Diet plans can be so expensive most of the time. At first, we would be excited to buy the stocks of ingredients for the diet. As week pass by, the realization would hit whereby we would need to spend at least $50 per week for so called diet meals. Diet for your body but excessive expenses for your wallet!
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these cheap and affordable diet plans. Now both your body and your wallet can have a diet!
- Vegetarian Diet
I think all of us can agree on the statement that says meat is expensive because… It really is! Going vegetarian could save you a lot of money in the long-term.
While every vegetarian has their own reasons for giving up meat and/or other animal products, sticking to a strictly plant-based diet isn’t as costly or inconvenient as it used to be. To save money, your best bet is to probably prepare most of your meals at home — and even grow some of your own food, if you can (if you can’t, that’s OK).
Not all plant-based foods have to come from a health food store. Cheap foods like rice and beans are available at any supermarket — and if you’re willing to get creative, you can dress them up however you want.
You might want to stock up on plenty of beans, leafy greens, rice and herbs and spices.
- Flexitarian Diet
While vegetarians avoid meat and sometimes other animal products completely, flexitarians eat foods sourced from animals — just not as often. They “flex” their deits to focus on plant-based foods without giving up the occasional cheeseburger.
Again, you’ll save on meat on this diet — especially if you avoid expensive substitutes (store-bought hummus, veggie burgers) and stick with more traditional plant foods like grains and vegetables.
You might benefit from cheaper foods that are easier to buy and store in bulk like eggs, plain Greek yoghurt, sweet potatoes, and frozen meats.
But if you want to make meat a regular part of your diet without blowing your budget on expensive cuts, there’s a way to eat healthy and get plenty of plants in your diet while still enjoying your meals.
- Mediterranean Diet
People who follow a traditional Mediterranean-style diet tend to be in better health than people who follow a westernized way of eating (a diet high in processed foods).
This diet doesn’t technically restrict anything you’re used to eating, but does recommend foods such as sweets and red meat be saved for “special occasions.”
Buying less meat and junk food might not seem like it would save you a lot of money. But admit it — those bags of chips definitely don’t last more than a week at most. Making use of fresh and frozen foods — and leftovers — can make your groceries last a week or more if you plan accordingly.
Do consider purchasing more of olives and olive oil, lean meats, fresh and frozen fruits and veggies and whole grains like brown rice and quinoa.
Buying in bulk — when you can — can also help you save money. Frozen vegetables are one example of a healthy food you can store for a bit longer that can last more than a few servings.
- DASH Diet
If you want to reduce or prevent high blood pressure on a budget, the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet is the No. 1 ranked plan to follow. Whole grains, fresh vegetables, and certain dairy products aren’t as expensive as you might think.
This diet also strongly recommends cutting back or eliminating foods high in sodium, calories, and refined carbohydrates. These foods not only hurt your heart, but also tend to be on the more expensive side. Some cheap low-sodium, low-calorie foods includes oats, oatmeal, Greek yoghurt, skim milk, spinach and romaine lettuce.
Don’t drain your bank account to eat healthier. With careful planning and calculated effot, a healthy diet might even be cheaper than the one you’re following now.