If you want to lose weight then you maybe tempted to join a weight loss group, plus the gym, as well as purchasing various tools such as the latest fitness tracker.
While these will of course aid your weight loss efforts you can still lose weight without spending a penny.
Read on to discover some weight loss methods that you can try for free.
#1: Keep a food diary
One proven way to lose weight is to cut back on your calorie intake, however if you don’t know how many calories you tend to consume daily then how will you know how much to cut back?
If you keep a food diary for a week before trying to lose weight you will know exactly how much food you eat and what calories they contain.
Be accurate though and make sure to count down everything you eat and drink. You will be surprised at just how many calories are contained in just a mouthful of cake for example.
Once you have tracked your calories you should know what needs to be cut back on.
Of course you can do this food tracking with an app, there are free options available. You can also use the traditional approach too, using a pen and paper.
#2: Weigh yourself regularly
Most people have a weighing scales laying around their home, so perhaps it is time to make use of it.
Once you know your starting weight you can keep track of how much weight you are losing.
This can be highly motivational, but make sure not to weigh yourself too often, once a week will suffice.
If you weigh yourself too often you may become disheartened when you think you are not seeing progress, however this may not be true as your weight fluctuates throughout the day based on various factors.
#3: Throw out the junk
If you have decided that you want to lose weight you wont want any foods around your home that will tempt you to fall off the wagon.
Simply go through your cupboards and throw away any piece of junk food you find.
Another suggestion would be to donate this food to a food bank or homeless shelter, which will make you feel better about throwing it away.
#4: Download FREE apps
You really don’t need to pay for an app to help you lose weight. There are plenty of free apps available, some can offer various tracking options, or workouts and recipes.
One that comes highly recommended is MyFitnessPal, which is a great way to help monitor your calorie intake as well as your activity levels.
#5: Carry a water bottle with you
When I say water bottle I don’t mean one that you buy then throw away after one use.
Use a refillable one so that the cost is low, or even free if you already own one.
The reason why you should carry a water bottle with you is to make sure you are drinking water throughout the day.
Water is the best choice when it comes to quenching your thirst while trying to lose weight.
It is completely free of calories and can help curb your appetite too. Drinking water before a meal can reduce the number of calories consumed during the meal.
Sometimes your body will mistake thirst for hunger, so having a sip of water will help cut these cravings too.
#6: Increase your activity levels
You do not need a gym membership to burn calories and lose weight.
There are numerous free workout ideas online that you can complete in the comfort of your own home.
Plus, just by increasing your daily activities you can burn off many extra calories.
For example, you could walk to the shops instead of driving, or perhaps could walk instead of using the elevator.
You will be surprised at how making a few changes to your activity levels will affect your weight and fitness levels.
#7: Share your experiences
Those who go through a weight loss journey with someone else are more likely to succeed.
This does not mean that you have to join a weight loss club like Weight Watchers though. There are plenty of online groups you can join for free.
Plus, if you have family and friends that are supportive then you can always talk to them about any issues you encounter.
Remember a problem shared is a problem halved.