How to lose pounds without spending too many £'s: VavaViolet's Health and Fitness Editor reveals how to lose weight cheaply


The health and fitness industry is flooded with 'super foods', dieting myths, low-calorie meal replacements and over-complicated advice from under-qualified sources. Changing to a healthier diet can be achieved easily by anyone, and without the overpriced supplements that seem to go hand-in-hand with the image of 'health' these days.

I often get asked what I eat or which diet I have followed to lose the weight that I have. Personally, I am not a fan of the term 'diet'. The majority of diets are very restrictive and often create negative emotions such as being isolated by your limited options and feeling guilty when something that is not in the diet plan is eaten. It’s emotions like this that often prevent people from being successful in their weight-loss.

I’m not a nutritionist, but I do have basic knowledge of nutrition and have tried enough diets and lifestyle changes to have an opinion. One of the common misbeliefs that people seem to have when attempting to lose weight is that if they exercise, it does not matter what they eat. I have lost count of the amount of people I know that train hard Monday to Thursday, then drink Friday and Saturday, only to spend the rest of their weekend in bed, nursing a hangover with a large Maccy D’s banana milkshake, a big mac and fries. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Ronald ain’t gonna help you shift any fat or make any gains anytime soon!

In order to lose 1lb of fat per week, you need to eat 3,500 calories less than you have burned in that week. That’s 500 calories less per day. To put it into perspective, a Venti Latte with semi-skimmed milk and a chocolate chip cookie equate to 560 calories alone! Switch that to a Tall Americano and a banana and you’ve just slashed your calorie intake by 459 already. It’s small changes like this that make the biggest difference when changing to healthier eating habits, not to mention making the lifestyle easier to sustain.

Although cutting calories is vital when trying to lose weight, it is just as important to make sure you are consuming enough calories from good sources, as it’s these little nuggets of energy that power us through our working days, our university assignments and our nights out (with a little help from our loyal friend vodka). So please make sure you don’t neglect them. Getting your energy from sugary foods will only leave you feeling lethargic and craving for more.

So… if you’re struggling to lose weight, look at what you’re consuming throughout the day. By using apps such as MyFitnessPal to track your daily intake, it becomes a hell of a lot easier to know what you need to change. MyFitnessPal is super useful as it has millions of products already stored in its database, so the majority of meals can be tracked by simply holding your camera over the product barcode… so easy! 

Calories in things such as sauces and drinks are often overlooked. More often than not these are the things that lead to a lot of people’s daily calorie intake being too high. Cut the sugar from your tea (or swap for a sweetener), use herbs and spices to flavour dishes as opposed to covering them in sauces, and if you’re craving a fizzy drink try opting for something like a flavoured water – still full of flavour but a hell of a lot healthier.

Being healthier does not have to be boring. It doesn't have to be kale, green smoothies that resemble puke or chicken and brown rice. Start with small changes, make healthier choices and most importantly... TRUST THE PROCESS.



Written by VavaViolet's Health and Fitness Editor Zhane Alexander. 



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