Ten simple weight loss tips to help you shed pounds AND save money

THE Easter eggs are chewed up and the leftovers are taking up half the fridge.

But with summer vacation on the horizon, we’ll all be thinking of shedding a few pesky holiday pounds.

With summer vacation on the horizon, we'll all be thinking of shedding a few pesky holiday pounds

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With summer vacation on the horizon, we’ll all be thinking of shedding a few pesky holiday pounds

With the cost of living going through the roof, cutting your budget can be just as important as reducing your waistline.

Nutritionist Amanda Ursell shares how you can tighten your belt in more ways than one, with some simple changes and tips that can do the trick Save calories and money.

Trick mind and stomach

Rustic Italian pizza with mozzarella, cheese and basil leaves

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Rustic Italian pizza with mozzarella, cheese and basil leaves

YOU can fool yourself into thinking that you are eating more than you are. Swap a take-out pizza for a supermarket private label, then fill it up with lots of tomatoes. This trick is known as the art of “volumetrics”.

Replace Sainsbury’s Cheese and Tomato (12-inch pizza, £1.09, 919kcal) with a Domino’s Pepperoni Passion (11.5-inch pizza, £18.99, 1,988kcal). Add cherry tomatoes (250g, 48p, 63kcal).

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They have a healthier meal for £1.57 that’s half the bad for you at 982kcal.

SAVES: £17.42 and 1,006kcal

Control your sugar cycles

Choose snacks that keep blood sugar stable

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Choose snacks that keep blood sugar stable

SCIENCE shows Snacks can help or hinder weight loss.

Sugary snacks like cookies and cakes increase the level of sugar in our blood and trigger the release of insulin. This lowers blood sugar but makes us hungry again.

Choose snacks that keep blood sugar stable.

Swap a Greggs hot chocolate and Belgian bun with 77g sugar (£2.55, 609kcal) for a Greggs bottled water and a 30g pack of KP peanuts (£1.25, 184kcal) with 1.5 g sugar.

SAVES: 1.30lbs, 425kcal, 75.5g sugar

Drink water before you eat

IF we’re trying to shed those pounds, drinking water or a bowl of clear soup before eating a main meal has been shown to reduce our calorie intake.

One study showed that following this simple advice resulted in an additional 5 pounds of weight loss over a 12-week period.

This makes either option – water or soup – a cheap way to lose some weight with minimal effort.

SAVES: 5kg weight loss

Splash up your wine

A MEDIUM 175ml glass of white wine costs £4 or more in bars so order one with a sparkling water on the side.

Mix the two together in a spritzer and share with a friend. This cuts the cost and calories in half – and cuts your alcohol units, which cause weight gain, in half, to 1.15.

SAVES: £2, 80kcal and 1.15 alcohol units

Switch processed foods

Swap a product like Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Bites for Tesco oatmeal

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Swap a product like Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Bites for Tesco oatmeal

A RECENT study by a team from the US National Institutes of Health found that people feel fuller, eat less and lose weight when they eat foods that are minimally processed compared to highly processed versions.

So if you’re looking to shed a few pounds, switch from a product like Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Bites (0.9g fiber, 24p, 134kcal per 30g serving) to Tesco Porridge (2.5g fiber, 3.6p , 109 kcal per 30 g serving).

SAVES: 20.4p and 25kcal

exchange supermarket

The average Indian snack, consisting of appetizers and main courses, can contain upwards of 2,000 calories

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The average Indian snack, consisting of appetizers and main courses, can contain upwards of 2,000 calories

THE average Indian snack, consisting of appetizers like poppadoms and bhajis and main courses like chicken tikka masala and pilau rice, can pack in excess of 2,000 calories.

Try a supermarket pack for a fraction of the cost – and calories.

Swap onion bhajis, mango chutney, chicken masala, pilau rice and peshwari naan (£19, 2,287kcal) for Asda chicken korma and chicken tikka masala for two (with pilau rice, naan and bhajis: £3 per capita, 1,145 kcal).

SAVES: £16, 1,142 calories

Veggie versions

Easy veggie swaps save money and calories

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Easy veggie swaps save money and calories

EASY veggie swaps save money and calories. They also pack in plant fibers that alter the bacteria in our gut, leading to weight loss without lifestyle changes.

A spaghetti bolognese meal with 600g ground beef, a tin of tomatoes, a large onion and 500g spaghetti costs £4.66 for four people, 461kcal per serving.

The vegetarian version is 600g canned lentils, 1 can of tomatoes, onions, 500g spaghetti, £2.05 for four people, 281kcal per serving.

SAVES: £2.61 for four and 180kcal per serving

stay active

Being active helps maintain muscle mass, which in turn burns calories

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Being active helps maintain muscle mass, which in turn burns calories

Being active helps maintain muscle mass, which in itself burns calories, but the average gym membership is £30 a month and most members only manage it three times a week.

On the other hand, a brisk walk, an hour of chores, or dancing to your favorite playlist for 60 minutes burns the same calories per hour as a workout at the gym.

Not only will you save money and work up a sweat, your family members or roommates will also thank you!

SAVES: Average £30 per month

Sleep more to eat less

Experts are telling us to aim for six to eight hours a night when we can

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Experts are telling us to aim for six to eight hours a night when we can

A STUDY of 80 overweight people published earlier this year showed how “complete sleep – or lack of it – affects our tendency to gain pounds.”

The Massachusetts General Hospital study found that people who sleep less “burn more calories and crave higher-calorie foods compared to those who sleep longer.” Experts are telling us to aim for six to eight hours a night when we can.

SAVES: More than 6.5 hours of sleep per night saved 270 calories per day

Close the kitchen

Studies have also shown that late-night fridge robbers tend to make poorer food choices

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Studies have also shown that late-night fridge robbers tend to make poorer food choices

Research has shown that PEOPLE who eat later in the day lose less weight than those who eat their main meals earlier on the same weight loss program.

Dieters are advised to eat within a set period of time, e.g. B. Eat between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. and stop eating at least two hours before bedtime.

Studies have also shown that late-night fridge robbers tend to make poorer food choices and add extra pounds to their waistlines.

SAVES: Hundreds of calories from late-night snacking.

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