What are the basic principles of dieting on a budget?

Doreen Rodo
Nutrition & Dietetics

If you are on a budget, start by shopping the perimeter of the store. Load up on fruits and vegetables as well as lean meats from the deli and meat section. Light yogurts and low-fat cheeses are also good choices. Buy 1% or skim milk at a store where it is on sale to avoid paying supermarket prices. If buying frozen meals such as Healthy Choice, wait until they are on sale and use a coupon. Beans and lentils are also inexpensive choices. As far as bread goes, read the label and buy multigrain, wheat or oatmeal bread that is on sale. Resist buying unhealthy items because they are on sale, even if you have a coupon.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Basic diet principles hold true even when you are attempting to lose weight on a tight budget: avoid simple sugars and syrups, choose only 100% whole grains, eat only lean proteins and consume plenty of vegetables every day.
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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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