Anyone who budgets groceries knows that a diet can be a budget killer- all those weird, expensive ingredients, foods no one will like, and of course none of it is on sale...
So what's a frugalista to do when she needs to drop a few?
First, she checks the Internet, Pinterest, and the library for great diet tips. If you aren't on Pinterest, get on it now! (Follow me at http://pinterest.com/jaime_hammond/)
Most diets that WORK involve real commitment- fast fixes are just that. I had seen pins about Bob Harper's The Skinny Rules book on Pinterest and decided to place a hold on it at my library so I could check it out (see what I did there? Classic librarian joke... anyway) Harper's book consists of about 20 rules that, if followed, will result in permanent slimness. Some of them, like "don't eat fast food" are pretty obvious (but also frugal). Others, like "no carbs after lunch" are totally doable but also make a big difference. Harper really focuses on hydration- he says many of the Biggest Loser contestants are chronically dehydrated and have high sodium levels, which contribute to both weight gain and decreased potassium,
The Skinny Rules is a diet for those wanting to lose a few and stay on budget- rules like "go meatless one day a week" are budget and waistline friendly. I think we found a winner!
My breakfast this morning