There are so many different kinds of diets out there and so many people trying to lose weight, myself included. I recently saw an article that said America has one of the highest obesity rates because it is simply not affordable to eat healthy in this country. A large sweet tea or a soda costs $1, while a bottle of water costs $3. A cheeseburger costs $2, while a salad cost $8. When you’re trying to be frugal and cut costs, choosing the water bottle and the salad instead of the cheeseburger and soda can add up to make a significant cost difference. Is there a way to eat healthy and save money? Absolutely. I’ve been doing it for the last 10 months on the Keto Diet.
The Keto Diet
The Keto Diet is a diet where you consume very little sugars and carbs (under 20 g a day), and a lot of healthy fats. This puts your body into a fat burning state called Ketosis. Since I’m not a doctor and can’t tell you if the keto diet is right for you – visit https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto for all the ins and outs of keto. All I know is that it works for me and my husband. He’s lost about 75 lbs and I’ve lost 65 lbs. We are still striving to lose more. But what’s really important to talk about – is how this diet can save you money!
I know what you’re thinking. How on earth can this diet save me money!?! Well, let me tell you:
You’re Less Hungry, So You Eat Less
- When you’re on the keto diet you have to eat lots of fats like meat, fish, dairy and nuts. These food have a lot of healthy fats and they also make you feel full faster and longer. When you feel full, you tend to eat less. Eating less = not spending money on more food! I have gone to work and totally skipped over my lunch break because I just wasn’t hungry!
You’re Forced to Cook at Home More
- When you’re on the keto diet it’s hard to find foods at restaurants that are within your dietary restrictions. As a result, you tend to resort to cooking at home more which is a lot cheaper than eating out. My husband and I used to spend over $800 a month in eating out, just for the two of us. Now – we only eat out occasionally on weekends or on special events. Cooking at home allows us to pick exactly what we want to eat and stay within our keto diet restrictions.
You Eat More Vegetables
- Since you can’t have the traditional side dishes that are loaded with carbs on the keto diet (mashed potatoes, corn, pasta, rice, etc.) you end up loading your plate up with vegetables. Contrary to popular belief, vegetables are actually very cheap to buy compared to most other foods – especially if you opt for the frozen variety. Not only do frozen vegetable tend to be better fresher and better quality than the veggies from the produce section, they are also much cheaper!
Now I won’t sit here and sugar coat anything. The Keto Diet is hard work! The first few weeks you are miserable because your body craves the sugar and carbs that you are used to eating regularly. It’s literally like withdrawal symptoms from an additional because sugar is arguable, like an addictive drug. Now – our bodies are used to it and we do not crave sugary foods or things loaded with carbs anymore.
We started the Keto Diet in an effort to lose weight and thought it would be something we did temporarily, but it worked out well for us and we’ve decided to make it a lifestyle change. It’s saved us money and allowed us to lose a lot of weight. It also made us realize how much all of that sugar and carbs impacted our bodies and we never want to go back! We feel so much better and it has helped us towards our goal of living a more frugal lifestyle. We hope you’ll think about it and see if it would work for you.