Let’s face it, the gym is expensive. You can expect to shell out something in the neighborhood of $300 per year for a gym membership. For many this is an expense that cannot fit into their budget. So many people trying to lose weight forgo exercising altogether and just concentrate on eating healthy instead.
But exercising is just as important as dieting. Some people have no problem cutting back on the bad foods they eat but find it near impossible to hit the gym. Whether it’s because of the high cost of a gym membership or simply the lack of time. Well you don’t have to go to the gym to get a workout. This article will give you five exercises you can do outside of a gym. Keep in mind that after you read this, you will have no excuse to not exercise anymore.
1. Plan Ahead – The best way to ensure that you won’t spend extra money on tempting junk food or sale items is to plan your meals ahead of time and make a list of the foods you need. You should also make sure to eat a meal or a snack before going to the grocery store so that your hunger won’t trick you into buying something extra or visiting all the sample stations.
2. Stock Up on Whole Grains – Grains such as rice, oatmeal, and pasta are inexpensive but pack lots of nutritional value. Make sure you buy whole grains that are the least processed, such as regular rather than instant oatmeal. These will have more fiber and vitamins.
To lose weight, you should exercise and eat healthy, but how can you really track that and predict how much weight I can lose in a week or two weeks? While you can’t do it precisely, you can estimate it if you have some data. One pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories burned. So if you burn 2,000 calories in one day and consume 1,500 calories, you’ll have a calorie deficit of 500. If you do this every day for 7 days, you should lose 1 pound that week, since 500 calories x 7 = 3,500 calories, which is 1 pound.
Egg Beaters are an egg substitute that is commonly eaten by those who follow a low fat and low cholesterol diet. Eggs are high in cholesterol, with one egg having 70% of your daily recommended intake. People with high cholesterol are at risk for stroke and heart attacks.
All of the cholesterol is in the eggs is in the yolk, so egg beaters remove the yolk and then add some extra ingredients to make it yellow, thicker and taste like real scrambled eggs. The problem people have with egg beaters is all those “extra ingredients”. While egg beaters haven’t proven to be dangerous in any way, some people prefer to eat all natural foods.
As seen in the graphic above, when you compare the nutritional information of an egg vs an egg beater serving the egg beater comes out on top. So is the choice clear? Not so much. Eggs do contain lots of cholesterol, but there’s a thing called good cholesterol (HDL) and bad cholesterol (LDL). The cholesterol in eggs is good cholesterol.
The debate is clearly far from over, with people on both sides arguing feverishly. Personally I eat egg beaters instead of eggs. But the reason for this is because it’s fat free, not necessarily because of heart issues. In the end the decision is ultimately up to you and your doctors.
Weight loss is not easy, but it is easier if you have a friend. Try and get someone to begin your weight loss journey with you. If not for the eating portion of your plan, at least for the exercise part. This other person should be equally committed to working out, or else your interest might dwindle if theirs does. A weight loss buddy can keep you going when you want to skip a day at the gym, because instead of just letting yourself down, you’ll be letting down someone else too. You can also be involved in a competition with them to add some extra motivation.
When at the grocery store, you’ve surely seen low fat or non fat versions of your favorite products. Have you tried them yet? I started trying out the low fat versions a few years ago and was pleasantly surprised at the flavor. Then I tried the non fat versions and was horrified at the lack of flavor. However recently I tried it again and managed to enjoy it. Apparently going from regular to non fat was too big of a jump for my taste buds to handle, but going low fat to non fat was easier. Now I can’t even imagine eating the regular product anymore. While I know everybody eats different things, here are some of the items that I’ve tried..
- 2% low fat milk
- Ruffles potato chips to reduced fat
- Eggs to egg beaters
- Beef franks to chicken franks