Maybe you have a big event coming up or you’re going on holiday and the thought of pulling on that bathing suit or that tight-fitting cocktail dress is filling you with dread!
You need to lose weight and you need to do it fast!
The problem is, you don’t have the time (or the money) to join a gym, pay for a personal trainer or start a faddy diet program that costs you a monthly subscription.
You need something that’s cheap, easy and effective.
Read on to find our best advice on cheap and easy ways to lose 10 pounds (fast!).
1. Go Keto
This won’t cost you money; in fact it could actually save you money!
By changing your shopping habits you could easily cut down your shopping bill as you banish carbohydrates and refined sugar.
Keto is a particular diet that doesn’t involve investment. It is when you stop your body from eating carbs or refined sugar.
Normally, you burn carbs for energy but when your body doesn’t have carbs to burn, it turns straight to fat and gets rid of it quickly (the body reaches a state of “ketosis”.
If you need to drop weight quickly, Keto is ideal for you.
The results are so effective that many people adopt it as a way of life.
So, get rid of potatoes, white rice, white pasta, crackers and high-carb vegetables, cut out cakes, biscuits, sweets and pastries and replace with a diet that is high in “good” fat (certain nuts, avocado, oily fish, cheese, eggs) and protein.
Be aware that the first few days on Keto might make you feel tired and lethargic while your body adapts but you should feel back to normal within a week to ten days.
2. Make your Own Snacks
You may well be determined to lose weight and you plan your meals in advance but what happens in the middle of the day when you’re working hard at your desk and you suddenly get that big hunger pang?
If it’s not lunchtime yet – or nearing dinner time, the temptation of rushing to the staff kitchen and helping yourself to a few biscuits or a slice of your fellow colleague’s birthday cake might be too much to bear!
Don’t give yourself that internal battle.
Pre-prepare healthy snacks.
Here are some ideas to get ready for your Tupperware boxes:
Slice up vegetables like carrot sticks, celery and cucumber, put some unsalted almonds and walnuts in a tub, pre-prepare a small fruit salad, wrap a hard-boiled egg ready to eat, take a pot of cottage cheese with you to the office.
By being prepared, you won’t ruin your diet!
Walking instead of driving or taking the bus will do you the power of good.
If you drive to work, park further away than usual and try and walk at least 15 to 20 minutes to the office.
Or, if you need to take a bus, walk to the next stop rather than taking your usual stop.
Never take the elevator (unless you have to get to the 19th floor for example and even then, walk some of the way), instead, walk up the stairs.
Did you know that you can burn 100 calories per mile you walk?
So, if you don’t walk and want to lose some weight, try adding it to your daily routine and by the end of the week, you should have dropped a little extra weight.
Walking costs nothing too…
4. Plan your Meals
Don’t just go to the supermarket or add the same food to your online food shop.
Pre-plan your meals so you know what you’re going to eat every day.
This is actually a great way of saving money too because you won’t have as much food waste as normal.
How many times do you find yourself throwing out food because you over-ordered?
Bet it happens fairly regularly!
By pre-planning, you will really focus on your shopping.
As an example, a lean chicken breast stir-fried in a wok with a little sweet and sour sauce and fresh vegetables is a cheap and easy meal.
Or try a piece of fresh salmon, lightly grilled with a little dill, lemon and black pepper, serve with spinach or broccoli and crunchy carrots.
There are plenty of excellent low-fat options and by planning ahead, you won’t get home and wonder what you’re eating, so you’ll resist the temptation of ordering an expensive and calorific takeaway!
5. Cut Out the Alcohol
The quickest way to drop weight is to stop drinking alcohol.
If you regularly drink spirits or even a glass of wine every night (or just two or three times a week), just stop it entirely.
It’s just not as hard as you think and once you notice that weight loss, you’ll find it even easier!
A Gin and Tonic is 110 calories a glass! If you have that three or four times a week it soon adds up, then factor in that mile walk mentioned above and you’ve quickly shifted a load of calories.
A glass of white wine is approximately 85 calories (even a white wine spritzer is 75 calories – don’t think by switching it up you’ll be saving much, you won’t!).
So if you want a quick weight-loss tip, banishing alcohol is a good one.
6. Change up Your Coffee and Tea
Just by switching your coffee and tea to Green Tea will help you to lose weight and it’s cheap too, plus you won’t be buying coffee and tea!.
Three cups of Green Tea daily will help to speed up your metabolism as it helps to burn up to 100 extra calories.
Plus, it’s calorie-free.
7. Swap Full Milk to Skimmed Milk
This is a cheap and easy trick because you’re simply switching high-calorie milk for very-low-calorie milk.
A glass of whole milk is 136 calories whereas a glass of skimmed milk is just 70, almost half the amount.
The cost of a pint of skimmed and full milk is virtually the same so there’s no extra spending, just fewer calories!