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Affordable dieting tips?

Since the pregnancy and birth of my youngest son, I've gained A LOT of weight. And gym memberships are so expensive. Any suggestions on affordable diets or tips on healthier eating habits?

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Asked by MelindaFeeney at 4:36 PM on May. 16, 2009 in Health

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  • Counting calories and using measuring cups will help you see the actual serving sizes. My husband is doing this now while having the slimfast shakes during the day. He lost 8 pounds this last week (week 1). Try not to go over 2,000 calories a day.

    For exercise, walk up and down the stairs in your house, do squats while holding the little one, get a pilates DVD.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 4:40 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • The more stuff you make from scratch at home, the better.

    Even when you look at junk food, like cookies - the batch you bake at home will have significantly less fat, salt, sugar, etc than the packaged stuff at the stores.

    Answer by mogencreative at 4:43 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • I learned in a nutrition class that the more packaging and wrapping a product has, the worse it is for you. Try to go preservative free on some things.

    Answer by ReneeK3 at 4:48 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • It's very affordable to cut down on eating. Walking is free.

    Answer by EireLass at 4:49 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • Affordable diet: don't buy diet foods. Instead, cut down on the sugar, pasta, potatoes, breads and rice in your diet. Enjoy veggies and fruits like apples, pears, peaches to get the carbs your body needs. Keep up on protein to help you feel full, along with high fiber foods like raw broccoli and celery and All-Bran cereal. Take your current weight, divide it in half and drink that many oz. of water each day in addition to decaf coffee and tea. Brisk walking is a very effective exercise to tone muscles and lose weight, and you can take the kids with you in a stroller, wagon or on their bikes.

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 5:26 PM on May. 16, 2009

  • Dieting is not the answer. When you go on a diet, or use a diet aid, you are just putting yourself on the gain/lose rollercoaster, which is harder on your body than never losing the weight. You need to have a healthy lifestyle to get and maintain a healthy weight and set a great example for your kids. Start by walking; at least 20 minutes a day at least 3 times a week. Next, drink you water, at least 8 8oz glasses of water a day. Eat your fruits and veggies, 7-8 servings a day, in at least 3 different colors. Start replacing your simple/white grains (white rice, white bread, etc.) with whole grains (brown rice, whole grain bread, quinoa, whole wheat pasta, barley, etc.); work your way up to 7 servings a day. Cut way back on, or eliminate, meat and dairy; eat beans, lentils and tofu. Feel free to contact me for meal and recipe ideas. -Robin

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:36 PM on May. 16, 2009

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