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5 Steps to Lose Weight without Spending Money


Updated February 15, 2014

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Step 1: Start a Food Diary
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Keeping a food diary is the ideal first step to losing weight.

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Lose weight without spending money? It can be done. Losing weight doesn't have to mean shelling out for special foods or signing up for a pricey weight-loss program. All it takes is some planning and sticking to a few new habits. These steps will teach you how to lose weight without spending money:

A food diary is an excellent first step to losing weight. Not only does it show you what you eat, it can also help you understand why you eat the way you do, which is often just as important when it comes to long-term weight management. (For example, if you find that you always hit the vending machine after your afternoon meeting, you may eat in response to stress.)

Simply pick up a spiral notebook that's lying around the house and record everything you eat and drink for at least one week. The most important factor in keeping an effective food diary is to keep it honest. That includes recording "tastes" and samples as well as unexpected treats (like a "free" donut from the break room!). Many of us eat and drink without being truly conscious of it. Keeping a food diary is the only way to get an accurate idea of what you take in to your body.

Why to Keep a Food Diary
How to Keep a Food Diary
Create Your Food Diary

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