Mar 162011
 

Who can afford Jenny Craig? Not me. If you need help losing weight for free, don’t miss these “best of the best” weight loss tips. I lost 20 pounds without spending money on Jenny Craig, Lululemon clothes, gym memberships, Pilates classes, or expensive kitchenware.

Before the tips, a quip:

“A woman’s health can be judged by which she takes two at a time — pills or stairs.” ~ Joan Welsh.

If you wanna take those stairs two at a time — and save money — all you need to do is follow two or three of these helpful tips for losing weight for free…

The Best Tips for Losing Weight for Free

Here’s free weight loss help: keep moving, even when you’re watching TV. “Naturally thin people never stop moving,” says personal trainer Fawn Gill. “Even in their seats, they shift and fidget. This is known as non-exercise activity time, or NEAT.”

Fawn says constant movement burns calories and raises the metabolism. Thin people are often fidgety, never staying still, always moving — and that is one of the best weight loss tips. And, here’s more…

Exchange your fitness DVDs and exercise equipment with friends

This is one of my best ways to lose weight for free: dig out your old yoga mat or Pilates DVDs, and trade them for your friend’s exercise ball or Wii Fit games. This is free, fun, and will keep you working out in new ways. The more you surprise your body by doing different types of exercises, the higher your metabolism will burn.

Get outside if you can’t afford Jenny Craig!

A 45 minute run or walk in the fresh air – especially through the snow, wind, rain, or hair – instead of a gym can burn more fat, improve blood flow, and keep your brain alert. Sunshine increases serotonin and vitamin D levels, which help balance your hormones and stabilize your weight. This won’t just help you lose weight for free, it’s also eco-friendly. Turning off the treadmills, elliptical trainers, and stationary bicycles can reduce national energy consumption levels.

Stop spending money on fitness outfits

I wish I could tell one of my friends that this is the best free weight loss tip — she buys a new exercise program every few months and shops for brand new fitness outfits every time. Lululemon, MEC, Nike — she buys all the brand names. What’s the point of spending a ton of money on clothes you’re gonna wreck with sweat? And yes, even though she can’t afford Jenny Craig, she’s tried the program. It didn’t work for her. If you need help losing weight for free, exercise in preloved clothes. I buy all my workout gear at thrift stores.

Start or join a free “fitness” group

“Before you join a gym, consider organizing a group of friends for daily or weekly walks, runs, hikes, or bike rides instead,” write the money experts in The Smart Cookies’ Guide to Making More Dough and Getting Out of Debt. “This way you can be social and be fit — and working out with friends will give you added incentive to stick to your exercise regime.”

Remember that gyms won’t help you lose weight for free

Many gyms, health clubs, or fitness centers cost hundreds or thousands of dollars a year. Plus, many people stop going a few weeks after spending money on their health club membership. “Gyms count on the likelihood that most members stop going, at least regularly, after a few weeks or months but are still stuck paying monthly dues until the contract runs out,” write the authors of The Smart Cookies’ Guide. A better free weight loss tip — other than the outdoors — is to go to your local neighborhood community facilities or recreation centers.

Examine where you buy your food

If you can’t afford Jenny Craig, you need to cook your meals at home. Home recipes are the only way to know exactly what’s in your food, why it’s there, and what you can reduce or eliminate without sacrificing taste. Muffins from coffee shops and Caesar salads in restaurants are primo examples of fatty foods that are much healthier and less fattening when they’re made at home — and they cost a fraction of the store-bought price.

And now for my best weight loss tip — my best fitness tip! I love the 10 Minute Solutions DVDs, because you can work out for as long or as short as you’d like. I particularly like Kickbox Bootcamp because it combines strength training, cardio, kick boxing, and “burpees.” Fitness DVDs don’t cost a lot of money (they’re free if you rent them from the library).

For more weight loss tips, read What is More Important When You Want to Lose Weight – Exercise or Diet?

If you have any thoughts on these tips for losing weight and saving money on your workouts, please comment below…

  2 Responses to “Can’t Afford Jenny Craig? Help Losing Weight For Free”

  1. I’ve just learned that what you eat really is the key to weight loss! And it’s not just what you eat – it’s how much. I tend to overeat for a variety of reasons, and that’s why it took me a long time to lose weight.

  2. Food is the key. Exercise is, relatively speaking, a nice to have.

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