Why don't you mention cost savings of counting calories?
Asked by on May 04, 2011
in Weight Loss
I've lost 30 pounds in the last 6 months just by sticking to 1700 cal/day. I realize that I've also cut my grocery bill by 40% not only by eating less, but also by eating fewer processed foods. A jar of natural peanut butter now lasts a month instead of a week, and box of cereal two weeks instead of a few days. This is great - I feel less gluttonous and more like I'm doing something significant in the realm of sustainability - the amount of packaging waste that goes into the trash has significantly reduced as well.
You have already said it well! Although people commonly say that it costs more to eat healthy food, little research has been done on the price of eating within your calorie budget. Research from The Bassett Heart Care Institute found that an individual can save an average of $8 a week by switching to a from fast food to a heart-healthy diet, and the National Cancer Institute's 5-A-Day program managed to save $7 a week and 700 calories by making a few healthy changes. Besides the cost savings attained by eating less food and nixing the junk, you can also save a lot of money by eating less meat, by choosing seasonal produce, and by cooking at home and eating leftovers.