As a veteran, how can I diet and stay on a budget?

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You don’t have to spend a lot to eat healthy and lose weight. Make sure you plan your weekly meals in advance and keep the cost within your budget. Once you have a grocery list written, stick with it. Avoid impulse buying, which will only add to the cost -- and probably add more calories, too.

Check the Sunday newspaper for coupons. Cut out coupons of foods that are within your diet plan. Avoid using coupons for junk foods or high calorie foods. Compare stores and shop at the supermarket that has the best bargains. Also, take advantage of sales.

Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season as the prices will be lower. Consider canning fruits and vegetables to save them for another season. Buy legumes, beans, peas, soy products, and peanut butter for healthy protein choices.

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Dieting For Weight Loss

Dieting For Weight Loss

Losing weight quickly is OK as long as you do it safely, not through a crash diet. You can lose three or more pounds a week by burning more calories than you eat. If you burn an extra 500 calories per day through eating less and i...

ncreasing your physical activity, you can lose about one to two pounds of fat per week. Dietitians recommend a daily minimum of 1,200 calories per day (a 200-pound person might need 1,400 calories). Anything less makes you lose muscle as well as fat, which slows your metabolism. Instead, minimize your intake of starches, added sugars like high fructose corn syrup and animal fat from dairy and meats. Focus on eating fruits and vegetables, soy products, egg whites, skinless poultry breasts, shellfish and fish, nonfat dairy foods and meat that is 95 percent lean. Drink lots of water, don't skip meals, and eat only from a plate while seated at a table.
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