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How do I lose weight when I dont have much money?

I am trying to lose weight, but most diets thesedays recommend high protein diets, eating lots of fresh fish, lean meats and so on, however, this is expensive. I dont have much money, so most of my diet is based around bread, pasta and rice. Is it still possible to lose weight on a high carb diet?

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50 Responses to “How do I lose weight when I dont have much money?”

  1. Derek B said:

    Yes eat less

  2. LindaLou said:

    Try this free website where you can track your calories eaten and burned through exercise and also get support from chat boards with other members called

    It’s an excellent resource, full of good tips, tools and advice and even shows demonstrations of proper exercise and strength training techniques and it really got me motivated after years of demotivation. I don’t what it was about this site, but I’ve been exercising nearly everyday since I started it.

    I’ve lost 10 lbs so far, been on it for 2.5 weeks!

  3. harry said:


  4. Skiingred said:

    EXERCISE!!! is the key — Walking is free! Eat reasonably – don’t overstuff, and watch the calories. Carbs aren’t bad if you watch what you eat and EXERCISE!

  5. steph j said:

    Save your money and lose weight — Dont buy any food .easy!

  6. thumberlina said:

    Drink lots of water, your body cannot distinguish between hunger and thirst…

    so drink water and see if your still hungry…

    It isnt expensive to eat healthily…lots of fruit and veg will help you lose weight

  7. gsschulte said:

    yes it is what you need to actually do is reduce fat and calories thats really it. if you eat your daily caloric need and walk a mile every day you will lose weight.

  8. cyanne2ak said:

    It doesn’t matter WHAT you eat, it’s how MUCH you eat. Just eat less. By the way, WALKING is free. Rather than joining a gym, just go for frequent long walks. Yes you can lose weight on a high carb diet, and that’s the HEALTHY way to do it.

  9. Leighbucks said:

    Eat smaller portions and start exercising. It is free to walk outside.

  10. moonketcher said:

    exercise and watch what you eat….

  11. kiania said:

    Walk an hour a day every other or day

  12. damien r said:

    avoid the pasta and bread as this is wheat and harder to digest, this means it does not help you lose weight, try and eat fish dishes, small portions, but eat healthy foods if hungary not snacks so try a carrot instead of crisps.
    email me for more info

  13. poisoneva said:

    Eat less and exercise daily. Carbs really hinder weight loss, you’re going to need to start running or some other intense cardiovascular activity. Walking is for old people and those who don’t have the stamina to run….look at the difference between runners bodies and walkers!

  14. kujigafy said:

    excercise: it’s free. unless you go to a gym. jog, swim, walk, etc.

  15. Trixie said:

    you’re eating all the wrong things.
    pasta, bread, and rice are not your friends.

  16. mahvishiqbal said:

    yes it is, u need to start exercising and making your food proportions smaller. u mite want to start out from running, crunches, sit-ups, and swimming is probably the best. i myself lost 25 pounds cuz i started swimming a lot so it works. hope this helps!

  17. princessnicola23 said:

    u dont need money hun!

    u need to start eating healthy! make salads and have chicken with it or fish! if u shop in morrisons the food is quiet cheap or go to tescos and get the tescos own brand!

    u can also exercise by walking more! if u get the bus or train get off a couple stops b4 urs and walk and if u drive try to only use the car when u have to and park further away!
    at lunch time u could go for a walk instead of sitting at ur desk!

    i have done this last week and have only eaten food that i have made at home for lunch and dinner and i have lost 3 pounds already!

    also drink water it is good for u and makes u less hungry!

  18. rangers fc said:

    save money eat less

  19. Blue blue blue said:

    Great…no money…less food.
    Perfect combination!

  20. chelsea said:

    Yes, it is still possible, as long as you burn those carbs you took. Runners, before a marathon, are advised to go carbo-loading, so they could finish the marathon. My yoga teacher gives this advise: in the morning, eat fruits only. From 12 noon until 6 pm, you can eat anything, and from 6pm until midnight, eat only vegetables. So many have lost a lot of pounds following this regimen. And, the truth is, if you have less money, you will lose weight more easily, because of your limited dough, you can’t buy those gourmet foodstuff.

  21. Troy said:

    It actually doesn’t matter what you eat – it matters how much. Dieting doesn’t have to be expensive – chicken is cheap, so are apples and carrots.

  22. t3h1 said:

    low on money… then spend less on food.

    more money for you AND lose weight.

  23. said:

    run up the street
    then run down the street
    dont enter
    the burger king
    or the mcdonalds
    or the taco bell
    dont eat lmao

  24. Just_curious said:

    why did you try to lose weight base on diet alone ?

    If you have no money, then go with exercises.

    For cheap protein, you can just eat egg white, that should be cheap enough.

    skinless chicken is also should be good. Just boil it or bake it so that there is not much oil in it.

  25. Sydney said:

    Eat what you want but in moderation.
    Drink alot of water an no sodas
    Try not to eat after 7pm and if you get hungry after that…drink water instead of eating.
    Before you go to bed…do 100 sit-ups..doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as you get them done.

  26. wags said:

    don’t buy any food, save what money you can and go round to a friends house at 5.30pm go through all your friends each night and they won’t suspect a thing oh and make sure you walk then you’ll trim up to!!

  27. will s said:

    yes you can diet on high carb ratio, you just have to eat much less and excercise more.

  28. polllydooodle said:

    Buy lots of fresh veggies (not to expensive if you select carefully) Get fresh not frozen., get what is in season – make a salad put some red vinegar and extra virgin olive oil for dressing….get a few pieces of fish cut from the fish market into a steak size 1 serving…..put a little cup, rice or pasta on the side , select a nice piece of fruit for dessert, and you have a good dinner……..don’t eat all the fish in one night, it is for a few nights…

  29. Dave said:

    try this mantra to lose weight. ” i am fat and will not get a boyfriend until i am fit” repeat 100 times a day

  30. Chillytoons said:

    Sooooo easy to loose weight when you don’t have any money.
    You can’t afford to eat – so simply don’t buy any food

  31. Not one of the crowd! said:

    Eat sensibly and at regular times. No snacks or late night takeaways. Walking is a good form of exercise.

  32. Josh m said:

    don’t eat to much fodd then you wiil loose weight

  33. khoward.tsfl said:

    I would love to help you. Im on a program thats not that much money and you see the results. e-mail me at http://[email protected] Let me know what you can spend and I will help you set up a plan.

  34. Lorree O said:

    eggs are protein, and they r cheap as hell, just dont eat the yolk, that is a very pure form of protein and very inexpensive

  35. Sylvia a said:

    Drink a lot of water

  36. guff said:

    i presume your a bird, cos most fat cunts who are gays dont giv a fuck about they’re weight neway inti!!…,,……..its who you are. if you got a big ass i luv it sex me up rite now booom”!”

  37. autigger2000 said:

    I have a tiny budget as well, but manage to eat the fresh fish and veggies……just reduce your portion sizes. If done correctly 1 frozen chicken breast=2 meals. You should only be eating 2oz of protein per meal…..but remember that you should eating every 2-3 hours to maintain a good metabolism rate…

  38. Just Me said:

    Simple… stop eating so much starch & greasy foods… eat more “white” meats like chicken or fish, and eat ALOT of veggies & fruit. also resist the urge to snack before bed time… give your body a chance to use up your fat reserve.

  39. irtimaled said:

    Although some people suggest and promote high carb diets you need to appreciate that dieting is about burning more calories and fat than you consume.

    With this in mind it’s kinda important to point out that bread is very calorific mainly because it’s very sugary (just stick a bit on your tongue for a few minutes and you’ll think you are eating a sweet)
    You can try introducing some vegetables into your diet. In the past I’ve found salad’s can be quite filling and yet are low on calories and saturated fats.

    Another thing to try is drinking lots of water as it makes you feel full… and when you feel full you don’t feel the need to eat.

    Also visit for an idea of what constitues a balanced diet. The closer to this you are the more likely you’ll loose weight.

  40. libbyft said:

    Eat lots of vegetables (which are cheap) and most of them have negligible calories. Beans are high protein, low fat and cheap, you can bung it all in a pot and make lovely stews and soups from beans and vegetables with maybe meat stock cubes for flavouring.

    And exercise.

  41. CactusFlower said:

    Take in no more than 1200 calories per day and walk for 30 minutes 4-5x per week… the idea is calories in vs. calories out. It doesn’t matter what you eat as long as it’s balanced nutrition.
    Watch your portion sizes.. lots of people eat servings that 2-3x what is normal or healthy for them.

  42. Jax said:

    It is possible if you are careful. Drink a glass of water when you wake up, before each meal and before you go to bed. Dehydration can be mistaken for hunger. Also, brush your teeth when you feel hungry, despite eating regular meals. You are less likely to want to eat if you do that. Eat plain cereal (Shredded Wheat) with a banana sliced over it. Ready Break and dried fruit for breakfast is warm and filling (don’t add sugar or waste your money buying sweetened cereal. It’s a rip off!). Eggs, hard cheese, tinned tuna, sardines and salmon are cheap ways to get protein. They are perfect to go with jacket potatoes. Rice and pasta can be mixed with tinned tomatoes or condensed soups to make a sauce(try chicken or mushroom, they’re cheaper than Dolmio’s). Don’t buy highly processed food. It’s more nourishing to eat less food, but have better quality. Scrambled eggs with mushrooms on toast is cheaper and more filling than burger and chips. It only takes 10 minutes to cook too! About the time you’d take waiting for “fast food!” Exercise doesn’t need to be painful or time consuming. I know someone who was 20 stone and thought she’d never get slim. She was too embarrassed to go out so “marched on the spot” for 1 minute every time she watched TV and an advert break came on. I laughed but it increased her energy level and within a week of eating slowly, “marching” and cutting out junk, she’d lost 8lbs. From then on, she wanted to continue and ended up losing 10 stone by increasing her exercise. She got a b/f too when she started going out. LOL Now she’s married with 3 kids! Lucky sod! 🙂 Who’s laughing now?? LOL

  43. antagonist said:

    starve! it’s cheap too!

  44. little dragon said:

    exercise LOADS and drink plenty of fluids… eat what u normally eat but in tiny quantities..

    Resist food but eat healthily..

  45. vicky t said:

    blast your tunes out n get dancing in front of the mirror you can have hrs of fun best way for me

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  47. David W said:

    Eat a vegetarian diet. Eat lots of fresh fruit in season when its cheap, and lots of green leaved vegetables.
    The protein idea is a complete fallacy. Its almost impossible to have a diet with insufficient protein. Excess protien is a big problem due to the ridiculous publicity.
    Do’t eat any meat or fish, and don’t eat any pre-packaged food. The latter contains MSG wich screws up yor body so that you don’t know when you’ve had enough to eat, so you over-eat.
    A vegetarian diet is cheaper, healthier, keeps you fitter and slimmer, and also helps your mind to work better.
    Just lay of sugary stuff, and sodas, and sweeteners like aspartame.

  48. nemesilius said:

    As said by someone else, walking is free! If you lack running space, you can even do aerobics or you can dance or jog on the spot or shadow-box in your own little room. No need for shoes, fancy attire, or fancy equipment. Free!

    I would not worry about carbs. You can still eat them. After all, ONLY carbohydrates give your muscles fuel, not proteins, not vitamins. Without sufficient carbs, your body would only cannibalize upon its own muscles for fuel and your brain won’t perform well. Take care.

  49. Fat G said:

    Healthy weight loss tips

    * Take one pound at a time
    Don’t get overwhelmed by how much weight you need to lose. Try to remember that “losing 15 pounds in two weeks” is nothing to celebrate. It is important to realize that the more quickly weight is lost, the more likely the loss is coming from water and muscle, not fat.

    Since muscle tissue is critical in keeping our metabolism elevated, losing it actually leads to a decrease in the amount of calories we can each day without gaining weight.

    Fat loss is best achieved when weight is lost slowly. Strive for a weight loss of no more than 3-4 pounds per week. One pound of weight is equivalent to 3500 calories.

    * Set Reachable Goals
    For instance, if you know you need to get more exercise, begin with a manageable goal of, say, walking 10 minutes a day that you know you can achieve. Then build your self-esteem by achieving the small goals you set yourself.

    The same logic applies for losing weight.

    * Stay off the scales
    Don’t get discouraged when your progress seems to be slow according to your bathroom scales. They do not provide a true measure of what is going on with the body.

    If exercise levels are adequate (5-7 days a week), you may be putting on muscle but losing fat, thus losing inches even if you are not losing pounds. It’s always a good idea to do several body measurements to have a second objective way to monitor progress.

    * Stay focused on being healthy, not thin
    # Many people become more successful at long term weight loss when their motive changes from wanting to be thinner to wanting to be healthier. Change your mindset to think about selecting foods that will help your body’s health rather than worrying about foods that will affect your body’s weight. The Food Pyramid offers a basic outline of the types and amounts of food you should eat each day to give your body the nutrients it needs for optimal health.

    * Fat Free?
    We’ve known for some time that limiting high fat foods in the diet can be helpful with weight loss. That’s because fats pack in 9 calories per gram compared to only 4 calories per gram from proteins or carbohydrates. To many, the message to limit fats implied an endorsement to eat unlimited amounts of fat-free products. Just to clarify, fat-free foods have calories too. In some cases fat-free foods have as many calories as their fat laden counterparts. If you eat more calories than your body uses, you will gain weight. Eating less fat will help you to lose weight. Eating less fat and replacing it with excessive amounts of fat-free products will not.

    * Drink plenty of water
    Drink eight glasses a day. Water is a natural appetite-suppressant. Nettle tea is a great weight-loss tea as it supports metabolism and has diuretic properties.

    * Reward yourself
    # Each time you reach a goal, such as losing 5 pounds, reward yourself with a gift or a massage.

    * Seek help if you need it
    # A big key in long term weight control comes from receiving encouragement and support from others. Find a friend to lose weight with or you can check to see if groups such as Weight Watchers, or eDiets offer programs and resources in your area by clicking the links. You may also wish to check with your local hospital to see if their registered dietician conducts group weight loss programs.

    * Watch your portions
    With the advent of “supersize” meals and increasingly huge portions at restaurants, our concept of normal serving sizes is a distant memory. Be mindful of the amounts of food you consume at a sitting. When necessary, divide your food in half and ask for a take home bag. It is all too easy to be a “plate cleaner” even when served enormous portions. Learn to pay attention to your hunger level and stop eating when you feel comfortably full, not stuffed.

    * Eat your food slowly
    Did you ever notice that thin people take an awfully long time to eat their food? Eating slowly is one method that can help take off pounds. That’s because from the time you begin eating it takes the brain 20 minutes to start signaling feelings of fullness. Fast eaters often eat beyond their true level of fullness before the 20 minute signal has had a chance to set in. The amount of calories consumed before you begin to feel full can vary significantly depending on how quickly you eat. So slow down, take smaller bites and enjoy your food.

  50. mini the prophet of fubar said:

    don’t buy any food easy – i don’t have much money so i dont buy food if you don’t eat guess what you lose weight (im currently classed as malnourished)


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