Eating healthy is an investment of both time and money. So, for those living on a tight budget, I can’t afford to embark on a weight loss plan is a common excuse. But, the truth is, if you want to lose weight, you can easily do it on a tight budget. And, to show you this, we’re sharing five tips for weight loss on a budget. You will no longer have to turn to cheap, processed food manufacturers to eat. And, you can leave the inexpensive, unhealthy fast foods at the drive thru. Here’s some easy ways to eat healthy without breaking the bank.

Make breakfast at home

With busy lifestyles, and not a lot of money in the bank, many people head to McDonald’s, Burger King, Starbucks, or Dunkin Donuts to grab a cheap breakfast that they can eat on the run. With foods like these, heavy carbs go a long way to keep you full throughout the day. But, they aren’t good for you at all. And excess sugars from carbs are stored in fat cells. Believe it or not, a balanced breakfast of oatmeal, egg whites, and a banana should only cost you around $1.50. That’s if you are watching your portion sizes. Skip breakfast on the go and whip up a healthy meal at home to both save money and calories.

Eat smaller portions

Compared to other countries, our restaurant portions are enormous. In many cases, they can serve as an entire day’s calorie count. It might seem like grabbing food at a restaurant is the cheaper way to go, especially because you get so much for your money. But, the truth is, you don’t need that much food. If you cut your portions, and cook at home, you can spend more money on better quality food.

Cook your meals

Now that you have started making breakfast at home, why not try making all your meals. Grab and go foods are appealing, and sometimes they are even marketed as being healthy. But, you don’t know exactly how restaurants are cooking their food. So, they can give you the illusion of healthy foods and they can actually be packed with unhealthy ingredients and processed meats. When you cook at home, you can also save money by buying in bulk, using the farmer’s market, and growing your own vegetables. And, never, ever shop on an empty stomach, especially if you are hungry.

Drink more water

Water is essential for both your overall health and weight loss. And, it’s inexpensive, and in most cases, free! Most people spend a great deal of money on drinks that contain sugars and empty calories. These drinks can also be costly. Alcohol is one of the most expensive culprits and it causes excessive weight gain. Cutting out these types of drink, and sticking to water, can reduce your caloric intake significantly and lead to better weight loss. You can also carry a bottle with you to fill up on tap water while you are on the go.

Slow down

Life is so fast paced that most people think they don’t have time to spend an hour or two cooking each week. But, the mistake is choosing convenience over quality. And, in the long run, your health is a big price to pay for a few extra minutes in the morning. Another reason to slow down is that the faster you eat, the more likely you are to overeat. Save money and achieve the body you want by taking things down a notch.

Don’t let a tight budget keep you from achieving the weight loss goals you have been dreaming of and fueling your body with food to keep you healthy.