10 Ways to Lose Weight on a College Student Budget

How to Lose 10 Pounds Without Spending a Penny

#1: Try frozen dinners. It might not sound that far-fetched for college students, but there are some seriously healthy frozen dinners out there to help you lose-weight and stay on budget.

#2: Get some exercise. Getting 30 minutes of cardio 5 times a week doesn?t have to be expensive. Use your school?s gym or get a run in before your first class of the day.

#3: Eat healthy snack foods. If that doesn?t sound like a budget tip remember that snack foods like celery and peanut butter are much cheaper than chicken nuggets every day for a week. Think fruits, nuts and veggies for snacks.

#4: Watch what you eat. Follow your habits and eliminate any that are expensive and fattening. Instead of buying that morning frappuchino, opt for black coffee instead.

#5: Avoid alcohol. Games like flip cup mean drinking more than your share of alcohol for an evening out. Stop participating in these games and instead enjoy watching others play them.

#6: Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is vital to losing weight, and water is thankfully a free commodity. Stay healthy by drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day.

#7: Use portion control. The less you eat the less you will spend. Even if you think your meal is ?healthy? still use portion control and never go back for seconds unless its thanksgiving.

#8: Try not to eat late. College students have a bad habit of studying late and munching in the process. Set a time in the evening (say 8pm) that will be your cutoff for snacking.

#9: Take your own lunch. Bring your own healthy but inexpensive meal with you to school for your lunch break. This lets you choose what you will eat instead of leaving you at the mercy of vending machines and fast food.

#10: Cut out energy drinks. Even if you are cramming for an exam the next day never fall victim to the energy drink scheme. They are not only full of extra sugar and calories they also cost on average about $2 a can. That adds up in the long run.

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