sedentary jobs, actual calorie expenditure is low throughout the day so it is only essential to jump start one's metabolism in the morning.
  by member brysonkido
member since: 16 Oct 07

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brysonkido's top tips

1.Water and sodium intake are critical. Drink plenty of water. After you go to the bathroom, drink more water. Avoid salty foods when possible. Canned foods (such as beans or corn) contain large amounts of sodium. Try to avoid adding salt to your food or use a salt alternative. Water should be consumed anytime hungry and constantly throughout the day. Continue to drink water until urine is clear.
2.Eat oatmeal. It contains only 145 calories for a whole cup. Very filling, lots of fiber, and good amount of protein. Have some with splenda or low-calorie fruit. As a source of carbohydrates, oatmeal is much cheaper than boxed cereals. Also, purchase quick oats rather than "instant" cereal. Much more inexpensive and preparation time is the same.
3.Invest in high protein / calorie ratio protein powder. Avoid powders that have high% of carbs or fats. Be sure to purchase protein powder and not weight gainer. On sale or in large quantities, protein powder tends to be cheaper than fresh meat and easier to prepare / store.
4.When hungry, distract yourself. Do a task that requires you to use your hands, such as cleaning or walking. Notice if you're eating because you're hungry or because it is a habit. Replace eating by taking a short walk or organizing your desk. Drink water until the hungry sensation passes.
5.When eating out, avoid appetizers and eat 1/3 - 1/2 of a meal portion. Share with someone else if possible. Plan to consume the rest of the meal the next day. When ordering fast food, always ask for no sauce or mayonnaise. Kids meals tend to have the smallest sized portions so those are your best bet.
6.Lighten your use of sugar, salt, and fat. In the beginning it will feel like you're dissatisfied with food, but as your taste buds recover from years of too much sweets or salts, you'll discover the natural taste in food. Eventually, the junk foods that you used to eat are too salty or sweet for you to handle.

About / History

Over the last few months of dieting, I have adjusted how and what I eat to better reflect my nutritional goals. The current version of this diet is how I am dropping weight most efficiently while saving money.

  Why choose "Save Money Diet"?
 Promotes long term weight loss
 Maintain your goal weight
 A healthy living alternative
 Targets body toning weight loss
 Teaches sustainable weight loss skills
 A roadmap for a healthier lifestyle

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